Daith Piercing- Everything You Want To Know About It

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Daith Piercing could alleviate migraines, know everything about it.

Everything You Want To Know About Daith Piercing

It’s been a while since Daith piercing found its way in the news and social media not just for a reason that Daith piercing is really a cool body modification choice but also for its health benefits.

In this article I’m going to answer every question you may have about Daith piercing, will dig into the facts, expert’s views, speculations and will see what people are feeling after getting a Daith piercing.

People are daring to get painful piercings too, for the sake of fashion, trends or to convey a message to the society.

Daith Piercing

Daith Piercing is a perforation of inner most cartilage mostly in order to wear a piece of jewelry. However, it recently gained more popularity among migraines sufferers post an article published by a student from State University of New York (SUNY) on his website, which claimed that piercing could alleviate migraines.

Daith piercing gained popularity for the first time when Fakir Musafar showcased it in his popular, Body Play Magazine. Since then it is favorite among many body transformers and piercing lovers.


Daith Piercing Healing Time

Healing of your Daith after piercing may take longer than other piercing. It will need special care because the wound size would be bigger than a normal thing cartilage piercing. Also,

Daith piercing invites germs and dirt very well, so you got to be following the hygiene. It may take 3 to 6 months to fully cure it. You can apply a paste of mustard oil and turmeric in order to heal it fast, it works.

Daith Piercing Pain Level

Daith piercing is a thick section of your ear, so It may seem a little dramatic and painful but is not. Although it hurts when the needle is taken out of your cartilage but the pain level decreases once the process has been carried out. Daith piercing is more painful than Tragus piercing but is less painful than industrial piercing and nipple piercing.

Infection caused due to Daith PiercingDaith Piercing Infections

With Daith piercing, accumulation of dirt and germs may lead to an infection. Symptoms are swelling, redness, pain and itching. You need to follow strict hygiene rules if you are planning to get it. Ear lobe swelling might occur with an infection of ear cartilage. Possibilities of infection in tragus piercings are also very high but in a case of Daith piercing, you should be very careful with personal hygiene. Although, mild pain and redness are normal with fresh piercing. But if it continues and gets more painful and red, consider seeing a doctor as soon as possible.

Pus might collect in the cartilage and even surrounding perichondrium with a severe infection. An untreated Daith piercing infection may lead to the death of cartilage and even a deformed ear. We do not suggest you have a Daith piercing if you’ve any skin problem or having a sensitive skin.

Daith Piercing After Care

Once you’ve had your Daith pierced, you need to follow these instructions to keep your ear from infection.

  • Clean your ear daily and dry it thoroughly. Even a drop of water on the fresh wound may lead to causing an infection. Dry the area by patting using a disposable paper towel.
  • Apply a paste of turmeric and mustard oil daily on the wound.
  • Press a salt water soaked cotton ball against the piercing. Do this twice daily.
  • Keep cleaning your ear so the ear wax doesn’t accumulate around the piercing.
  • Avoid direct contact with shampoos, scents, and other cosmetics.
  • Change the pillow cover and bed sheet daily.
  • Make sure you don’t hurt the pierced area while wearing a hat or any accessory.
  • Avoid any activity that can lead to undue stress on the piercing. Wearing heavy jewelry for few month, only light weight jewelry is advised for first 6 to 8 months.


Daith Piercing and Migraines

A Twitter screenshot. Girl asking if Daith piercing helps migraines.

A migraine is a headache disorder that can cause throbbing pain lasting for 2 to 72 hours usually on just one side of the head. It is truly devastating. The pain intensity ranges from moderate to severe depending on person to person. 

Few common symptoms of migraines are sensitivity to light, sound, and nausea. However, in some cases, sufferers also experience auras, photophobia, phonophobia, and vomiting.

As many as 20% of Americans are suffering from chronic migraines, an episodic condition caused due to lack of consistent treatment option and 50% of the world’s population experience constant pain on one side of their head.

It is so common among adults that we often see new theories claiming its treatment and people share it without knowing its authenticity. Sadly most of those claims prove false and many a time people end up hurting themselves or getting themselves into more trouble.

Historical Facts

There are a lot of reasons for getting Daith pierced. Some people get this piercing as a form of religious tradition, some as a fashion statement and some as a form of expression. Piercing is a 5000-year-old tradition that acts as an alternative and holistic approach to medicine. Our ancestors used to get their ears pierced for healing purpose, that we now call Acupuncture.

Acupuncture came about during stone age and advanced into the specific fields of medicines that they are today. This happened in the 50’s with the help of Dr. Paul Nogier who is known as the Father of Modern Auriculotherapy. He without any advanced pieces of equipment and machines could notice that there are connections between the different parts of the ear that were stimulated and another parts of the body and that it could be measured with modern equipment. As with both acupuncture and auriculotherapy, a piercing can be placed in a specific spot to stimulate the reflex points in that area.

He without any advanced pieces of equipment and machines could notice that there are connections between the different parts of the ear that were stimulated and another parts of the body and that it could be measured with modern equipment. As with both acupuncture and auriculotherapy, a piercing can be placed in a specific spot to stimulate the reflex points in that area.

As with both acupuncture and auriculotherapy, a piercing can be placed in a specific spot to stimulate the reflex points in that area.

Doing this can improve the flow of energy within the body, which can help alleviate a certain pain and regulate the body’s functions and internal organs. Most of the pressure points known to allay pain can be found in the ear. Acupuncturists often call the ear a “microsystem” because there is a point for every part of the body.

Most of the pressure points known to allay pain can be found in the ear. Acupuncturists often call the ear a “microsystem” because there is a point for every part of the body.

How Daith Piercing Can Help Migraines

Various acupuncture points on a human ear. Acupuncture point on the Daith Piercing cartilage connects with small intestine.

 

  • The upper point on the Daith corresponds with the large intestine channel point. The large intestine channel points are used by acupuncture specialists to relax cerebrum nerves which help to get relief from migraines pain.
  • Other points which target small intestine, Mouth, and Esophagus are also important in the acupuncture therapy to treat migraines. No such points on the ear have a direct affinity with head or migraines but indirectly are linked with its treatment.

Important: If you’re planning to get a Daith piercing, it takes an expert for the job as the location of acupuncture points on the ear is very specific. If the piercer was intending to one of these points, he/she must know the exact point and its importance.

Most of the body transformation ideas which people find cool and trendy today do actually have deep meanings and have a lifelong effect on your body.

Facts On The Ground

Not Medically Proven– Besides many speculations and people sharing their personal experiences on the twitter saying, “It worked for me” doesn’t guarantee that it’d work for you as well. No reputed medical organization or research center has backed this theory.

Side Effects– With people who are sharing its positive side, there are some people who are saying, “It surely has helped with migraines attack but has left them with continuous vomiting and high blood pressure.

Not Longterm– Daith Piercing for the treatment of migraines works on the principal acupuncture. Since with skin aging and continuous pressure on that particular area due to jewelry, the pierced hole gets bigger and acupuncture theory won’t work then. You may want to have a cosmetic surgery to get this issue solved in the future.

Mixed Reviews– Since it is all over the social media, people are sharing their experiences and giving it a thumbs up. Even though experts are calling it a placebo effect, many people are relieved from migraines even after more than 6 months of Daith piercing.

Screenshot of a twitter comment on Daith Piercing.

Screenshot of a twitter comment on Daith Piercing.

Screenshot of a twitter comment on Daith Piercing.

Experts Views On Daith Piercing

Cleveland Clinic Daith Piercing has been credited “Most unconventional remedy” to treat migraines by Cleveland Clinic. They said that there is “No medical research that supports this theory”.

Dr. Emad Estemalik–  Headache specialist Emad Estermalik stated “The relief people are experiencing is only a “placebo” effect, I’ve never heard any such thing in my entire career”

British Acupuncture Council– From our understanding of the sections of the ear where the Daith piercings are inserted have no direct connection with points as understood after Nogier which might have a direct impact on migraines. That said, we would be the first to say that there are no specific points for migraines, and if an imbalance in the system which was the root cause of a migraine-causing imbalance happened by chance to be treated by the Daith piercing it is possible that it may have an effect.

That said, we would be the first to say that there are no specific points for migraines, and if an imbalance in the system which was the root cause of a migraine-causing imbalance happened by chance to be treated by the Daith piercing it is possible that it may have an effect.

 

Bottom Line

Daith piercing is a cool body modification choice but is very sensitive when it comes to its after care. You should stick to a good personal hygiene and be careful while doing daily jobs.

As far as migraines relief from Daith piercing is concerned, experts are calling it a placebo effect. But there are a thousand of migraine sufferers who actually felt relieved after getting there Daith pierced.

You should see an acupuncture expert before considering a Daith piercing and ask if it is good with your current health condition.

For me, you should try and give it a chance. Migraines really are uncurable but if you can get some relief out of a pierced Daith, you should try it and see if it works for you or not.

 

 

 

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