Facts of piercings you (probably) never knew
Portray by different cultures
Body piercings can be traced all the way back to ancient times, where art forms such as paintings portray a culture where both women and men wore earrings, nose rings, and other piercings.
Indian culture is one of the most prominent cultures that still take body piercing as a significant part of their culture. Derived from the honor to the goddess of marriage, the culture in India promotes nose piercings among young girls. It is thought that these piercings showcase the girls’ cultural values and enhance their beauty so that they serve as ideal candidates for marriage. During wedding ceremonies, nose piercings are adorned by heavy embellishments made up of gold and silver. Ear piercing is also one of the rituals and sacrifices to mark the various stages of human life and to signify cultural heritage and upbringing.
Reproductive health and brain health are some of the health benefits that piercings are thought to bring. On top of that, some also believe that ear piercings help in improving eyesight and hearing. Most of these health benefits come from the stimulated pressure points from a piercing.
For example, piercing the ear lobe could help with lowering symptoms of depression. They are also rumored to help heighten eyesight. It is said that pirates had their ear lobes pierced to help them see better when sailing the seas. It is also commonly heard that piercing the daith (ear's smallest and innermost cartilage fold) can help relieve migraines!
To date, piercings have remained as part of religious cultures and also evolved such that it is now one of the most desired forms of self-expression among teens and adults. Like tattoos, more people are viewing body piercings as an art form. Some even believe that body piercings can help them gain self-confidence.
Almost any part of the body can be pierced but it is always important to consider your individual anatomy before getting a piercing as everyone's body is different. Individual’s lifestyles should also be factored into consideration before deciding on a piercing location and jewellery. For example, if you wear a helmet or headphones often it may be more difficult for upper ear piercings to heal. If you are someone who is lazy to remove or change earrings all the time, getting the right material for your jewellery is important too!