Daith Piercings and Migraines

You may have noticed the recent posts on many social media sites regarding how a Daith piercing may reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine headaches, and I have definitely seen a surge in the amount of Daith piercings I perform here at the studio.  But does it actually help with migraines?

What’s Behind the Theory

A properly placed Daith piercing runs though the inner ear cartilage, which also happens to be the same pressure point stimulated during an acupuncture session to relive migraine pain.

Acupuncturists insert a fine needle into the pressure point and then apply stimulation to the needle either manually or electronically.  This causes the blood vessels around the needle to dilate, which increases the flow of blood to the tissues and therefore helps reduce the symptoms of the migraine.  Because the Daith piercing runs directly through this same pressure point, the theory is that you would have the same effect with the piercing as you would with the acupuncture treatment.

Does it Work

To my knowledge, there have been no official studies done on the effectiveness of Daith piercings on migraines.  However, the feedback I have collected from the many clients I have performed this piercing on has been overwhelmingly positive.  Does this mean we can we state that this treatment works to relieve migraine headaches?  No.  But just as Botox treatments were accidentally discovered to be effective on migraines, it is possible that the theory of Daith piercings providing migraine relief might be proved in the same way.


If you are one of the thousands of people that struggle with migraines on a regular basis, and also enjoy body piercings and jewelry, then why not give it a try?  At the very least you will be left with a beautiful and stylish body adornment to enjoy for years to come.