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Music is universal. I miss hearing the song "Magdalena" being played on acoustic guitar. "Epiphone Hummingbird Limited Edition Acoustic Guitar Portfolio1" Shaun Anyi, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

When Random Acts Of Singing Creates Connection

Last week I treated my first child patient.  I drew on everything I’d remembered from classes, texts, clinic shifts, and Chinese Medicine colleagues who’ve shared their experiences on pediatrics (pediatrics is er ke in Chinese Medicine.)  As with anything in life, the most precious lessons when actually experiencing something new in your life (in this […]

March 18, 2012 Acupuncture | No Comments

It’s time to bloom out of the mud like the beautiful lotus flower! "Lotus" by tonko43, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Losing Weight And Gaining Spirit With Acupuncture

With the new year comes promises to the self, in the form of resolutions.  People get into such a frenzy about creating sometimes unrealistic expectations for themselves, usually due to the pressures of modern society that insists this is something we should all be doing, so why haven’t you? The problem is, creating a better […]

Halved acorn squash, with ghee and nutmeg, fresh out of my oven! Warms the cockles.

My Heart Is Aglow With Needles, Reiki, And Acorn Squash

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since I posted my first blog post, ever, for Alcantara Acupuncture!  But, it has.  And I’ve been enjoying every bit of writing it!  I’ve learned a lot about blogging, my acupuncture/reiki practice, wellness, human behavior, writing, and myself.  I hope you’ve found it entertaining, informative, and, sometimes, […]

Time to give yourself some love! "190/365" by martinak15, , used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Holidays Are A Time To Give… To Yourself!

Thanks to those who came out to Audre Lorde Project’s 2nd ever Wellness Day, which was this past Saturday, November 12, 2011.  It was a success, and I had the pleasure to meet other practitioners offering acupuncture, reiki, energy healing, and health guidance (from a registered nurse, in fact!)  Julia was the other acupuncturist, and […]

Come To Audre Lorde Project’s Wellness Day This Saturday!

Come on by this Saturday.  I’ll be one of the two acupuncturists providing services at ALP’s Wellness Day at the Brooklyn office!  Accessible healthcare.  Woot woot! When: Saturday, November 12, 2011 – 1:00pm – 4:00pm Where: Audre Lorde Project 85 S. Oxford St. (Basement floor) Brooklyn, NY 11217 (Unfortunately, there is no elevator in the building.) Searching for […]

November 11, 2011 Acupuncture, New York City | One Comment

A menacingly joyous collection of pumpkin lights. "Orange Halloween Pumpkins", by Chris Neal, , used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

How To Creatively Celebrate Halloween With Acupuncture And Oriental Medicine Day

Halloween happens to be my favorite holiday. Not because we get to promote tooth decay in today’s youth (chocolate is delicious 365 days of the year, but as a caveat, everything is tasty in moderation!)  Or, to don tiny costumes with seemingly shrinking hemlines with each passing year (in NYC, the hip beauty store chain, […]

"2012 Komen Austin Race for the Cure" by Komen Austen, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Combat Breast Cancer Holistically And NJ Update!

The month of October marks: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 24th:  Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Day According to, “About 1 in 8 women in the United States (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.”  It is important to understand the struggles women have with breast cancer, and to keep […]

"Omar Freilla" by Frank Hebbert, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

I Am Teaming Up With Audre Lorde Project’s 3rd Space Healing!

First off, thanks to those who came out to the Sunday’s BMW Guggenheim Lab’s “Free Community Health Care Day” on Sunday.  It was incredible!   It was held in an airy space at the corner of Houston and 2nd, where East Village meets Lower East Side.  Complete with wide and open brick alley feel, long flowing curtains, metal […]

September 30, 2011 Acupuncture, New York City, Reiki | No Comments

"Spa" by Dennis Wong, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Upcoming Event: Free Community Health Care Day at Guggenheim Lab

BMW Guggenheim Lab will be hosting a “Free Community Health Care Day” this Sunday.  I will be one of the acupuncturists performing community acupuncture there, as part of workshops and demonstrations led by Third Root Acupuncture. The BMW Guggenheim Lab is “a mobile laboratory traveling to nine major cities worldwide over six years… the Lab […]

September 24, 2011 Acupuncture, New York City | No Comments

"9/11 Memorial" by Tom Hart, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Battlefield Acupuncture Gains Popularity

With the recent commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 – in New York City, and across the globe – we are reminded about how important easing stress and (physical and emotional) pain surrounding a traumatic event can be.  This includes our troops, their spouses/partners, and those of us civilians who bore witness or experienced […]

September 19, 2011 Acupuncture | No Comments