Do Daith Piercings Cure Migraines?

Blog By M. Mitera

There are so many results on Google when you search “daith piercings”, it’s incredible. There are numerous stories of people getting this particular ear piercing and saying that it cures their migraines. Some piercers swear that it does as well. 

And of course, Pintrest has spiked this trend immensely, giving people the hope that simply by putting some shiny titanium in your ear, you can miraculously cure debilitating migraines that prevent every day function. While it would be wonderful if it were that simple, it’s not. And the idea of the daith curing migraines needs to be addressed for a few reasons.

A healing piercing is something that needs to be taken care of. You have to commit to the three to six month healing time that is required. That means washing your piercing twice a day, spraying a cotton swab with saline solution at least four to five times a day and cleaning around the piercing, not touching it, etc. Piercings need to be taken care of, especially fresh ones. Neglecting to properly take care of a fresh piercing can result in severe irritation and rejection. This can end up providing the piercee with more issues. With piercings comes responsibility. It’s important to understand that there is upkeep involved with the piercing for months after you get it and that it’s detrimental to keep up with this aftercare so that everything heals up nicely. You don’t want to lose your piercing to irritation due to under-cleaning, especially if it’s helping (or just looks great).

This chart shows the results of a survey of 380 clients who had their daiths pierced and their symptoms over 6-12 months.

Migraines can be caused by so many different things. These awful episodes can be brought on by anxiety, loud noises, bright lights, smoke from cigarettes/cigars/incense, and so many other things. Unfortunately, a piercing isn’t going to prevent these things from occurring. The first steps to stopping migraines should be to try your best to remove triggers from your life. Getting a piercing isn’t going to take away the events that bring on a migraine, unfortunately. In some cases, after rooting around the internet for a while, showed that some people even had more migraines after they got their piercing. Considering the severity of symptoms which can include (but are not limited to) excessive yawning, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, sensitivity to light, irritability, and loss of appetite, you definitely don’t want to be doing something that will make your migraines even worse. 

Pain Magazine recently released an article regarding the daith piercing. Elayne Angel, who is one of the most well known piercers in the industry, had written the piece and had help from a professional acupuncturist. The two of them thoroughly explained that the daith does not contribute to the alleviation of migraine symptoms. According to their article, that part of the ear (in the professional acupuncturist world) is for assisting issues of the mouth and anus. If that point was used for migraines, you also have to consider that a piercing removes a small piece of the body. If that area is used in acupuncture to treat anything, you now no longer have that option. It’s important to try this before getting the piercing in case you’d like to try it at a later date and cannot. 

Daith piercings are super cute. Even if they don’t scientifically cure migraines, the placebo effect is enough for some clients to just give it a try. And if it doesn’t cure your migraines, you now have an awesome piercing with a wide array of different jewelry that looks great! It is important to look at all of the treatment options when it comes to migraines but if you think that it’ll cure your migraines or at least willing to give it a try, we would love to put some beautiful jewelry in your ear! We just want to make sure that our clients are well aware of all of the information that we have available to us so that they can make informed decisions about their piercings! If you have any additional questions, please feel free to call or stop by the shop! 


About the Author: M has been a professional blogger for six years and has contributed to various websites. When she is not writing, she is a professional body piercing apprentice. M can be reached at and you can find her piercing only blog HERE.

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