About Me

Marilyn Yohe, Lic.Ac., MAOM

Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist

My Credentials:

I am licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Medicine as a Licensed Acupuncturist, and national board certified by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).

I hold a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture in Newton, MA, the oldest accredited college of Chinese medicine in the United States.

My primary training is in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)-style acupuncture and herbal medicine.

I have received additional training in the Dr. Tan Balance Method; Dr. Zhu’s Scalp Acupuncture for neurological and pain conditions; and in treating infertility and working with pregnant and breastfeeding women.

My Experience:

I have practiced acupuncture and herbal medicine at Cambridge Health Associates since 2005, and have helped hundreds of clients achieve better health and well-being.

I am also on the medical staff in the Cambridge Hospital system, where I work part-time as the acupuncturist for the Zinberg Clinic.  I have interned at several other Boston-area clinics, including Pathways to Wellness and the Dimock Community Health Center.

I teach on the faculty at the New England School of Acupuncture, offering a second-year core course in Traditional Chinese Medical diagnosis, case analysis, and treatment planning.

How I Work:

As a practitioner, my passion is helping people take care of the health problems that get in their way, so they do what they want and enjoy their lives.  I love seeing people get better and get back to doing their thing.

I believe that the human body, mind, and spirit have an innate and amazing ability to heal.

I’ve seen, many times, the dramatic improvements in health that can happen by simply bringing the body back into balance, and allowing this powerful healing force to express itself.

My job is to use acupuncture and herbal medicine as a tool to jump-start and support this process.

My treatments are tailored to the unique needs of each individual.  I combine different styles of acupuncture, heat therapy, herbal medicine, and dietary therapy to achieve the best results for you.  I view our work together as a partnership, and I welcome your questions, ideas and insights about your treatment.

My ultimate goal is to put you back in charge of your own health.  I encourage people to learn about their own needs and to support their health and well-being through informed choices about food, exercise, relaxation, and other life circumstances.

My Background:

I grew up in a family of scientists, and got my undergraduate degree in geology.  I’ve always had an immense sense of wonder and curiosity about the natural world, a love of being outdoors, and a deep respect for scientific inquiry.

The idea of “alternative” health care was a stretch for me initially.  Like many Americans, I tried it only when I reached the limits of what Western medicine had to offer.

Once I opened to it, I loved the idea that everything in the mind and body is connected; that you have to understand a person before you can understand how to help them heal.

Chinese medicine appealed to me in particular because I trust its long history and detailed, rigorous body of medical knowledge.

Prior to studying acupuncture I worked in education and counseling.  My experience included working as a self-defense instructor, an advocate for battered women, an after school teacher, and an outdoor adventure facilitator.  I also spent several years doing public education and political advocacy in the area of education reform.

I’ve learned how to listen well, teach gently, and raise hell when I need to.

I also spent a good number of my adult years healing from a serious car accident. My doctors had told me to expect very little in the way of recovery, but — because I’m either stubborn or tenacious, depending who you ask — I continued seeking out healing resources until I proved that prediction wrong. I know what it’s like to live with pain and disability; to need help; and to nurture my own body and life through many stages of growth and healing.

My work is also informed by my practice of insight meditation and yoga, and I strive to bring this appreciation of clarity, mindfulness, and acceptance to my work with others.

My volunteer activities include working with the Veteran’s Community Acupuncture Project to provide free community-style acupuncture treatments to veterans and their families. I also took a volunteer trip to an orphanage in the Dominican Republic.

Please let me know if I can be of any help. You can contact me here.