Body piercing today is viewed as a way of expressing oneself. The truth, however, is that piercings can have some health benefits. These benefits are primarily associated with ear piercings because the ears are a gateway to other parts of your body due to the interconnectedness that makes the human body work together.
The areas on the back and front of the ear act as reflex points to stimulate specific body parts.
Mostly piercing is done in the form of acupuncture (where you are pierced using tiny needles that are removed once the session is over.)
However, a therapist might consider making a permanent piercing that will help their patients find relief when the practitioner is not present. Here are five body piercings that have health benefits.
Rook piercing focuses on the female health benefits of ear piercing. The rook is the cartilage responsible for connecting the ear to the head. It takes between 3 to 10 months to recover fully. The piercing is said to alleviate cramps and pain during the menstrual cycle.
A meridian point in the lower area of the rook connects it to other organs and body parts, including the kidney, sciatic nerve, bladder, and intestines.
The upper region relates to other body parts, including the uterus and cavum pelvis, and can even positively affect digestive problems such as constipation.
A piercing in the conch is believed to relieve chronic pain in areas of the body like the lower back and spine. While getting a piercing in this region is reportedly one of the most painful body piercings, many people endure it for the benefits.
Besides chronic pain, conch piercing is also reported to help with indigestion. When your ear is pierced by a professional, they will be sure to find the exact spot, which is essential to realize the benefits.
The pierced area connects to your lumbar vertebrae, thoracic vertebrae, and sacral spine. A conch piercing will take six to twelve months to heal, but its benefits are worth it.
The helix is the top corner of the ear. This area takes anywhere from 6 to 12 months to heal after piercing. It is a common piercing area, but only a few know the health benefits of wearing body jewellery in this area.
Reports show that helix piercing can help relieve insomnia symptoms.
The reason? The helix is associated with/connected to the area of the brain responsible for triggering stress and insomnia. That means you could start having an easier time with your sleeping problems caused by anxiety, depression, and other hardships, with your helix piercing.
The tragus is a flap at the ear’s opening that is directly connected to the head. This area is connected to various body parts, including the pharynx and adrenal glands.
This type of piercing can take up to 3 months to heal, but its benefits are worth it. Besides reports about how tragus piercings affect your emotions, such as aggression and energy levels, others show that it can help you control your appetite.
The area is also linked with neurological functions such as hunger, thirst, and neuroreceptors responsible for nicotine addiction. The meridian points in the area make this piercing ideal for you if you want to control your smoking or eating habits.
The Daith piercing is popular for its ability to relieve migraines. The Daith is an area of cartilage on the inner side of the ear. It is close to the ear canal and slightly above the tragus.
It connects to several body parts, including the mouth, oesophagus, lower diaphragm, and other organs in the respiratory system. While the research isn’t 100% proven, this piercing is believed to help with migraine relief.
You can delay or reduce the migraine’s effect by spinning the round ding in your Daith. Note that this type of piercing will take up to nine months to heal.
To Wrap Up
This article discusses all ear piercings apart from the earlobes, which is probably the most commonly pierced areas on our bodies. Earlobes are all about the aesthetic. The piercee looks bold when wearing ear tunnels and plugs, but no solid scientific facts show the health benefits one might experience from earlobe piercing.
While all these piercings have their own unique benefits, always consult a professional before and afterwards to avoid mistakes in the aftercare or piercing placement. A piercing must go through a meridian point; otherwise you won’t feel the full benefit.