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Welcome, Spring Equinox! Releasing Fear in Big Ways

“Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.” – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist In the past two weeks alone, I’ve encountered many of my patients telling me of their stories centered around fear, release, and the obstacles that prevent them from liberating themselves from these fears.  Mind […]

Featured On Rappler!: “Margarita Alcantara: From Bamboo Girl to healer”

Last month, I was featured on Rappler, a social news network based in the Philippines, where stories inspire community engagement and digitally fuelled actions for social change.  The article Rina Angela Corpus wrote about me was entitled, “Margarita Alcantara: From Bamboo Girl to healer”.  I think she did a great job!  You may remember Rina’s name […]

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 […]

Book Review: “Stress Solutions For Pregnant Moms” by Susan Andrews, PhD

I recently learned about the book Stress Solutions for Pregnant Moms: How Breaking Free from Stress Can Boost Your Baby’s Potential, by Susan Andrews, PhD.  It is hot off the presses (as of May of this year), and is chock full of helpful guidelines for pregnant moms to help assess your daily stress levels, checklists […]

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. […]

Accessible Acupuncture And Reiki on May 14th at Audre Lorde Project!

When: Monday, May 14, 2012 – 6:00pm – 8:30pm Where: Audre Lorde Project 147 W. 24th St., 3rd Floor New York, NY 10011 I’ll be there providing my acupuncture/reiki combo to folks on this day.  Come on by!  The space is always such a source of rejuvenation for  LGBTSTGNC people of color who take part in the treatments, and considering […]

My Tita/Aunt Perla and I, in a picture taken many years ago at my cousin's wedding.

Colon Cancer Prevention Hits Home

Although I am nowhere near the age of 50, the recommended age for colonoscopies, I finally went through my first colonoscopy today.  Why?  It turns out colon cancer runs in my family, and has claimed two dear aunts (sisters of my mother), Tita Maryann, and my godmother, Tita Perla.  Both ignored their symptoms, and got […]

Spring has sprung our plants back into life. Are you tending to your inner garden? "Krokuswiese - Botanischer Garten Leipzig" by Maja Dumat, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Liberate Yourself This Spring! The Body Will Follow.

Spring is a time of new beginnings.  Yadda, yadda, yadda! Truth is, we are always in constant renewal.  We enjoyed the New Year on January 1st, Chinese New Year, and now we welcome Spring (which I last year celebrated by waxing poetic about the Liver and Gallbladder), which also has its own associations with renewal […]