Herbs are one of the most important modalities in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Chinese herbal medicine incorporates ingredients from all parts of plants, such as the leaf, stem, flower, root, and also ingredients from animals and minerals. Often used in various individualized combinations, herbs work to restore balance to the body, increase circulation, and alleviate pain.
Herbs may be prepared in a number of ways, including raw herbs, which are boiled into a tea, concentrated powders combined with water or juice, wine, pills, liniments, plasters, creams, soaks, or washes. Brio utilizes herbs primarily in the form of pills, liniments, plasters, and creams.
In China, food is viewed and utilized as medicine. All food has specific energetic properties and it is used in conjunction with herbs to promote healing. Everything we put into our body has a direct impact on how it will function and how quickly it can recover from injury. Since proper nutrition is so tightly wound in to the web of Chinese medicine, we, at Brio, provide education and encouragement to our patients in taking steps to properly nourish the body during their healing process.