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"Kristin Hersh at Roskilde Festival (1998)" by Hunter Desportes, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

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 […]

August 2, 2011 | Acupuncture | 2 Comments

"A silent plea" by Kiran Foster, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

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

[vimeo] 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 […]

July 24, 2011 | Acupuncture | No Comments

Yours Truly in Union Square. Picture by Cristina Pastor.

“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.” […]

"Ici" by Neil Conway, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

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, […]

June 21, 2011 | Acupuncture | One Comment

"stories by miranda july" by anna gutermuth, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

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 […]

My view of Central Park's Bethesda Fountain from a stone bench, snapped with my handy Blackberry.

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, […]

The serenity of my office space in the Flatiron district, NYC.

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 […]

April 27, 2011 | Acupuncture | No Comments

"Breast cancer reflection" by williami5, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Acupuncture For Breast Cancer Talk A Success!

First off, I apologize for my delay in new post timeliness!  Between an interesting week at work, spending time with my new nephew, doctor’s appointments, and preparing for out of town company this weekend, what’s a girl to do?  And did I mention that I gave a talk at Columbia University Medical on Friday, April […]

April 15, 2011 | Acupuncture, Reiki | 3 Comments

"Pink In Honor Of Breast Cancer Awareness Month", by Audrey, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

How Acupuncture Helps Breast Cancer Survivors

Come to my upcoming talk this this Friday, April 8, 2011, at Columbia University Medical, that will explore how acupuncture helps breast cancer survivors!  You may recall a similar post to the one below.  That’s because the talk was originally slated in February, and I’d created a post for it.  Here’s the updated version. How […]

April 4, 2011 | Acupuncture, Reiki | 3 Comments

Margarita's Kale and Maitake Frondosa Mushroom, cooking in a cast iron skillet.

Kale and Maitake Mushrooms: A Recipe for Detoxing and Immune Building

I’ve always loved kale.  So green, hearty, and earthy, and my body always feels great afterwards.  Turns out that there are so many properties in kale that has made it a sort of rock star amongst health food enthusiasts. Like, what, you may ask? It has so many incredible antioxidant properties (namely that of carotenoids […]

March 26, 2011 | Healthy Living | 5 Comments