Daith Piercings For Migraines

Daith PiercingThe internet is a weird place. Back in March, I penned a short, 4-paragraph blog post on the correlation between daith piercings and migraine relief. You can check out the full blog post here, but I’ll provide a short summary for those who want to stay on this page.

In essence, a daith piercing is a type of piercing located in the ear cartilage midline toward the front of the inner ear. You can see a picture of the piercing on the right side of this blog. Although the science behind the piercing hasn’t been fully researched, the location of the piercing has actually been targeted by acupuncturists to help cure headaches. Acupuncturists target this area during sessions, and many people experience short-term headache relief after treatment.

Anybody who experiences frequent headaches or migraines can tell you just how debilitating the pain can be, and odds are they’ve tried numerous treatments to solve the problem. Could a daith piercing be the answer they are looking for?

Long Term Headache Relief

In the beginning of the blog I mentioned that the internet is a weird place. That’s because that blog on daith piercings went viral, and our site saw more traffic in a week than we did in all of 2014. People really wanted to learn more about Daith piercings, and they had a lot of questions. The most common question was, “Which side of my head should I get the piercing on?”

There is no specific answer, but thankfully, just like a brand new car, you can try it before you can buy it. What I mean by that is you can visit an acupuncturist and see if needles in certain parts of your cartilage provide some relief. If you find that it works, maybe it’s worth considering a permanent piercing.

For those of you who are needle-adverse, locating the daith piercing location may still help provide relief. If you begin to have a migraine, take your thumb and middle finger and gently massage that location on your ear. Switch ears after a few minutes, or massage both at the same time. If you notice significant relief, and you deal with regular headaches, a daith piercing could be a worthwhile solution.

Lastly, as I pointed out in the beginning of the article, there isn’t a lot of hard science behind the correlation between daith piercings and headache relief. Some people have found relief with this method, but it certainly won’t work for everybody. But, if you suffer from regular headaches and all other solutions have failed, it may be worth investigating further. I’ve read comments from readers who have said the procedure has helped to control their headaches, so if you pursue the procedure, I’d love to hear from you. Let me know how you are feeling in the days and weeks after the operation, and I’d be willing to let a few of you share your thoughts in a guest blog piece. I really just want people to find relief from pain, and your insights can help.

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Thomas Cohn, MD

Interventional pain doctor helping Minnesotans manage back, neck, foot, and other pain. Board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation with additional board-certification in pain management from the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP) and the American Board of Pain Medicine (ABPM).

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25 thoughts on “Daith Piercings For Migraines

  1. Part of it going viral has been due to it being shared within closed groups on Facebook for support of the condition Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension. Our headaches and migraines are serious and for so many of us medications don’t help much. This has created a lot of interest within the groups I am a member of lately. I went in search of more information and stumbled across your site.

  2. I am planning to get mine done tonight. I suffer from migraines with few discernible triggers. The medications that help the most also knock me on my butt so I’m done for the day once I take it. I’ve heard anecdotal evidence that it has helped, and I’ve also heard people having the piercing not finding improvement. Even if this just helps a little, it will be worth it. I will be happy to update if it I find relief from it.

  3. Iv just had mine pierced. I suffer from chronic migraine from the age of 11. I’m now 45 and conventional medicine has failed in fact it tends to bring on an attack. I also take magnesium daily which I find also helps a lot. I have high hopes for my daith piercing and now look forward to the coming weeks and months hoping to be migraine free. X

  4. I have suffered from migraines for years to the point that meds don’t work anymore. If a simple piercing helps them why not. Does it really help?

  5. After talking to my mom, she said back when I was young late 70s r early 80s there was something about putting two small ball barrings in that part of ear under skin? Then women would rub them for a number of reasons one being migraines!! Then during the 90s I remember them putting magnets and also some type of staple method! All for migraines!! Reason I bring this up By father suffered chorionic migraines and died in his mid 40s from anurisiams of the brain! My sisters suffers my cousins and I have since I was a teen I’m now 41 I take up to 4 prescriptions to control them and still find myself Atleast once a month in hospital! The earring is pretty But does it cure? What if these ladies have a real medical condition and it’s just masking it? Then who gets hurt?

    • Christine,

      Hard empirical evidence is lacking, but it appears to have worked for some with persistent/regular headaches and migraines. If it doesn’t work, patients can remove the earring if they don’t like it. It can’t be guaranteed to work for everyone, but many have found relief.

    • I would try googling some places in your area, then calling them and asking if they are familiar with the procedure. If you find a place that has performed the procedure ans understands the ear and your goals, that might be your best bet.

    • Most Tattoo shops do them. Do Your homework. Find out do they supply aftercare products, what are their instructions for aftercare. You might be surprised how different locations tell you all kinds of ways to care for the piercing. Cost. It is important to ask around for recommendations. And GO to the locations first. You will know the moment you walk in if its a clean environment or not. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! You do not want to just go to any place that will do them.

  6. I got my Daith pierced on 2-6-16. So far no migraines! I have had a few small headaches (climate change, stress, sinuses) but nothing a Excedrin didn’t fix right away! I normally take Imitrex for migraines and haven’t had one in 17 days! The piercing itself was not too painful. Yes it hurt but it was over quick. However the first 3-5 Days were very painful. I did a double piercing because in researching this I found that in some cases it caused the migraine to travel to the side opposite the piercing. And once I got it done, I didn’t want to have to come back.! Sleeping on them, and care for them were painful at first, and for some reason when I cleaned them Id get dizzy. No clue why. It went away fast. Also it was like when you bite your lip or get a bad bruise, you touch it to see if it still hurts. (why do we do that?!?!) I was very tempted to take these out! But, after the 1st week the pain went away. I can now touch it, move the ring around and clean it without any problem. I am so glad I got it and stuck it out! I hope it continues to prevent future migraines.

  7. I got my Daith pierced on January 30, 2016. I have not had a migraine since!! I have had migraines for 15+ years with 2-5 days per month suffering from them. I did only have one ear pierced (right side) the side most of my migraines were on. I had tried so many things over the years – medications, natural remedies, essential oils, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy – nothing lessened the migraines. The Daith piercing is working for me. I hope it continues to work!

  8. I was diagnosed with migraines when I was 16_ I’m 43 now. I’ve been prescribed Midrin, imitrex to no avail. I use ice packs and absolutely dark rooms. I’m t the point now that I’ll try anything to eleviate the pain. I’ve been seriously contemplating the daith piercing. I would like some more people to come forward about their results. Please!!!

  9. In lieu of a piercing I had mine stapled. It significantly reduced the severity and duration of my migraines. If you get them stapled you leave them in for a couple of months, and always get them done again if needed. I had them done two years ago and haven’t had them done since because it was so effective. I strongly recommend this.

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    • I don’t know, Janice, but I recommend calling tattoo or piercing shops in the area to see if they are familiar with the piercing and the pain pathways in the ear.

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