Happy Chinese New Year – Enter The Dragon!

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Chinese New Year - Year of the Dragon 2024Chinese New Year for 2024 is February 10th (Lunar New Year). Both Chinese medicine and Chinese astrology use the five elements theory– fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. This is a Wood year and wood favors flexibility. Think of how a tree bends in the wind. So find a way this year that will work that is the least effort. It is also a Yang year so forward momentum, action, not too much thinking is also favored. Since it is Yang, feel your energy with power. Lift your vibration. Shift to maturity.

The Yang Wood Dragon generates lots of rising energy. So cultivate patience. Be mindful when making decisions. Use compassionate energy instead of anger. Anger can also be about establishing boundaries.

This is a good year to do forest bathing. Soak up those negative ions and mellow out!

Starting New Projects

The Dragon is a baby when the year starts. It matures later in the year. April – May is a good time to start  new projects. February – March is OK to get started on them.

Expect the Unexpected

The dragon is the only mythological creature of the 12 animals of Chinese astrology (one assigned for each year). So expect the unexpected during the dragon year. You might see something you’ve never seen before. Also it is a great time to manifest your dreams! A perfect time to reengage your New Year’s resolutions if you’ve slacked off on those.

Foods To Eat

Increase foods that support Wood and Earth: green veggies, black beans, fish, bone broth.

Add sour (taste of Liver and Wood element) and fermented foods – like apple cider vinegar. Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, a pinch of sea salt and a teaspoon of maple syrup to a glass of water. Helps smooth out the liver and benefits digestion.

Vocations: The Dragon favors creativity. So musicians (why are Dragons great musicians? Because they know their scales!) , engineers, advertisers, designers, painters, herbalists thrive. And since it is a Wood year remodeling and construction will thrive. Success for businesses using wood products, exercise, leadership, adventure, action and pioneering.

Nurture Your Relationships: Wood Dragon favors more passion! Stay grounded. Use compassionate speech. Be deliberate and clear with your decision making if starting a new relationship.

Prioritize Your Health

The dragon year is a reminder to harness your inner strength and vitality. Engage in activities that boost your health, physical strength and inner calm. A healthy body is home to a successful spirit. Get expert help with pain relief, stress reduction and inner vitality. Call our Edina acupuncture clinic at 952-831-8080 or reach us here to learn more how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can revitalize your health.

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