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This Piercing Has A Meaning - Do You Know What It Is?

Have you ever seen someone with a daith piercing, or a piercing in the center of the ear? Perhaps you have one yourself. Some people think this is purely an ornamental adornment, but there's actually a long history to piercing the innermost fold of cartridge. Do you know what it is?

The daith piercing (pronounced 'doth', rhyming with 'goth') became popular in 1992. Due to the complexity of the piercing, it requires knowledge and skill for one to pull it off correctly. It was dubbed the 'da'at' by a student studying Hebrew. 'Da'at' means ‘knowledge.'

It is said to have been 'invented' by Erik Dakota and a Jewish woman, but actually they only 'invented' the modern technique. The actual piercing of the crus of the helix goes back for thousands of years.

An early purpose for piercing this part of the ear lies in the alternative medicine practice of acupuncture. The piercing is said to relieve migraine headaches.

Of course, many people wear a daith piercing simply because they like the style. There are still people, however, more interested in the healing behind the piercing than the fashion.

“I’ve had many people come to me looking for migraine relief. It’s a much cheaper alternative to medicine and even acupuncture, and many of their doctors recommend it to them,” said Dave Kurlander, owner of Tempest Artistic Studio in New York. “The piercing hits a pressure point which then relieves pressure in your head.”

Are you willing to face a needle to see if it brings you migraine relief? Just think of it this way: you're not only curing a migraine, you're also getting an opportunity for a whole new array of jewelry.

If piercings and needles just aren't your thing, that's okay. Acupressure might be more your speed, no sharp implements required. Or perhaps just a Tylenol will do. It's good to have options.

Source: Providr
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