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How To Release Unconstructive Metal Patterns This Fall

Fall is a time of harvesting, changing leaves, pumpkins, great squash and root dishes, dressing in layers, and in knit scarves (or cat-eared hats if you’re a New York hipster!)  No, I am not including a Fall recipe this post around; but do look out for my post of Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins soon!  (And, […]

Why Acupuncture Is a Form of Self Defense

When people think of self defense, visions of flying crouching tigers and hidden dragons, dancing from bamboo stem to bamboo stem, wielding deadly weapons to whoosh enemies out of existence, often comes to mind.  However, self defense encompasses many aspects, not just in the physicality a la Karate Kid, or what’s mirrored in movies. As […]

Get Omega-3’s Aztec Warrior-Style With Hibiscus Berry Chia Tea

The cooler air is flowing in, and everyone can feel it:  the end of summer approaching.  But, wait!  How can you hold on to the refreshing deliciousness of summer?  Here is where Hibiscus Berry Chia Tea comes into play.  This is a tea that is juicy, red, and overflowing with demulcent chia herby goodness. Ah, the […]

Rocker Kristin Hersh Overcomes Bipolar Disorder Through Acupuncture

Who doesn’t love the indie rock band, Throwing Muses?  I, myself, particularly loved the song, “Not Too Soon” from the album, The Real Ramona.  The emergence of Riot Grrrl, a movement that started in the early to mid-1990’s, and celebrated women coming into their awareness, strength, and love of music in the underground scene, intersected […]

Creating A Healing Partnership With Restore NYC: Empowering Survivors of Sex Trafficking

Just recently, I had the honor to treat my first patient who came to me from Restore NYC.  From the organization’s website, “Restore NYC is a non-profit organization that restores freedom, safety and hope to foreign-born survivors of sex trafficking by providing long-term, holistic aftercare services. We partner with local and federal officials and other […]

“From Warrior to Healer” Interview in The Fil-Am

Archetypes proliferate through our culture.  I speak about it a little bit in a previous blog post. One definition, as listed in the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, explains it as, “In Jungian psychology, an inherited pattern of thought or symbolic imagery derived from the past collective experience and present in the individual unconscious.” […]

Happy Summer!

Happy summer, everyone!    Wow, it’s been a month since I’d last posted.  Life has been moving at lightning speed as of late.  Especially with the recent family reunion/cousin’s wedding.  I am a mezcla/mixed blood/mestiza, but grew up understanding predominantly Filipino traditions.  Why I mention this is because a family reunion in the East Coast, […]

Where Do You Belong?

We all want to belong.  To be part of something, involve ourselves in community in some capacity.  It’s in our nature.  Even some of us John Wayne tough, loner types need to roll out the guns and interact with a “patna” once and a while. On a related note, I have thoroughly enjoyed Noomi Rapace’s […]

Joy Is Central Park

Today was 70 degrees in New York City.  For those of us who enjoy the warmer weather, this was a day to finally look forward to!  I took the time today to stroll around.  Being a gal who is very much the metal element in Chinese Medicine, most often epitomized by a very organized disposition, […]

Language Not A Barrier In Getting Your Qi On

Special Pre-Actual Blog Note:  Come join me tomorrow, 11am-3pm, at Bronx Community College’s Health Fair, where I will be performing auricular NADA protocol on behalf of St. Ann’s Center for Harm Reduction (SACHR) (check out my previous post on my current work at SACHR.) Is healing futile in an environment where practitioner and patient do […]