In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the winter season is the most yin, with the most darkness, beginning at Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year.  Wisdom from Chinese Medicine can be a helpful guide on how best to cleanse your whole being, attuned to the seasonal cycles.  In TCM, winter corresponds with the bladder and kidneys, recommending this as the best time to tune-up these organs. It’s also a good time to detoxify the mind and body’s toxic residue from fears, as fear-based emotional patterns cor...

Manuka Honey is a panacea for anyone’s  Wellness Kit, and I'm enthusiastically writing from my own experience.  It has versatile healing properties for gingivitis, ulcers, digestion, IBS, acne, burns and upper respiratory infections.  However, this article focuses mainly on its power to accelerate wound healing.

I will share my Manuka Honey story, beginning in the south Pacific.  Three years ago, I was working as an Acupuncturist on a cruise ship, crossing the Pacific from Alaska to Singapore.  We stopped in...

Kava kava (Piper methysticum) is an herbal medicine; that’s also experiential, especially during a traditional South Pacific Kava Ceremony.  In the modern world, anyone can buy it as a supplement, ensuring its calming properties.  However, I believe the communal connection in the south pacific winds as the essence of the traditional ceremony, enhances Kava’s healing effects.

First, I will briefly explain Kava’s health benefits, and then I will tell my spontaneous Kava story on Dravuni Island, Fiji.  Kava is a...

Late summer is the shortest season in Chinese Medicine, from late August to the Autumn Equinox in September.  It marks that pause or center of the year, as a time to ground and regroup.   Late summer is the season of harvest, when we can take the time to rest and reap abundance from our hard work. It also marks the autumn equinox, as the year’s midpoint, with equal light and darkness. Thus, it reminds us to enter our center and find balance, while being peacefully present and rooted in nature. Wisdom from Traditi...

As a third world country, Nepal is rated as the 12th poorest (economically) country in the world.  With more than 85% of the population being rural, providing proper healthcare for Nepalese people has been difficult.  There is no health insurance, HIPAA or socialized medicine. 

Dzi: Himalayan bead that bestows health & protection upon wearer


Healthcare costs, however, with clinics like ARP and western medical healthposts, there is a rise for more free healthcare in these remote areas.   As is often th...

May 29, 2018

Within the ARP clinic model, Acupuncture Physicians are expected to be primary care practitioners.  We are given kits with the medical tools to make these primary care assessments.  Most of our patients are not in a doctor’s care, and we are the ones to refer for medical needs beyond acupuncture and herbal medicine. 


For new patients or ones that display red flags the Acupuncturist assesses blood pressure, glucose levels, vitals, ears, nose or throat, and perf...

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