So this piercing (pronounced dahth) has become very popular over the past few months. While it can be very aesthetically pleasing to the eye if executed correctly, the daith piercing does not offer any cure to headaches. Sorry folks! This reminds me of all the other rumors out there such as eyebrow piercings and tragus piercings causing paralization and nose piercings making you go blind, just a fluke!
Recently I had a girl come into the studio with a daith piercing she had received here in town and she was in excrutiating pain. Unlike what is being said lately, her piercing caused her to have headaches. The headaches werent from the piercing itself but from an infection that was spreading and the poor placement of the piercing. Fortunately she took my advice and visited a minor emergency and got antibiotics as the piercing was removed.
-I will create a separate blog post about speaking with a doctor and why you should not remove a piercing if you have a possible infection unless instructed to.-
A little bit about daiths...
They have to be placed deep inside the ear to complement the anatomy and the conch. However, the piercing shouldnt be placed too deep inside the ear. If the piercing is placed too 'shallow' or close the surface of the area being pierced the ring will flop around when the head moves.
Thanks Jeff for the awesome daith diagrams! http://www.jefsaunders.com/2014/02/the-daith-bowl.html
There hasnt been any offcial studies on the Daith piercing providing any headache relief. However, if it coincidentally works thats great! It is most likely caused by you simply tricking your brain into thinking this has created a solution. I will say though, if you want this piercing, make sure you do the research and get it done correctly that way when it does not correct your headaches at least you will have a pretty and healthy piercing!
Above I have provided a digram of all of the pressure points in the ear. As you can see the daith area has no relation to the brain or head at all. The only thing closest to that is the Anti Tragus area (forehead and temples), but lets not start more rumors, that doesnt work either.
For more Daith info and a source for the Daith diagrams: Saunders, Jeff. "The Daith Bowl! - PiercingNerd.com JefSaunders.com." The Daith Bowl! - PiercingNerd.com JefSaunders.com. 4 Feb. 2014. Web. 5 Nov. 2015.