Asheville Community Acupuncture


Dr. Saraswati Markus Anand, DAOM, LAc, ERYT

Dr. Saraswati Markus Anand has been practicing medicine for the last 25 years, most notably she practiced at Pacific Center of Health in San Diego under the tutelage of her long time mentor Alex Tiberi, a pioneer in the field of Chinese medicine and a beloved teacher to students all over the world. Saraswati was one of his closest students and practiced along side him in his clinic for over a decade specializing in women’s health, pediatrics, and pain relief. It is from this rich lineage she brings not only her medical offerings, but also spiritual, as Alex was her first dharma doorway into the world of Vajrayana Buddhism and Yoga.

Dr. Markus is the Founder of Nourishing Life Center of Health & Yoga, an emerging online institute for women’s health, regenerative and restorative medicine. Dr.Saraswati is a leading woman’s health expert and lectures at medical colleges and at specialty conferences around the world. She received both her Masters (1995) and Doctoral (2006) degrees in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA. Between 2005-2009, Dr. Markus completed advanced training in acupuncture, herbal medicine and classical medical literature at Shandong University and Hospital in China, also where she first discovered the medical tradition of yang sheng (Nourishing Life). The science of nourishing one’s life fundamentally shifted her work for good, as she now helps her patients to uncover the root imbalance of their symptoms and the lifetime solution. In 2007, she developed a self-care yoga practice designed with women in mind to support hormones and in 2012 she brought Dao Flow yoga out to the world with the release of her 5-disc DVD yoga practice and immersion training programs for women’s health using yoga and Chinese medicine. 2010 also began her collaboration in a twice-yearly retreat with Ram Dass and Krishna Das, two of her most inspirational teachers.

Saraswati is in her 25th year of teaching medicine and currently holds faculty positions in both masters and doctoral degree programs. She recently joined the team at Asheville Community Acupuncture and is excited to share her work with all the new folks in West Asheville. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina, and leads trainings and immersion programs for women, patients, and practitioners in the U.S. and abroad.