Acupuncture Ecology

About David D. Yeh

I am a practitioner of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and qigong. I hold National Certification in Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and am licensed in the state of Oregon (#AC01285).

I received my Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. Dragon Rises was founded by Leon Hammer, M.D., author of Dragon Rises, Red Bird Flies: Psychology & Chinese Medicine and Chinese Pulse Diagnosis: A Contemporary Approach. Dr. Hammer apprenticed for 27 years with the famous Chinese physician Dr. John H.F. Shen. Dr. Shen and Dr. Hammer were renowned especially for their pulse diagnosis skills; Dr. Hammer crystallized his vast experience in his textbook and in his system, Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis ®. During my time in Florida, I received extensive training in this method and lineage.

A thorough foundation in Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis makes the diagnosis of complex and difficult conditions much clearer, and makes possible the ability to apply Chinese medicine as a truly preventative medicine.

To build on this foundation, I pursue training in Neijing classical acupuncture under Edward Neal, M.D. This branch of acupuncture is founded on the Neijing, the “Inner Classic,” which is the most ancient Chinese medical text. Being written in a time when other medical options were limited or not invented yet, it presents acupuncture methods to treat serious and complex diseases. Dr. Neal describes the true potential of acupuncture as being “hospital-level medicine,” able to treat life-threatening illnesses, and while much of acupuncture in the modern age may not yet be back at that level of practice, I aim for the highest standard!

I also pursue advanced herbal training in the Graduate Mentorship Program taught by senior practitioner Sharon Weizenbaum, who has been practicing Chinese medicine for 30 years and has helped me further clarify my ability to diagnose clearly and accurately.

Previously, I completed basic training in the Toyohari style of Japanese meridian therapy, an advanced form of acupuncture focusing on gentle technique, refined sensitivity, and keen palpation skills to achieve powerful results. Toyohari is especially suited for those who are sensitive or deficient, including the children or elderly or the needle-phobic; thankfully, there’s no need to sacrifice effectiveness for gentleness.

I’ve also received training in acupuncture from Taiwanese acupuncturist Richard Tan, renowned for his ability to instantly reduce pain; and from students of French-Vietnamese acupuncturist Nguyen Van Nghi. I studied some face diagnosis from Lillian Bridges, author of Face Reading in Chinese Medicine, both for medical diagnosis and for character reading.

I’ve completed basic and advanced studies with Susan Johnson on the use of Master Tung’s points.

As an avid practitioner of qigong (Chinese energy exercises), I trained intensively with Shaolin Wahnam, and received certification as a Medical Qigong Practitioner by the International College of Medical Qigong. I am currently pursuing certification in qigong healing with qigong master Michael Lomax.

Prior to becoming an acupuncturist, I attended Stanford University and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology.

Then, inspired by the works of naturalist Tom Brown, Jr., I spent a year living primitively in the Wisconsin Northwoods, at Teaching Drum Outdoor School. That year was an intensive education in wilderness living: I spent the year building fires by friction, tanning deer hides, building and living in wigwams, eating wild plants, tracking animals, and learning how to live in a tight-knit community in the midst of both summer mosquitoes and winter snow.

But during this year, I ran headlong into health problems of my own, and afterwards resolved to find out more about how to help myself and others.

After I left, I attended the New Mexico College of Natural Healing in Silver City, New Mexico, and received a degree in Massage Therapy. Feeling that massage was not enough, I sought out the most advanced training in Oriental Medicine available.

I live in Corvallis with my wife Abigail.