Feb. 4th, 2010 marks the year of the Tiger, which is a dynamic, courageous, and powerful sign. Chinese medical astrology warns us that this year will be a bit unpredictable with big changes regarding social problems both at home and abroad. Knowledge of these tendencies can help us maintain flexibility both in body and mind to adapt to the year’s challenges, as well as stay focused on your goals.
2010 is represented as Metal and Wood in the Five Phase Energetic Code. A mental picture we can make is one of a great axe cutting down a large tree. This demonstrates the tendency for conflict, economic recession, and disagreements as people and countries try to protect themselves from weakened economies. But this should lead to improvement and more stability.
Environmental challenges to our health can include heavy flooding in the Spring and Winter, as well as a very hot summer and drought.
Your health in 2010
Metal represents the lungs, intestines, skin, and immune system. Therefore, this year we can expect to see tendencies to sinus congestion, allergies, infections, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, constipation or diarrhea, skin problems, and immune disorders such as Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, eczema, etc. even more so than in other years.
The Wood element corresponds to the liver & gall bladder systems. This signifies the nervous system, stress and tension, especially neck, ribcage, and hip pains, temporal headaches and migraines, anxiety & depression, gallstones, hepatitis, and other related problems to be more likely throughout the year.
What you can do...
With consistent and regular exercise we can strengthen our lung and immune function, relieve daily stress and tension, and prevent many of the health problems described above. Practices such as the Qi Cultivation classes offered at our clinic, as well as Tai Chi, Yoga, and walking are great. Gentle exercise is best.
Also, incorporating appropriate foods for the season and your bodily condition will help heal, and avoid illness by keeping your body fit. Chinese nutrition is the foundation of traditional Chinese medicine. If your interested in learning more about this, The Tao of Nutrition at our clinic store is a great place to start.
At times, you may also proactively support your health by the appropriate and timely use of herbal supplements. Masako and I readily use herbs in our cooking and diet, based on Chinese medicine’s rich clinical experience and success. Our Internal Cleanse Tea & Spring Awakening Tea are great choices for this year to detoxify and balance the liver. We also have great herbal remedies for allergies, headaches, and skin problems as well.
With knowledge of these tendencies, you can prepare yourself for the coming year. Seize this opportunity of great change to shape and sculpt your life as an axe produces a beautiful totem.
Foreseeing change allows us to be more flexible and kind to others in order to promote more peaceful interactions. Get outside and take in fresh air regularly to strength you lungs. Walk and perform gentle exercise consistently to release stress and support your liver. Balance these activities with a good diet of foods fresh and in season, sleep soundly, and I am sure you will have a wonderful 2010 in all areas of life, Health, Wealth, Career, and Relationships.
Ben follows the tradition in which the practice of BaZi or “Four Pillar Chinese Astrology” is used in the treatment of disease and maintenance of health. He is available by appointment for those interested in learning more about themselves and their strengths, weaknesses, and best timing to influence their health, wealth, relationships and their career.