26th January 2016

Daith piercing

Can daith piercings alleviate migraine?

Not many would have predicted that an ear piercing would become the most talked about “cure” for migraine, but in recent months that’s exactly what has happened. Stories of people getting a “daith” piercing in a bid to relieve them of migraine have gone viral. A quick internet search will reveal numerous blog posts and news articles on the subject.

A daith piercing is a piercing through the ear’s innermost cartilage fold. The theory of daith piercings helping to alleviate migraine is based on the idea of targeting a specific pressure point and replicating the principle of acupuncture.

The Migraine Trust has seen lots of comments and questions on the subject to our Facebook Page and via Twitter. Many people are curious to learn more before making a decision on trying it themselves, others are happy to share their own positive experience while some report negative experiences.

From Facebook

“What are people’s experiences in getting the piercing through your ear to prevent migraines?” asks Teresa.

“Does anyone know if there is any truth behind having your daith in your ear pierced stopping migraines??” asks Lucy.

“No it dosnt it makes em worse don’t do it” writes Sharon.

Our Information Service has also received enquiries from people seeking further information on daith piercings, including asking how effective it is at alleviating migraine and if there has been any research.

So what do we know?

Dr Fayyaz Ahmed, a neurologist and trustee of The Migraine Trust, said:

“There is no evidence that daith piercing work to help migraine.”

As a charity that promotes migraine research and evidence-based information, there is not much more that we can tell people. As with anything else, what may help one person to manage their migraine may not help others. Each individual experience of migraine is different, just as we all respond differently to factors that influence our health. Learn more about living with migraine >

It is worth remembering that body piercings are not without risk – bacterial infection being the main one. The NHS Choices website advises people wishing to get a piercing to find a reputable and licensed piercer who has passed hygiene and safety standards. More from NHS Choices on piercings >

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