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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Step 1. Place burn under fresh, clean water until the burning sensation subsides.
Step 2. Dry gently. Pour olive oil/sesame oil directly on the burn.
Step 3. Generously sprinkle fine ( not course) salt on the oil and let sit for 5-10 minutes. If you still feel the burning sensation, or pain repeat steps 1-3 again.
Step 4. Once the burning sensation or pain stops, wash off the salt and lightly dry . Apply Art of Wellness burn cream 1-4 times a day directly on burn and let completely dry.
by Qineng Tan, L.Ac., Ph.D.
One windy Winter day, a woman looked out her window and saw three elderly men sitting by the side of the road in front of her house. A generous lady, she went out and asked them, “Would you like to come in from the cold and have something to eat?”
The men smiled gratefully, but asked, “Is the rest of your family at home?” When the woman replied that they were not, but would be home a little later, the men said, “We will wait, then.”
Later, when the woman’s husband and child had returned, she went outside again and said, “Please, come in and have some dinner with us.”
But one of the men explained, ‘Only one of us can come in. This man is named “Wealth.” And that one is named “Success.” My name is “Health.” Go in, talk with your family, and decide which of us you would like to invite into your home.
When the woman told her husband and daughter about this, her husband said, “Let’s ask Wealth to come! That way, we won’t have to work anymore.” But the woman said, “Shouldn’t we ask Success to come? Surely that would be the best choice.” Then the couple’s young daughter spoke up, “Why don’t you ask Health to come in? That way none of us will ever get sick.”
So the woman went out again and asked Health to come in. When he got up and began walking towards the house, Success and Wealth followed him.
“But–I thought–” said the woman. Then Health explained, “Wherever I go, Success and Wealth will follow.”
Lesson: Health is our most precious commodity. When we start making room for healthy habits, we will be able to enjoy the success and wealth that comes our way.
by Qineng Tan, L.Ac., Ph.D.
The American College of Physicians has just recently issued new guidelines regarding the treatment of low back pain – specifically advocating that patients first choose natural and alternative therapies, such as acupuncture and massage, over pain medications.
Acupuncture is the one modality recommended for both chronic and acute back pain.
Pain in the lower back is one of the most common complaints heard by doctors. The vast majority (80%) of adults experience this pain at some point. Low back pain is the 2nd most common cause of disability among adults in the U.S.
Back pain presents a challenge for physicians, because in many cases, there is no clearly discernible “cause.” Imaging scans may help us get a picture of structural damage to the spine, but they do not tell us the whole story. Pain is not just about structural or mechanical problems in the body. The problem may be mechanical, but it may also be chemical, emotional, behavioral, sociological, or a combination of any of these.
In my 30 years of practice in treating all different types of lower back pain, I have often seen patients who had only minor structural problems but were experiencing severe pain. I have also seen many patients who have had surgery to correct a problem; their scans may show that the problem has been “fixed”–but they are still in a lot of pain. In other words, a person’s experience of pain or loss of mobility may not correspond to what we see in an image.
Common conditions leading to back pain include (but are not limited to):
- Degenerated disc
- Bulging or herniated disc
- Spinal stenosis
- Spondylolisthesis (slipped disc)
- Spinal scoliosis
- Muscle strain
- Muscle spasm
- Pinched nerves
- Nerve damage
- Kidney stone or gallstones
- Digestive issues (constipation)
Acupuncture has traditionally been the primary treatment for back pain in China, and still is today. It is an excellent modality for treating back pain, because the TCM approach to diagnosis and treatment is to address the underlying cause of the pain. It not only reduces symptoms, but works to correct and rebalance the body’s function, promote and rebuild the body’s healing process and therefore, not only eliminate pain, but boost your ability to avoid lower back pain in the first place.
The most common TCM differentiations of back pain include deficiency type pain – which is chronic, dull pain that feels better when you rest, Qi and Blood stagnation – a sharp, stabbing pain that is often reduced when exercising but feels worse once you slow down, and Cold/Damp – which feels stiff, sore, or tight, feels better with warmth and is worse in the morning and when the weather is cold and damp.
With TCM, we aim for long-term, lasting results. At the same time, we guide the patient in vital lifestyle improvements, such as regular de-stress meditation, gentle exercise such as Tai Chi or yoga, and an anti-inflammatory diet.
Here are some specific things you can do at home to help enhance the effects of acupuncture treatment:
- Moderate exercise: walk, swim, Tai Chi, yoga, Pilates, and gentle stretching.
- Avoid lifting anything heavy; always remember to bend from the knees and not from the back when lifting any kind of weight.
- Weight control
- Diet: avoid coffee, spicy foods, nightshade vegetables (tomato, potato, eggplant and bell pepper).
- Change posture during your work, move around for a few minutes every hour, at least.
- Cold and Heat: Use a cold compress for the first 3 days if there is acute injury or any time right after exercise. Use heat 3-5 times per day for chronic pain.
- Make sure your mattress is medium firmness and comfortable.
- Do stretches for the lower back
Acupressure for Low Back Pain
Using your opposite thumb or forefinger, locate the crevice between the bones of your 4th and 5th finger, just beneath the knuckles. Press deeply until you feel tenderness there. Hold the pressure while you gently but vigorously move and stretch your lower spine and hips. Then, drag your thumb or finger down, finding another crevice just above the base where the 4th and 5th metacarpal bones meet. Apply pressure, again, while wiggling and turning from the lower back. This will help release tension and tightness and relieve pain.
By Xiaomei Cai, L.Ac., Ph.D.
What Do Doctors Do?
When you are sick or injured, you automatically think about finding a good doctor. You rush to get tests done. You are given an examination and, usually, medicine.
But have you thought about who “cures” you when you break your arm? An orthopedic specialist provides high-level technology to examine you, and gives you a cast and some pain medication. But do they “fix” your arm?
The Pros and Cons of Western Medicine
Modern advances in Western medicine have allowed us to correct many conditions that historically have been crippling or deadly. How amazing that surgeons can re-attach digits, that EMT techs can re-start heartbeats, and that some medicines can cure or prevent life-threatening diseases! In general, people are living longer and enjoying better quality of life than ever before.
But there are drawbacks, too. Western medicine tends to study the body on a microscopic, cellular level, rather than looking at the whole person. The causes of many diseases remain unknown, so treatments usually address symptoms only. Conditions may come back if you stop taking your medicine. Medicines can have serious side effects. Surgery can create other problems, such as damaged or scarred tissues. Specialists focus on one part of your body, not the whole, so that problems are not understood as being connected to one another. It can feel as if you are being treated like a machine, with separate parts, not as a real person. Sometimes a doctor might try to help you solve one problem, only to find that others then crop up or worsen. And while we talk about prevention, most doctors are not trained in nutrition, and often don’t have the time or inclination to discuss their patients’ lifestyle choices in any depth.
What happens in our body when we are sick?
The cell–the most fundamental unit of the human body– every second that we are alive, has an amazing ability to renew itself.
When a pathogen enters your body, or your body is injured, it launches all necessary systems to diagnose the problem and then begins producing healing factors to work in concert. First, white blood cells go to the area to fight any infection that may have gotten in. They kill off any weak or dying cells. If cells are only slightly damaged, they can switch on special genes which start repairs. If they are too old or damaged, they will self-destruct. When there is bleeding, the platelet cells form a blood clot, so that you will not bleed to death. Once all of this is done, and the rubbish of damaged, dead cells has been cleared away, healthy cells start making copies of themselves to fill the gaps.
This is a vitally important process, and the body must work and watch carefully, because if anything goes wrong–say, unhealthy cells are not cleared away, or start making copies of themselves— the result can be serious disease, such as cancer or autoimmune disease.
Self-healing ability is our miracle doctor.
If you have ever had a pet or the chance to observe a sick animal, you may remember what they do to recover. They usually choose to lie there, without any activity, not even eating. Their bodies just concentrate on healing, conserving all energy for self-repair.
Human beings are the same. When we are sick, we need to rest, eat very lightly, and drink a lot of water, allowing our body to fix any damage and clear out any waste. We are born with this innate ability to self-heal; however, it relies on good lifestyle to encourage it. Sometimes there are impurities that block energy flow to the compromised area. If we continually feed “junk” food into the body, and don’t allow it the rest it needs, then our ability to regenerate cells and heal our own illness and injuries is severely dampened. You are the only one who is responsible to your health!
We can understand and appreciate that our bodies can heal themselves, and at the same time, we should know that sometimes we need additional assistance. For example, if there are too many toxins in the body, a detox program can help eliminate them. If there is an imbalance that is too severe, herbs can help. When there are blockages of Qi in the body, acupuncture or electro-acupuncture can help free them up. What we offer at Art of wellness is the promotion of the body’s natural healing to take place.
But, who is your best doctor? YOU ARE. Recognize, respect, and take responsibility for your own healing power. When you not feeling well, find a good team to assist your body to heal itself. Remember, prevention comes before treatment. Let healthy lifestyle become a habit. Investment in your health is the best win-win decision.