People often seek alternatives when they have an illness or an injury that has not responded fully to conventional treatments. Some feel more comfortable looking to traditional healing practices, or have had difficult experiences with conventional medicine. Many of my patients have never seen an acupuncturist before and are unsure what to expect. One of my goals as a healthcare provider is to make acupuncture accessible, understandable, and easy to receive. I love to practice within an ancient and long-practiced tradition, and I also appreciate and respect the incredible advances made by medical providers and researchers with modern treatments.
While we still don’t have a definitive modern explanation for why or how acupuncture works, its strength as a treatment seems to lie in its ability to promote the body’s innate self-regulating and self-healing mechanisms. For that reason, we can to reduce the severity of current conditions as well as to improve your general wellbeing in the long term. My practice intention is to support you in addressing your health concerns with the goal of increasing your quality of life.
Demetra Markis, L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist (CA license #AC 13328). She received her Master’s degree from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco in 2009, and has been studying Western herbal traditional medicine since 1998. She founded Yerba Buena Community Acupuncture (now Tiny Needles) in San Francisco in 2010, providing over 25,000 acupuncture treatments during her time there, and is a registered continuing education provider with the state of California. She is a volunteer EMT with the Fort Ross VFD and a volunteer board member with the Coast Ridge Community Forest. Demetra lives with her partner and 15-year-old daughter on Gualala Ranch where she tends a growing pharmacy garden of medicinal trees, shrubs, and perennials.