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...

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...

“Namaste, from the top of the world!” blasted the radio speakers at 8 am, outside the Acupuncture Relief Project (ARP) Clinic in the farming village of Bajra Barahi, Nepal, with 20 patients waiting outside.   As an American Acupuncture Physician, I delved into this unique opportunity to volunteer for Nepal’s ARP in March-April, 2018.   After giving 585 acupuncture treatments, my mind and heart have expanded to a whole new world that I warmly embrace with awe.

The ARP site setting, in a traditional farmin...

“Nepal is there to change you, not for you to change it. Lose yourself in its essence.  Make your footprints with care and awareness of the precarious balance around you.  Take souvenirs in your mind and spirit, not in your pockets. Nepal is not only a place on the map but an experience, a way of life from which we all can learn.”  -Anonymous

As an American Acupuncture volunteer for Acupuncture Relief Project (ARP) in Nepal, I stepped into an eastern culture that is a distant shadow of my own, regarding...

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