Acupuncture works to regulate qi (energy) and blood flow that is either deficient (lacking something) or excess (stagnation). Your practitioner will take a detailed health history and check your tongue and pulse. The tongue may show a multitude of things such as dampness or discoloration, scalloped edges, red points and so on. Your acupuncturist can explain what these things signify. Your pulse will show different "qualities" will will also help diagnostically. Once a diagnosis has been made, a point prescription will be designed specifically for your condition based on health history and tongue and pulse diagnosis. Needling (as well as other modalities) work to correct any imbalances and restore the acupuncture meridians to their proper flow.
In addition, I would recommend trying a cervical pillow when sleeping. This can help put the neck in its natural position whereas a pillow that is too soft could make the neck scrunch up and impede blood flow. Lastly, I would suggest doing neck rolls multiple times per day and stretch the trapezius muscles in your neck/shoulders to increase blood flow and work out any kinks you may have. Good luck!!!
It is an entire system of health developed from the Chinese's observation of nature and natural laws, how the body is coordinated between all of the systems (respiratory, digestive, circulatory, etc) and how it relates to the environment around us. The practitioners diagnose by signs and symptoms and come up with a plan to reset the body to function more properly.
Find a practitioner in your area, so they can discuss your particular case, I cannot speak on your case because I have not diagnosed you.
We believe the body to be a self healing mechanism. The reason why you're suffering from migraines is because something is blocking the flow of energy and your body is unable to move it on it's own (don't worry, this doesn't necessarily mean you have a blood clot or anything). Acupuncture works to support your body by resolving why the self healing mechanism is broken.
1. Stimulating the release of endogenous opiate peptides. These are opiate-like molecules that the body creates and releases when pain arises.
2. Stimulates the brain to build more opiate receptors. This provides more binding sides for the endogenous opiates resulting in faster and longer lasting pain relief.
3. Regulates a set of neurotransmitters which are responsible for transmitting pain signals in the brain and spinal cord.
4. Changes the way the pre-frontal cortex of the brain processes pain information.
Be well, be confident, we can help.
But if you're really just asking if it can help your migraines, my answer is yes. I treat migraines very successfully all the time. It usually takes a series of treatments to get them under control, and then patients usually come back periodically for "tune ups" to keep them from coming back. I heartily recommend it for your headaches.