Here's another interesting posting from Dr MoaShing Ni - on how you can take a proactive approach to enjoying good health in the Year of the Tiger.....
Welcome to the year of the Tiger! For nearly 20 years I've given yearly forecasts based on the ancient Tao system of the Five Elements energetic phases, which predicts the global trends that affect each of us on a personal level.
How do you benefit from this forecast? By taking note of the predictions for health, relationships, and finances, you will be able to minimize the negative tendencies and make the most of the positives!
Year of the Tiger: Big Changes Ahead
In Chinese astrology the tiger is one of the most dynamic and powerful signs. Its nature is unpredictable, courageous, and explosive. Therefore, the year of the Tiger is usually associated with big changes and social disorder; 2010 is likely to be a turbulent year—on both a global and a personal level. However, those who gain an understanding of it through this article and their own spiritual awareness can cultivate the flexibility to adapt to changes and keep a steady hand on the keel through these rough waters. When you meet the challenges head on and get proactive about your health, you will be all the stronger for it by year's end.
Prediction for your health
In the Chinese calendar 2010 is represented by the elements metal and wood. The elemental interaction is symbolized by an ax (metal) cutting down a tree (wood).
The metal element corresponds to the lungs, colon, skin and the immune system. This means that this year, you may be much more prone to developing sinus allergies, infections, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, colitis, irritable bowl syndrome, diarrhea, constipation, rashes, compromised immunity or autoimmune inflammatory conditions such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and eczema.
The wood element correlates to the liver, gall bladder, and the nervous system, which means this year may be marked with increased stress and tension, depression, anxiety, gallstones, hepatitis, and cirrhosis.
Now that you know the future possibilities for this year, you can make some changes to sidestep potential issues affecting your immune, respiratory, digestive, and nervous system conditions.
1. Eat right for 2010
The foundation of Chinese medicine is that you can avoid illness by eating foods that possess healing properties.
* For this year, I would suggest increasing your intake of the following foods: daikon radishes, turnips, beets, Asian pears, persimmons, papayas, pineapples, cherries, grapes, blueberries, almonds, pine nuts, and flax seeds.
* Keep your liver healthy by eating lots of green leafy vegetables, especially collard greens, Swiss chard, kale, dandelion greens, and mustard greens. Also: barley grass, seaweed—anything high in chlorophyll. Artichokes are a powerful liver protector, due to their silymarin content.
* Also, eat herbs and spices that cleanse and perk up your immune system: dill, oregano, cilantro, rosemary, sage, peppermint, turmeric, basil, coriander, fennel, anise, cardamom, ginger, and parsley.
* Avoid: dairy, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, wheat, deep fried and fatty foods, processed and refined foods, excessive red meat, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and potatoes.
2. Exercise tips for Year of the Tiger
Overall, consistent and regular exercise will help you to strengthen your respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
* I especially recommend learning and practicing mind-body exercises like tai chi or qigong, an all-in-one workout. These gentle, but powerful exercises engage deep breathing to strengthen your lungs with the added benefit of lowering your stress hormones—effectively reducing stress and tension. To learn tai chi and qigong, you can work with a teacher or use instructional DVDs.
* Take walks and get out in nature to refresh your lungs.
* Practice stretching, yoga, or tai chi: being physically flexible can promote the same trait in your personality
3. Protect with herbal and nutritional supplements
Being proactive with your health also includes using herbal and nutritional supplements appropriately to support your health. Herbs and nutrients have been a part of my family's diet and used effectively for prevention for many years.
* For this year, I plan on taking herbal formulas that contain Chinese herbs supportive to the health of my organ functions, such as astragalus, magnolia, chrysanthemum, Chinese peony, and others. I will take perpetual shield to boost my immune system, internal cleanse that will assist my liver in detoxification, and exquisite skin to keep my colon clean, thereby keeping my skin clear.
* Round out your nutritional program by maintaining a regular intake of fish oil, probiotics, and digestive enzymes. You may even try my family's own whole food liquid multi-vitamin supplement, which will nourish and strengthen your organ systems. (Greensleeve's note: If you are a vegetarian/vegan you may want to skip the fish oil recommended here).
4. Cleanse your body
Undertake cleansing and detoxification programs at the start and throughout the year to support your liver and peak body functions. You can find a whole detoxification regime in one of my earlier Yahoo blogs, the 5-Step Detox to Revitalize You.
5. Develop patience
Finally, cultivate patience, kindness, and peace so that your interactions with others can promote harmony and love. Some ways to do this are to make daily lists of all the things in your life that you are grateful for, volunteer your help to others in need, and practice stress-release techniques that bring you peace.
In summary, the Year of the Tiger will bring about more change, even turmoil in the world and in your life. However by using this as an opportunity to shape your life, like sculpting a beautiful and useful object out of raw wood or molding from metal you can ride the tiger triumphantly towards your goals so that you can manifest balance, wellness and fulfillment in 2010.
May you live long, live strong, and live happy!
(This blog is meant to educate, but it should not be used as a substitute for personal medical advice. The reader should consult his or her physician or clinician for specific information concerning specific medical conditions. While all reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that all information presented is accurate, as research and development in the medical field is ongoing, it is possible that new findings may supersede some data presented)
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