What Is Daith Piercing?
This piercing rhymes with faith but is generally referred to as doth. It is the perforation that passé through the crus of the helix, which is the innermost cartage fold in the ear. This piercing is usually performed by experts because it is quite tricky, especially considering the location of the piercing. Fakir Mustafa’s Play Body magazine was the first to bring this pricing into the limelight with other body modifications such as Apadydoe and dermal punch.
Erik Dakota initially discovered the correct method to perform this piercing. It is done using a specific technique and a specific kind of needle. A recent article published by the State University of New York sparked an interest in the medicinal properties of this piercing.
Daith Piercings and migraines! 5 Things you need to know
One of the main reasons the Daith Piercing has become such a popular cartilage earring is that many believe it is a cure for migraines, so here are 5 things you should know if that is the reason you want to get your daith pierced.
1. So far, there is no medical evidence to support the claim that Daith Piercings can cure migraines.
2. Many people believe that the daith is a pressure point, and the piercing acts as a kind of acupuncture therapy which can relieve migraine pain.
3. Experts at Cleveland Medical Clinic in the United States put the pain relief down to being part of the placebo effect, and not actually being real.
4. In most cases, however, customers have reported at least some improvement in migraine pain after getting a Daith Piercing.
5. Finally, just because it worked for some people, does not mean it will be a success with you, as this is unconfirmed medicine, so make sure you really want to be pierced.
Make sure you want a Daith Piercing!
The most important thing when you get any piercing, is that it is one you actually want. This is especially important when getting a Daith Piercing, as many people see it as a quick fix for migraines.
This will not be the case, even if it does help in some way. You have to make sure that you also will actually want the piercing, not just its side-effects. However, it is an awesome looking piercing, and if you do want it, then it’s a great piercing to have.
How much will a Daith Piercing hurt?
Pain is always subjective to the individuals' experience, but the Daith is going to be a bit more uncomfortable than regular cartilage piercings.
Because of the awkward position, it holds on the ear, the daith must be pierced very delicately and slowly, in order for the piercer to not get anything wrong. This means that you will most likely feel it for a little bit longer than other piercings which are over in a flash. The Daith Piercing will take a few more seconds to complete.
As for the post-procedure pain, the daith will remain dull and sensitive for a couple of weeks, but proper aftercare will take care of much of this.
Preparing to get a Daith Piercing
Here are a few handy tips to help prepare you for getting your Daith piercing.
- You might want to have a drink before your piercing to work up the courage; DO NOT DO THIS. Most piercing artists won’t even perform a procedure if you have consumed alcohol.
- Stay away from caffeine before your piercing, because this will increase your metabolism which may speed up the bleeding.
- Eat something light and small before getting pierced, don’t go in starving.
- If you have long hair, tie it up to make life easier for your piercer.
- Make sure the Daith piercing is what you want, and are not just looking for a quick migraine fix.
To avoid nasty infections or complications after getting your ear pierced, you should follow our steps for taking proper care of your Daith piercing.
1. ALWAYS make sure your hands have been properly washed with soap before cleaning your piercing.
2. Salt and water solutions are the best product for cleaning, so try one of our salt spray solution for the best results.
3. Use thicker kitchen paper or a non-alcoholic swabstick to clean your ear, cotton wool is not suitable.
4. Carefully move your piercing around a little bit to let the solution soak all the way through.
5. Two cleans a day is plenty, any more than this will just irritate the pierced area.
6. Avoid any chemical based solutions such as alcoholic or hydrogen peroxide, as they will just cause more issues.
7. Unless specifically told by your GP, try to avoid any thicker oils and creams in the first 2 weeks, as they could just block up the piercing area, slowing the healing process.
Some Historical Facts about Daith Piercing
Daith piercing has been a part of traditions, religious affirmations and self-expression for a long time. Piercing has been practiced by humans since 5000 years, for many reasons, one being its healing properties. Our ancestors have been practicing healing through acupuncture for ages.
Acupuncture first became a practice in the stone ages and from there it has made quite a space in the world of healing and medicine. Dr. Paul Nogier also referred to as the father of modern Auriculotherapy first introduced this around the 50s. His research was limited by the lack of modern measurement devices, but he was able to conclude that ears have various stimulation points that can be manipulated to affect other parts of the body. This conclusion emphasizes the basic principles of acupuncture and auriculotherapy, which uses piercing as a means of stimulating the reflex points of the body.
Dr. Paul was sure that modern modes of measurement could determine how accurately stimulation at a certain point of the ear can generate reflex in other connected parts. Despite, modern medicine not backing up most claims associated with these therapies, it certainly cannot dismiss the notion that these techniques may work.
Piercing is believed to affect the energy flow in the body. Piercing a certain part of the ear can actually improve the painful conditions other body parts are suffering from. It also affects the internal functions of the body. Ears are believed to consist of most pressure points that are directly associated with pain throughout the body.
In the world of preventative and alternative medicine such as acupuncture and auriculotherapy, ears are considered a microsystem that contains all the pressure points of the body.
A Brief Overview of Daith Piercings
If you like adorning your ears with dainty little pieces of jewelry that are a form of self-expression, then this is worth the aesthetic appeal of this piercing.
Daith piercing is performed on the thick part of the cartilage in the ear just above the tragus the location of this piercing certainly makes it appear quite dramatic, but if done right the pain is miniscule.
A daith piercing requires a little more attention than its counterparts, as this is a larger wound. The healing time and process of care are also a little more complicated than other piercings as they are done through thinner parts of the cartilage and this is done through a much thicker portion.
Besides the basic care, daith piercings require a few extra steps to stay clean and infection free. Your piercer will determine the material and size of the earring you will be wearing in this piercing. Daith piercings normally take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks to heal fully, but they are also the most vulnerable of piercings, so setbacks can be expected in the healing process.
The aftercare instructions given by your piercer should be followed like religion as even the tiniest neglect can cause permanent disfiguration to your ears structure. The most important instruction is the size and material of the jewelry, all cartilage sizes are different and if you choose to wear a certain type of jewelry without expert advice it may cause damage to the cartilage.