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My Top 5 Fave Herbs For Healthy Living

Long before I became a Licensed Acupuncturist and Reiki Master/Teacher, I was a punk rocker/zinester who was delving into all things healing (do the two coincide? Sure, why not!) I was also exploring my roots, which is a melting pot of sorts – Filipino, Spanish, Irish, and Chinese. I was driven to learn more about all […]

MindBodyGreen Features Margarita’s Article On Chakra Imbalances

Happy New Year, my loves! My latest article, entitled, “Your Chakras Are Probably Out Of Balance. Here’s How Reiki Can Help”, went live today on MindBodyGreen, the first day of 2015. How fitting to start the New Year off with a check-in on your chakra system health. Please have a read, and let me know […]

The Art Of Surrender: Letting Go In The New Year

It has been all kinds of New Years recently: the Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah was in September, Hindus celebrated the Diwali “Festival Of Lights”, and Muslims observed Muharram, in October. The Celtic and Pagan New Year, Samhain, was also in October, on Halloween. Chinese New Year is coming up this February. On January 1st, in […]

"Power & Equality" by Steve Snodgrass, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Why Not Stepping Into Your Power May Be Hazardous To Your Health (The Solar Plexus Chakra)

Have you ever said, “I just can’t digest that” or “that makes me sick to my stomach”? That knot in your belly may be telling you a lot more than you realize! In a previous post, I wrote, “Why Not Speaking Your Truth Can Be Hazardous To Your Health”, which was all about the Throat/5th Chakra, and […]

"the eyes of Buddha, symbol of peaceful vigilance" (cropped) by nite.twinkler, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Why Not Trusting Your Intuition Can Be Hazardous To Your Health (The Third Eye Chakra)

  The only real valuable thing is intuition. -Albert Einstein In one of my previous posts, “Why Not Speaking Your Truth Can Be Hazardous To Your Health”, I explored how suppressing your Throat Chakra (ie. not speaking your truth) can lead to physical imbalances and disorders. It ended up being one of those posts that got shared […]

"224/365 - Dear Flickr, I'm Sick" by Courtney Carmody, , used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

3 Ways To Use Essential Oils When You Have A Cold

Ever since I learned Essential Oil Therapy, based on Chinese Medicine, a few months ago, not only do I regularly create essential oil blends for my patients when they visit (which they love), but I have my own bunch of bottles at home for my own personal concoctions, too! Everyone, and their mom, has been […]

Yours truly performing acupuncture on a patient.

What To Look For In An Acupuncturist Or Reiki Practitioner

Acupuncture and Reiki are both powerful energetic healing modalities, but they are totally unrelated to each other. The reason why I’m bringing the two into this blog post, is because I am both a Licensed Acupuncturist and Certified Reiki Master/Teacher practitioner, so relating to both is kinda my thing! When you’re in physical, emotional, or spiritual […]

Some of the participants during the Fall Detox Wellness Workshop this past Sunday.

Fall Detox Wellness Workshop A Success And 5 Tips For Detoxing At Home

This past Sunday, on October 5, 2014, Chia-Ti Chiu, of One Love Wellness, and I collaborated on a Fall Detox-themed wellness workshop – to heal and release what no longer serves us, so that we can welcome the Fall harvest. Chia-Ti and I go a ways back. I was editrix and publisher of my independently published […]

"Girl Disappearing" by Francesca Dioni, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

How Healing Your Emotions Helps You Heal Your Physical Pain

How many times have you experienced a stressful situation, and soon after, noticed that you had physical pain somewhere in your body? When we say something’s been a “pain in the neck” or “pain in the butt”, our bodies can sometimes take it literally! Our bodies hold memories, and even emotions. In Chinese Medicine, memory […]

Yours truly performing auricular (ear) acupuncture on a patient.

5 Ways Acupuncture Will Not Work For You

As we stash away our Summer flip flops, take out our scarves (FYI, we acupuncturists are a bit neurotic about scarves!), and contemplate recipes that incorporate squash and pumpkins, so too do we have the opportunity to evaluate what we’ve been harvesting in our life, including what does, and what doesn’t, work for us in our lives. […]