Daith Piercing for Anxiety: Does it Work?
By: Robert Porter
Updated August 10, 2021
Medically Reviewed By: Tanya Harell
Have you been wondering about daith piercings for anxiety? Some people experience anxiety that prevents them from performing normal activities. Anxiety affects millions of people around the world. Different forms of therapy can be used in the treatment of anxiety disorders. However, some people cannot afford the conventional treatments, or they do not respond to traditional methods for dealing with anxiety. Because anxiety disorders can disrupt people’s personal and professional lives, those experiencing itare constantly looking for a solution. Fortunately, there is an emerging alternative treatment for anxiety that is not only cost-effective but also pharmacy-free. So, what is this anxiety fix? Daith piercing for anxiety.
What Is ADaith Piercing For Anxiety?
A daith piercing for anxietyis done at the inner fold of one’s ears. It goes through the inner cartilage just above the eardrum. A hollow needle is used for piercing. After getting the piercing, the jewelry that is used is a curved barbell during the healing process, thenonce the piercing is healed, the jewelry can be changed out. Bead rings are popular amongst people who have gottendaith piercings for anxiety.
The first person to perform a daith piercing was Erik Dakota, and his first client was a Jewish woman who named the piercing “da’at,” meaning knowledge. The client named the piercing that way because she felt that only a knowledgeable person could do it. Daith piercings can only be performed using a specialized needle that was first designed by Erik Dakota. Although it was initially done for aesthetic purposes, today Daith piercing for anxiety is very common. After getting the piercing, some people claim that it helps reduce their anxiety.
The ear contains several pressure points that are often the target for acupuncturists. Acupuncture is the traditional Chinese medicine that helps in the flow of energy in the human body. Most holistic health professionals use pressure points to alleviate anxiety. The pressure points that are usually targeted are the vagus nerve that extends from the brain to the rest of the body. Therefore, the application of daith piercings for anxiety relief is similar to acupuncture. Practitioners say that in piercing targeted parts of the body, the needles assist in unblocking the energy gateways in the body.
One of the modern founders of ear acupuncture says that the ear has three essential pressure points. There is the shenmen, also referred to as the stress-relieving point; the tranquilizer point, which induces relaxation; and the point zero, which is the calming point in the ear. For the daith piercing for anxiety to work, the piercer must target point zero.
Practitioners of daith piercings for anxiety relief believe that it can permanently alleviate anxiety or reduce anxiety. If you’re seeking a solution to your anxiety woes, then understand that you are not alone. So many people struggle with anxiety, and solutions to the anxiety problem are very desirable. It is important to try to dig into the details about whether or not this piercing practice actually works, though.
Research And Ideas Behind Daith Piercing
Most of the information on the use of daith piercings for anxiety is anecdotal since there are no clinical trials in the US supporting the effect of daith piercing on anxiety. Most Western doctors find it hard to believe that daith piercings help with anxiety. Western doctors attribute the results of daith piercing and anxiety to other factors, such as the stimulation of the endorphins or reduction of muscle tension and improved circulation.
There are a number of people who believe that daith piercings for anxiety works. Studies have been conducted, which concluded that the stimulation of specific reflex points in the ear can help in relieving symptoms of distant pathology. A study done in China concluded that ear acupuncture on subjects experiencing anxiety and migraines achieved positive results after only one acupuncture treatment. They concluded that comprehensive auricular acupuncture could reduce headaches and can alleviate the clinical symptoms of anxiety and migraines, especially when combined.
Many clinical results are based on the use of acupuncture to relieve anxiety and migraines. There is a connection between acupuncture and piercings. Indeed, daith piercings are done at the pressure point—the same position that practitioners of acupuncture target to heal migraines. Theoretically, daith piercing produces the same effects as acupuncture. Nevertheless, more studies should be carried out on the application ofdaith piercings as an alternative treatment foranxiety.
The Placebo Effect
Some people do not believe that daith piercings for anxiety works. They think that it is a placebo effect, meaning that the treatment works because one believes that it is working. Any benefits or positive results that one gets because of a placebo effect are because of their own body and mind.
However, this does not mean that daith piercings for anxiety donot work. There must be some truth behind these claims. However, until there are sufficient scientific studies completed, one cannot promise that a daith piercing can relieve, reduce, and combat anxiety definitively. You should carefully weigh your decision.
Preventing Infection After Daith Piercing For Anxiety
In order to avoid and reduce the risk of infection, you should complete the following steps should you decide to get a daith piercing for anxiety.
- Get your piercing at a licensed shop or parlor.
- Ensure the piercer is knowledgeable and licensed to do the daith piercing.
- The wound should be kept dry, and one should avoid activities such as swimming.
- Do not pull off the jewelry to prevent irritation, as this makes the wound fresh.
- Jewelry should not be removed until the wound heals completely, which can take around six months to one year.
- Sanitize your hands before touching the piercing.
- Use cold compresses to reduce the swelling.
- Clean the piercing daily using a saline solution to reduce risks of infection.
Risks Associated With Daith Piercing
Just like any other procedure, daith piercing is associated with several risks that one should consider before getting the piercing. It is painful to get the piercing and takes a long time before it can heal completely. Daith piercings take longer periods to heal, starting from five to twelve months.
It is a cartilage piercing, and therefore, it has higher chances of infection than the standard lobe piercings. If the infection is left untreated, it can lead to an ear infection and subsequently loss of hearing. Some people have experienced toxic shock syndrome and sepsis because of daith piercings, which could be due to bacterial infections.
In some cases, daith piercing does not work for the purpose for which it was intended, and the person may think of letting the piercing close. Unfortunately, this may leave an unsightly mark behind even after the piercing has closed.
Some opponents of daith piercings for anxiety or migraines argue that the dangers of daith piercing outweigh the benefits. Researchers and head specialists say that the benefitsofdaith piercings for anxiety and migraines result from the placebo effect and that the effects are temporary and psychological. Besides, the possible risks or side effects of getting an infection from the piercing may make anxiety symptoms worse. One should avoid daith piercings if they are taking blood thinners orif they have diabetes, autoimmune conditions, orhemophilia.
Consider Seeking Out Online Therapy
Research shows that online therapy can be a powerful tool for people experiencing anxiety symptoms.For example, one broad-based report published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews examined the effects of online cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) on people living with generalized anxiety disorder. They aggregated the results of 30 studies, with over 2,000 participants, that utilized online CBT as the main method of treatment. Based on these results, researchers concluded that online CBT is a useful modality when helping those experiencing anxiety disorders.
As outlined above, online therapy platforms can provide valuable resources to help you better confront difficult feelings related to anxiety. With online therapy through BetterHelp, you’ll have access to one of thousands of licensed counselors, from all over the US, and beyond—not just those counselors who happen to work in your area. With more options, you’ll be matched with someone who can address your specific concerns. A mental health professional can help you understand the thoughts and behaviors that may be triggering your anxiety. Read below for reviews of BetterHelp counselors, from those who have experienced similar issues.
“An amazing therapist that really listens to what I’m saying and gives me sound advice. Kris has upped my confidence in my own ability to control my anxiety, something I didn’t think was possible. I’m incredibly thankful and grateful.”
“Melissa gets to the heart of the matter which I appreciate. And she subtly calls me on my bullshit which I also appreciate. Our work together on my mental health has me always suggesting betterhelp to people. Melissa also shows a bit of her personality which is good for me because I don’t like when people just repeat back what I say with a stale piece of age-old advice. Thank you Melissa for being a big help in my life as I struggle through anxiety, stress, and self esteem issues.”
Daith piercing may or may not work for treating anxiety, and there are several risk factors to consider. Whether or not you decide to get the piercing, getting to the root of your anxiety can allow you to live a more fulfilling life. Our counselors at BetterHelp can help.
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