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Ben Tauber from New York, is experiencing a surge in business not just for aesthetic purposes but for the treatment of ailments as well. Based on the advice of acupuncturists, clients have certain points in the ear pierced to treat a variety of ailments including migraines, period pains, and even hunger pangs.
The 30-year-old piercing professional is one of the pioneers of the so-called “curated ear” movement which acknowledges that ear piercings are an extension of one’s styling.
Tauber, who works with celebrity piercer Maria Tash, told Femail that he locates specific points in the ear depending on the medical request and many of his customers swear by the procedure.
He said, “I have a lot of clients who I have pierced to help alleviate some of their ailments. For many of them, it worked and they couldn’t be happier, but for others, it hasn’t helped – however they still have a very cute piercing.”
The daith is the piercing most commonly used to treat migraines but there are different points for other aches and pains, too.
One client, for example, requested a piercing in the rook area, the cartilage in the middle of the ear between the tragus and outer ear, and noticed her period pains disappear.
“The daith piercing is definitely the most well known in this situation,” explained Tauber.
As to his most memorable requests, Tauber said, “I’ve had a client who came in to get a classic Tash Rook piercing, which in itself is directly above the rook but passes through the ear as opposed to down through the rook.
“They explained to me when they were talking with their acupuncturist that this was a spot that, when done, can actually help to alleviate severe cramps associated with their menstrual cycle.
“Since I did that original one, I’ve actually had a few people come to me to request the same thing. I’ve had a few of them come back to see me and they swear it helps.”
Tauber has also been approached by two to three people for outer conch piercings.
“They had told me these were meant to help with lower back pain,” he explained. “This was once again something that was suggested by their acupuncturist.
“There was also I believe one or two people over the years who have requested a tragus piercing to help to alleviate their hunger cravings.”
The client’s acupuncturist will pinpoint the exact place that Tauber needs to pierce to relieve the pain.
“They will arrive with either a small disc placed in/near the spot to be pierced or with a small magnet bandaged to the area. These are absolutely awesome guides for me to help with piercing these,” he explained.
At one time, he had also been asked to change the placement of a helix piercing as it could “disrupt” a person’s fertility although he doesn’t know if this is true or not.
“I have people ask for different placements when it came to certain mid-level helix or cartilage piercings because it can disrupt their fertility,” the expert said.
While he still holds that piercings are primarily for aesthetics, he does believe that there is something to the practice that provides a “more permanent” way to stimulate a pressure point.
“Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years,” said Tauber. “Something, in my eyes, wouldn’t be utilized or believed for this long if it didn’t truly have its merits.
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