A Daith piercing is an ear piercing that passes through the ear’s innermost cartilage fold, the crus of the helix.
The piercing is usually performed with a straight hollow needle. Captive bead rings are the most common jewellery type used.
A client of Erik Dakota, who is said to have been studying Hebrew in college, first named this piercing “da’at” (meaning “Knowledge”). Her reasoning was that the piercer must have been very “smart” to figure out how to do the piercing. This piercing was first brought into the public eye in Fakir Musafar’s Body Play, in the same issue that also showcased the Industrial Piercing, the Apadydoe, and a large dermal punch in the outer conch.
Fakir Musafar added, “The Daith piercing was co-created in 1992 by Erik Dakota and a Jewish woman piercing client with a metaphysical bent. A true Daith must be done in such a way that the bottom part of the ring appears to come directly out of the ear canal. If one can see both the entrance and exit hole of the ring, it is not a true Daith. The technique for this piercing is quite advanced, requires a specifically curved needle and was devised by Erik Dakota.”
According to the Cleveland Clinic, daith piercing has been claimed to help reduce the symptoms of migraines. However, the Clinic knows of no evidence to support that claim and does not recommend piercing.