Dr. Dana McGrady
Acupuncture has been practiced as a component of the health care system of China for over 2,000 years. Based on the holistic approach of the Chinese culture and observation and research of patients and diseases over time, it views the human body as a biological energy field rather than a collection of organs and that the energy (Qi, pronounced as "Chee") that flows through the meridian system similar to the nerve system is essential for health. A harmonious, smooth, free flow of energy indicates health while disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture may correct imbalances of flow at identifiable points by inserting fine needles into those related acupuncture points along the meridian system.
Recent research shows that acupuncture induces subtle changes in the central nervous system and progressively increases the secretion of neurotransmitters, serotonin and endorphins in particular; and activates the body's natural healing process.