Piercings to the body have been a prevalent part of history. Many cultures and societies have viewed piercings differently. At some point, piercings were renowned for being an ayurvedic alternative to heal pains within the body.
Interestingly enough, these methods are archaic and not enough research has been done to back the support of the concept. However, trigger point injections give relatively the same effect. The only difference would be that there would be no use of an anesthetic to numb the pain immediately if you were to pierce your body for relief.
Similarly, acupuncture works in almost the exact same way. Acupuncture is the method of placing tiny needles into certain parts of the body to help you heal physically or mentally. This concept has been practiced within ancient civilization dating back to the oldest mummy found in the Alps of Europe. He was tattooed 57 times and had many marks for acupuncture points, which shows present-day researchers that the male mummy suffered from arthritis when he was alive.
In Africa, they consider piercings to help open spiritual and physiological energy. Whereas, in India, women pierce their noses to help reduce the intensity of menstrual pain and childbirth.
Most acupuncturists consider the ear to be a “microsystem” of healing points for the reduction of pain or psychological unrest in the body. Whether or not these claims are true, it opens the doors for future medical research as an alternative to medicine. What if we are one tiny piercing away from relieving our physical or mental pain?