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What Are You Grateful For?

Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, I want to drop you a quick note to let you know that I am grateful for your readership, as well as the possibility of being of assistance in helping you gain further connection with your self, and others, through this blog. We are all on this Earth […]

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Why Listening To Your Heart Will Never Fail You

As we approach the holidays, we tend to move our energy outwards, being more concerned about gift lists, travel itineraries, and to-do’s, rather than check inwards with how we feel – about our connections to self, whether our actions are in line with our greatest good, and if we’re doing these things out of love […]

Photo by Margarita Alcantara.

Cold/Flu Buster: Garlic Honey Elixir Recipe

As we enter the thick of the Fall season, we start to celebrate Halloween (my favorite holiday!), Samhain, Day of the Dead, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day, to name a few.  We also honored Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (AOM) Day this past Thursday, October 24th, to build awareness on the benefits of this […]

Gathering The Energies Of Fall Series: Part III: The Spirit

Happy October, everyone!  It’s my favorite month, which has two wonderful events, AOM (Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine) Day on October 24th, and Halloween on October 31st.  I’m thinking of a great way to honor both days, so make sure to stay tuned on how to get involved!  I’m especially referring to October 24th, since I’ll […]

Gathering The Energies Of Fall Series: Part II: The Mind

With last week’s Harvest Full Moon, Venus/Saturn/Node conjunction, and the more recent activities of Pluto (which brings to light all of that which is broken) and the Fall Equinox, many of us have had a lot of cosmic action going on, especially involving addressing and releasing things that no longer serve us.  It has been a […]

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Gathering The Energies Of Fall Series: Part I: The Body

With the Harvest Full Moon just 3 days away in the Western Hemisphere, Labor Day has come and gone (and people are still wearing white, ¡qué horror!), families are getting ready to send their children to school, teachers are getting ready to teach them, temperatures have started to drop, Duane Reade has already started their […]

Official Launch Of Alcantara Acupuncture’s First YouTube Channel Video!

I have been a busy bee this summer, part of which was brainstorming videos to create for you!  I wanted to showcase the fabulosity of Acupuncture, Reiki, and all things holistically healing – the reclaiming of wholeness through Body, Mind, and Spirit – and give you an idea of my approach to wellness.  It would […]

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How To Make Healthy Decisions: On Fear, Trust, Expression, And The Gall Bladder

We have been collectively doing much inner work – shifting our consciousness, paying attention to our bodies and what they are telling us (usually because distress, pain, or dis-ease has arisen), lots of strong releasing of what no longer works for us (which we will be continuing to do on a large scale), and now […]

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How The Complexion Is Related To The Heart In Chinese Medicine

“The heart has its own language. The heart knows a hundred thousand ways to speak.” – Rumi Your face can say a thousand words, without even opening your mouth.  As a Chinese Medicine practitioner, not only am I listening to what you want to address during a session, but I am also observing the bigger picture. […]

"2013/07/19 All Out for Our Babies March - Oakland, California" (cropped) by Daniel Arauz, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

After The Zimmerman Verdict: How To Channel And Transform Outrage And Be The Change

“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is […]