Does a daith piercing help with migraines?

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- At Born This Way Body Art, Tyler McClure takes what you are born with and adds a little flare.

McClure is a piercing technician at the studio and has been piercing for eight years.

"The upper cartilage piercing is a pretty common one. Conch piercings as well," he said.

But, sometimes people come in hoping an added accessory will bring some relief.

"It's called the daith piercing," he said.

It is a piercing on the inner part of your ear. McClure says it has grown in popularity ever since articles started spreading online claiming it helps relieve migraines.

"We get a lot of requests for it. It seems like multiple ones a day," he said.

So, does it actually work?

"The stance that we kind of go by is that we can't claim to treat or cure anything. Our goal is to make sure people are happy afterwards and we do have a lot of people come back being happy that they got the piercing," he said. "Whether or not it's a scientific thing, they'd have to talk to the doctor."

So, Local 8 News took that question to Dr. Will Foster at Traditional Health Clinic in Knoxville.

"Yes I have heard of that piercing," said Foster, an acupuncturist. "Whether it's effective for all people suffering from migraines is an interesting question."

Dr. Foster says it really just depends on the person and the type of migraine that they get. He says that point on the ear is associated with digestive organs. So if your migraine stems from digestive issues, the piercing could work.

"There are zones on the ear that correspond directly to zones on the body," he said.

But what works for some, may not work for others.

"Some people get good results. Some people don't," said Dr. Foster.

But for those who are willing to give it a try, McClure will guarantee one thing.

"Our main goal is to give people a piercing that they love and makes them happy," he said.

Dr. Foster encourages people to get a full work-up before they commit to anything. He says a lot of factors can contribute to migraines and there isn't one guaranteed treatment plan.