Piercings help with chronic pain (Image: /Getty)

Earrings are fun, but did you know they have health benefits too?

“Lip, nipple and nose piercings are associated with the health benefits of acupuncture,” says pharmacist Julia Guerin.

According to acupuncture practitioners, ear piercings are very powerful in helping with just about everything from brain development to chronic pain, indigestion and menstrual cramps.

“It should be noted that the scientific evidence for acupuncture is very limited, but there are at least anecdotal success stories on the subject.”

“Ear cartilage piercings work like acupuncture, stimulating pressure points and nerve endings to relieve pain,” Healthline writes.

“This treatment is based on the same basic ideas of acupuncture and acupressure.”

What does acupuncture and moxibustion treatment consist of?

According to the NHS, acupuncture is a therapy derived from ancient Chinese medicine that “inserts fine needles into areas of the body for therapeutic or preventive purposes to treat various conditions.”

Auricular therapy consists of stimulating the external surface of the ear to alleviate pathological conditions in other parts of the body.

It is based on the idea that the ear is a microsystem that mirrors the entire human body.

“We have 200 handprints in the ears,” says Julia. Acupuncturists believe that pressure points in the body reflect and regulate the internal organs.

“If you have pierced ears, auricular therapy (ear acupuncture) tells us that the location of the piercing changes the flow of energy in the body and, in some cases, relieves pain.”

So which piercings help with specific health conditions?

The image shows a diagram listing different ear piercings.

The ear is a small microsystem that mirrors the body (Image: /Getty)


Daito piercings are placed in the innermost crease of the ear.

The evidence for health benefits is mostly anecdotal, but some people believe that this piercing may help reduce anxiety-related migraines.

“Daith piercings have been touted as a popular option for treating anxiety and migraines since they hit TikTok last year,” explains Julia.

The acupuncture points associated with piercings are known as the “zero point” and help the body maintain optimal bodily function (of course, anxiety and migraines can be confusing).


Named for its resemblance to the shell of the ear, the shell piercing is located on the inner cup of the ear.

Both the inner and outer shell can be pierced. The inner shell is tall and parallel to the base.

Some people get these piercings to relieve acute or chronic pain, according to Healthline.


This is one of the most popular cartilage piercings on the outer edge of the ear.

“Spirals are the points used in acupuncture and acupressure…a well-known headache remedy,” says Healthline.

Stimulation with piercings is believed to relieve nasal congestion and sore throat.

tragus piercing woman

Tragus piercings are said to ease anxiety (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

forward spiral

This piercing is located near the head, in front of the ear.

This acupuncture point is believed to relieve muscle tension and promote blood circulation. It is also said to prevent wrinkles.


The tragus is a thick piece of meat that covers the opening of the ear canal.

Acupuncture pressure at this point is said to stimulate the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve runs from the brain to the rest of the body and controls bodily functions such as digestion, heart rate, and the immune system.

Stimulating this nerve has been shown to reduce symptoms of health problems such as epilepsy and depression, according to Healthline.

People also say that this piercing helps with anxiety.


The navel piercing goes through a ridge within the upper ridge of the ear. It’s better than Deity.

Again, although not scientifically proven, these piercings are believed to help reduce stress and relieve migraines.

It’s worth it?

Julia from Medino Digital Pharmacy said:

“Personally, I don’t advocate body piercing for any health-related issues, but I would still encourage you to seek out all safe remedies if you honestly and sincerely believe it will help. I encourage you.”

Everyone has varying success using alternative methods like auricular therapy and acupuncture.

Do not want piercings? plant in the ear

Ear seeding is a form of needle-free auricular therapy in which small beads (sometimes resembling gemstones) are placed on the surface of the ear to stimulate specific pressure points associated with parts of the body.

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