Yuki-S. Itaya is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM. L.Ac.,). She graduated from Emperor’s College, Santa Monica and earned her master degree in Oriental Medicine. She earned her Doctoral degree from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.
She is a trustee of MOXAFRICA , a British charity that is researching Japanese style direct moxibustion as an adjunctive treatment for tuberculosis in developing nations. This work includes a 180 patient phase II RCT at Makerere University, Uganda.
Yuki is also a certified senior teacher of the Mukaino Method outside of Japan, a movement-based diagnostic and treatment protocol developed by Prof. Mukaino Yoshito MD of Fukuoka University, Japan. www.MukainoMethod.com
Yuki is the only certified to teach Koshiishi Style Moxibustion outside of Japan.
Yuki has lectured on moxibustion and Japanese Acupuncture techniques in Global health settings at many Japanese universities, Universities across the globe, International conferences and is a regular contributor and translator for the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine.
She believes in making medicine more accessible to the public and by empowering people to take control of their own health.
Yuki teaches Mukaino Method and Moxibustion at NUNM, Portland Oregon
Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research
Master of Science in Global Health
and how to apply them where medical facilities are otherwise limited or absent.
By the time Yuki was six years old, she had already developed a passion for Shinkyu (the Japanese word for acupuncture and moxibustion) that was born out of assisting local vet treat horses. She treated many horses and animals using her original technique of Moxa and movement therapy.
Determined to live a useful life, Yuki applied to work at the UN when she was eight. Although her application was declined the experience motivated her to study abroad from an early age.