The absolute frustration of another migraine hitting and ruining another day, week,
We need every tool we can find to give us the clarity that we need to able to work on the deeper parts of healing a chronic disease like fixing our hormones, correcting neurotransmitters, healing our mitochondria and restoring our gut function.
And for some people, it’s a piercing that does it. At least while it heals.
In this article, I’m going to be discussing the complete guide to tragus piercings and how migraine and headache sufferers are using it for relief with little side effects.
Why does getting your tragus pierced work?
There are two main piercings that are being used in the migraine and headache communities. The
But for some people getting their tragus pierced is what helps.
The picture below shows you where the tragus and
Some say that these piercings work only because of placebo but there are reports of migraineurs receiving relief after piercing for cosmetic reasons and not anything health related at all.
But there are two more likely explanations.
#1 These piercings go through
There is even an FDA approved vagal nerve stimulation device called the Gammacore which we wrote about here.
So if you have poor vagal tone, this may be why it helps so much but there are also more effective exercises you can use that have far
#2 These piercings may be working on acupuncture and acupressure points and as we know acupuncture can be just as effective as some medications.
But this is an entire system of medicine and to reduce it down to one or two points really does not do it justice and it is always better to get the real thing done.
I discuss both of these in the video on tragus and
How to get your tragus pierced properly + Big concerns
Because the tragus piercing goes through a thick piece of cartilage it can take a long and annoying time to heal.
But, even more fun is that it is reported to be one of the most painful piercings as well.
Generally, far more painful than the
We have to do what we have to do, especially if we want to try something that requires little work on our part.
Piercing Healing Techniques
The biggest concern with these piercings is
Make sure to follow these tips during the healing phase as closely as you can:
– Monitor for any reactions to the metal, generally titanium is one of the better and less reactive types
– Keep the area clean and avoid going into public pools or places with excess bacteria
– Use a piercer that is diligent about their sterilization and cleanliness techniques
– Be careful not to get the piercing caught on clothes or to fiddle with it too much
– If needed clean the area twice daily with soap/water or a saline solution instead of alcohol
– Avoid sleeping on the side you pierced
– Plan for the 3 to 10 months it may take to heal a cartilage piercing
One of the catch 22s of the
Piercing healing nutrients
Along with avoiding irritating the area or getting it infected we want to give our body extra nutrients to heal.
Vitamin A (Liver, peppers, carrots, orange fruit)
Vitamin C (Citrus and sour fruits)
Zinc(Shellfish, mollusks, nuts
Enzymes(Citrus, raw foods, pineapple, papaya)
Other minerals (calcium, magnesium, silica)
Avoid turning your piercing into an antenna
What does the community say?
At the end of the
We focus on fixing the root causes that so commonly create central sensitization, inflammation, stubborn pain
Have you had your tragus pierced? Did it work for you?
Let me know in the comments below.
Holistic Health Practitioner
Mark Canadic is a writer, speaker, holistic health practitioner and migraine community leader. Read Mark’s inspiring comeback story, “My Burnout and Brain Fires that Lead me to the Root.” Feel free to send Mark a message here.