trendy ear piercings acupuncture points

Is it just us or is everyone is getting pierced these days? While a few well-styled studs might add a level of delicate edginess to your look, does that constellation of cute jewelry come with energetic consequences?

The Science On Piercings + Acupuncture

We are huge proponents of acupuncture and have experienced the potent influence of a strategic pin poke first hand.

The ear alone harbors around 300 acupressure points that are all connected to an organ or specific emotional expression.

That means most piercings are located in places that correlate to acupuncture points on the body’s meridians of energy.

Much like the foot in reflexology, some acupuncturists use the ear as a roadmap for the rest of the body and activate these points to remedy specific imbalances throughout the body.

Of course, in the context of acupuncture, these points are only stimulated for a short period of time and then the needle is removed to allow energy to flow freely in the ‘corrected’ direction. But what happens when we lodge a piece of gold or other metal in the same point every day?

What the Heck is Auriculotherapy?

Auriculotherapy, also known as ear acupuncture, is integrative medical practice used to treat or diagnose health conditions throughout the body. The therapies involved include acupuncture needles, ear reflexology, ear seeding (read more here), and even electrical stimulation of the surface of ear reflex points.

We first explored this topic with leading acupuncturist, Mona Dan of Vie Healing — check out the story here. What we learned is that there is a fascinating connection between trendy ear piercings and mind-body wellbeing. Based on the principles of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, we’re examining how the ear can be seen as a tiny map for the whole body, and how piercings could hurt or help on a variety of issues…

trendy ear piercings acupuncture points

Above: Common Piercing Names + Acupuncture Pressure Points

Powerful Placements. According to Mona Dan, “there are some piercers who have been permanently piercing acupuncture points for stress relief, digestion, insomnia and more. They’ve made it a niche part of their practice to use the different acupuncture points to give constant stimulation in the areas. One common point that is popular to pierce is the Daith ear piercing, said to help treat migraines. Some who suffer swear by the piercing, but again, might be dealing as an excessive body type with heightened energy — they need the relief, but over time it will be draining for the area.”

Some piercing studios have noted auriculotherapy as the inspiration for clients’ interest in piercing as ‘therapy’. Although most pierce simply for aesthetic purposes, some studios have pierced clients whose ears have been marked for piercing specifically by their personal acupuncturists, even noting that one client’s conch piercing was reported to help reduce their chronic pain.

Metal Matters. Metal affects the energy flow of your body, especially if it is located near a meridian. Mona mentioned that “in Chinese medicine, we believe when areas of the ear are pierced it can be draining for the body, as the area is constantly stimulated. This can cause a few things to happen: scar tissue build-up, which impairs blood flow and the earring hole, which is completely draining.” What’s the good news? “Using gold and silver as an earring can preserve your energy.” While gold is typically activating, silver tends to have more of a sedative or draining effect.

Pick Your Points. If you’re curious about the correlation between your piercings and their acupuncture points, here’s a place to start. If you’re thinking of getting pierced, you may want to consider the potential connection between your piercing and their related acucpuncture pressure points:

Lower Lobe – Anxiety

Mid Lobe – Eyesight

Upper Lobe – Depression

Flat – Stress Eating

Rook – Stress

Helix – Insomnia

Daith – Migraines 

Conch – Chronic Pain

Tragus – Sugar Cravings

Industrial – Allergies

What’s The Verdict? Many in-the-know acupuncture pros like Mona say trendy ear piercings could create a natural energetic draining point, but others argue that the body becomes desensitized to the shift in energy over time or that the body finds a way to flow around it. We can’t deny the logic that piercing a point that is known for its ability to stimulate a specific biomechanic response could have a direct effect on the mind and body, but thus far there are no studies to confirm the connection. It’s important to remember that everyone is different — depending on your body’s unique needs, results can vary. For some, a perfectly placed piercing could be a wellness gamechanger, for others, it could cause a subtle shift in energy that proves to be more disruptive than complementary. Pick your piercings wisely…

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  1. So if someone gets the area designated for depression, and we are following the idea that gold stimulates and silver suppresses, would gold stimulate more depression and silver suppress the depression? Or does gold stimulate the depression site and therefore lessen the depression and silver would increase the depression?

    Taffy | 09.17.2019 | Reply
  2. Gold will increase the depression and silver will decrease it. If this is true. Disclaimer: this may or may not work for you and I am just someone of the community posting, I have no degrees so I may be wrong but may not be wrong.

    Anonymous | 12.26.2019 | Reply
  3. Scientifically, the atomic differences between the nuclei—gold and silver—depict simply. Gold would stimulate the depression site, ergo lessening the depressive emotional state. Whereas, in theory, silver would decrease the effectiveness of an acupuncture piercing. Contrary to this, gold would assist with healing and therefore decrease the potential development of scar-tissue compared to silver. From this, we can conclude that gold would be the most favorable metal to be initially used for it possess the properties to simulate the healing process and the pressure point relief. Substitution between the metals would determine the strength of the acupuncture relief; feeling depressive, wear gold, and if not, wear silver. The relationship between which metal to wear should be constantly adjusted to address the individual’s changing emotional states, assuming acute.

  4. If the piercings are constantly moving or being “energised”, maybe this would affect it.

    Smokey Pokey | 03.03.2021 | Reply
  5. Since when you get your ears pierced you have to leave the earrings in for a designated time, which metal would you get that has to stay in during the healing process but also suppress the depression. Also what about anxiety? Would you get both piercings at the same time?

    Michelle | 05.22.2021 | Reply
  6. 14k has always been the best metal, for me.

    Sarah | 08.04.2021 | Reply
  7. So I really want to get piercings I’ve been begging my mom and she is finally letting me but I decided to do some research and then seen this. If I get any of these piercings it will cause depression, constipation, cramps, and etc. if so how do I prevent it. This is really making me rethink getting piercings please help!

    Anonymous | 03.19.2022 | Reply
  8. I think you misunderstood the post- the piercings are meant to help prevent/lesson those symptoms. I got a daith because I get migraines and it made them happen less often. So, if you get migraines, the daith would make them happen less, not more.

    Abby | 04.03.2022 | Reply
  9. I am curious if this same concept applies to piercings in other parts of the body as well, and if so, could one assume that replacing silver jewellery with gold might have a positive affect of some kind? More specifically I am referring to piercings of the private areas, however also relating the concept to all body piercings.

    Apples | 04.19.2022 | Reply
  10. I’m allergic to most metals except implant grade titanium after my heart valve replacement and I could really use this, is it still helpful for someone like me or is it too risky because of blood clotting risks?

    Crys | 05.21.2022 | Reply
  11. I’m also wondering on this, because I got tested at my allergist, and tested very allergic to gold specifically. Would implant grade titanium have any energetic effects, whether positive or negative?

    Lexi | 05.29.2022 | Reply
  12. I am a 70 yrs old men. That had been suffering for 20+ years with pain in front part of right foot. For fun I decided to get an ear piercing on the lobe. The next morning I discovered that I could walk without pain. I had tried all type of forms , gells etc nothing worked. I knew nothing about acupuncture but I can’t explain it any other way. It has two years and still no pain.

    John | 07.10.2022 | Reply
  13. I want to get my ear lobe pierced. Can I get it pierced anywhere or is there a specific part of the ear lobe that is best vis a vis acupuncture? And if so where exactly should I get my ear lobe pierced? Please reply. Thank you.

    Ram Roshan R | 09.06.2022 | Reply

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