Religious traditions, body modification, self expression – people get piercings for all sorts of reasons. However, do you know that piercings can also serve as a form of healing?

Yes, a growing number of people are now leaning towards different kinds of ear piercings to heal certain issues. This is rather similar to a 5,000-year old healing tradition that is still used as a holistic approach to medicine – Acupuncture.

History of Ear Piercings as Acupuncture

Acupuncture and auriculotherapy first came around during the stone age, but has now evolved into various fields of medicine. In the 1950s, the Father of Modern Auriculotherapy, Dr. Paul Nogier, noticed that there was a relevant link between a part of the ear that was stimulated and another part on the body.

In both auriculotherapy and acupuncture, a piercing is placed in a specific spot to stimulate the reflex points in that specific area. This can help improve the flow or energy within your body, helping alleviate pain from certain parts of your body. Most of the pressure points know to ease your pain can be found in your ear. Acupuncturists refer to the system of the ear as a ‘micro-system.’

Here is a list of popular ear piercings that most people get along with problems they can solve for you!

Daith Piercing

A daith piercing typically consists of a hoop that is adorned on the cartilage of the inside of your ear. This piercing is considered to be directly related to curing migraines.

Conch Piercing

A conch piercing is a type of cartilage piercing that uses a rather large type of jewelry. This type of piercing is known to induce muscle relaxation while helping alleviate chronic pain.

Lobe Piercing

An earlobe piercing is the most common type of ear piercing. Piercing the main part of the earlobe is said to improve your eyesight.

Rook Piercing

A rook piercing is a type of cartilage piercing located in the upper portion of the ear. This type of piercing is known to release stress.

Tragus Piercing

A tragus piercing sits on the small area of your cartilage that covers a portion of the ear canal. This piercing can help you control your appetite.

Cartilage Rim/Helix Piercing

A helix piercing is any type of piercing that is located on the upper cartilage of your ear. There are various types of helix piercings that you can opt for such as a forward, double or triple piercing. The different positions of a helix piercing offer different types of relief. For instance, a helix piercing at a 10 o’clock position helps with insomnia while a helix piercing at a 12 o’clock position helps in allergy relief.

The Bottom Line

While some people believe that ear piercings as acupuncture can be rather effective, others don’t agree with it. However, whether or not these piercings are beneficial, they sure do add to your aesthetic, which is definitely a plus point!