Robin Saraswati MARKUS

Robin Saraswati MARKUS

Dr. Robin Saraswati Markus has been teaching Chinese medicine for over 15 years. She has most recently launched Nourishing Life, a fertility and longevity institute based on the principles of Yang Sheng: The Ancient Chinese Science of Longevity. She worked as the clinical director of The Fertile Soul, an Oriental medicine fertility program geared to both patients and practitioners. She was one of the founders and main educators of the Clinical Excellence in Fertility Program, an international community of Oriental medicine practitioners dedicated to understanding and practicing integrative fertility treatment. Completing her Master’s degree in 1995, then her doctorate in 2005 she completed a randomized clinical placebo controlled trial involving herbal medicine and menopause. She worked as a faculty member in both the masters and doctoral programs at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in the USA, and is a visiting faculty member at Qing Bai Institute in the Netherlands.

Her deep and practical understanding of Chinese Gynecology and her emphasis of Chinese Medicine as an art form make her a popular teacher. Saraswati believes that the first step toward healing is to return to the laws of nature and encourages her patients to begin longevity practices in order to enhance fertility. She is currently writing a book about Yang Sheng and Fertility enhancement that weaves together Taoist, Yogic, and Contemplative practices as a methodology for healing infertility. Her newest program is Fertility Yoga, with a DVD launch set for autumn of 2011 and patient workshops already scheduled. Saraswati uses telemedicine to work directly with individual patients worldwide, teaches intensive workshops on the subjects of Gynecology to practitioners of Chinese medicine and Yoga, and she holds patient retreats to help women reclaim and revitalize their health and fertility.

When she’s not practicing yoga, or traveling teaching about it, Dr. Markus happily serves as founder and clinical director of Nourishing Life in Asheville, NC. Some of her passions include music, calligraphy, tea ceremony, ikebana, travel, tennis, basketball, and long walks with her husband Raghu and her dogs.

Education, Licensure and Certificates

1995 Masters Thesis Oriental Medicine

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, Ca

1996 California Board of Medical Quality Assurance

Sacramento, Ca.

2005 Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, Ca

2004- present Shandong University and Hospital, Jinan, PRC

Advanced training in Oriental medicine specifically classical literature, acupuncture, and herbal medicine

Chinese Medicine Work Experience

1995-2007 Pacific Center of Health, San Diego, Ca.

Clinical Director, Principal Acupuncturist

Robin’s expertise is gynecology, obstetrics, postpartum care, and menopause

and specializes in the treatment of infertility.

1997-2008 Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, Ca

Master and Doctoral Faculty Member

2007-2009 The Fertile Soul, Asheville, NC

Clinical Director, Retreat Facilitator, and Educator

2008-Present Nourishing Life, Asheville, NC

Founder, Educator, Consultant, Practitioner, Author


2003 Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

Main investigator

Patient audit research study

Evaluate the trends and usage of acupuncture and oriental medicine (AOM) in a teaching clinic setting in the San Diego, California region.

2004 Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

Main investigator

Randomized double blind placebo controlled trial to determine the effect of traditional Chinese medicinal herbs on reducing the vasomotor symptoms of climacteric women in the United States.

Professional Associations

Society for Acupuncture Research

American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

American Association of Integrative Medicine

North Carolina Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

California State Oriental Medical Association

Professional member Resolve

Endometriosis Association

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