16.10.2013

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So when last week the Huffington Post published an article titled Can Daith Piercings Stop Migraines? So can something as simple, inexpensive, and easy as an ear piercing REALLY cure this miserable affliction? Clinical experience suggests that body piercings offer temporary (1-2 weeks) therapeutic benefit at best. The daith is an advanced piercing that is often done incorrectly and with inappropriate jewelry. All cartilage piercings require diligent aftercare (including daily washing and soaking with saline) for the entire six month period of time that it takes to heal.
As explained in this article, I have used ear acupuncture to great benefit in my practice for nearly thirteen years. There are dozens of acupuncture points in the outer ear and very precise location of each point is extremely important. I was surprised when I saw the Huffington Post article claiming that the daith piercing is effective for migraine headaches because the points stimulated by the daith (marked in the photo below with red dots) are not even close to the points that I might consider using to treat migraines with ear acupuncture (marked in the photo below with green dots). The points most directly stimulated by the daith piercing are related to the mouth and the anus, body parts which obviously have nothing to do with headaches! As an auriculotherapy (ear acupuncture) expert and body piercing enthusiast, the question of whether ear piercing could be used therapeutically captured my imagination a decade ago.
There are few people in the world who know as much about body piercing as Elayne Angel does. During our work together, Elayne and I pierced several dozen individuals eager to find out whether ear piercing might offer a more permanent solution to their pain than acupuncture. Without exception, patients who noticed a therapeutic benefit to their piercing reported that that benefit disappeared within a month. Like me, Elayne has gotten lots of emails asking what she thinks of the daith piercings for migraines. Fortunately she was willing to take the time to answer a few questions for this article.
Kristen: So if a person gets a daith piercing in hopes of relieving their migraine headaches, what can they expect as far as the care that it will require as it is healing? Elayne: There are risks associated with all piercings, since they break the protective barrier of the skin.
This care includes avoiding submerging in any bodies of water, doing a daily cleaning with mild liquid soap, and saline soaks to foster healing.
Elayne: Cartilage piercings are generally harder to heal than other areas of the body, because cartilage doesn’t have its own blood supply. Kristen: A few months back Lenny Kravitz’s piercing got a lot of attention after a wardrobe malfunction during a concert and, because you actually performed Lenny’s piercing, you were interviewed by several media outlets about it. Elayne: Yes, over the years I’ve seen media attention on piercings have phenomenal effects on the explosive popularity of particular placements including navel, nostril, septum, triple forward helix (another very tough and problematic set of piercings), and others.
I have also noticed that the lowest element of society often tries to capitalize on whatever is popular, solely for their own profit. Here is an excellent article on this topic, written by a body piercer who specializes in the daith piercing. When using an aculocator in the daith area finding the true pressure point, then yes it does work. Tish, I have to question whether your 100% effectiveness rate would hold up if you were follow your clients for months or years after the initial piercing.
I certainly understand that a person can get to the point where they are willing to try anything.
Although I am not a physician I am, in fact, licensed by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners and, as I say above, have made a career of working with people who have not found relief by conventional medical means. Dear Kristen, I suffer from migraines also, the meds I have tried only works one time and preventives didnt help side effects, what could you recomend, im not really sure about the piercing. I have dozens of patients who find that auriculotherapy seeds do a great job of managing their pain. In contrast, a piercing is an extremely strong stimulus, so strong that the acupuncture points involved cease to be effective after a relatively short period of time.
As a practicing Acupuncture Physician in Florida I find the increased attention to piercing the skin to promote healing both flattering and concerning. Piercing the skin to release the natural healing properties of the body, so-called endorphins, has been a medical practice used since time immemorial. There is MUCH more involved than meets the eye when practicing medicine, and we should allow practitioners who went through the rigours of training to uphold this criteria rather than having it compromised by non-medical lay people (I mean no disrespect) , lacking the required and essential training to practice. This topic is controversial to some, but Kristen and Elayne did a great job explaining the concept clearly in this article. Don’t listen to this lady, I have suffered for over 10 years everyday with headaches and migraines, I have had my daith pierced and now have my life back. I have been dealing with frequent migraines since my youngest child was born and after reading a number of articles decided to try the daith piercing. Amazingly enough, since the piercing was placed in September 2015, I have experienced two migraines. It’s onerous to seek out educated people on this subject, but you sound like you know what you’re speaking about! In the long run it’s a toss up, it may not cure your headaches but you will be left with an ear piercing. Toowoomba Acupuncturist Discusses Treatment of Swallowing Difficulty (Dysphagia) Using Chinese Scalp Acupuncture as Developed by Neurosurgeon Jiao Shun-fa.
Much of this information has been extracted from the article “Review of Clinical Applications of Scalp Acupuncture for Paralysis: An Excerpt From Chinese Scalp Acupuncture” which was written by Dr Jason Jishun Hao, DOM, MTCM, MBA, and Linda Lingzhi Hao, CA, PhD. Dysphagia is the medical term for the symptoms of difficulty while eating and swallowing, and is extremely common following a stroke.
Regarding more information regarding Dysphagia, Jason Hao stated in the article “the signs and symptoms of dysphagia include difficulty controlling food in the mouth, inability to control food or saliva in the mouth, difficulty initiating a swallow, coughing, choking, frequent pneumonia, unexplained weight loss, gurgly or wet voice after swallowing, nasal regurgitation, and swallowing difficulty.
Dr Hao continued “a swallowing disorder can occur in people of all age groups but it is more likely in the elderly, patients who have had strokes, and in patients who are admitted to acute care hospitals or chronic care facilities.
Dr Hao related a Case History of one of his patients who had suffered from a stroke caused by cerebral haemorrhage. Noting the state of the tongue and the quality of the radial arteries is very important and significant in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnosis. The scalp needles were twirled at least 200 times per minute using the thumb and index finger for 2-3 minutes, depending on how much stimulation that Fred could tolerate.
Dr Hao reported in the article “Fred was very negative and showed no interest in treatment by scalp acupuncture at the initial visit.
The article advised “at the second treatment, Fred presented with severe depression and no motivation. Dr Hao related “at the beginning of the third visit, his wife reported that Fred’s mood and attitude were much better after the last treatment. Dr Hao stated “By the fifth treatment, Fred wanted to add more foods and soon could eat and drink anything like a normal person. Dr Hao concluded Fred’s Case History “after the sixteenth treatment he had gained more mobility and use of his right hand and gained more muscular strength in that hand. Dr Hao concluded the article section on Dysphagia by saying “acupuncture offers great rehabilitation tools for dysphagia. To show how the brain is able to accommodate damage, Dr Hao continued “when one area is impaired, this area can recover to a certain extent or can be compensated somewhat by other areas with proper scalp stimulation.
Li Min and colleagues reported the treatment of 60 cases of dysphagia due to stroke using scalp acupuncture in 2009. The 60 cases were randomly divided into a five-needle-in-nape (FNN) group and a routine acupuncture (RA) group, 30 cases in each group. The FNN group was treated with needling Ya Men (GV 15), Tian Zhu (Bl 10), and Zhi Qiang Xue (new extra point). The RA group was treated with needling at Lian Quan (CV 23), Tong Li (Ht 5) and Zhao Hai (Ki 6). I have been using Scalp Acupuncture as developed by neurosurgeon Dr Jiao Shun-fa for over 15 years, and have been further mentored by his student Dr Jason Hao, author of the reference material cited below. This article is for informational and educational purposes only, and is NOT a substitute for medical advice for which you should consult a suitably qualified physician. I supply WELLNESS Newsletters to my patients and all other parties who are interested in optimizing their health and wellness potential.


If YOU haven’t already signed up and you would like to receive future ANTRAC WELLNESS Newsletters every 3 weeks hot off the press to your inbox, just click the Opt-In link below and supply your Email Address, First Name and Last Name. They are difficult and expensive to treat and many patients are left suffering without effective solutions. Here’s What You Need To Know About The Growing Trend a lot of people got really excited. I have found ear acupuncture to be amazingly effective for a wide variety of conditions, including migraines, insomnia, stress, gynecological problems, sciatica, joint pain, and many others. The green dots represent the points an acupuncturist might use to treat migraine headaches. Years later I was fortunate to host Elayne Angel in my clinic for ten days seeking an answer to that question.
She has personally performed over 40,000 body piercings and has worked in the industry since the 1980s. I then followed those individuals, tracking any benefits or side effects that they noticed from the piercing.
Cartilage piercings are prone to developing bumps, which can be difficult to get rid of, and they can be pretty unsightly as well.
Proper placement of the daith is deep into the most recessed portion of the ear, which makes it very challenging to seat this piercing properly. The jewelry then gets caught up on surrounding structures leading to unnecessary pain, irritation, excess scar tissue formation, migration, and possibly rejection.
Because of the challenges in placing the daith, consumers can expect to experience quite a lot of excess discomfort or pain at the hands of unskilled piercers.
Due to the recessed position of the piercing, your piercer had used tools (rather than her fingers) to close the ring, and she’d scratched it pretty badly. In this case, the results will be plenty of disappointment that migraines aren’t improved by the piercing.
In addition to the 3000 hours of training required to become an acupuncturist, I have spend dozens of hours learning from the international authority on auriculotherapy and Elayne Angel taught me how to pierce, so I don’t think that the lack of long-term pain relief in my patients was the result of me performing piercings incorrectly. But being at that point makes a person particularly vulnerable to spurious claims being made by businesses looking to make a quick buck. So if an inexpensive piercing( which i want anyway because i love piercings) might relieve even some of the pain.
I have been doing some research on this subject since the article came up in my fb feed a few days ago (a year late it seems, lol). My experience is that ear points tend to become desensitized after a period of continuous stimulation, however.
It is an absolutely tried and true method that works, and stands up to the reaches of scientific scrutiny. This would only work temporarily so I wouldn’t do it unless you just really love the look of that piercing. Acupuncture can cure migraines without permanent scarring that can result in Inactivated auricular points. Soha obtained a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of California, Riverside. Soha completed clinical internships at the University Health Center and its satellite clinics at Mount San Antonio College and California State University, Fullerton. Soha ran a private practice that integrated chiropractic care and traditional Chinese medicine. Soha is board certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Would YOU like to hear some positive news regarding difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) after stroke? Dysphagia affects between 13% to 94% of acute stroke sufferers, with the incidence relating to lesion size and location. When asked where the food is getting stuck, patients will often point to the cervical region. Dysphagia is classified into two major types, oropharyngeal dysphagia and esophageal dysphagia. Dr Hao reported “Fred, a 62-year-old male in a wheelchair, was brought to our clinic in Santa Fe, NM. Based on Fred’s symptoms and his findings, Dr Hao determined that his pathology involved “liver depression qi stagnation, spleen qi deficiency, blood stasis in the channels and liver-gallbladder damp heat.” This may sound very strange to the lay-person, but this lingo determines the acupuncture treatment protocol to a trained TCM practitioner. The stimulation was repeated every 10 minutes, and the needles were retained in place for 30-45 minutes. The nasogastric tube was removed and he had no problem with talking or depression after his sixth treatment”.
He was treated by combined scalp acupuncture and body acupuncture, using acupuncture points on his arms and legs. Most patients with dysphagia whom we have treated showed some improvement after three treatments and some of them appear better right way. This case study followed the patient as his post-stroke swallowing status changed and various acupuncture decisions were made.
Results showed seven cases fully recovered, 13 cases markedly improved, eight cases some improvement and two cases failure in FNN group. If you suffer from dysphagia or other medical conditions due to stroke (OR from multiple sclerosis, or from traumatic injury of the brain, or most other causes), and would like further information or wish to make an appointment please contact Louis from ANTRAC Acupuncture Clinic on (07) 4636 6100.
I would love to be able to clear up this very common spelling mistake, and set the record straight. The Huff Po article stimulated a flurry of follow up articles (including ones with optimistic titles like This Simple Piercing Has Completely Cured People’s Migraines) and thousands of discussions on social media. Elayne is the consummate professional and is revered within the piercing industry and medical field for her knowledge, skill, ethics, and commitment to the safety and wellbeing of her clients.
Although our experiment was not scientific, it represents clear clinical evidence that is directly relevant to this topic. This is about the same amount of time that the benefit from ear seeds lasts, but ear seeds have the benefit of being painless and carry none of the risks associated with a piercing.
The healing of a daith piercing can take a very extended period of time—six months or longer! But my piercing drove you nuts and you eventually talked me into removing it, explaining that it would never heal properly. As you know, the surrounding region is comprised of hard cartilage, so it forms a sort of barrier that blocks easy access to the correct spot. And there will be a whole lot of poorly placed piercings that are very painful to receive and extremely difficult to heal.
Although I am not personally afflicted with this particular malady, I work with people all day who have been failed by medical science and who are in truly desperate straits. I have tried multiple medications (both oral and injectable), nerve blocks, and botox without relief. As someone who suffers from migraine and has been treated with acupuncture and auriculotherapy in the past, I was really interested in this possibility.
Typically I have my ear seed patients take their seeds off 24-48 hours before their appointment to allow the points some time to rest. She continued her education at Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS), where she obtained a doctorate of chiropractic degree and a master’s degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine. Regrettably, Western medicine has little to offer regarding treatment for difficulty swallowing (dysphagia). Dysphagia is associated with respiratory complications, increased risk of aspiration pneumonia, nutritional compromise and dehydration, and detracts from the overall quality of life. The actual site of obstruction is always at or below the level at which patients perceive the obstruction.
Oropharyngeal dysphagia is often caused by stroke, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Bell’s palsy.
Examination showed he was unable to move his right leg and foot at all with muscular tone at 0 out of 5. An interesting comment in the article was the use of the “Neck point”, which is a new extra meridian point that is especially therapeutic for treating dysphagia. However, to treat dysphagia patients who have depression is very challenging because patients are not always willing to participate in the treatment.


Correct food consistency, texture, and temperature are important for the dysphagia patient’s success during acupuncture treatment. In addition to scalp acupuncture, the ear and body acupuncture were very helpful in the patient’s progress and recovery.
Five cases fully recovered, eight cases markedly improved, 11 cases some improvement, and six cases failure in the RA group. It could be difficult or impossible to wear ear buds or headphones, and if they are worn, it is crucial to keep such items clean. Though I didn’t realize it before you pointed it out, the piercer who did my daith did it really poorly.
Between this, and the fact that many piercers do not have sufficient training, daith piercings are often placed too superficially. And for this piercing, such movement is natural with facial expressions, chewing, and speaking. Overall, this could result in negative sentiments toward piercings, which is really a shame because piercings can be extremely empowering when done for the right reasons. I have had days where I lost 16 to 24 hours where you could stand on my chest and scream in my face.
That person will be able diagnose the cause of your migraines and formulate a treatment plan specifically for you. And some people i have talked to has had the daith before it became popular, and they have told me it really has helped them.
If the patient returns with the seeds still in place, I place the new seeds at a different set of points. Thanks for addressing migraines, I have had incredible success with acupuncture, even on chronic life long conditions. Thank goodness, however, there is positive news regarding the therapeutic treatment and improvement of Dysphagia. The most common symptom of esophageal dysphagia is the inability to swallow solid food, which the patient often describes as “becoming stuck” or “held up” before it either passes into the stomach or is regurgitated. One month before, Fred had severe headache, slurred speech, and the right side of his body became paralyzed. The ear points Heart, Liver, and Shen Men along with the Head Area and Chest Area on the scalp were needled”. Since the patient’s attitude was relatively more positive toward acupuncture therapy, we were able to perform stronger stimulation after inserting needles at the same locations as for the initial treatment.
Fred was able to move his right arm up and down more, and he commenced walking to the clinic for his acupuncture treatments on his own. All three factors are important as they act to heighten lingual control, reduce oral muscle fatigue, minimize the patient’s fear of choking, and provide a cohesive bolus to stimulate a swallow reflex. This case illustrates that scalp acupuncture could be the primary approach to manage swallowing disorder”.
You later explained to me that the daith piercing is a very advanced piercing, with lots of special considerations for placement and jewelry.
If the jewelry is seated in just a small amount of tissue, then there is a higher likelihood of healing problems including migration. That can result in other issues including accidental jewelry loss, which might actually be a blessing in the case of this poorly done piercing. The scratches also increase the risk of infection, as bacteria can lodge in the irregular surface. I have first hand experience with the cycle of hope followed by crushing disappointment that goes along with chronic pain and, in my estimation, false hope is a much greater risk than cartilage bumps. According to Chinese medicine, there are several different potential underlying causes of migraines, so there really is no way of recommending treatment without knowing what the cause is in your particular case. Does this mean that after two weeks, seeds (for example), need to be moved to a different point? Using this system, I have been able to use ear seeds to manage a patient’s pain effectively over the course of years.
Recent scientific research confirms that novel Jiao Chinese Scalp Acupuncture protocol yields positive outcomes when treating dysphagia caused by stroke or other medical conditions.
Some people present with “silent aspiration” and do not cough or show outward signs of aspiration.
Fred was able to follow instructions to practice his speech and do oral and pharyngeal exercises. With every treatment, Fred showed dramatic improvements in speech, eating and drinking, and movement of his right arm, hand, leg, and foot”. Sometimes it is necessary to treat the depression first, and then address the difficulty in swallowing. A dysphagia diet uses foods that stimulate swallowing and minimize mucus build-up around the larynx.
Or the rough gap could pass into the piercing channel, which would be extremely irritating, and also brings added risk of infection.
With persistence, acupuncture and Chinese herbs will make your headaches much less frequent and less severe when they occur. Maybe my migraines were related to something else and the daith helped that other issue resulting in helping my migraines? Chinese Scalp Acupuncture developed by Jiao Shun-fa is currently being used all over the world for the treatment of swallowing difficulties (Dysphagia).
When the airway is unprotected and foreign material is aspirated into the lungs, the person is at risk for development of pulmonary infection and aspiration pneumonia”. Mechanical causes usually comprise peptic esophagitis, carcinoma of the esophagus or gastric cardia, candida esophagitis, and pharyngeal pouch.
Maximum phonation duration of seven seconds indicated reduced breath support, likely resulting from vocal cord paralysis.
Compared to other patients, in general depressed patients should receive fewer needles, milder stimulation, and a shorter time of needle retention. Dysphagia may lead to malnutrition and dehydration and at the most severe stages can cause choking, aspiration, and airway obstruction. I’ve worked with a number of patients who came to me having multiple disabling migraines each week that were not responsive to prescription meds and eventually they have gotten to the point where they have a minor headache every month or two that is easily taken care of with a cup of coffee or a Tylenol. Because if getting a piercing in the correct place might help me, I want to try, but all the trouble seems very unnecessary if the effects last for two weeks or so.. Modern research findings are presented to confirm the efficacy of Jiao Chinese Scalp Acupuncture, which has been used to successfully treat cases of Dysphagia in the US, China, and Europe with highly promising results. He had been receiving physical therapy and speech therapy since he was admitted to the hospital. He refused to try drinking a little bit of water to test his swallowing function and said he was afraid that it could induce severe coughing and choking and cause aspiration. Whether you are treating a child or adult with depression, it is important to observe the response and reaction while inserting, stimulating, or withdrawing needles, and adjust the techniques accordingly. Therefore it is imperative to deal with the dangers of dysphagia through dietary management once acupuncture has been instituted”. Try not to be disturbed when it’s on because it can be painful if you awake during the process (for me at least).
Note please, that powerful Jiao Chinese Scalp Acupuncture is now available from ANTRAC Acupuncture Clinic in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.
His aphasia, dysphasia, and paralysis on the right side had shown no further improvement for the past two weeks. Although each part of the cerebral cortex has its own functions, some variation is possible. Patients may find it helpful to change their diet or hold their heads or necks in a certain way when they eat.
He had severe dysphagia and could not swallow any food or water at all, which was his primary complaint at our clinic”. Upon examination he looked very tired and depressed, his tongue was red with a dry, thick, yellow coating, and his pulses were wiry and slippery”.



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