Holistic Gynecology and the whole spectrum of Women’s health issues is the primary focus of my practice. The Nourishing Life Center is an integrative Chinese medicine practice; it has been my honor to take care of women for the past 22 years.

Dr. Saraswati Markus, DAOM, LAc, MTOM, ERYT


Nourishing Life weaves together Chinese medicine, and Yoga, along with modern medicine, into one healing cord. My practice focuses on getting to the root cause of the problem and finding the lifetime solution. I’ve come to think of my work as pressing a “hard reset” to your system.

I take women from physical and emotional symptoms of pain, erratic cycles, uncomfortable sensations and a general disconnect from their life, to living from their personal source energies; balanced, healthy, restored and fertile. My medical career began as a fertility specialist, and I remain filled with enthusiasm for helping couples through the fertility process. These days I have come to recognize the issues that take a women about of balance during her fertile years–usually the way she is relating to her life–are actually the very same ones for older women.
Did you know there are 100’s of messages that must be maintained by body in order to achieve pregnancy? Acupuncture, Yoga, and herbal therapies help these messages find completion. There are many parallels for women entering perimenopause and menopause; the same messages must be maintained to achieve hormonal balance and to ease transition of life stages. It’s really all about what we call Lifestyle Medicine.

To Enhance Fertility

The use of basal body temperature charting is one of the tools I use to enhance fertility. These temperatures are also quite useful for Chinese medicine diagnosis. My practice often integrates with ART (artificial reproductive technologies) fertility procedures such as IVF. The importance of drug-herb interaction is a chief concern, and am very experienced and confident with treatment during pregnancy.

Rigorous Training and Credentials
To Ease Menopause

Part of my doctoral research involved conducting a randomized clinical trial where I investigated herbal medicinals for menopausal syndrome and discovered new ways to manage the symptoms of fluctuating hormones. I have a variety of herbal, energetic, and nutritional solutions to help naturally ease the passage through menopausal transition.

The degree of Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) is an accredited, clinical doctorate degree for licensed acupuncturists (LAc). I am proud to be one of very few practitioners to earn this advanced degree. Clinical excellence is one of my top values, and continuing my education often takes me to China and India for inner cultivation, yet allows me to stay current with the newest practices and ideas for medical diagnosis and treatment.

Teaching comes naturally to me; I love inspiring others. I am in my 20th year of teaching Chinese Medicine and have recently held academic positions in both masters and doctoral degree programs.

Chinese medicine + Yoga = Whole Life Healing

The synthesis of medicine and yoga began in 1998 in Southern California studying traditional Ashtanga yoga with Tim Miller. I completed my first teacher training with him in 2003 and soon after began integrating yoga with Chinese medicine in my medical practice. I have been spreading the love of Yoga for women ever since. Dao Flow yoga for women’s health is the fruit of all of these many experiences; a unique yoga style that braids together Chinese medicine, and women’s health into the methodology of yoga.

The centerpiece of treatment plans are herbal prescriptions, diet therapy and nutritional supplements. Yet, health status is fundamentally changed and restored through deep self-investigation of the lifestyle factors that cause your symptoms. For this reason, we teach health practices such as yoga, breath work and meditation to shift physical and emotional patterns. Also as a yoga teacher and practitioner for over 20 years, I design very specific, individualized yoga techniques aimed at regulating your specific imbalance. I am personally a practitioner of all of the health practices that I recommend, and it is my life’s work to bring this information to the people who need it.

The whole female reproductive arc–from menstruation to fertility, through menopause and healthy aging

At Nourishing Life, we help women and couples enhance their fertility compatible with either natural or procedural conception. But what I have come to realize is that fertility is much more than a narrow reproductive marker. Fertility is the ability to fully inhabit a moment, to be completely present. That is where life happens—and that is the creative force of the mother. When we can learn how to connect consciously with what is happening in each moment, allowing and trusting the unfolding of life on life’s terms, rather than controlling and forcing outcomes, we open to life. This is the heart of the Nourishing Life Method. Mindful living and breaking down the habits that no longer serve give the ability to recognize imbalance and course correct as needed. In this way, Nourishing Life’s programs can be helpful to almost anyone.

Some of my passions include helping people, astrology, Ram Dass, beauty, connection, yoga, animals, chanting, calligraphy, travel to India to sit with yogis, Ikebana, language study, and long walks with my dogs. I look forward walking together on your healing path.