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7 Things You Can Do To Combat Seasonal Allergies Holistically

Have you been experiencing the seasonal cacophony of red eyes, runny nose, sneezing, sinus pressure and congestion, scratchy throat, and fatigue?  Rest assured, you’re not alone! According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: Roughly 7.8% of people 18 and over in the U.S. have hay fever. Worldwide, allergic rhinitis affects between 10% and […]

Bowl of Kidney Jing, anyone? Fresh bone broth straight from my pot.

Traditional Chicken Bone Broth: A Recipe To Build Qi And Blood For Immune Building, Fertility, And Postpartum

Bone broths are a staple in many cultures, and when done the old-fashioned/traditional way, you really reap the benefits.  And, on a Chinese Medicine level, bone broths have been popular for being bigtime Qi & Blood builders.  Why? Traditional bone broths are nutrient-dense, and include calcium, potassium, magnesium, and incorporate the marrow of the animal. […]

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When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Acupuncture And Reiki

Whew, is your head still spinning from all the energetic action that has been surrounding us lately?  I’ve almost gotten whiplash from all the movement, myself!  This Eclipse Window, which opened on the Scorpio Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse and recent solar flares have been leaving people feeling more spent and exhausted than usual.  We are all […]

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3 Things You Can Do To Ground Yourself On Earth Day

This Earth Day, we’re reminded of how everything is interconnected.  When we don’t take care of the earth, climates change and impact our ecosystem, our food sources are altered (that is, if Monsanto hasn’t taken care of that already!), and our health suffers.  It is important to tend to Mother Earth and treat her with respect. […]

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Releasing This Spring?: The Power of a Good Cry

“But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more.”  ― Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid When we think of Spring, we think:  juice cleanses, gut detox (trying out the new probiotics on the market, or colonics, anyone?), decluttering the closet, donating things to Goodwill.  All excellent things to do as we harken […]

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 […]

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Are You Shedding Your Snake Skin?

Happy Chinese New Year of the Water Snake (also known as the Black Snake!)  It kicked off today, amidst a celebration of firecrackers, tiger dances, smoke, delicious food, and hopes for what the Black Snake may bring.  It ends on January 30, 2014, going out with a bang in many Chinatown hotspots throughout the world. […]

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 […]

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Beat The Heat With Chinese Medicine And Stress Less Tea Recipe

Faint beads of sweat dripping from your brow.  A fan blowing gently on your face, as you smile and enjoy the warmth from a cozy balcony, refreshing beverage in hand.  Perfectly made finger sandwiches await you at an arm’s length, to nibble on as you enjoy the warm sun that glows your tan perfectly without […]