The National Headache Foundation reports that more than 29 million Americans suffer from migraines and anxiety, with women being three times more likely than men to get them. But why is that and what can be done?

Daith Piercing for Anxiety and Migraine Relief

These terrible headaches can be triggered by everyday tasks, eating certain foods, or even fluorescent lighting and excessive noise. While scientists aren’t sure why they affect some people and not others, there doesn’t seem to be a “one size fits all” cure for them so sufferers are left to try pill after pill (neurologists often prescribe anti-depressants to relieve them) and treatment after treatment (from switching their diets, to acupuncture, to meditation, to yoga).

And while some of these alternatives help some, others are left frustrated- but eager for the next possibility…enter the “daith piercing”.

From the article:

“The daith piercing is a small ring that pierces the inner cartilage of either ear, running through a pressure point, which for some will relive migraine and anxiety pain. It is a relatively new procedure, mainly preformed at tattoo and piercing shops with not many statistics to back it up yet.

Dave Kurlander, owner of the Tempest Artistic Studio in Hopewell Junction, NY performs the daith piercing on clients, and he truly believes it’s the way to go.
“I’ve had many people come to me looking for migraine relief. It’s a much cheaper alternative to medicine and even acupuncture, and many of their doctors recommend it to them, and if you’re into piercings that’s even better.”

Daith Ear Cartilage Piercing

The process takes about 10 minutes and costs around $45. While acupuncture works for some, and this process is similar, it costs FAR less because it’s a one time cost.

Again, the piercing is similar to acupuncture in that the piercing hits a pressure point which relieves the pressure in your head. Some acupuncturist will also embed a little steel ball (which stays in place for up to 2 weeks) into a pressure point. When you are feeling stress, nausea, a headache- whatever the pressure point is being used for- you simply push on it for relief.

More from the article:

“Kimberly Glatz, 24, has been suffering from migraines and anxiety for over a year now. She got the daith piercing done last month. “Before I got it done my headaches were really, really bad. Terrible. Just extremely painful,” she said. “Now, I’ve seen some difference, I don’t know if it’s from the piercing or not. I can’t exactly pin point what changed my headaches, but I’ve definitely seen an improvement and it’s worth trying,” she said.”

I cannot imagine what it must be like to suffer from regular migranes or even headaches, so this seems worth a try. Plus, if it doesn’t work, you’ve got a pretty sweet piercing. What do you guys think? Is it worth a try?

Source: US Health Cure