Does a tragus piercing suppress your appetite? 

The tragus piercing remains a popular piercing. Due to the wide choice of gems you can choose a subtle or intense result. 

The daith piercing would remedy migraine, but tragus piercing would inhibit appetite. Fable or fact?

tragus piercing example

What is a tragus?

The tragus is the small flap of cartilage that right in front of you ear canal zit. You use the tragus to press your ears closed, and it is the place where earbuds get stuck behind.

There is also a anti-tragus: this is the edge of cartilage just above the earlobe and it is directly opposite the tragus piercing,

Does the tragus piercing help against appetite? 

Unfortunately this is another fable. As with the daith piercing, in acupuncture, pressure is applied to the same area to reduce appetite. So in theory, a piercing in this trigger point would reduce appetite. 
The swelling of the first few days will put some pressure on this point, but not enough to be effective.
So don't let yourself fool: the tragus and anti-tragus piercings will not change anything about your appetite. 
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How do I care for my new tragus piercing?

Patience is a virtue, as piercings in cartilage heal quite slowly.

Count on 6 to 8 months Before your piercing is completely healed. 

In terms of pain, tragus and anti-tragus are not too bad. Our piercers have a lot of experience, and can pierce quickly with the sharp needle perpendicular. 

Next, the piercer inserts a 1.2 mm labret rod into your piercing and finishes it with the gem of your choice. 

What not to do:
  • Not fiddling, twisting, pulling, pushing on your new piercing. 
  • Sleep not on your ear. This creates pressure on your ear. 
  • Do not use alcohol
  • Avoid swimming, sauna, tanning bed and taking a long bath for 4 to 6 weeks. During these activities, your blood vessels expand. There will already be natural swelling after piercing. Therefore, a longer rod will be inserted in the beginning. The rod may become too short if you do any of these activities. 
What to do:
  • Wash your hands before touching the piercing. 
  • Clean your piercing up to 2 times a day with a saline solution. We recommend Neilmed Piercing Aftercare.
  • If you do not have a saline solution, then you can clean the piercing under flowing lukewarm water up to 2 times a day.
  • Return after 6 to 8 weeks to downsize. Then we will insert a shorter rod into your gem. 


  • My piercing is swollen.

This is completely normal because your body is reacting to the new piercing. 

That's why you start with a longer rod in your piercing. When the swelling goes down, return to downsize.

  • My piercing itches. 

This is a good sign: your piercing is starting to heal! 
Too much pain combined with itching is not a good sign. Then it's best to go for a check-up drop by.
  • Do you have more questions?  

The price of piercingour gems and much more info can be found at Inksane Piercing.

When in doubt, you can book a free appointment, to ask all kinds of questions to the piercer. Then, if your doubts are cleared up, you can get your tragus pierced immediately. 

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