“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...


For years, I have been going to AcupunctureReliefProject.org , exploring the opportunity of volunteering my acupuncture services with them in Nepal.   In March-April 2018, this became a reality. After 2 months and 585 acupuncture treatments, I gained significant perspective about this project.  This starts off a series of 5...

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...

When travelling in the southern Caribbean islands,  Aruba and Curacao, one can easily lose themselves in the tradewinds that take you to the beautiful blue beaches.  However, there is another venue well worth exploring beyond the touristy areas: the aloe vera plantations.   As an East Asian Medicine Practitioner, I am aware of aloe vera’s healing properties as defined in the Chinese Materia Medica of Herbal Medicine.  When I visited the Curaloe store in Curacao, I felt caught up in their store’s healing message a...

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...

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