Daith Piercing - How it Works
The Vagus nerve can be stimulated in different ways and we are looking at Vagus Nerve Stimulators which use an electrical current to stimulate either the vagus nerve directly at the "side of neck" or the receptors at the end of the auricular branch in or around the daith of the ear.
There are quite a lot of VNS stimulators on the market claiming results for depression, anxiety, migraine, epilepsy, IBS, and celiac disease.
These are a few of the electrical Vagus Nerve Stimulators using both invasive and non invasive methods together with their claimed benefits.
1) Nemos claims epilepsy- non invasive.
Mainly used in Europe and targeting the same point as the piercing, being the auricular branch of the vagus nerve. This is a 4 hour daily treatment using a hand held electrical pulse generator to send electrical impulses through the daith area.
Trial results show "After 5 months of use epilepsy seizure rates reduced by 23% on average using 25Hz of stimulation"
2) Gamma Core claims migraine non invasive
A treatment study of people using this, (specifically the evidence submitted to NICE - National Institution for Health Care Excellence) claims complete pain relief within 2 hours of using the device in 20% of patients. This is now available on the NHS however getting one is a totally different ball game.
3) Nexeonmed claims debilitating neurological disease
Picture shows a "next generation" machine that has been used for epilepsy, obesity and depression. Research is ongoing and inconclusive as far as we can make out from their website and results searches.
4) Parasym anxiety treatment - non invasive
Claims Vagus nerve stimulation via the tragus to correct dysfunction causing chronic disease.
No test results found however they are beginning clinical trials SEE HERE
5) AspireSR - Intrusive vagus nerve simulator
"In AspireSR clinical trials, over 60% of seizures treated (n=46) ended during auto stimulation.3 For seizures that ended during stimulation (n=28), the closer stimulation was to seizure onset, the shorter the seizure duration.3"
This is the most well used VNS on the market, but it is implanted under the skin and directly on the Vagus Nerve. Being invasive it is used to treat epilepsy as this can be life threatening whereas a migraine is not considered life threatening and therefore invasive therapy can be too risky.
Having looked at these we hope now you have some idea of the power of VNS therapy.
The above come into 2 categories:
1) Stimulation from the core vagus nerve itself (side of the neck) and
2) Stimulation for the auricular branch via the daith or tragus area of the ear.
Category 1) can be further divided into invasive (surgically implanted) or non invasive through the surface of the skin. The surgically implanted version showing far better results than the non invasive gamma core.
We can conclude that a daith piercing is semi invasive and if done at the cluster of nerve endings in and around the start of the ear canal close or through the daith it can be very effective.
We cannot speak for other people doing this piercing, but based upon our recorded research of people coming for this treatment to one of our four dedicated clinics we have data that shows: At present April 2018 we have a 72% success rate of elimination or reducing migraine severity by 75% for a minimum period of six months.
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Published by Richard Soper & Tracy Perkins
This is a further study on Gamma corer v Nemos titled: