Acupuncture

*Due to the state-wide shelter-in-place order, acupuncture services are currently suspended. My priority is your safety. Consultations are continually available, and there is so much we can do to support your health at this time, including:
~ Chinese and Western herbal therapies: I can drop off herbs locally from my own apothecary, as well as direct-ship from my herbal supplier.
~ Health and wellness coaching to manage stress, support healthy sleep, and improve digestion, all of which will improve your immune response
~ Instruction in self-treatment techniques in acupressure, cupping, and moxa
~ Herbal remedies and other therapies to support people told to stay at home with COVID-19 infection

Please read more about supporting your health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Acupuncture is available to residents of the coastal hills near my home in west Sonoma county. Currently I operate a mobile practice centered on Gualala Ranch (Fort Ross Road and Neistrath), going down to Navarro Ranch and Cazadero to the south, to Seaview Ranch and out to Timber Cove to the north. Cash rates are offered on a sliding scale depending on travel time to location; please inquire about insurance rates.

To request an appointment time or inquire about more information, please email info@coastalhillsacupuncture.org or call 415-710-7363.

Getting started with acupuncture:

Many people begin acupuncture treatment because they have a health issue or issue they would like to focus on. I suggest making an initial appointment, and then at the conclusion of that we can discuss a treatment plan and set up regular visits for a few weeks or months. You are also welcome to schedule an appointment to get a tune-up, maintain your health, and relax. If you have questions about how acupuncture can help with any kind of problem, please don’t hesitate to ask.  am always available to check in by phone, email, and in person.

Timing: 

In-home visits last an hour. We will check in about your health and progress, then you will settle in comfortably in one of my zero-gravity reclining chairs (or you are welcome to be treated in a chair you already have). After needling, I will remain nearby completing my notes while you rest (no need to entertain me!). The acupuncture needles are generally left in place for 20-45 minutes, and then I will remove them and schedule your next appointment before leaving.

Schedule a group:

You are welcome to set up an appointment at your home along with a friend, neighbor, spouse, or family member! I offer a discount on the sliding scale for two or more people seen together. I can see up to 5 people within a 60-90 minute time frame, and can bring up to five recliner chairs to your space. Just let me know when you are scheduling how many people will be present.

Payment:

Payment is due at the time of service, and can be made with cash, check, credit or debit card, or Flexible Spending or Health Savings accounts. Payments can also be made online via our Appointment Portal at your convenience. Please let us know before scheduling if you will need a superbill to submit to your insurance company.

About acupuncture:

Acupuncture is a simple, safe, and effective means of reducing pain and inflammation, improving circulation and energy, and creating a relaxed state of mind and body. The most common reasons people come to get acupuncture are to relieve back, neck, and joint pain, improve sleep, reduce stress, avoid catching colds, and to have more energy and peacefulness. Acupuncture is also an excellent tool for helping people cope with chronic health conditions and the normal aspects of aging, and can reduce the frequency and intensity of uncomfortable symptoms. Overall, acupuncture is a wonderful tool for cultivating health.

Acupuncture is comfortable and relaxing.

Many people ask if acupuncture is painful, or tell me that they are afraid of needles. I can confidently assure you that most people find acupuncture treatments very relaxing and comfortable. The needles used in acupuncture are extremely thin, so patients often feel nothing or just a very slight sensation when the needle is inserted. While you are resting with the needles in place you may feel some tingling, heaviness, or other sensations of energy movement. All of these are normal and usually pleasant; if anything becomes uncomfortable just let me know and I’ll gladly adjust it.

Acupuncture is a process. 

Acupuncture is like exercise: your body gets stronger the more that you do it. Strength isn’t built in a day, but over time; and your symptoms of imbalance most likely didn’t develop in one day, so it will almost certainly take more than one treatment to restore lasting balance. Acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s own self-healing mechanisms; it is gentle and safe and usually gradual. 

To request an appointment time or inquire about more information, please email info@coastalhillsacupuncture.org, or call 415-710-7363.

“Demetra made me feel so comfortable right away. She is amazingly warm and is really attentive. I feel she genuinely cares about helping people and that is her main goal. When you are having a particularly bad day she genuinely expresses her concern and does her magic to try to help any physical pain. I have been going for several months and the neuropathy in my feet is improving steadily and I have to say I am feeling much more relaxed and sleeping better too (a welcome side effect).”

Debbie G.

“I’d always been too nervous to try acupuncture because I really don’t like needles. However, I’ve had bad migraines for years and a friend recommended it. Demetra is fantastic. She did a great job getting to know me and my issues during our first appointment. She took into consideration my issue with needles and I had no problems at all. I’ve returned once a month or every other month and my migraines have been much better. I highly recommend Demetra.”

Jessica R.

“Really wonderful first acupuncture experience, thank you Demetra. Demetra was very easygoing to make the whole experience very simple/ relaxing. Will be back soon, thanks for your knowledge and dedication, definitely really helped to quiet my overactive mind and allow natural self-healing. Keep up the excellent work, highly recommend and will be telling my friends/ colleagues about this.”

Theresa G.

“I’ve been studying for an excruciating test for the past year (CPA) and was experiencing an extremely hard time focusing, not to mention the anxiety that comes with studying for a major test. A week before my first test, I decided that I needed to do something to help me focus—- everything I was previously doing was not cutting it. Almost immediately after the acupuncture session, I felt unusually calm and grounded.  My mind, for once, was not in a million places at one time. Later that day, I was studying for my test, and noticed that it was easier for me to focus and retain knowledge. I do believe that it does work and has helped me with my test taking.”

Clarissa P.