My name is Abby Wear, owner of Acupuncture and Apothecary, and I am a licensed acupuncturist and board certified herbalist. Chinese medicine is my passion. My personal experience with its healing power inspired me to give up a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry and begin this amazing adventure at the Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts<in Asheville, NC. I spent the next four years learning from amazing practitioners of classical Chinese Medicine. For two of the four years, I worked as an intern in the college clinic, treating patients of all ages, suffering from a broad range of disorders. It was Chinese medicine all day every day, mentored by some of the greatest teachers in the world.
When not seeing patients or studying Chinese medicine, I like to tromp around outdoors with my black lab, Gus, go to see live music, eat at the local restaurants, and I’m a novice birdwatcher.
I like to discuss disharmonies in your body as a weather system. This metaphor has helped me, as well as my patients, to understand the state of health within your mind and body. When things get dark and stormy, it is important to bring in tools that guide you back to wellness – back to your blue skies and sunny days.
Your mind and body are an interconnected system that is powerful in ways beyond our imagining. What I love about this medicine is the constant honoring of your mind and body and that we, as practitioners, are constantly looking for signs of how the body is trying to cope with a disharmony and what we can do to support that mechanism. The basic truth is your body knows how to heal itself. Sometimes it’s just that its resources are depleted or it is allocating too many resources in one area causing other areas to be neglected. As a practitioner, my mission is to help restore the balance that your mind and body are naturally striving towards.
I belong to a network of practitioners that provide me with additional resources for my patients, as well as opportunities for sharing knowledge. If you come to me with a puzzle I can’t solve quickly or I think your care could benefit from a team approach – I will not hesitate to consult them for guidance or refer you to their care.
I am always seeking to expand my understanding and grow my expertise. This is my passion and I plan to spend the rest of my life studying, learning, and, of course, practicing!