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Ancient healing art could be key to migraine relief

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If you suffer from migraines, you know sometimes the pain can be debilitating and last for days.  Now, doctors are using a new technique in the form of an ancient therapy to give patients relief. (KCTV5) If you suffer from migraines, you know sometimes the pain can be debilitating and last for days. Now, doctors are using a new technique in the form of an ancient therapy to give patients relief. (KCTV5)
INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -

Migraine sufferers are turning to an ancient healing art for pain relief. They’re called "ear seeds."

Tiffany Burch says her migraines used to be debilitating.

“They were bad enough where I didn’t leave the couch and was in a dark room all day vomiting,” the Independence woman said.

She says she sees a neurologist, takes over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, nasal sprays, gets back injections and Botox injections to her head. Now she is trying ear seeds, administered by Dr. Anna Esparham, an integrative physician and acupuncturist at The University of Kansas Hospital.

“It probably began thousands of years ago,” Esparham said.

Esparham says ear seeds are a form of auricular therapy. Using tweezers, she removes each seed from what looks like a tablet of stickers, and places them in strategic pressure points with special tape around the outer ear.

“When you press it you’re activating that pressure point,” Esparham said.

She tells her patients to press on the seeds throughout the day to activate that pressure point.

After the application of her ear seeds, Burch said it was painless and already felt relief.

“She hit the spot and for whatever reason has taken care of what was happening, “ she said.

Doctors say the benefits of each seed can last several days depending on how long the tape holding them sticks.

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