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Accepting new patients starting in February 2022.

Whatever you are dealing with in terms of your health, there is always something that traditional, holistic practices can to do help.

While modern medicine has amazing capabilities, there are many instances in which taking a gentler and more holistic approach is appropriate.

Acupuncture and herbs are best used to:

  • Support our bodies' innate healing processes

  • Prevent a temporary health setback from becoming permanent

  • Provide recovery after illness or surgery

  • Generally promote relaxation, ease, and strength.


What can acupuncture help with?

Acupuncture is a simple, powerful tool to help you feel more like yourself again.


Services

I provide individual and group acupuncture, custom herbal formulas, and consultations by phone or in person.


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Appointments are available on weekday afternoons. New and have questions? Free 15-minute phone consultations are also available.


About your provider

About acupuncture


Acupuncture uses tiny needles to gently stimulate a series of points, most of which are located on the hands and arms, feet and legs, and head and ears, though occasionally we treat points on the torso or back as well.While in modern medicine, the practice of diagnosis is geared toward precision, in traditional medicine we look for broad patterns of behavior within your body, and use acupuncture and herbs to correct imbalances in those patterns. In doing so, we can treat a variety of symptoms and conditions.While scientific research continues to evaluate the exact mechanisms of acupuncture's actions, the effects of treatment have been observed over thousands of years of continual practice, and include treatment of the following:

  • Pain of all kinds, including joint, muscle, nerve, diffuse and specific, chronic and acute.

  • Energy and lack of it, including fatigue, poor or inadequate sleep, weakness, side effects from medical treatments, general lack of energy.

  • Digestion, such as recent changes in digestion, discomfort after eating, and chronic conditions of all kinds.

  • Respiration, breathing difficulties, frequent colds, allergies, sinus congestion.

  • Stress, anxiety, depression, overthinking, addiction recovery support.

  • Reproductive support, including hormonal imbalances, fertility support, and prostate health.

  • Chronic and long-term medical conditions, providing support and integrative treatment alongside medical care to ensure the highest possible quality of life.

So, what happens in an acupuncture session?

An acupuncture session generally follows this basic outline:

We start by talking about what is going on with you and how you would like your health situation to improve. I'll ask questions about your symptoms and health, and also use traditional diagnostic techniques to assess how your body is working. These include feeling the pulse at both of your wrists, and taking a quick look at your tongue, to assess shape, color, and coat..

You kick back in one of my recliner chairs and relax, shoes and socks off, and sleeves and pant legs rolled up. It takes me just a few moments to place tiny, hair-thin needles at several points, usually 10-20 in total, mostly located below your knees and elbows, head and ears, and sometimes on your torso. I am a very gentle needler, and the vast majority of people report a totally painless experience. Needling should never be painful!

Now you get to rest, usually between 25-45 minutes. During this time many people fall asleep, or just feel very relaxed, though occasionally some people feel energized and wide awake. What exactly occurs in the body during acupuncture is still under investigation by the scientific community, but observation over years of continual practice tell us that your nervous system shifts into "rest and digest" mode, allowing your body to focus on healing processes that are most likely to occur in a restful physiological state. .

How often do you need treatments? It really depends on what is going on. Some people see me 2-3 times over the course of a week or two to rapidly address an acute issue. Others see me every week to make progress on a chronic health issue, or once a month just to "tune up" and get a general check-in. As you become more experienced with getting acupuncture, you will start to gauge when you need a treatment, but I am always happy to provide suggested protocols for treatment as well.

At the end of your treatment, I remove the needles and we often discuss actions you can take to further your health. If you are receiving herbal formulations, I'll provide them to you at this time, with instructions. You may choose to schedule your next appointment or you may want to see how you feel over the course of the next few days and then schedule. .

To learn more about the services offered, please continue:

Services


Services

My services include individual and group acupuncture sessions, consultations (by phone, video, or in person), and custom herbal formulations. Fees are listed below and are always due at the time of service: thank you!

ServiceLocationDescriptionFee
In-home acupunctureFort Ross Road (including the ranches) to Timber CoveOne hour-long visit for 1-2 people, where I come to your home with everything I need to provide a complete intake, assessment, acupuncture treatment, and follow-up plan.$50-100 per person (varies by driving distance from my home on Gualala Ranch to yours)
Group AcupunctureFort Ross Road (including the ranches), Cazadero Highway to 116, and Timber CoveCollective visit for three to five people at one time, 1-1.5 hours, limited intake and acupuncture to focus on one major issue. You organize your group and a quiet space to host, and I will arrive with recliner chairs for all of you.$25-40 per person, depending on location and number of people
ConsultationsBy phone, video, or at my location on Gualala RanchOne-on-one visit where we can discuss your health concerns, assess your goals around health, determine healthcare resources available to you, and make a plan of action.$25 per half hour
Herbal formulationsAvailable with any appointment or consultation.I grow a wide variety of medicinal herbs in our Certified Naturally Grown gardens, starting all from seed to ensure correct species and plant health. I also use a selection of traditional Chinese patent herbal formulas from Mayway herbs in Oakland.Teas $5-10, tinctures $10-20, moxa sticks $2, teapills starting at $15/bottle.

Payment
Fees vary based on services provided, see specific service for details. Fees are due at the time of service.
I take all forms of payment including:

  • HSA

  • Flex cards

  • Credit or debit cards

  • Checks or cash

Insurance
I can provide receipts if you wish to seek reimbursement from your insurer, but as a small-scale provider, I don't have the resources to process insurance.

Sliding Scale/Low Cost Treatments
Financial hardships occur, often especially when we are struggling with healthcare issues. Community acupuncture clinics provide sliding scale or low-cost flat fee treatments. I am proud to be working in Cotati at Cotati Community Acupuncture, where you can access my care in the community room on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
I hope to set up a weekly community acupuncture session in our area in the near future.

In-home acupuncture

Service area: Fort Ross Road (including the ranches) to Timber CoveFee: $50-100 per person (varies by driving distance from my home on Gualala Ranch to yours)

One hour-long visit for 1-2 people, where I come to your home with everything I need to provide a complete intake, assessment, acupuncture treatment, and follow-up plan. (See Sessions for a detailed breakdown of what happens during an acupuncture treatment.)

Group acupuncture

Service area: Fort Ross Road (including the ranches), Cazadero Highway to 116, and Timber CoveFee: $25-40 per person, depending on location and number of people.

Collective visit for three to five people at one time, 1-1.5 hours, limited intake and acupuncture to focus on one major issue. You organize your group and a quiet space to host, and I will arrive with recliner chairs for all of you. (See Sessions for a detailed breakdown of what happens during an acupuncture treatment.)

Consultations

By phone, video, or at my location on Gualala RanchFee: $25 per half hour.

One-on-one visit where we can discuss your health concerns, assess your goals around health, determine healthcare resources available to you, and make a plan of action.

Herbal formulations

Available with any appointment or consultation.Fee: Teas $5-10, tinctures $10-20, moxa sticks $2, teapills starting at $15/bottle.

I grow a wide variety of medicinal herbs in our Certified Naturally Grown gardens, starting all from seed to ensure correct species and plant health. I also use a selection of traditional Chinese patent herbal formulas from Mayway herbs in Oakland.

REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT

Appointments are available on weekday afternoons.

Because of the nature of my practice, please make your schedule request at least two days in advance.Have more questions and want to chat before scheduling? Please use the form below to request a free 15-minute phone call to go over your questions.

COVID-19 Protocol:To ensure safety for all of my patients, if you have current symptoms of a contagious nature or have been exposed to someone with a positive COVID test, please schedule a 15-minute phone call before scheduling any in-person visits.
I will continue to wear masks indoors during all patient appointments and always follow all CDC guidelines for healthcare providers in maintaining a safe environment.
Questions? Please send me a message on the Contact page.

Details about available services and fees can be found on the Services page.

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About your provider, Demetra Markis, L.Ac.

Welcome to my acupuncture and herbal practice. I love healthcare and health education, and I love working with people to help them find greater enjoyment in everyday life through health and wellbeing.My experience over the past twenty years of healthcare service has included traditional herbal practice, community and private acupuncture clinics, healthcare education and consultation, and providing volunteer services as an emergency medical technician to my rural community.Currently I am excited to be focused on my practice in the coastal hills, developing my herbal medicine garden on Milleflora Farm, and writing a manuscript for a manual for community healthcare providers.

Professional highlights:Education and licensureLicensed Acupuncturist, 2009-present, California Acupuncture BoardAmerican College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2009, Master’s of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM)Southwest School of Botanical Studies, 2006, Programs in Herbal Therapeutics, Constitutional Energetics, and Materia MedicaOhlone Center of Herbal Studies (now Berkeley Herbal Center), 2003, Apprenticeship in Herbal FoundationsClinic and LeadershipFounder and Lead Acupuncturist and Herbalist, Yerba Buena Community Acupuncture, San Francisco, CA; 2010-2018Executive Director, People's Organization for Community Acupuncture, 2012Board Member and Volunteer Instructor, Barefoot Health Promotor School, Juarez, Mexico / Crossroads Community Acupuncture, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 2015-2017

THANK YOU

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Fresh vegetables, herbs, and flowers from our farm!We grow a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fruit on our small farm. Patients are welcome purchase add-on farm products with their treatment.To find out what is available, please visit Milleflora Farm / Available Now and make your request either on that site or via text/email directly to me. I just need a day's notice before your scheduled treatment; everything is first-come first-served based on availability.(Sorry, but no other deliveries outside of treatment times are available.)

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