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...

As an Acupuncturist-at-Sea, working on Holland America Cruise Line, I’ve had the splendid opportunity to visit the Dutch, Caribbean island, Curacao many times.   It is visibly north of Venzuela on a clear day and part of the island trilogy known as the ABC’s, along with Bonaire and the more well known, Aruba.   This island refreshingly surprises me with each visit from inspirations about its unique heritage.   Previously, I wrote a blog on the Aloe Vera plantation in Curacao called Curaloe.  My most recent discov...

This healing geothermal spa is a turquoise jewel, nestled in the black lava fields of Iceland, less than an hour from its capital city, Reykjavik.  Since opening in 1986, this has become one of the most visited sites in Iceland with many going their to seek its healing properties, especially for skin conditions, such as, psoriasis.  The facility is also used for research to help find cures for other skin disorders. 

Now to demystify the lagoon, as it is man-made, supplied by the water from a geothermal p...

The ancient Silk Road between the East and West has transcended into a modern, ether highway constantly exchanging information on science, art and medicine.       Western Astrology and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are 2 ancient disciplines that share many common threads and complementary differences worth exploring.  The Hippocratic Medicine of the early Greeks largely influenced the basis from which western medical astrology has evolved and shares many things with TCM, which will be explained throughout th...

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