Here is what you need to know about 16g or 18g daith piercing
A 16g or 18g daith piercing is a piercing located in the innermost cartilage fold of the ear. It is a specific type of piercing in the ear cartilage midline toward the front of the ear (see image). 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.
Others claim the 16g or 18g daith piercing is effective because it occurs on the same pressure point on the ear that is used by acupuncturists to treat migraine.
What do the experts think about 16g or 18g daith piercing?
The upper insertion point of the 16g or 18g daith piercing seems to correspond with the large intestine point used in Chinese auricular acupuncture. Large intestine channel points are often selected for the treatment of headache and migraine, and other forms of head pain, due to that channel is pathway across the face, however the large intestine ear point is not one commonly used for these complaints.
There are other points on the ear which are more important for the treatment of migraine.
Other points near the 16g or 18g daith piercing location target the small intestine, appendix, mouth and oesophagus – similarly, none of which have a particular affinity with the head or migraine.
The location of acupuncture points on the ear are very specific. If the piercer was intending to pierce one of these points, they would really need to know how to accurately locate the point.
Things to consider about 16g or 18g daith piercing
Piercings are typically less than $100 so this could be an economical treatment alternative if it works.
The precise position is an important factor in the results you receive. Your acupuncturist may be able to test this, recommend someone, or mark the spot for an accurate piercing.
16g or 18g daith piercing
Anecdotal feedback suggests you pierce the ear on the side where you most often experience your migraine headaches.