Although some of you may be only visiting my blog for recipes, I know that there are also some of you so desperate for pain relief that you would wear a dead chicken around your neck if it would help. Therefore, I’m following up on last week’s post about my experience with daith pressure AND posting a recipe (separate posts).
The weather here has been changing quite a bit, and I think this may be the cause of the 3 migraines I have had over the course of a week. With work piling up and food to cook, I had to figure out a stop gap solution to the problem I mentioned last week regarding how to apply daith pressure while standing up. In a desperate state, I went to my closet to find something, anything, that I could use to strap something, anything, to my left ear to apply pressure. I found another gold nugget buried in the now messy closet.
My new design consists of a child’s rubber golf ball wrapped in a teeny tiny baby washrag strapped to my head with an old scarf. I’m not proud of how it looks, so I’ve elected to not include a picture. Rather, I will attempt to explain in detail. The ball is not hard plastic, and it is not soft foam like a Nerf ball. It is firm, but slightly squishy, and about the size of a real golf ball. The balls here look a lot like the one I used, but I’m not confident that they are the same. After all, the ball I used had been buried with other toys for many years, and I don’t remember which golf set they originally came with.
Initially when I strapped the ball wrapped with the teeny tiny washrag over the daith point in my ear, it didn’t feel like it would apply enough pressure to be helpful. However, as I moved around, the scarf pulled slightly in different directions, moving the ball enough that the area was stimulated. The pain went away. Note that the pain relief was not immediate, I still had the brain fog, and my ear became sore, but the migraine pain reduced enough that I could function – standing up.
It is worth noting that since pressure to the daith region of my ear has been so helpful, I am studying more about the piercings. These are definitely more attractive than my unpictured self with a ball strapped to my head (or a dead chicken around my neck). However, I have concerns regarding the ease of infection of pierced cartilage, the likelihood of hitting the best pressure point by a person untrained in acupuncture, and my metal allergies. Any thoughts?
UPDATE: Pictures of my method