All About the Daith Piercing

All About the Daith Piercing

So about a year ago, someone on Facebook tagged me in a thread about this piercing in the Daith area (pronounced Doth) of the ear. In this article, it was stated that individuals with piercings in this part of the ear noticed a reduction in their frequency of migraine, and in some cases no migraines at all. Of course everyone wanted to know if this would really work and if I had any experience with this. Well, of course I had done hundreds of Daith piercings for fashion but never with the intention to help someone with migraine.

So being who I am, I set out to do a little research about this to see if I could get on board with this idea. According to an article released by releafacupuncture.com in 2014, there is a point in the ear called “Point Zero”. According to the contributor of this article; “Point Zero: This master point is the geometrical and physiological center of the whole auricle. It brings the whole body towards homeostasis, producing a balance of energy, a balance of hormones, and a balance of brain activity. It also supports the actions of other points.Balance is a central concept in Chinese medicine. The more adept a person’s body is at keeping all of the physiological variables it manages within appropriate levels, the more healthy, energetic and resilient that individual will be. In fact the entire aging process can easily be viewed as a result of the gradual degradation of the body’s ability to keep these variables in balance. Point Zero is the ultimate “tune-up” point because it promotes this balance on multiple levels—energetic, hormonal, neurological, etc. If I had to treat a patient using only one needle, this point is where that needle would go.

So what does all this mean? Basically we are permanently stimulating this area by inserting a ring into this part of the ear. Obviously not all Daiths are created equal. I would need an area that is large enough to accept a 16g ring and wide enough to actually hit the point of which it will be of benefit. I rarely have to turn people away, but I have had to due to small and shallow areas.

MY EXPERIENCE: At the point of writing this blog I am just a few shy of 400 Daith piercings specifically for migraine. I have had individuals come in while having a migraine, and by the time we were finished, the migraine had already started to subside. I have had others have relief over the course of a few days, I have had others report that they have had fewer and less intense migraines and about 7 individuals that had an opposite reaction where the migraines actually came on worse and more frequent than before having the piercing. I am actually surprised by how effective this piercing can be for some but need to specify that this article in no way makes any guarantee that it will work for you, I am just merely sharing what my clients have experienced. What I can tell you is that it will most likely work for those who have actually been diagnosed with Migraine. Those who have “bad headaches” may not find relief and those who refuse to change their diets to eliminate headache causing foods or who have food triggered migraine most likely will not have much benefit without adding a diet change along with the piercing. Hormonal headaches also don’t seem to find relief but oddly enough, those whose migraines are triggered by changes in weather patterns have great results with this piercing.

Now for the question of the day…How bad does this one hurt? If I had a dollar for every time that was asked of me, I wouldn’t have to do this anymore! LOL! But that is ok, and a very reasonable question to want to ask. Well, for someone who has no need to have theirs pierced, I cannot speak from personal experience, but I can share what the most common commentary is from most individuals. For the most part, I have been told that the pain from the needle insert is actually not that bad, most people just feel a lot of pressure in the Daith area and of course it’s a little “noisy” as you can hear my tools while I’m in your ear. Very few people have made any noise or let out vulgarities while the piercing is occurring, and those that thought it was more on the painful end still felt it was much less painful than the migraines they experience. Everyone is different and everyone’s pain tolerance and expectations are also different. Think about what kind of tolerance you have, if you tend to psyche yourself out over medical type procedures, how badly you would like relief from your migraines and if you are someone that is patient enough to deal with a long healing period of this kind of piercing. Hopefully that will shed some light on what you can expect while getting it done and hopefully none of this has scared you away from getting it done!

Healing time frames also vary based on thickness of the area, your age and general health. Typically this piercing can take 6-9 months to heal. With cartilage, it can get swollen and stay swollen for a while, since there isn’t a ton of vascular tissue, like your muscles and joints, there is minimal bloodstream to bring nutrients and medicine to the wound site. Using a high quality saline solution like the H2Ocean that we carry in-store can be very beneficial and those that are into making homemade solutions, just ¼ teaspoon of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt to 8oz of distilled water is also a great natural and re-mineralizing solution that aids in healing. Drinking lots of water and taking vitamins will also help in tissue regeneration, and most importantly, not changing out the jewelry too soon. If you are someone that just has to have gold jewelry, then please contact the shop and get the specs from me so you can order your jewelry and bring to me for your initial piercing. We use stainless steel hoops or mini barbells for the initial piercing, but if you have allergies to nickel, you may want to consider bringing in a titanium piece or solid gold, not plated, piece of jewelry. Also, if you are a smoker, you can expect longer delays in healing. Every time you take a drag of nicotine, you deplete the necessary Vitamin C from your system that is an integral part of this tissue regeneration.

So that is the Daith piercing in a nut shell. I hope this blog has shed some light and helped you understand what it’s all about. Of course, should you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the shop or through any of our social media channels. Thanks for reading and until next time, take care!!

Daith Piercing

All About Daith Piercing