True Health Acupuncture Blog

True Health Acupuncture's Ginger Martin discusses health related topics.

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Categories
    Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog.
  • Tags
    Tags Displays a list of tags that have been used in the blog.
  • Bloggers
    Bloggers Search for your favorite blogger from this site.
  • Team Blogs
    Team Blogs Find your favorite team blogs here.
  • Login
    Login Login form

Happy Chinese New Year! 2013 is the year of the Water Snake

Posted by on in Uncategorized
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 2543
  • 0 Comments
  • Subscribe to this entry
  • Print

It's about a month into the New Year. Do you already wish you had a do-over for your New Year's Resolutions?

Year of the SnakeIf so, you're in luck. You do.  February 10th is the Chinese lunar New Year. The celebration of the New Year, the Spring Festival, is China's longest and most important holiday. Because it is based on a different calendar, it falls on a different date between January 21 and February 20 every year.  You can think of Spring Festival as Christmas and New Year all rolled into one. Just like our holiday season, it's a time of celebration, visiting family and friends, giving gifts and preparing for the next year.

Chinese Lunar New Year: Spring Festival

In China, there are many New Year's traditions during the 15-day Spring Festival. Many people clean their homes to sweep away the past year and usher in the next. Oftentimes family members travel home for a visit.  Children receive red envelopes, called hóngbo in Mandarin, filled with money from their relatives.  People hang red lanterns outside their homes to bring happiness and good luck. On Chinese New Year's Eve families gather for a huge meal and enjoy "lucky" foods together. And, of course, there are fireworks.

The Chinese zodiac has 12 years in its cycle, each one represented by an animal; 2013 is the Year of the Snake. Astrologers say that people born in the Year of the Snake are wise but enigmatic. They are very intuitive and size up situations well, but say little.

Snakes are refined; they like to dress well and are usually financially secure. They are intense and passionate in relationships, but can become jealous and suspicious. Snakes prefer a calm, stress-free environment.

Recommit to Your New Year's Resolutions

The Chinese do not traditionally make New Year's Resolutions like we do in the west, however this is a good time to reflect on the goals you set a month ago. Are you keeping your New Year's resolutions?

If you're having trouble, maybe it's time to take a lesson from the Snakes. Take a quiet moment and reflect on what is stopping you. Do you need to get serious? Do you need additional support? Are your goals genuine - do you want to do them or do you think you should do them? Why haven't you kept your New Year's Resolutions?

If your resolutions include improving your health in 2013, I can help you with that. Give me a call and we can arrange an appointment for anything from a tune-up to weight control to mood balancing.

If you need to make a deeper commitment to your resolutions, take a moment and think about what you need to do to keep them. Write down 3 easy action steps.

...and do them. Now.

Use the Chinese lunar New Year as a do-over. Commit to your New Year's resolution

Ginger is the acupuncturist and owner of True Health Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine. Ginger graduated from the University of California at Davis with a Bachelors in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and spent years working in research before coming to traditional Chinese medicine.
Ginger holds a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (San Diego, Ca). The combination of Eastern and Western medical theory allows a greater understanding of patient complaints and an understanding of how to approach them in an integrated fashion. Ginger has undergone extensive training in the treatment of male disorders, neurological conditions, and endocrine disorders. Ginger is Nationally Certified as an Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist, and a California State Board Licensed Acupuncturist.
Ginger strives to provide the utmost personalized care for her patients in order to help them reach the state of health they desire. She has completed thousands of successful treatments for patients of all ages and backgrounds, applying a combination of technical excellence and warm human touch.

Comments