Acupuncture is the insertion of single-use, sterile needles the width of a human hair, into various points or areas of the body. Health and well-being are sustained by maintaining this energy balanced throughout our body. When energy cannot move properly this disrupts our internal harmony. When the body is out of harmony with itself or our environment we are susceptible to disease, disharmony, and discomfort. Oriental medicine, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Qi gong seek to correct this flow and allow the body space from which to heal.

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Western medicine would explain acupuncture as the induction of a physiological and biochemical response that tells the body to release calming neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, nourish the area with fresh oxygen and nutrients, even turn on our immune system by stimulating white blood cells. Eastern medicine understands the world as movements and manifestations of energy, or Qi. For thousands of years, acupuncture – needling certain points and channels throughout the body – has been used to reduce pain, improve mood and stimulate the body’s natural healing systems. When used in conjunction with nutrition, herbal medicine, lifestyle changes, and functional medicine, the results are often drastic and life-changing. 

Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine, also known as Oriental or Eastern Medicine is one of the oldest forms of medicine.  It has been continuously practiced for well over 4000 years. Oriental Medicine encompasses many modalities including; acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, massage, nutrition and scraping/Gua Sha (Today’s Graston Technique).  Oriental medicine offers relief while achieving a delicate balance of mind, body, and spirit. 

Functional Medicine

Being a “Detective”, is often how I describe the role of an Oriental and/or Functional medical practitioner.  A detective must take in all data to construct a theory about a situation or in the medical world, a diagnosis.  In fact, when I am sitting with a patient I often hear, “Oh, you probably don’t want to hear this, but..” Yes!, I do want to know.  In fact, I am going to ask about your detailed medical history, utilize in-depth questionnaires that cover areas such as, food, environment, stress level, supplements, even comprehensive laboratory tests (blood, urine, stool and saliva testing) if warranted.  I will then combine this with an equally detailed Chinese medical diagnosis to formulate the best treatment plan.  

Holistic Medicine

Holistic medicine bases a person’s path to wellness as one unified system rather than treating a disease or symptom so commonly found in more Western or Allopathic medicine.  Through a thorough diagnosis process, a patient’s unique blueprint of their life begins to unfold. No two patients are ever the same, each one will often have different diagnoses and each a unique treatment plan.  Oriental Medicine, acupuncture and functional medicine treat the underlying cause of the illness, stimulating the body to heal without masking the symptoms with powerful and often dangerous medications.  

Herbal Medicine and Nutraceutical Supplements

Chinese herbal medicine offers proven, powerful, natural and strong treatment for most health conditions.  Herbal medicine treats a wide range of health conditions, including mental emotional conditions, migraines, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, gynecological issues and even colds and cases of the flu.  Nutraceutical supplements are often used to correct nutritional deficiencies, genetic abnormalities, and metabolic disorders.

Dr. Brian Caswell, AP, DOM



Since moving back to his hometown of St. Pete from Asheville, N.C., Dr. Brian has striven to ‘blend’
Eastern medicine and philosophy with Western science and Functional Medicine. Dr. Brian’s blending
approach to treatment is why he was named “Best Acupuncturist” in Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay
Awards for three years (2016, 2017 and 2019)!

What does “blending” mean? One of his teachers answers this question wonderfully. Master Jeffrey
Yuen, an 88th generation Daoist priest, introduced him to the concept of the “three treasures.” In order to
achieve optimal health for every individual, the body, mind, and spirit must find unity. Through copious
training, research, study, and individualized assessment, Dr. Brian applies this “three treasures” concept
with all of his patients.

Each patient is assessed as an individual, similar to the uniqueness of our fingerprints. No one is the same,
and as such, no one should be diagnosed or treated the same. All individuals are special and are
continually evolving. Dr. Brian ensures your treatment is treated as such.

Dr. Brian thrives on treating conditions and diseases that other forms of medicine has often deemed
‘helpless.’ He specializes in acute and chronic pain, weight loss, autoimmune diseases and mental
emotional conditions, such as anxiety, depression and insomnia.

Whether Dr. Brian is practicing in the clinic, providing patients with virtual care, lecturing, or educating
on webinars, he strives to transform lives through Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture, Herbal and
Nutraceutical Medicine, Functional Nutrition, and Lifestyle Coaching.


Classical Chinese Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Functional Medical Analysis and
Treatment, Master Chinese Herbalist, Functional Nutrition, Manual Trigger Point Therapy, Cupping and
Gua Sha (Chinese Graston Technique).


Initial visit

120 mins

Follow up visits

45 mins


Lab Work, Herbal Medicine and Supplements are extra and vary in price. For more information visit License: AP 3505.

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