Since time began, mankind has searched for answers to physical issues. Migraines are an inconvenient, painful reality for so many Americans that it’s little wonder we’re looking constantly for ways to find relief. One of the newer and more unusual methods is daith piercing, which has some reputation for effectiveness against chronic headaches.

What is Daith Piercing?

This is a piercing located in the inner cartilage section of the ear, which runs through a pressure point. These piercings are typically performed at tattoo and piercing shops, and there is little research to support them as yet. Patients who have had the piercings, however, claim to have seen an improvement in the intensity of their headaches.

Here’s what you need to know about daith piercing for migraines.


A daith piercing is a piercing located in the innermost cartilage fold of the ear. It’s a specific type of piercing in the ear cartilage midline toward the front of the ear . This type of piercing has been done for thousands of years, but can be quite painful due to the bony cartilage and care is required to keep it clean and prevent infections.

The name of this type of piercing is only thought to have begun around the 1990’s. (1)

As many of us migraineurs know, when traditional approaches for treatment fail we often turn to complementary alternatives.

Acupuncture is a common alternative approach.  Supporters claim the daith piercing is effective because it occurs on the same pressure point on the ear that is used by acupuncturists to treat migraine. 

Our customers reviews about Daith Piercing.



I got my daith pierced by Italo 2 months ago here and I defiantly recommend anyone who is thinking about it going here to get it done.  I am a constant migraine sufferer and had done my research and figured what the heck its just a piercing.  I was still scared cuz i have not had my ears pierced since I was in elementary school.  Chicago Ink is extremely clean and they are very professional.  All the equipment they used was sterile right out of the bag.  Italo made sure I was comfortable the whole time and let me know exactly what he was doing.  The piercing looks great and my migraine frequency AND intensity has cut in half!  I do still have migraines - I never expected to be completely cured, but any migraine sufferer knows any help is a blessing. To be able to get weekends back is amazing! Normally any bad weather will affect me but not anymore :) I am so happy and I plan on getting my other ear done after this one heals completely by next year.  Not to mention it looks awesome.  I defiantly recommend anyone thinking about getting a daith piercing going here to get one!

Carla C. Valdez reviewed Chicago Ink Tattoo & Body Piercing — 5 star

March 19 at 5:57pm · 

Just got my Daith pierced at Chicago Ink. The woman who did my piercing was Rossmary. I had a really good experience. Very friendly and nice. If I have anything negative to say is that the lady who did my piercing was swamped with walk ins, calls, patron questions, so she was being pulled in all directions, but was very professional. Rossmary told me that they were short staffed so that was expected. I would totally recommend this place. I read the reviews as well. People have lots of positive things to say about Chicago Ink. There was a mother their with her daughter looking into tattoos and she made the same comment about how Chicago Ink had great reviews. I would go back if I ever decide to get my other Daith pierced.

Lilly Lilova reviewed Chicago Ink Tattoo & Body Piercing — 5 star

February 9 · 

Just got my daith piercing done by Italo. Didn't even feel it and it was done so quick that I still had heat in my car when I got out. I'm very happy with my piercing and can't wait to go again and get some more!

Rachel Haas reviewed Chicago Ink Tattoo & Body Piercing — 5 star

December 18, 2016 · 

I got my daith pierced here back in November and it was the easiest piercing I have ever gotten. The shop was so clean and professional. My piercer did a fantastic job and I will soon be back for more


Italo did a daith piercing for my daughter. He was very professional and took time to make sure we understood everything.  He made sure she was doing ok during the procedure and understood care instructions.  The piercing was to help with migraines and he was very familiar with the reason and process. He just called to check how she is doing.  I'm beyond satisfied with the day of service and follow up.  I highly recommend Chicago Ink & Tattoo and especially Italo.  Outstanding!!  And my daughter has not had a headache!



I went to get my daith pierced because I suffer from migraines frequently and I'd seen that they can have a positive impact on migraines. Angie was great, she explained every step and explained the aftercare in an easy to understand manner. The piercing went pretty quick and I absolutely have had no problems, I totally recommend getting your piercings done here and with Angie.

  • JoJo H.
  • Arlington Heights, IL


I had read that the Daith piercing helped with Migraines. My daughter has had them for years and we have tried everything. I suggested we do the Daith piercing together, after researching places to go I chose Chicago Ink!!! So happy I did. Italo did our piercings and was amazing!!! He was so nice!! We went back 8 weeks later and had the bar changed to cute hoops.  The place is super clean! So happy we chose Chicago Ink!!! Best part is migraine free now for 3 months. Thanks Italo!!

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Posted on November 26, 2016 .