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Eugene, OR: Yumiko Freeman

Fast facts
Practice type: Private
Specialties: General wellness, headaches / migraines, musculoskeletal pain, pediatric conditions, stress
Styles: Japanese acupuncture, pediatric acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Why did you become an acupuncturist?
My family was saved by acupuncture tremendously—with my lower back, during our daughter’s birth, and my husband with a spinal cord injury. I was thankful and inspired by those who helped us when we were facing challenging times. I felt like I was missing something meaningful and useful to share with the community.

What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I only treat one patient at a time. I have two reasons for this: to build rapport and trust with each of my patients, and to allow extra time for other modalities, such as tuina massage or moxa therapy, in addition to acupuncture. These lead to speedy recoveries. Additionally, I specialize in pediatrics. As a mother myself, I can understand parents’ concerns over children’s health issues. I also love treating children. I use non-needle methods for treating them. I also speak Japanese fluently.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
Every time my patients say they are doing/feeling better after a treatment, I feel very warm inside. Witnessing proud happy expressions from little ones when they get needled for the first time brings me big smiles. Getting referrals from my patients also make me really happy. Also, getting to know my patients and laughing together is special.

What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
There are two: 1. “It hurts!” Acupuncture needles are very thin. Many feel a little prick with a needle is inserted. After that, feelings of warmth, ache, and fuzziness are common. If you feel a sharpness lingering, let your acupuncturist know right away, and he or she can adjust the needles.

2. “I tried it and it didn’t work” Acupuncture is a cumulative therapy for some conditions. As you receive more treatments, greater effectiveness is expected. It’s important to give it faith and find an acupuncturist you can trust.

How do you stay healthy in your own life?
Cooking and eating real food, especially miso soup (almost daily). Having relaxation time is important, too. I love reading books/magazines in a nice, warm bath. Watching silly Japanese shows and laughing out loud is relaxing to me as well. Gardening, dancing, singing, and doing tai chi and yoga all keep me happy and healthy. I believe getting massage and acupuncture regularly is crucial to healthy living.

You mentioned using non-needle methods for treating children. Can you explain that?
I needle kids only when they feel okay and give me permission to do so. I show them the needles before hand. The youngest person I’ve needled was three years old. He was so curious after seeing his mom being needled and wanted to give it a try. In addition to the needles, I often use a laser pen (microcurrent) to treat younger kids. These pens don’t cause any sensation, and often kids are fascinated by red light. I also use pediatric tuna massage, moxa heat therapy, shonishin (another non-needle technique), acupressure, and Chinese formulas in tincture form. In general, children respond more quickly than adults to acupuncture treatments.

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(541) 525-9580

492 W. Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401

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