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It’s the Year of the Dog

Happy New Year! We get to celebrate again as we welcome in the Chinese New Year. This is the largest event and longest holiday in the Chinese calendar. Many cities across China are eagerly awaiting the Year of the Dog; an animal which symbolises luck.  

As an acupuncture practitioner, I am captivated by its history which originated in China, allowing us to use natural methods to treat a wide range of conditions. 

China is steeped in century old traditions and customs and due to the many religions practiced in the country, it is wonderfully diverse.   

When is Chinese New Year?

In 2018 Chinese New Year will fall on Friday, 16 February and celebrations will last for over two weeks. The date of the new year changes each year as it is based on the Chinese Lunar calendar. 

Chinese astrology has a 12 year cycle and each year is related to an animal, with 2018 being the Year of the Dog. Other years that celebrated the Year of the Dog are 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006. 

Is the Dog Your Totem?

A dog is a fun loving, loyal companion who is eager to please, with a natural instinct and a unique ability to detect fear; they will tread with caution. A dog will warn of trouble ahead and protect those held dear. Responding well to praise, love and affection a dog will not leave your side and they love unconditionally. 

A dog is keen to learn new tricks and has incredible strength and determination. There is a sense of adventure with them because if you take your eye off them for too long they may be up to a little mischief, wondering off into a world of their own. 

If you’re born in the Year of the Dog then we know your bark is much worse than your bite…you playful thing! 

How is Chinese New Year Celebrated?

During the festivities, families will come together and wish each other peace and prosperity. Red packets containing money will be handed to children in the hopes of giving the receiver a year of good fortune. In some regions, married couples will give these packets to unmarried friends to transfer luck. 

However you choose to celebrate, have a fantastic new year! 

How to get rid of a cold quick and stay well naturally

A shift from warm to cold weather means you are more susceptible to flu like symptoms. According to the BBC, H3N2, one of the strains circulating this year, has been dubbed ‘Aussie flu’ because it’s recently caused big problems in Australia.People with long-term medical conditions, low immune system and those over 65 or pregnant are particularly at risk during this time of the year.Advice remains that It’s more important than ever to make sure you are washing your hands regularly and throwing away used tissues to help stop the flu from spreading.You may be wondering what more you can do to put up your best defence again these pesky bugs! Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that every ingredient we consume relates to a specific function in our bodies.I’ve been sharing some great recipes over on my Facebook and Twitter pages, to keep your immune system boosted. Follow me for regular updates!I also recommend these herbs:

  • Garlic – a warming herb and powerful immune booster. If you’re brave enough – the best way to benefit from its healing properties is to take it raw.
  • Ginger – Add a couple of slices to boiling water for a tea.
  • Honey – To soothe a cough or sore throat.

Here’s a quick recipe for you to try:

  • 1x piece of ginger as big as your thumb
  • 1x cinnamon stick
  • 2x cloves of garlic
  • A bunch spring onions (white head only)
  • 2x cups water

Boil all the ingredients and reduce it down to one cup, then blend and drink. Wrap yourself up and take to your bed. This recipe is your first defence when you feel symptoms starting or as soon as you have that scratchy throat feeling; drinking this immune boosting natural healing remedy will serve you well. If you wait even one day it will be too late.Remember that in rare circumstances, flu like symptoms can lead to more severe infections such as pneumonia, so make sure you drink lots of fluids and rest.

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