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Piercings - Harmful or miracle therapy?

Are Piercings dangerous?

Topic overview

  1. Piercings – Harmful and dangerous or miracle therapy?
  2. Piercings for depression & migraines
  3. Piercings – positive effects for depression & migraines explained
  4. Piercings harmful? Piercings – consequences and risks

1. Piercings – harmful or miracle therapy?

Piercing was practiced many thousands of years ago by indigenous peoples in Africa, Asia and South America.

In Europe, piercings only became trendy in the early/mid-2000s. Since then, it has also enjoyed a great success story in this country.

Piercings can now be pierced in almost any part of the body.

But does this trend have an impact on our health? Are piercings harmful or can piercings even be used for medical purposes?

There are more and more reports on the Internet that piercings can help against depression. Piercings are also used to treat migraines.

But articles about the harmfulness of piercings have also increased dramatically.

When the website was founded in 2016, articles on the effects of piercings and tattoos on human health were still a rarity.

The positive thing is that this topic is finally receiving attention in medicine and is being discussed more and more frequently.

Are piercings harmful or a miracle therapy? Should piercings be approved as a treatment for depression and migraines?

Or should the general public be informed about the possible dangers, complications and consequences of piercings?

These questions are answered in detail in the new edition of this article.


2. Piercings against depression & migraine

Piercings for depression? This is what the so-called Shen Men piercings promise. The background to all this is that the Shen Men piercing is pierced at the Shen Men acupuncture point. Shen-Men means “gateway to heaven” in traditional Chinese medicine

This point is stimulated to treat anxiety, stress and inner restlessness and improves the flow of energy throughout the body.

There are now several other therapies in addition to acupuncture that incorporate the meridian system and acupuncture points into their treatment. In addition to acupuncture and acupressure from traditional Chinese medicine, PowerPoint therapy from Austria and cell reactive training also use such points.

Acupuncture, acupressure, PowerPoint therapy and cell reactive training differ from each other in some details. Each therapy in itself is an excellent form of alternative medicine.

However, the therapies are the same in three respects:

  1. You use the meridian system in therapy
  2. There are no mechanical injuries in the meridian system
  3. There is no continuous stimulation of the acupuncture point

If these alternative medical therapies are so good, shouldn’t one also consider getting a piercing in this acupuncture point?

Countless people now report that they felt emotionally better and more energetic after the piercing. There are also reports that depression and migraines have been significantly reduced.

However, piercings in acupuncture points are generally not recommended in alternative treatments. This is because they differ quite clearly from acupuncture and the like in two respects.

  1. Mechanical injury to the acupuncture point
  2. Permanent stimulation/blockade of the acupuncture point

There is absolutely nothing to prevent the stimulation of acupuncture points for therapeutic purposes. In contrast to alternative medicine, however, piercing causes injury to acupuncture points.

In the beginning, piercing can still be seen as a permanent stimulation of the acupuncture point. However, continuous stimulation is not carried out in this form in alternative and naturopathy.

In the long term, however, it is more likely to be regarded as a blockage of the acupuncture point due to the injury to the tissue and the associated scarring.

3. Piercings - positive effects for depression & migraines explained

Nevertheless, the positive experiences of piercings against migraines and depression cannot be denied.

So how can the positive effects of piercings be explained?

Of course, piercing is a massive stimulation of the acupuncture point in the initial phase. It is therefore not unlikely that piercings will have positive effects in the first few days.

It is usually during this period, in the initial euphoria, that these positive testimonials and videos are created.

If the effect wears off a few days later or turns completely negative, a second report or video is usually not produced.

Similar to going to the casino or investing in shares, many people only report on their winnings, but never on their losses.

Furthermore, placebo effects play a major role in any measure that promises something good. If we expect something good from a treatment or measure, then this effect is much more likely to occur.


Piercing is not a recommended therapy for depression and migraines. Alternatives to daith piercing and Shen Men piercing are acupuncture, acupressure, PowertPoint therapy and cell reactive training.

Nevertheless, even with any alternative therapy, it must be pointed out that the patient himself has to change the factors that repeatedly lead to the disease.

4. Piercings harmful? – Consequences and risks

1. Wound healing disorders

Wound healing disorders with piercings are not uncommon. The healing process can take many weeks, in some cases even six months to a year.

The reason for this is that it is a very unnatural, deep injury to which almost no sunlight and oxygen reaches.

2. Metal allergies

Metal allergies in piercings are usually caused by nickel, which should not come into contact with open wounds in large quantities.

In the EU, the amount of nickel used in piercings for the first time is very strictly regulated. However, the situation is usually different when piercings are made on vacation in third countries.

The regulations for the use of the health plug are much more relaxed from country to country and therefore the risk of developing a permanent nickel allergy.

Rarely, but allergies to other metals can also occur allergies to other metals. This happens above all when wound healing disorders persist over a longer period of time.

Even with completely healed wounds, I do not recommend using piercings with a high nickel content.

3. Adhered painful scars

As already mentioned, piercings result in significant scarring. This can lead to pain and blockages.

The shape of the scar depends on the healing of the wound, the client’s overall state of health and genetic factors.

Once the wound has healed completely, it is essential to treat the scar. You can find detailed information on this in the article Alternative self-treatment of adhesive scars.

4. Blockages in the meridian system

As already mentioned, piercings cause scars and blockages in the meridian system.

Even after successful scar treatment and removal, this blockage remains if the piercing is worn in this area.

Navel and intimate piercings are of particular concern as they affect the central meridian. Experience has shown that this very often leads to disorders of the intestines and the endocrine system.

5. Autoimmune diseases

For autoimmune diseases should not be pierced under any circumstances and on the other hand, autoimmune diseases can be caused by piercings.

In the case of autoimmune diseases, there is usually already a focus of infection elsewhere in the body. These pathogens then flow into the wound area of a freshly pierced piercing.

On the other hand, a piercing can also create a focus of infection from which pathogens can spread to other areas of the body.

6. Impairment of the bodys own magnetic field

Just like the earth, the human organism has its own magnetic field. Without this magnetic field, humans would not be able to survive.

This magnetic field is somewhat reduced by piercings and metal implants.