My Online Herbal Dispensary Store is OPEN!

Hello Naika in Balance family! I'd like to announce the opening of my online herbal dispensary. 

I create customized herbal blends for you based on your needs and desires and use my knowledge and experience to pick the right combination of medicinal herbs for you.


Integrative Medicine for Cancer Support

Integrative medicine offers so much in the realm of cancer care. Naturopathic medicine and Acupuncture both can be really effective at helping cancer patients establish good foundations for health and helping mitigate some of the effects of medication, chemotherapy, and surgery. Though the set of symptoms for every different type of cancer are as unique as the individual who has it, integrative medicine can help with some common symptoms of cancer and side of effects from conventional treatment. Common side effects include fatigue, nausea and poor appetite, sleep disturbance, stress, nutritional imbalances, and anxiety and depression, to name a few. When combined with conventional care, integrative medicine can help bring balance to your treatment regime. Integrative health-care providers such as myself are more than willing to work with your conventional providers to help provide the best care for you! In this post, I’ll provide a snapshot of some of the ways holistic medicine can help support cancer patients.


A Haitian Treasure: Chadek (Grapefruit)

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Grapefruit, Citrus x paradisi, is a sour citrus fruit that grows in every continent (except...Antartica). Grapefruit is called chadek in Haitian Kreyol (chadeque in French). This fragrant fruit is actually a genetic cross between Jamaican sour orange and a South Asian fruit called pomelo or shaddock. The word chadek, thus, is the Haitian Kreyol adaptation of the word shaddock. Grapefruit originated in Barbados, and was nicknamed "the forbidden fruit" or one of the "seven wonders of Barbados" back in the 1700's. Since then, grapefruit has spread all over the world, including Haiti. Over the centuries, various cultures have explored and embraced the numerous healing benefits of grapefruit. Let's dive in!
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Chadek is very commonly consumed in Haiti, as it grows abundantly in Haiti's beautiful tropical climate. While some Haitians enjoy eating grapefruit as it is, many Haitians more frequently use grapefruit for dried fruit candies, juice, tea, or in baths. As a kid, I used to hate when my grandma made grapefruit juice. She would always insist that it's good for me, but I was way too put off by the sour taste. Now that I'm older and can appreciate the healing benefits of this gem of a fruit, I frequently drink grapefruit juice!

Grapefruit is consumed perhaps most commonly in Haiti as a delicious jelly delicacy called "konfiti" (confiture in French). This jelly confection is often combined with other warming herbs, such as star anise, cinnamon, and ginger, as well as sugar and other ingredients. It is absolutely delicious and you should definitely try it!


Scheduling Now Available! Book Your Appointment with Me

Happy New Year to you all!

Today, I’m celebrating the New Year AND the release of my clinic scheduling link! You can now schedule an appointment with me at my Brooklyn office by clicking the "Schedule Appointment" above in the tabs section. You can also view the entire list of my holistic health services, which include everything from Naturopathic consultations, to Acupuncture sessions, and everything in between!