The basic theory of Chinese medicine begins with yin and yang as the framework. The theory of yin and yang states that everything in nature has two opposing aspects and everything is always in flux, never constant. When this concept is applied to the human body, it is called homeostasis. Under normal conditions in the body, there is a relative physiological balance of yin and yang, but when there is an excess or deficiency of these energies, this is when disease or injury arises.

At Brio, we complete an extensive initial evaluation and analysis of a patient’s condition during the first visit. We, then, diagnose the condition and develop an individualized treatment plan.

Acupuncture is often thought of as the practice of inserting needles at various points in the body; however, it is inclusive of several other adjunctive treatment techniques. At Brio, we incorporate the following adjunctive techniques into treatment as clinically indicated.

  • Moxibustion (Moxa) – a therapeutic warmth created by the burning of moxa (artemesia vulgaris) over specific acupuncture points along a meridian to promote circulation and healing.
  • Gwa Sha and Cupping – a process of releasing the superficial muscle layer by the use of either a ceramic spoon or glass cups. These techniques relieve stagnation and promote circulation of blood and body fluids.
  • Tuina – a specific type of medical massage along the meridians of the body to promote circulation and healing.
  • Electro-Acupuncture – the application of gentle, pulsating electrical current to the needles for increased stimulation of the acupuncture points and meridians. Electroacupuncture is effectively used as a form of anesthesia and as a pain reliever for muscle spasms.