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Happy Chinese New Year: Year of the Pig


Happy Chinese New Year: Year of the Pig

Qineng Tan, Lac., PhD.

Chinese New Year is a Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new lunar year on the traditional Chinese calendar. Observances traditionally take place from the evening proceeding the first day of the year to the Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the year. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between January 21st and February 20th. In 2019, the first day of the Lunar New Year will be on Tuesday, February 5th, initiating the Year of the Pig.

Entering 2019, Year of the Pig, the fortune of the 12 zodiac will change accordingly. The following will explain the fortune of each zodiac for 2019. It will give you a general idea of what to pay attention to on your own fortune. Remember these fortunes are predictions. Adjust your lifestyle and daily habits to achieve the most benefit.

“Rat”

Birth year: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996

Entering 2019, the fortune of the Rat is better than that of the previous year. Both career and personal life will be much better than last year, and the fortunes of wealth and health as well. This year, the Rats should adjust their own situation with the steady and rising fortune to plan for the future. Business is proactive, and wealth is good. Be yourself and be comfortable with your feelings. Regular exercise and a physical checkup are required this year.  

Career:

The Rats career in 2019 is bright, and it is a year of great development. This year, you will encounter many new opportunities and valuable assistance from others. Therefore, pay attention to the people around you; they are likely to be the supporters that will help take your career to the next step. However, although there are decent people who help each other, you mustn’t slacken. Work harder, seize opportunities, and constantly improve yourself. With your own effort and the help of fine people, you will make great achievements in your career this year.

Financial: 

In 2019, financial fortune is generally optimistic. Because the career is good, the income from business will naturally be good. But, what you should pay attention to is not to think that because wages can rise and you should invest. This year, it is recommended that you choose a stable investment method, such as insurance and bonds. Stocks should not be selected first; otherwise there may be easy failure of investments, resulting in no return.

Personal Life:

In 2019, the Rats personal life will take a pleasant upward turn from past fortune, and the development of emotional fortune shows a good trend. This year you will flourish like a peach blossom with new ability to meet new people and be outgoing. In addition, a successful career will give you a full-fledged enthusiasm to pursue your own love, and it is natural to obtain a considerable part of the recognition from your lover. This year, you will not lack in the confession and attraction of your perspective partner. Be yourself.

Health:

Rats can expect a flourishing career if you pay special attention to your health, and avoid sleepless nights. In addition to paying attention to your own body, pay special attention to the health of your loved ones this year, and urge your loved ones to do regular physical checkups to prevent diseases. In addition, when you go out, pay attention to your personal safety. Avoid places sparsely populated, or go with someone.

“Ox”

Birth Year: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997

After the fortunes of the 2018; Year of the Dog, entering into 2019; Year of the Pig, the fortune for the ox will be strong. In 2019, the ox will be in favor by the two stars of “Zhengyin” and “Tianyi”, which will favor a good fortune. This year, whether in business, wealth or health, the fortune is good. Although emotionally, there may be less good fortune, but it will not be too bad and will be relatively stable. This year, the ox can take advantage of the upward trend of this fortune.

Career:

“Zhengyin” is the star of business, and it is affected by the “Zhengyin” the star of luck. The ox will discover improvement in the New Year. For the working class ox, this year you can do practical things in the company and gain the appreciation and recognition of leaders. For the oxen who are business owners; this year’s fortune is also very good. The “Zhengyin” star’s care will make the ox more trustworthy. Together with your hard work and with help from these stars, this year the ox can meet significant partners in business that will help expand the company’s production and its operation.

Financial:

This year’s financial fortune for the ox is relatively good. Since the career of the cattle has a great chance of promotion and salary increase, the wealth will be good. There will be changes from last year’s wilting momentum, and you might have a little extra unexpected fortune on its way. However, it is still recommended that when you are investing, seek stability and do not ask for more. If you invest in some projects with low returns and low risks, there is a high probability that money will not be lost. If you choose an investment with a high-return and high-risk you may not

Personal Life:

Entering 2019, the love life for the ox is unremarkable but in a stable state. Pay attention to maintaining your relationships, care about each other more in daily life, rather than ignoring the feelings of your partner because of busy work, or venting bad emotions on your partner when frustrated from work. Communication is the best solution. It is more difficult for a single ox to have a sensational opportunity this year, but it is recommended that you find a suitable partner among your friends. Long-lasting relationships are also suitable for the ox.

Health:

It is a good year for health. Although if you are not physically well, this year you may not see much physical change, but keep in mind fortunes are only predictions, they are not absolute. The key is that you must pay more attention to your own health including regular medical examinations, treatment, and maintenance.

“Tiger”

Birth year: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998

Entering 2019, Year of the Pig, Tai Suesui has cycled around to meet the tiger this year. This year’s fortune is not too stable, there is much turbulence. “Broken” has the meaning of destruction and ruin, which means that this year is a tiger’s unsatisfactory fortune. Especially in terms of wealth and health, the tigers will be more affected. This year, different tigers may have different levels of difficulty and money consumption. The tiger should pay more attention to these areas. In terms of health, the tiger people will face some diseases, although it is not a serious illness, but it is easy to linger. 

Career:

In 2019, compared with the prosperous career in the past, this year you will most likely deal with a relatively bigger challenge. You may have a conflict with a colleague or a boss based on conflicting personalities, which may cause stress. It is recommended that you try to cope with differences in character. Do not take offense; if you engage in a challenge with them, you might be regretful.

Financial: 

Due to poor fortune this year, work might be less than satisfactory, which may greatly affect the trend of the wealthy tiger this year. The tiger is afraid of resigning at work, because it may cause a period of no pay. It is more difficult to find a satisfactory job. Consider the fact that this year’s tigers may find it difficult to spend money wisely. Reduce your spending and pay attention to how cash flows; this will become more important for tigers. Therefore, it is recommended that this year that tigers control emotional interference and continue to work hard to achieve steady growth of income.

Personal Life:

This year’s love fortune is relatively rough. A tiger that is unsatisfactory in their career performance will easily bring negative mood back to their family. Therefore, in 2019, a tiger might experience often quarrel with their partner and vent frustrations at work. It is recommended that the tiger do more practical things in the company, do not bring negative mood from work home, and treat the people closest to you with a gentle and kind attitude.

Health:

In 2019, because the tiger was high by the misfortune of Tai Suesui, some health issues may occur. Chronic pain and diseases and some old problems are lingering. Although it has been cured for a while, it is always difficult to break the roots. It is recommended that the tigers pay more attention and spend more time on health care this year.

“Rabbit”

Birth year: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999

Entering 2019, there is relatively good fortune awaiting the rabbit. “Strength” is the key word for the rabbit in 2019.  With the help from “Tianxi” creating luck and the “Peach Blossom” creating flourishing aspects, the rabbit will be envied in aspects of the fortune, whether it is in personal or career, it will be peaceful and smooth. 

Career:

In 2019, the rabbits not only have the blessing of “Tianxi” luck star, but also the “Yuede” reliable people will come to take care of the rabbits. There may be an opportunity of promotion in your company. It is recommended that you pay more attention to the maintenance of the relationship with your boss, and do not miss the opportunity from helpers. For the rabbits that are still in school, you will have more progress in your studies, and your thinking will be extraordinarily clear. It is suggested that rabbits pursue the situation and strive to make more planning and substantive efforts for future careers and life path this year.

Financial: 

In 2019, it is a year of prosperity for the rabbits. This year you will have very good fortune, but this is also due to the strength of the rabbit’s career. In addition, the “Tianxi” nobles sit in the town this year, a rabbit’s wealth is also quite good. It is recommended that rabbits choose some low-risk financial products to invest. Of course, in terms of investment, it is recommended that the rabbits do their homework. If you can see the right ones, you will know how to fight, and you will have a good return.

Personal Life:

The rabbits’ personal life for this year is good. For a single rabbit, this year you can get a more stable relationship. For the rabbits that already have a partner, that relationship between you and your partner can be strengthened this year, so that understanding between you too grows even more. A rabbit that is married but not pregnant may have good news for your family.  It is suggested that the rabbits will have a good emotional fortune this year to repair emotional trauma brought by the bad emotional fortune and lay a good foundation for the future happy life.

Health:

Due to the influence of the “Twisting” evil star, the health of the rabbits this year is not very good. In addition to paying attention to their own physical health and disease prevention, rabbits need to pay attention to safe travel this year. Be sure to have a sense of safety, strengthen security, especially in bad weather and may consider avoiding travel.

“Dragon”

Birth year: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000

The dragon’s fortune was not ideal in 2018. In 2019, the fortunes of the dragons will be better. Especially in terms of career and love, the Dragon has a very good fortune in these two aspects this year. It is recommended that the Dragons seize opportunities. Other aspects of the fortune, although not top-notch, but relatively stable, there is no big wave. 

Career:

This year, the Dragon has been guarded by the two nobles of “Long De” and “Yue De” in their career, and there are signs of promotion. No matter what industry the dragon is engaged in, they can absorb energy, broaden the network, create cooperation opportunities and enhance their own capabilities. When you have difficulties in your work, you should position yourself, set goals, ask yourself what you want, what you can achieve, and don’t make decisions blindly. For the dragons who are leading, this year is also very important. Establishing a good relationship with your coworkers will make business more comfortable and personnel management more convenient.

Financial:

The Dragon’s financial fortune in 2019 was relatively stable. Although great fortune was rare, there was no financial disaster. If you have an investment project, be careful during this year, remember to think twice before you do it, and be conservative, especially in March, September, and December of the lunar calendar. If your work is related to medical care and pets, there are great opportunities for profit, so don’t give up after difficulties, there will be a lot of room for growth, and wealth will come.

Personal Life:

This year, the dragon has a lot of peach blossoms leading to new love, and the chance of good relationship has increased dramatically. This is a good thing for single people. The single dragon has a great probability to meet his/her own fate this year. If the opportunity comes, you must take good care of it and avoid timidity. For the dragons with partners, this year you can have a good relationship with your partner and get your partner’s caring attention. But don’t ask for it, love needs to be conserved.

Health:

This year’s health fortune is not clear, and the physical condition can be good or bad. Changes in academics, life, and work will put some pressure on the body, and it will be easily upset, with problems such as insomnia, anxiety, and depression. In severe cases, it will affect your normal life, study, and work. It is recommended that the dragon keeps calm and relaxed, do not care about the views of others, and do your best to be calm.

“Snake”

Birth year: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001

Because the Snake is struck by the misfortune of Taisui this year, the overall fortune of the snake was rather rough, and it is not destined to be a smooth year. Due to the infesting of the stars in the health, the health status of the snakes is prone to problems this year. The snakes must pay more attention to their eating habits and work habits.  Do not ignore small problems.  However, this year, the snake people have signs of good luck in their careers, and the possibility of rising in career is big. 

Career:

This year, the career of the snake is quite good. The good luck future star in the career house is a good sign for success. This year, whether it is at work or study, the snake will be a strong competitor. This year, snakes should improve their personal abilities, such as obtaining relevant certificates and improving their competitiveness at work. At the same time, the snake must work harder at work, which will play a positive role for the Snake

Financial:

In the 2019, the Snake’s financial fortune is relatively general. In this year, there should be no large unexpected income, and there is no big loss foreseen. This year, the Snake can concentrate more on his/her career and get a positive job through his/her work. At the same time, it is understandable to make some solid investments, and it is easier to produce some small amounts of money for yourself. However, it is not appropriate to make major spending decisions this year, such as buying a house, investing in major sums, etc. In general, it is necessary to practice balance.

Personal life:

The snake was also unsettled in love in 2018, and there was no big wind or wave. For a single Snake, this year’s peach blossoms are relatively dying, and you can temporarily focus on improving your own abilities, and not seeking out true love. For a Snake with a partner, the original enthusiasm gradually cools down with time, and there is only a plain truth left, but there are some contradictions in the plain truth. This year, pay attention to the problems existing with your partners, and promptly communicate and solve them. Do not delay with silence, leading to more and more contradictions, resulting in an unmanageable situation.

Health:

This year, the snake house has a “disease” star in the health arena.  You need to direct more attention to your health. Snakes that have long stayed up late, have poor eating habits, and have irregular lifestyle should pay special attention to getting rid of their bad habits. At the same time, the snakes must pay special attention when going out this year to avoid accidents and protect their personal safety.

“Horse”

Birth year: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002

Entering the Year of the Pig, the Horse’s fortune has a strong reversal compared to last year. This year, there are a lot of good luck in business and love. The Horse who works hard at ordinary times will become more and more comfortable in this year’s work and achieve better work results. The emotions of the Horse also present good fortune, and there are much good news coming. 

Career:

The Horse’s career this year has a fierce drive from two-star intertwined. ‘Ji Xing’ has a steady stream of work and learning motivation for the Horse. However, the appearance of the evil star also makes the Horse too strong in their work this year, often too eager to express themselves, and neglect the importance of teamwork. Therefore, it will bring bad colleagues to the Horse, and it will be easy to provoke the right and wrong in the work.

Financial:

Since the Horse had a good fortune in career this year, this will bring a lot of monetary fortune; such as salary increases and bonuses. At the same time, the Horse may also gain much more money in terms of investment and part-time work. However, this year, the Horse should pay attention to investing in financial management in a timely manner. Do not get too emotional because of some income at the beginning, and do not invest in some products with higher risk and higher capital. At the same time, you must also pay attention to friends around you. Don’t be influenced by them and follow them blindly, otherwise there will be danger of misuse of money.

Personal Life:

The Horse’s personal life fortune is going very well. Single Horses show their charm easily in various social places, to attract some love for themselves, but the Horse should enhance their discernment, do not bring some rotten peaches for themselves, affecting the quality of love in the future. For the horses who are in love or married, this year’s relationship is very harmonious. Even if there are occasional disagreements, as long as they are resolved through timely communication, your relationship will get better and better.

Health:

This year, the Horse should pay more attention to their health, especially the cardiovascular and neurological diseases. Some Horses are working hard and have a poor health due to their heavy workload and long-term continuous work. Long-term work pressures and other external pressures will also have a certain impact on the spirit of the Horse. Therefore, it is necessary to exercise more, and go out and relax.

“Sheep”

Birth year: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003

In 2018, the Sheep was conflicted with misfortune brought by Taisui, so the energy flow for Sheep was unfavorable, and the fortune was also sluggish. When entering the Year of the Pig, the Sheep will get rid of the interference of the old Taisui, and the fortune will gradually turn sunny, getting better and better. This year, the Sheep have the opportunity to make new breakthroughs in their careers and personal life. In terms of work, it is getting better and better, and the position is rising step by step. In terms of love, this year, the sheep people have many opportunities to show their charm in the face of other people and to win the favor of the people. 

Career:

This year, the sheep people may have great progress in their careers. The Sheep are suitable to accept some personal training, improve their professional ability and create higher competitiveness for themselves. However, the Sheep who are in the workplace should pay more attention to the relationship between colleagues try to get along well with colleagues, and add good working relationship with others. In addition, this year is also suitable for entrepreneurs. For those who have entrepreneurial ideas, they have to catch the opportunity. As long as they keep on their goal, they will definitely make progress.

Financial:

Last year, the sheep was conflicted by Taisui, and spent a lot of money needless.  Even though the wallet is empty now, it doesn’t matter. This year, due to good business fortune, the wealth of the Sheep will increase step by step and income should keep growing. However, for investment and financial management, the Sheep should not be willing to act alone, be good at listening to the opinions of your friends, and make a long-term plan for investment and wealth management.

Personal Life:

This year, the Sheep’s personal life is also bright. Single Sheep have the opportunity to reunite with former lovers. The single Sheep and former lover are likely to rekindle and start a new relationship. For the sheep people who already have a partner, this year may have a lot of contradictions with the partner, but be careful  deal with their temper in time, to avoid giving others the chance to break your relationship.

Health:

This year, pay more attention to your health and be careful about accidents and personal safety. Long-term work and hard work may bring greater mental stress to the Sheep. This year, the sheep should spend more leisure time to ease the pressure of work. Even if you work hard, you should develop good habits to avoid personal injuries.

“Monkey”

Birth year: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004

In 2019, is not a favorable year in some aspects for the Monkey.  Monkeys should watch out carefully on doing things this year, avoiding rumors and causing unnecessary conflicts. And this year’s health aspects of monkeys if paid attention too will avoid serious illness, but there will be many minor illnesses, especially colds, flu and other minor diseases, take precaution. In addition, the monkeys’ economic fortune this year is not particularly stable, so this year the monkeys should not turn around large sums of money. In terms of personal life, the Monkey may not be successful, which means that the single monkeys should not push too hard this year. If there is no suitable partner, you should take more time for yourself.

Career:

In terms of career the limelight is flourishing. Therefore, monkeys will have good performance in their careers, especially in large projects, which will play a decisive role. Therefore, make full use of this year to explore your options, show more performance, and have a big breakthrough in the workplace. But control your mood; don’t let small undesirable things bring immeasurable consequences.

Financial:

In terms of wealth you have good fortune this year. As long as they are willing to work hard, this year is definitely a good year for the monkeys. However, pay attention to the fact that due to the impact from Taisui, fortune is not stable. It is recommended that monkeys do not have too much hope in short term investment, as to avoid losing money when the fortune drops sharply.

Personal Life:

The personal fortune of the monkeys this year will be bleaker. Due to the intrusion of the “Ground” star, this year’s monkeys are more depressed and they are not happy enough to go out to meet friends. Most time they rather to be alone, which on the one hand reduces the chance to meet new people.  It is recommended that monkeys can consciously go out and be active.

Health:

There may not be major problems with the health of monkeys, but they may need deal with minor health issue constantly.  This year, the monkeys have a “bitter” star, which will make the monkeys’ health a little turbulent. Therefore, it is recommended that monkeys pay more attention to their bodies and prevent the small problems becoming big ones. At the same time, maintaining a happy mood is also the good way to ensure health.

“Rooster”

Birth year: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005

The bad luck of Taisui in 2018 has passed; entering 2019 you will see a big improve. In terms of work, roosters can make good progress. In financial fortune, there is a good potential, so the Rooster may accumulate a lot of wealth this year. In terms of personal life, the Roosters are more mediocre this year, but the blunt happiness should also be cherished. Because this year’s career is better, the Roosters may work too hard that might cause great harm to health.  

Career:

In the business, Roosters are in a relatively good position. Although at work you will face some challenges, these challenges are not invincible, but may be a springboard. Therefore, grasp job opportunities in this year and show your strength. Don’t cover up your own light, you will find unexpected gains.

Financial:

In 2019, the fortune for Rooster is a big turnaround from 2018, the financial fortune in this year is considered good. Beside regular income, the Rooster may gain unexpected bonus from work or investment. This year, the estate fortune for Rooster is very good too. It is recommended that the Roosters respect and honor elders in order to not destroy good luck.

Personal Life:

The personal fortune for the Roosters is slightly dull compared to other fortunes. This year, there is not a big development between the Rooster and his/her partner, and it will be a quiet year. A Rooster, who has a lover, can be more understanding of each other’s habits and temper, and will have a tacit understanding for the future. Single Roosters have a lot of chances to encounter new love this year. As long as they are confident, they can match with one or two different partners throughout the year. It is recommended that the Roosters improve their temperament this year this will allow, the Roosters will be able to assert themselves when they encounter their favorite partner.

Health:

The Roosters may be very busy due to work, which can lead to a certain degree of degraded health. It is recommended that the Roosters keep a work play balance.

“Dog”

Birth year: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006

Entering the Year of the Pig, the Dog’s overall fortune is very good. There are two big stars, “Ming Su” and “Tai Chong”, which can help the Dog navigate difficulties in their lives. The nobles help each other, but they must also believe in their own efforts. They cannot rely on the nobles because they are only a limited assistance. They cannot rely on external forces and neglect their own efforts. In addition, “Tai Chong” also has a positive impact on personal fortune, which means that the dog will have a major breakthrough in their relationships this year. If you are healthy, there are not too many problems, but you should pay more attention to diet and beware of sign from your body in daily life. Pay attention to the seasonal exchange to prevent allergies and flu. If you have a career, there may be a small change, but it will not affect you too much.

Career:

There is not a big change for the Dog’s career, but you should not invest new emotion into it. You should do research before investing, and carefully observe whether the partners are reliable before making a deal. In fact, this year, it is not recommended that owners vigorously develop new businesses. Instead, you should be down-to-earth, diligent, work hard, and be careful when handling business.  In this year, the dog will feel a lot of pressure from work. This may make the Dog lose confidence, and then there will be a setback in business. At this point, you should take a break, learn to decompress, adjust your mindset, and then meet the new challenges of life with a better mental outlook.

Financial:

There may be a small problem this year. Dogs should not be confused when they are managing money. When investing, take advantage of opportunities and catch opportunities. They must be careful for how much they invest; otherwise they will have an economic crisis. You should not be too opportunistic, Dogs should be down-to-earth, rely on their own efforts to make progress.

Personal Life:

Dogs may have a big breakthrough in their personal life this year. It is a Dog who needs to catch the opportunity to see the potential partner this year. This year’s opportunity for the dog to achieve a good relationship is still very big, as long as they follow the role and not let their emotions drive them.

Health:

This year’s “sickness” star may bring many frustrations and difficulties to the dog. For those who are suffering from chronic disease, this year is definitely a sad year in health. The dog should work on correcting underlining problems and have regular physical check up. Resting more and maintain a happy state of mind in order to survive this year.

“Pig”

Birth year: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007

In 2019, is the birth year of the Pig. It is called the set of Taisui. Pigs generally have tough fortune throughout the year, and the disaster is unpredictable. Pigs must be cautious in 2019. The ancients had words of where Taisui would be heading, and there was no blessing. This year fate is fluctuating, the twists and turns of work are persistently, accidents are constant, and it is easy to lose confidence and become cynical.  There are also big twists and turns of emotions. There is a tendency to break wealth, and health conditions are not ideal. In general, pigs must act cautiously in 2019.

Career:

Pigs will have more performance opportunities in the workplace this year, especially in front of the leadership of middle and high-level staff. If you can catch the opportunity, your career will flourish. However, due to the impact of Taishi, pigs will have extreme personal thoughts, and mood will fluctuate, and interpersonal relationship will be more challenged. Employees should act in a low-key manner and focus on their own work. Don’t exaggerate your ability.

Financial: 

The Pig’s fortune is in crisis because of the misfortune of Taishi. In addition to the unstable income, there may be financial disasters. Be careful about big investment, such as housing purchases, vehicle purchases, and home appliance purchases. Savings this year may be reduced, and the pressure of finances will be larger. However, Pigs must withstand the pressure; never give up on your financial goal.

Personal Life:

In terms of personal life it is a crucial period for love. If you want to create a stable relationship, both sides should be willing to put in the work. If you want to receive something, you must give out something first. Don’t just think about yourself. You need to take care of your partner’s needs so as to avoid irreparable consequences on your relationship. It is necessary to leave more space for the other party, avoid suspicion, keep your emotions stable, and do not pressure your partner. If you really want to break up, then you should say goodbye kindly, and just move forward.

Health:

Affected by multiple factors, It may not be an ideal year for the Pigs’ physical condition. It is not a safe year to travel for Pig. Be very careful when you drive.  As stress builds up, the quality of sleep will also be affected.

 

Welcome to the Year of the Pig. You have my best wishes in 2019!

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Traditional Chinese Medicine VS. Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis is a serious issue in the U.S. Why are so many people addicted to painkillers when they could be pain free naturally?
In this newsletter, Dr Tan discusses the healing benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine and how to get off opiates.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) vs Opioid Crisis
By Dr. Qineng Tan, L.A.c, Ph.D.

Pain killer abuse, also known as ” the opioid crisis”, is sweeping across America. Painkiller abuse is not only  the number one substance abused in the entire world, but it is also the most easily accessed substance via our Western health care system.  The US makes up 5 percent of the world’s population and consumes approximately 80 percent of the world’s painkillers. According to the Center for Disease control & Prevention,  Every day, more than 115 people in the United States alone die after overdosing on prescription pain relievers. This is a serious public health crisis that also effects both social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease control and Prevention estimates that the total “economic burden” of prescription pain killer misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the cost of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement. When people are prescribed pain killers, most think they are doing the right thing by taking them because they are being prescribed by a trusted physician, but what people do not know, is that there is another solution to their pain relief that is completely natural. That solution is traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). In 2012 a study published by NIH Public Access ( Arch Intern Medicine. 2012 October 22; 172 (19) ) concluded  “Researchers discovered acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and is therefore a reasonable preferred option”.
Why not use a method that has been around for thousands of years and is one of the safest, most permanent solutions to pain? If your house had a hole in the roof, what would you do to deal with that hole? Would you cover the hole with a tarp for a temporary fix hoping no rain will eventually come through, or would you repair the roof entirely so you have no further damage to the inside of your home? Now, think of painkillers as the tarp. The painkillers will mask whatever problem or pain you have at that moment, but does not permanently fix the underlining issue.

Why is acupuncture and TCM such a better alternative to painkillers? TCM is safe, effective, non addictive, and helps patients successfully  participate in other aspects of therapy so they can completely rid any pain in their body. Acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system when you are receiving treatment for pain. Not only can stimulating acupoints help your body to heal, but it can also activate the part of your brain that governs serotonin levels and trigger the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain-killers.
At Art of Wellness, each of our doctors has more than 30 years experience to help with almost all kinds of chronic and acute pain conditions caused by arthritis,back and neck disorder, herniated discs, spinal degeneration, sciatica, whiplash, rotator cuff injuries, bursitis, joint pain, tennis/golfers elbow, carpal tunnel, hip pain, headaches/migraines, post operative pain, and more. Here at Art of Wellness, our goal is not only helping your pain, but also bringing you back to good health with the teamwork between you and us.
You don’t have to suffer from chronic pain or rely on pain prescription pills for temporary relief. You can live your life much healthier, happier and longer.

You have my best wishes!

 

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Go Beyond Skin Deep with TCM

by Xiaomei Cai, L.Ac., Ph.D.

“The qi of the five zang organs manifests in the face. . .if we see green like jade, red like the crown of a rooster, yellow like the underside of a crab, white like the lard of a pig, or black like the feathers of a black chicken, these are the colors of life.”
– The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine

A practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine can tell a lot about your health from your face and your skin. In TCM, each of the organ systems corresponds to one of the sense organs; so the appearance and function of the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and eyes can give the doctor information about what might be going on in the liver, heart, intestines, and other major organs. Conversely, problems in the liver, etc., will show on your face. The skin is considered the “opening” of the lungs; this is why problems with environmental toxins often display themselves through skin conditions such as eczema, rashes, psoriasis, hair loss, acne, dullness or roughness.

In other words, we know that health, and beauty, are not only “skin-deep.” The skin’s surface and the life of the facial features give us clues as to what is going on underneath. The skin reflects imbalances of the internal landscape of the body. Stress and strong emotions, hormone imbalances, inappropriate dietary habits and environmental influences all will be represented on the skin, our largest organ. We must treat the underlying conditions deep within the body first, then we will see the skin bloom with health. Any skin condition is like a red flag showing that there are some impurities or toxins building up inside. Normally, our bodies can self-clean; our liver and kidney filter all impurities out. But if there are too many toxins, or the body is under a lot of stress –eg., not enough sleep, or lacking in regular “tune-ups,” just as a car needs maintenance at regular intervals–, then the problems build up and break outs occur.

For example, conditions such as scaling psoriasis and rosacea are often caused by excess internal heat, especially that which we call Stomach Fire, so our acupuncture and herbal treatments will be designed to clear the heat, along with dietary changes, such as avoidance of alcohol, coffee, sugar, and red meat (all of which we recommend avoiding, anyway). Western medicine will often treat these conditions with cortisone, which may suppress the some of the symptoms for the duration of use, but it will not address the root cause. Long-term use of cortisone can have very detrimental effects on your overall health.

Hives – itchy, red patches that come and go – are considered by Western medicine to be caused by histamine reactions, and are almost always treated with antihistamines. In TCM, they are considered a “wind rash;” like wind, they can be cold or hot, and can move from one place to another quickly. This signals a weakness in the exterior immune barrier that your skin provides, and that you are extra susceptible to stress and/or allergens in your environment. Balancing the excess heat or cold in the body with acupuncture treatment, discovering where the irritants are coming from and altering your diet, hygiene regimens, etc. can alleviate the hives, and also strengthen your overall immunity.

Eczema, or dermatitis, can show up in many forms, but they are all due to imbalances in the body caused by toxic buildup from both external and internal sources. Again, stress and hormones play a role, as do the plethora of artificial toxins in our environment. The body’s own immune response to this constant bombardment of toxins can cause skin irritations. Our strategy might include building up deficient blood with more nutrients, clearing dampness, and prescribing cleansing herbs and foods.

Acne – pimples or lesions that break out on the skin’s surface – is not a superficial problem. It is always related to things that are going on internally, often with the digestive system. Improper diet or imbalances in hormones lead to inflammation that is “overflowing,” and, having nowhere else to go, erupts out of the body through the skin. Making appropriate modifications to your food program and balancing hormones will clear the acne for good, where topical solutions and birth control pills provide only temporary improvement.

If aging is your concern, we are able to choose specific points for an acupuncture facial, which tightens and tones the skin and boosts the production of collagen. This treatment will help smooth fine wrinkles, improve circulation, and hasten healing of any acne, rosacea, and other skin irritations. Acupuncture also releases endorphins, which make you feel more relaxed and positive. Most people find acupuncture treatment painless and relaxing. You can see a difference after just one or two treatments, but the benefits keep growing, as the results are cumulative.

Why choose acupuncture over modern dermatological procedures? If you are looking for treatment that is natural,with natural-looking results and no or minimal negative side effects, it is worth a try. If you come with a skin condition, we will conduct a full consultation to determine which organ system has an imbalance and offer acupuncture treatment to improve Qi flow, cupping to get rid of deep tissue toxins and activate the lymphatic system to clean the internal organs, herbal therapy to clear heat, and dietary suggestions to prevent the skin condition from coming back.

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TCM for Common Injuries: Ankle Sprain

by Qineng Tan, L.Ac., PhD., O.M.D.
A sprained ankle is one of the most common injuries. It can happen to kids and adults of all ages. It can happen when you’re actively playing a sport, or just walking around in your own home.
A sprain can be one of three severity levels:
Grade I
A minor sprain can occur when you are just walking. The ankle turns in sharply, causing the muscles and ligaments to pull and tear slightly.
Grade II
A moderate sprain might happen when running, or because of a fall. In this case, the ankle is twisted further in, causing a partial tear of the ligament.
Grade III
A severe sprain happens because of significant impact—such as a fall at great speed or from a height, or a fall compounded by someone’s else weight, such as might happen while playing a sport like football, soccer or baseball. In this case, the ligament might be torn completely. In very severe cases, it may also cause some fracturing of the ankle and/or even dislocation.
The ankle is a wonder of design; it is a very stable joint that not only carries your body weight, but withstands a lot of pressure and impact when you run and jump. It is really made up of two joints; the true ankle joint is formed by the meeting of three bones–the tibia, fibia and talus—and works like a hinge to create the up and down movement of the ankle. The subtalar joint is formed by the talus and the calcaenus, and allows for the side-to-side motion of the ankle. Ligaments are the soft tissues that connect bones to bones, while tendons are the soft tissues that connect muscles to bones; both are made up of small fibers of collagen. Cartilage is the tough yet soft, slippery tissue that creates cushioning and slip between the bones. A sprained ankle can result in torn tissues in the muscles, tendons or ligaments, damage the cartilage, and in severe cases, may involve fractures in the bones.
The pathology of a sprain begins in the acute stage—the first 1-2 days–with internal bleeding at the injury site. Fluid builds up in the tissues of the joint, which leads to swelling. After a few days, the active bleeding stops and inflammation begins to exert pressure around the area, compressing the blood vessels and slowing down the flow of fresh blood. This results in blood stagnation.
When blood has built up in the joint and stopped moving freely, it has a negative effect on the healing process. Incomplete healing can mean that the ankle loses some of both its stability and flexibility. The tendons and ligaments can become fragile, which means the joint is now more susceptible to re-injury.
For immediate home care of a sprain, follow the Universal Rule of RICE. (see box below) Do not massage the area during the first week of recovery. After that, gentle self-massage between the knee and ankle, focusing on releasing tightness in the shin and calf, is best. Don’t walk or put any weight on the foot for 3-7 days, depending on the severity of the injury. When you are ready to being exercising the ankle, begin with gentle, non-weight-bearing movements.
A good exercise to try is the “A to Z Exercise”:
Lift the injured leg, or cross it over the other leg so the ankle and foot can move freely. Using the big toe as the point of your “pencil,” draw the letters of the alphabet in the air, using at first very small, circular movements of the ankle joint. Gradually, work up to making the letters larger.
After 2-3 weeks, you may be ready begin engaging in activities that increase the range of motion, yet still keep most of your weight off the ankle, doing exercises such as pedaling a bike, swimming, or walking through water.
Gradually, after 4-5 weeks, you will be able to resume walking on a flat surface.
It is good to see your acupuncturist as soon as possible after spraining an ankle. The treatment will focus on stopping the internal bleeding and reducing the swelling of the joint. Minimizing inflammation and maximizing the constant circulation of blood will speed healing and help to ensure that the injury does not become a chronic one.

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