The piercing that may just stop your migraines

A Daith piercing is located in the inner fold of your ear. It is claimed that a Daith piercing can relieve the symptoms of and even stop anxiety migraines.

A migraine is a neurological condition that usually causes painful headaches. Migraines are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light. These symptoms can be debilitating for some, with most having to go to bed and try ‘sleep it off’ but for others, they can last for days.

If you suffer from migraines like me, you would try anything that would reduce their frequency.

Although a lot of evidence behind these claims is purely anecdotal, there is some research in its benefits because of the pressure points in our ears.

Vagus Nerve

Your ear is home to several pressure points. Points that acupuncturists and other holistic practitioners stimulate to try to alleviate headaches. These pressure points are connected to your vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is the longest nerve in the 10 nerves that go from the brain to the rest of the body. By piercing the Daith, you apply constant pressure to the vagus nerve thus theoretically relieving headaches.

Depression and Anxiety


Again, some anecdotal evidence shows the link between vagus nerve stimulation and easing symptoms of anxiety. Although no clinical trials or scientific research has been carried out on the Daith piercing, research does show the positive impact acupuncture has on reducing panic attacks.

Is it safe?

There are risks with all piercing and procedures. Because the Daith piercing is in the cartilage, it comes with a higher risk than the earlobe.

Daith piercings can have many negative side effects:

  • bleeding
  • swelling
  • scarring
  • lingering pain
  • development of an abscess
  • infection
  • removal of infected cartilage
  • worsening migraine symptoms

Because of the location of the piercing, it may be painful to have it pierced.


If you decide to go ahead with it, always look for a reputable piercer to do it for you. Be meticulous with your aftercare and keep it clean until it heals.

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