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How To Protect Yourself From Psychic Vampires In The Concrete Jungle

Why are vampire movies, like “Twilight”, and TV shows, like “True Blood” and “Vampire Diaries”, so popular?  For some, it appeals to our sensual nature, or allows us to tap into the wonder of what it would be like to have superhuman or mystical powers, to fly, transform, be both evil and tormented, yet innocent […]

Screenshot of my MindBodyGreen article.

My Article “My Experience Using Acupuncture To Treat Addiction” Published In MindBodyGreen!

Hello Delicious Ones! Just a quick note before my weekly post early next week that MindBodyGreen just published my first article with them, “My Experience Using Acupuncture To Treat Addiction”!  It went live this morning.  Please check it out , and leave a comment to let me know what you think! I love MindBodyGreen’s self […]

"Cliff meditation" Toshimasa Ishibashi, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

6 Reasons Why I Resisted Meditation And Why It Liberates Me Now

“Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.” ― Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, The 11 Karmic Spaces: Choosing Freedom from the Patterns That Bind You Many of my patients have asked me about meditation.  Mostly, where to start, and why to even do it in the first place.  I’ll be exploring various aspects of meditation in future […]

A healing Sound Soak concert in action.

The Healing Power of Sound, Part Dalawang: Revisiting the Sound Soak Experience

Note:  Dalawang is Tagalog/Filipino for the number two. After such a mindblowing sound healing experience at last month’s Sound Soak, led by the talented Joule L’adara, I had to come back this month for more!  Especially since I knew that this time, Pascal Dinoia and Nechama Klotz would be playing symphonic and planetary gongs.  Up until […]

Kulintang gongs have been played for many centuries in Southeast Asia and are often included in ceremonies and rituals. "Kulintang at Asian Festival" (cropped) by Mr.TinDC, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

The Healing Power of Sound: A First Hand Experience

“Sound enters the healing equation from several directions: It may alter cellular functions through energetic effects; it may entrain biological systems to function more homeostatically; it may calm the mind and therefore the body; or it may have emotional effects, which influence neurotransmitters and neuropeptides, which in turn help to regulate the immune system–the healer […]

Yours truly treating a staff of the Surgeon General's Office at an AWB acupuncture relief clinic in New York City.
Photo used with permission by Cynthia Neipris.

Entering The New Year With Grace And Purpose & New Offerings At Alcantara Acupuncture

The end of 2012 has been full of devastation, of things that our beyond our control, a forceful destruction of the old to rebirth into the new, on literal and symbolic levels. This past month, alone, we in the East Coast continue to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, and now our hearts also […]

Yours Truly needling a patient at the AWB acupuncture clinic at the LGBT Center in Chelsea, NYC.
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Healing After Sandy: A Collective Journey

Two weeks later, the devastation of Hurricane Sandy is still reverberating throughout the New York Metro Area.  People who don’t live here may think, “The hurricane’s over, everything’s back to normal”.  The reality is, it won’t be normal for quite some time.  Some folks here say there’s “a new normal” that we are all getting […]

"Watermelon in a cup - NYC" by m01229, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Beat The Heat With Chinese Medicine And Stress Less Tea Recipe

Faint beads of sweat dripping from your brow.  A fan blowing gently on your face, as you smile and enjoy the warmth from a cozy balcony, refreshing beverage in hand.  Perfectly made finger sandwiches await you at an arm’s length, to nibble on as you enjoy the warm sun that glows your tan perfectly without […]

Alcantara Acupuncture Creates Partnership With Gilt City New York

Just a quick note to share my excitement that Gilt City New York, the “local lifestyle site from the Gilt Groupe that offers memorable adventures and exclusive offers, all at insider prices”, announced Alcantara Acupuncture as a featured venue today! Starting Monday, June 18, and lasting for the week (up until this Friday), I am […]

When anger is channeled to create action. "02.22.DontBombAfghan.WDC.08oct01" by Elvert Barnes, , used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Why Anger Is Healthy

Often when we think about leading healthier lifestyles, we tend to think that anger, and other emotions like sadness or frustration, that are often deemed “negative”, should never be expressed, much less acknowledged.  That in order for you to achieve your own personal state of true heightened spiritual awareness, you can’t let off some steam. […]