For a week, I have seen several posts on social media about how Daith piercing can be a treatment for anxiety or migraine.
And since I am a fan of ear piercings, I got a little bit curious about how Daith piercing works.
Daith piercing and migraines
The news has circulated through social media that Daith piercing is a potential treatment for migraines or anxiety. This type of body piercing involves the piercing of the innermost cartilage fold of the ear.
In an attempt to replicate acupuncture, the Daith piercing is applied to the same part of the ear where an acupuncture needle is inserted.
Practitioners believe people with migraines will experience fewer symptoms after a Daith piercing. And some of those who have had the Daith piercing claim that it has reduced the impact of their migraines.
Are Daith piercings effective?
People who believed that Daith piercing can treat their migraine or anxiety are people that have found acupuncture helpful.
However, neurologist and trustee of the Migraine Trust, Dr. Fayyaz Ahmed, has said: “There is no evidence that Daith piercing work to help migraine.”
There’s also limited information on the topic. People will need to research the procedure carefully, taking into account the known risks.
What the research says
So far, any information about Daith piercing to treat anxiety is anecdotal. There are no exploratory studies on this piercing and its purported effects.
But a clinical case can be made for using acupuncture to treat anxiety and migraines. Several studies have concluded that acupuncture is a “promising” treatment for panic attacks.
But there is a tentative connection between acupuncture and piercings. Since Daith piercings sit at the same position as a pressure point that acupuncturists target to treat migraines. This piercing can provide the same benefits.
And due to growing anecdotal support, a 2017 case study called for more research into the use of Daith piercings as a medical treatment.
Pierce at your own risk and make sure that you are fully aware of what can happen.
If you’re currently suffering from migraine or anxiety, the best thing that you can do for now is to talk to your doctor and seek medical advice.