Thank You for Your Service Dr. Jean Yu!
Celebrated San Luis Obispo Doctor, Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Teacher has Retired.
From Dr. Jean Yu:
“I will miss my cherished patients deeply as I have very much enjoyed knowing each of you. In my place, I have personally selected Dr. Julianna Englund because I am absolutely confident in her ability to care for you. She is a talented acupuncturist and herbalist and also possesses a deep understanding of medicine from a western perspective with her Naturopathic doctor background. I realize that transitioning to a new provider is sometimes frightening, but I want to assure each of you that you need not worry for you are in fine, healing hands!”
About Dr. Jean Yu’s carreer:
After more than fifty eight years of practicing medicine and after nearly thirty years of service in SLO County, acupuncturist and medical doctor from China, Jean Yu, will be retiring on October 31, 2016.
Dr. Yu started her medical career as an anesthesiologist in China before the Cultural Revolution. After the Revolution, the new Chinese government sent Jean Yu out of the city and into rural communities where she became a “barefoot doctor.” Along with a famous Chinese medicine doctor and surgeon, she lived amongst farmers and poor communities that lacked in infrastructure and did not have enough medicine. However, these communities had been self-reliant for years on herbal medicine, herbal knowledge and formulas that dated back thousands of years. With western and eastern medical education and an innate ability to heal, Dr. Yu became their trusted herbal student and doctor. They taught her everything they knew.
Eventually, Jean Yu and her husband were reunited and they immigrated to the United States. They started in Minnesota, where Jean Yu once again put her brilliant mind to the test. She leaned English and studied hard and successfully passed the US medical exam for foreign medical graduates on the first try (in English).
She and her husband made their way to the Central Coast. Dr. Yu became the herbal medicine teacher for the acupuncture school in Santa Barbara called Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine. She also founded the Santa Barbara Herb Clinic, where students apprenticed with her. After nine years, she began to serve SLO full-time.
Dr. Yu quickly applied herself to serving SLO county and set up the “Chinese Acupuncture Clinic” (now known as East West Natural Medicine Center) located at 1415 Higuera Street, near California Blvd. She used acupuncture and herbal medicine to serve and help thousands of patients. She reduced thousands of people’s pain, helped many women achieve pregnancy and tirelessly served her community as a healer for decades.
Four years ago, she found a successor whom she believed had the capacity to match her in the realm of western medical knowledge as well as in the skill and artistry of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. It was important to Dr. Yu that her successor be highly trained in both western and eastern medicine in order to maintain a balanced and highly skilled perspective for patients. Dr. Yu chose Dr. Julianna Englund, a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist. Dr. Yu became Dr. Englund’s mentor and dear friend.
After her 80th birthday, Dr. Jean Yu stepped away to explore the next chapter of her life. While her healing presence at East West Natural Medicine Center is greatly missed, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties celebrate Dr. Jean Yu’s many years of service in their communities.