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Daith piercings may replicate the effects of acupuncture and result in reduced migraine symptoms.

Daith piercings have become a popular option in recent years for migraine sufferers.

What are daith piercings?

As can be seen in the image above, daith piercing involves piercing the ear’s cartilage. For migraine sufferers who find that acupuncture helps with their migraines, daith piercing may be a long-term solution in the aims of replicating the effects of acupuncture.

There are anecdotes of those having fewer migraines and reduced symptoms of migraines after having the daith piercing done. However, there is limited research evidence to support the use of daith piercing to help with migraines. It is advised that sufferers of migraines should do careful research and consider the risks of daith piercings before committing to getting one.

So what are the risks of daith piercings?

Daith piercings carry risks, as with any type of body piercing as you would be introducing a foreign object to your body. Below are some risks associated with daith piercings:

  • infections
  • allergic reaction
  • bleeding
  • swelling
  • pain
  • scarring/keloids
  • nerve damage (including sensation loss)

Migraine sufferers who believe daith piercings may be an option for them, should consult a qualified auriculotherapy practitioner or a licensed acupuncturist.

There are many other forms of treatment options for migraine sufferers, including seeking the support or help of a headache and migraine expert, to help manage your symptoms and gain control of your life.

A drug-free treatment is available. If you are a sufferer or know someone who suffers from migraines, contact our headache clinicians for a careful assessment and early diagnosis of your condition.

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Deborah Weatherspoon, C. (2017). Can daith piercings help with a migraine? What the experts say. [online] Medical News Today. Available at: [Accessed 9 Dec. 2017].

Healthline. (2017). Migraine Piercing: Can a Daith Ear Piercing Help?. [online] Available at: [Accessed 9 Dec. 2017].

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