Welcome to NorthWest Acupuncture. Here at our clinic we provide an individualized treatment plan for every one of our patients. Dr. Yu meets and assesses everyone of her patients to make sure that they are receiving the best care possible. Treatments are provided in a warm and relaxing private room, where patients can allow the healing to begin. Other therapies and herbal remedies can be added to your treatment based on your needs. We look forward to treating you.


Dr. In Yu, DAOM, LAc, is a master’s program clinical faculty member at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. She has been working as an Independent Medical Examiner (IME) in acupuncture and oriental medicine for the State of Oregon and has served this distinction since 2011. During her doctoral education at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, she furthered her focus on individualized patient care through her research at Kyung Hee University in South Korea.

Her practice provides a holistic, preventative medical approach. Through a combination of acupuncture, herbology, dieting, and nutrition, her treatments help to strengthen patients by enhancing the body’s self-healing abilities. From her medical experience, Dr. Yu believes that successful and sustainable patient treatment can be achieved through natural methods. Her passion stems from helping patients reach their health goals specifically in promoting vitality, sustaining health, boosting immune systems, and maintaining optimal physical harmony.

Publications: “Sasang Constitutional Medicine” 2012, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.

  • MAcOM, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine
  • DAOM, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

What is Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points located near or on the surface of the skin, which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve the desired effect.

It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems. Acupuncture is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and by the National Institute of Health (NIH) as an effective treatment modality in many conditions.

Acupuncture is an effective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic care system. It promotes natural healing and can enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function.

Modern Western research supports the use of acupuncture and Chinese medicine to treat these conditions and more:

  • Headache
  • Stress Reduction
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue/Adrenal Fatigue
  • PMS/Menopause Symptoms/Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome/Digestive Support
  • Arthritis & Muscular Pain
  • Pain due to trauma such as MVA

How does Acupuncture work?

Eastern Explanation:
Energy, which is termed Qi (pronounced Chee), flowing through the body can be influenced and balanced by stimulating specific points on the body. These points are located along channels of energy known as meridians that connect all of our major roans. According to Chinese medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced or is blocked.

Western Explanation:
Acupuncture points are areas of designated electrical sensitivity. Inserting needles at these points stimulates various sensory receptors that, in turn, stimulate nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system at the base of the brain.

The hypothalamic-pituitary glands are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing hormones. It is estimated that endorphins are two hundred times more potent than morphine. Endorphins also play a big role in the functioning of the hormonal system. As such, acupuncture is used to treat back pain, arthritis, pain resulting from premenstrual syndrome, and infertility.

Moreover, the substances released as a result of acupuncture not only relax the whole body, they regulate serotonin in the brain which plays a role in human and animal disposition. Consequently, depression is also treated with acupuncture.

Some of the physiological effects observed throughout the body include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, pain relief, muscle spasms alleviation and increased T-cells, which stimulates the immune system.

Herbal Medicine

Accepted Insurances

  • UHC
  • Regence BCBS
  • Kaiser
  • Pacific Source
  • CHP
  • Cigna
  • And many more

Contact Us


1675 SW Marlow Ave, #206
Portland, Or 97225
Phone: 503-430-1549
Fax: 503-596-2158

Hours of Operation

Monday- 9am-6pm
Tuesday- 9am-6pm
Wednesday- 9am-6pm
Thursday- 9am-6pm
Friday- 9am-6pm