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Conch piercing for chronic pain (5 key Tips)

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The current blogspot will focus on conch piercing for chronic pain. We will discuss how conch piercing is effective in treating chronic pain. We will also learn the various side effects related to conch piercing.

What is conch piercing?

Conch piercing is a type of piercing that is done in the inner cup of the ear. Conch gets its name from resemblance to a shell of conch. Piercing is usually done in the inner and outer parts of the conch.

The inner conch of the ear is a little higher as compared to the outer conch. The inner conch is parallel to the daith area of the ear. On the other side the outer conch is relatively lower and is situated close to the antihelix. Antihelix is the first of the two ridges of the ear that form the outer contour of our ear.

How is conch piercing done?

The conch piercing is done through piercing a needle through the hard plate of the ear cartilage. Usually the cartilage of the ear is harder than cartilage in any other part of our body. As the ear cartilage is thick, the conch piercing process is usually painful as the needle has to move through the ear cartilage.

Conch piercing is painful, but the pain is subjective and the intensity of pain varies from one person to another. The conch piercing is usually a bit more painful then the ear lobe piercing. A sharp pain and pressure is expected during the conch piercing. This sharp pain is during the procedure whereas after the procedure, the pain mostly gets worse and as reported by individuals, there are feelings of hot and throbbing pain in the day that follow the conch piercing day.

The pain usually lasts for a few days and tenderness in the pierced area goes on for a few weeks. A needle pierced method of conch piercing usually takes three months to nine months to heal completely. The needle pierced conch piercing usually has a room for infection for several months.

Whereas conch piercing through a small gauge dermal punch results in removing a small hole in your conch area to pierce the conch. It often leads to sleepless nights for a considerable number of days and the associated pain is usually a lot. 

The needle method and the dermal punch methods for conch piercing are both effective and are both followed by pain that decreases within months of conch piercing.

How conch piercing is helpful for pain?

Conch piercing is usually related to ear piercings that can help relieve pain. The conch piercing has been believed to relieve acute and chronic pain among individuals.

The conch piercing mechanism for reducing pain  is similar to the acupuncture method. The acupuncture method triggers the acupoints through the needles that activate the acupoints to gain the desired effect. Similarly a research study in 2017 stated that piercings are similar to acupuncture procedures that tend to provide neuropathic pain relief among individuals.

Similarly research evidence also shows that battlefield acupuncture helped soldiers to get ease from their pains after returning from the battlefield. The battlefield acupuncture is targeted at five different points in both ears. One of these pints is closer to the conch.

Thus by getting conch piercing we may get the chronic relief from pain by activating the acupoints of the body that are related to pain relief.

What are the possible side effects of conch piercing?

The possible side effects of conch piercing are as follows :

  • Infection at site of conch piercing may occur that may result in redness of the skin or swollen skin at the site of the piercing
  • Pain at the site of the piercing due to infection
  • Puss coming out of the piercing site
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Red streaks
  • Swelling or inflammation in the ears
  • Keloid scars may appear that are similar to scar tissue
  • A piercing pimple may grow on the site of the piercing
  • Contact dermatitis due to artificial jewelry

If the side effects of conch piercing persist longer than a week then it is necessary to contact a healthcare professional or the piercing specialist so the adversities may be avoided. 

What after care is recommended for conch piercing to be effective?

For conch piercing to be effective for chronic pain relieving, following aftercare is recommended:

  • Use antiseptic to clean your piercing twice a day for a period of three months to keep safe from allergies and infection
  • Before and after touching the piercing area, wash your hands thoroughly
  • Wipe the pierced area gently with saline cotton swabs to avoid any bacterial growths 
  • To prevent accumulation of pus or any discharges, clean the area thoroughly and prevent it from getting wet
  • Do not change your piercing jewelry unless the piercing has completely healed.


The current blogspot focused on conch piercing for chronic pain. We discussed the various aspects of conch piercing and also learned how conch piercing is effective in pain relief. We also elaborated the possible side effects of conch piercing.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs): Conch piercing for chronic pain

Is Conch the most painful piercing?

Conch is a relatively more painful type of piercing as compared to the other piercings. The conch area of our ear has a tough bone cartilage that is difficult to heal after piercing and usually hurts during the healing time. 

Does the conch piercing help with back pain?

The conch piercing is related to help with chronic pain relief. However there has been no evidence that suggests that it is a remedy for back pain.

Does a conch piercing hurt more than a cartilage?

The conch piercing hurts more since the cartilage at the conch area of the ear is toughest as compared to the cartilage of our body parts. Thus it is difficult to pierce the conch area both with a needle and with a punch. The thick cartilage takes months of pain to heal back to normal.

What are the benefits of a conch piercing?

Conch piercing has the following benefits :

Conch piercing is similar to acupuncture and is thus associated with relief from chronic pain.
Conch piercing is associated to various accupressure points that help in muscle relaxation


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