Why Abacus Chinese Medicine?

Chinese Medicine has many benefits for health and well-being. Traditional medicines of East Asia include both functional and manual methods of diagnosis and treatment. Often diagnostic methods are also treatments using palpation to examine the body. The practitioner’s hands ‘listen’ to perceive the dysfunction, and to skillfully make a correction.

Many of the techniques we use at Abacus Chinese Medicine overlap with the principals of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, MD, founded Osteopathy in 1874. His philosophy is based upon the principles of the unity of the human body, the body’s ability to heal and regulate itself, the somatic component of disease, the interrelationship of structure and function, and the use of manipulative treatment in the total care of the patient.

“The goal with your patients is to find the way to healthy function within the mechanism that they bring to you. Study the Life principle and come closer to understanding what I mean by the ‘Breath of Life’. To the digger who will take time to dream and the dreamer who will wake up and dig, the science of osteopathy will unfold into a magnitude equal to that of the heavens.”

William Garner Sutherland, pioneer in Osteopathy in the U.S. and a student of Dr. Still

Benefits of Chinese Medicine

Traditional and East Asian Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and East Asian Medicine emphasize the subtle, or energetic body, yet also work on the body’s tangible and physical structures. Osteopathic philosophy developed significantly later in the West, and was removed from Asian cultural influence however, the two disciplines have unique similarities.

As an example, working with the “direction of ease” can inform the process of unwinding and releasing tissues toward greatest flow and movement. This is an exceptionally gentle method. As we balance structures, the functions of the vascular, neurological, endocrine and other systems will naturally come into a more optimal state. Structure and function have a reciprocal relationship. Hence, we use one to influence the other.

Our Services

Tailored Treatments

We tailor treatments, taking account of emotional and physical constitution, climate, social factors, and patient history. Often, we look beyond the chief complaint to discover the primary structural and energetic distortions in the body. These underly somatic dysfunction, disease and discomfort. Our corrective methods can result in profound physical, mental and emotional shifts, leading to a new-found sense of health and well-being. This makes our work an excellent choice for rehabilitation and physical therapy.

No matter your experience elsewhere, or if this is your first encounter, you will find excellent patient care, an uncommon depth of expertise and skill, and a thoroughly customized treatment plan to meet your needs. There are no one-size-fits-all treatments at Abacus.