Lear About the Year of the Dragon and your Chinese Zodiac Sign
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Welcoming the Year of the Dragon
by Qineng Tan, L.Ac., Ph.D.Just when it seems that we have finished celebrating the holidays, the Chinese New Year is here! Starting on January 23, 2012 we will say goodbye to the Rabbit and welcome the year of the Dragon.In Chinese culture, the dragon is a divine creature who brings good fortune, not the malevolent monster we think of in Western culture who must be found and slain. Instead, Chinese dragons are believed to ward off evil spirits. This is why it is common to see statues and carvings of dragons in Chinese cities, standing guard.The fire of the Dragon is the spark of creativity. Dragon personalities are not bound by conformity. Dragons are "larger than life;" they have big ideas and do things on a grand scale. They are fearless and proud, and hold themselves--and everyone else--to a high standard. They would much rather give orders than follow them.Each sign of the Chinese zodiac comes around every 12 years, and there is a 48-year rotation of their elemental alignments. Thus, this will be the year of the Water Dragon, which has not happened since 1952. The water element allows the Dragon to be more fluid in its approach to life, to be more intuitively perceptive of others' feelings and thoughts.The Dragon is susceptible to stress and may have health problems such as headaches, exhaustion, emotional upsets, and high blood pressure. Engaging in exercises such as Tai Chi or yoga can help the Dragon keep his cool.Chinese New Year is about welcoming longevity,wealth and prosperity into our lives and eliminating any negative Chi from the past. We wish all of you peace and wellness in the coming year. While we wish every new year is a better year than the past, I want to mention that the dragon year is generally a more challenging one for the world and for most people. The year of the Dragon is marked by excitement, unpredictability, exhilaration and intensity. The past year with Rabbit imbued people with a sense of cautious optimism, but people may respond to the spirit of the dragon with energy, vitality and unbridled enthusiasm, often throwing all caution to the wind, which can be an unwise move. My advice is to avoid the possibility of personal tragedy by staying calm and trying not to take unnecessary risks in the coming year.
Art of Wellness Detox Program
The New Year is an excellent time to re-focus our attention and energies on improving our health and habits. The Art of Wellness One-Week Detox program is the perfect way to renew the body, mind and spirit. Every day, we are bombarded by toxins, not only through processed foods and environmental pollution, but through cleaning and toiletry products, cell phones and electronic devices, magnetic waves, and emotional and mental stress. All these toxic phenomena put tremendous pressure on the body. Toxins can cause us to feel foggy and fatigued, cause memory loss , anxiety, hair loss, weight gain, insomnia, constipation, hormone imbalance, rapid aging, and can even be one of the root causes of cancer and other diseases. It is so important to take time to cleanse the liver and other organs and get a fresh start.
Our Detox is not, like many store-bought products, just a colon cleanse. Following our program will release toxins from the deep tissues of the body, especially the liver and kidneys, boost the immune system and strengthen Qi. The acupuncture portion of the program is designed to open up blocked pathways in the body, reestablishing connections between the organ systems. The herbal teas and patches will stimulate the kidneys and improve the functioning of the immune and reproductive systems. Herbal baths, aromatic and relaxing, also help to utilize one of the body’s most important excretory organs—the skin. Cupping treatments “vacuum” toxins from the lungs, kidneys and liver, while Tui Na and Qi Gong exercises massage the internal organs.
Detox participants will be given a special diet to follow for the week. This diet is not a fast; it consists of plenty of grains, greens and proteins, so it is both nourishing and filling. As Dr. Tan says, “hunger is not a solution.” The goal is to eat lots of clean, wholesome foods to strengthen the body during detoxification.
We recommend that everyone tries a detox every six months for optimal health. Please call our office to get started on your New Year Detox Program to start a new, healthier year. You have our best wishes for your peace and wellness.
12 Signs of the Chinese Zodiac
Dragon - 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Full of vitality, self-assured, bright and the master of success. She is somewhat proud and quick-tempered but always attractive.
Serpent - 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
Charming in personality and elegant in dress. A skeptic and deeper thinker who likes to judge by intuition. She is fortunate in wealth throughout her life.
Horse - 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
Cheerful, quick-witted and popular. With a happy outlook, independent, subjective, and self-centered; she is also good at handling wealth.
Ram - 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
Kind and helpful. She has an artistic inclination that tends to be pessimistic. She is also indecisive and too passive, yet she has fantastic luck in her life.
Monkey - 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
Clever and innovative, a fast learner with good memory. She knows social skill well but can be selfish and egoistic. She is also unbeatable in terms of talent and wealth.
Rooster - 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Dramatic but a reputable person who works systematically. Outspoken and loves to attract attention. She takes good care of her family and can handle money well.
Dog - 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
She has a deep sense of justice, loyalty and responsibility. She has a glib tongue, practical and realistic. She is also trustworthy and generous to people.
Boar - 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
Diligent, courageous and hates quarrels. She is a perfect friend. But she is not deep in mind and rather materialistic. She is not good at handling money but fortune is always around her.
Rat -1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
Bright, sociable and highly ambitious, a true opportunist to reach her target. She is passionate and good to her lover. Yet she likes to grumble and lavish money.
Ox - 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
Intelligent and self confident. A natural-born leader who works systematically; she is responsible for her family, she believes in authority but sometimes too stubborn and traditional.
Tiger - 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Rebellious and dynamic, a warrior and the center of attention. She in indomitable but considerate; affectionate but careless. A roaring success awaits her.
Hare - 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Peace-loving with impeccable manners and pursuit of a good life. She is intelligent in business with creative mind. But sometimes she is moody and indifferent.
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