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Yours truly kayaking for the first time.

Life Lessons Learned In The Adirondacks

Last week, I went to the Adirondacks for the first time. In fact, this trip was full of firsts. Because some members of my immediate family are very allergic to outdoor allergens, such as pollen, etc., we never went camping or spent a great deal of time doing outdoors activity. I’ve been in the jungles […]

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5 Ways To Find Peace Of Mind During Times Of Distress

If you live anywhere near a populated area, you have likely experienced feeling frazzled at some point. The regular din of car horns, ambulances, reactionary emotions that are verbalized on the city streets, and the frenetic pace of city life can become an undercurrent in the subconscious. The frenetic energy of daily living, that has now become normal, […]

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How To Communicate With Your Spirit Guides

Happy Summer! Since Summer in Chinese Medicine is about the element of Fire, and Heart (which his all about connecting with ourselves and others in healthy ways of expression) is one of the main Fire element organs, we continue from our last blog post about speaking our truth to another form of communication – with […]

"if you don't say the words it doesnt hurt as much" (cropped) by Jenavieve, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Why Not Speaking Your Truth Can Be Hazardous To Your Health (The Throat Chakra)

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Speaking your truth is related to the Throat Chakra, or Fifth Chakra, in Reiki. When there are imbalances in the Throat Chakra, it can result in neck and throat issues, such as, but not limited to: […]

Me, age 4, and my Father/Dad/Tatay, Vicente/Vincent, in the backyard of our first house. I'm standing on a table.

A Tribute To Dads And Those Who Have Fathered Us

Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday. And, just like Mother’s Day, it can be a true celebration honoring our loved ones who have fathered us (including ourselves), a bittersweet holiday, or a trigger of memories wanted but lost. However you celebrate it on Sunday, we all have the masculine aspect of our being that […]

A new season, a new look at Alcantara Acupuncture & Healing Arts!

Welcome To The Official Launching Of The New Website!

Earlier this week, on Wednesday evening, I launched the brand spanking, revamped Alcantara Acupuncture & Healing Arts website! I thought it fitting that it was the day after the blood red Total Lunar Eclipse, when the transformational energies are in action. After a few years at my previous website, I’ve finally upgraded it to one […]

A delicious bowl of my Happy Soup.

Bok Choy, Shiitake Mushroom, Ginger Root “Happy Soup”: Recipe To Build Qi, The Immune System, And Improve Digestion

Growing up, I’ve always enjoyed the delicious, tangy taste of various Asian soups. One of them included baby bok choy, mushrooms, and ginger. I’ve made many soups in the past, but, for whatever reason, I’ve only ventured into making this one when I saw the recipe on MindBodyGreen. Frankly, I was rather nervous to cook it. […]

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When Healers Get Fibroids: Part III: 8 Ways To Heal Body, Mind, And Spirit After Laparoscopic Myomectomy

Thank you for the wonderful feedback on my two previous blog posts, “When Healers Get Fibroids: Part II: My Recovery After Laparoscopic Myomectomy”, which documented my experience immediately after laparoscopic myomectomy, and, “When Healers Get Fibroids (Or: Honoring How We Birth Our Ideas Into The World)”, which talked about my discovery of fibroids, and on my […]

How Forgiveness Will Detox Your Liver This Spring

“I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.” – Ho’oponopono healing prayer for forgiveness Ho’oponopono (means to “make right, to come into balance”) is an ancestral Hawai’ian practice that was used as a form of family therapy. It recognized that we are all connected, and that everything we do affects others. The above […]

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How Acupuncture Helps You Love Your Locks

Many folks may be familiar with the fantabulous benefits of acupuncture to relieve musculoskeletal pain, digestive issues, promote fertility, and for stress management. But, did you know that acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can assist you in keeping your hair on your head, as well as promoting hair growth? In Chinese Medicine, the Kidneys manifest in […]