Daith Piercings - A Cure for Migraines?

In this weeks blog, we're talking about Daith Piercings! The Daith Piercing is (or was) one of the less traditionally popular ear piercings that have seen a recent surge in popularity. Around 2015, a surge of blogs and social media posts appeared hypothesising that Daith Piercings could 'cure' Migraines and tension headaches. Today, I want to share my thoughts on the hypothesis. So, let's jump in with the FAQ's!

What is a Daith piercing?

A Daith piercing (Pronounced Day-eth, or Doth) is a piercing through the innermost fold of the ear, just above the ear canal. If pierced correctly for aesthetic purposes and viable healing, the jewellery should appear as though it is coming out of the ear canal. A variety of jewellery can be used, often times a 14g CBR yields the 'best*' healing results and intricate jewellery follows as the healing progresses.

Why are Daith Piercings So Popular?

In recent years, Daith Piercings have been sensationalised for being an effective treatment against migraines. Unfortunately, it is often within my brief to do so for more than aesthetic reasons, and I must clearly reiterate that we piercers are not physicians, acupuncturists, or medically trained. Any piercer claiming otherwise is taking an unethical and advantageous approach. This 'cure all' can seem incredibly attractive to a migraine sufferer (I myself suffer terribly), but we must consider and talk about the unethical salesman ship of offering this piercing as a magic pill. The old adage springs to mind: If it's too good to be true, it probably is.

It goes without saying that I am very grateful to be trusted on a daily basis to perform them, (they're one of my favourites!) due to the unique anatomy, vast number of jewellery choices, and they visually just.. make sense! They're also a piercing that most peoples anatomy can accommodate.. in fact.. some people can even have multiple! You can pierce 1000 Daith's and they are never not satisfying!

What is a Migraine? According to the NHS website:

"A migraine is usually a moderate or severe headache felt as a throbbing pain on 1 side of the head.

Many people also have symptoms such as feeling sick, being sick and increased sensitivity to light or sound.

Migraine is a common health condition, affecting around 1 in every 5 women and around 1 in every 15 men. They usually begin in early adulthood.

There are several types of migraine, including:

  • migraine with aura – where there are specific warning signs just before the migraine begins, such as seeing flashing lights

  • migraine without aura – the most common type, where the migraine happens without the specific warning signs

  • migraine aura without headache, also known as silent migraine – where an aura or other migraine symptoms are experienced, but a headache does not develop

Some people have migraines frequently, up to several times a week. Other people only have a migraine occasionally.

It's possible for years to pass between migraine attacks."


Where did the theory come from?

The theory behind this alleged cure is based on acupuncture. It is believed that by targeting a 'specific' pressure point via piercing and installing jewellery applies permanent pressure thus the need for repeated acupuncture sessions is redundant. For this reason, 'Daith Clinics' (piercing studios claiming to 'specialise') have capitalised on this theory and further contributed to the sensation. Just a quick google search will uncover a plethora of blog posts and news articles on the subject, and I am sad to say that very few are written by professional piercers.

CAN it work?

There is no evidence to support its effectiveness. It is not impossible, but it is improbable.

Whilst I try to remain open minded in the interest of providing all of the information, I do not want to say 'they do not work.' There have been NO studies with a definitive answer on this hypothesis.

I believe that there are three major components - potentially beneficial - to consider if you are contemplating a Daith Piercing in the hope of alleviating migraines, however please, note these are purely speculative/

1) Mind over matter/Placebo Effect

If you tell yourself something is going to work enough times, then simply, it may well just work. Look at it like a positive affirmation. Your mental state can effect your physical wellbeing. If you have a reason to believe in a positive outcome, it widely thought that it isn't impossible to will it into existence. 2) Self- Empowerment. Any new piercing can work greatly to improve your self image and make you feel good! In the case of migraine piercings where limited relief and treatment is available, it can be incredibly frustrating, and speaking from experience, you will try ANYTHING. The empowerment from a new piercing can help you feel as though you are regaining control over your condition.

3.) Daiths are simply just awesome piercings. They might not help you with your migraines, but they certainly look beautiful, and in turn, make you feel beautiful. I have never yet had a single client who regretted them regardless of the result and have continued to enjoy their piercings for years.

I still want to try it. Will you pierce my daith?

As is your volition! Your body, your choice! I will gladly still pierce your Daith! - but I cannot in good moral standing make any claim to help cure or reduce your migraines, and I will not pierce them in the 'acupuncture spot' as this makes for a non-viable and ill performed piercing. My only focus is safe, clean, viable piercings, performed under total transparency with you, my clients.

In closing, I adore Daith piercings, but I must admit a deep concern for the misconception that piercer's are able to do any more than provide you with a beautiful new adornment. We do not have healing hands, but we certainly wish we did! With emphasis I reiterate: we piercers are not physicians, acupuncturists, or medically trained. We WANT to pierce you, but we do not want to take advantage. In next weeks blog, we're going to focus on another 'Miracle Cure' Piercing - the 'Shen Men'. Be sure to subscribe to the website for a notification when it's published!

Peace and love,