Monday, February 3, 2014

Chinese Year of The Horse and Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Tree of Life Acupuncture / Happy Year of the Horse  !                  

Hold your horses ! We all heard this phrase and I will explain how it applies to this wooden, year of the horse in the  Chinese New Year.

Here's my Year of the horse insights. Galloping horse going to its destinations is great, but you need to know where you are going so you get to the right place. So it will be important to set goals, carefully define them and then press full forward to reach them.

I expect a lot of changes and shake ups for most of us so sit tight it may be a bumpy ride.

Horses is a means of getting to a destination, so a lot of our goals can come true. It could be the year of achieving your goals or getting closer to them than ever before. You might just be surprised at the pace and bumps along the way, so we need to stay calm, detached and firmly fixed on the point of destination and not to be distracted.
chinese year of the Horse fish dessert

This picture of the mango fish dessert is a traditional way for the Chinese People to celebrate Chinese New Year. During Chinese New Year, Chinese serve fish whole with head and tail intact to represent a good beginning and a good end for the coming year. Fish symbolizes wealth, as the Chinese word for fish, "yu", sounds like the word abundance.

Hold your horses This is the year of the Wooden Horse. The element of Wood in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine has to do with the Liver and liver filters blood removes toxins, spreads energy in the body and also does not react well to stress and alcohol, so do not stress your liver. Also alcohol and anger damages the liver, so stay relaxed, consume alcohol in moderation and exercising would not hurt either !

After big runs and stressful events, allow yourself to take it easy and not feel guilty about it. A little bit of rest goes a long way. Remember even horses need rest and nobody wants to have an exhausted horse in a stable.

egg plant with garlic souse
Chinese New Year
Fake Pork with Gluten

The celebration of Chinese New Year usually lasts 15 days. I personally already went 3 times to New York's Chinatown. One time on the Chinese New Year's Eve and one time after. Apparently, on the first day of the year, you should not eat meat.

Shiitake Mushrooms with Broccoli
There are many traditions and customs associated with the Chinese New Year. Families thoroughly clean their house in order to sweep away any ill fortune and to make way for good luck. Windows and doors are decorated with delicate red paper cutouts and poetic couplets - pairs of corresponding lines of poetry that express people’s joy and hope for the New Year.  

The Sign of the Horse

you were born in 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, or 2014.
Many families gather for a big family reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve, and the Chinese people also pay visits to their relatives and so should You !
Be well,
Mark Moshchinsky, LAc (NCCAOM)
Licensed Acupuncturist in NYC
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