Welcome to the Chinese Year of the Tiger! Every year for almost twenty years, I've written forecasts based on the ancient Taoist system of Five Elements Phase Energetics that predicts global trends that affect us personally. By attuning yourself to these forecasts, you can side step or minimize negative tendencies, whether in health, relationships or finance, and make the most of positive trends.
In Chinese astrology, the Tiger is a dynamic and powerful sign. Its nature is unpredictable, courageous and powerful. Therefore, the Year of the Tiger is usually associated with change, making 2010 likely to be a year of transformation globally and personally. Those who understand the nature of the tiger should have the flexibility to adapt to changes and take advantage of the opportunities that arise.
In the Chinese calendar, 2010 is represented by the elements of metal and wood. The elemental interaction is symbolized by an ax cutting down a tree. The imagery is akin to clearing a forest or the undergrowth in a field for planting or removing the wreckage after a storm in a process of rebuilding. Therefore this year is about transforming your life courageously and harnessing the power of the tiger to actualize your dreams.
On the health front, metal represents the lungs, colon, skin and the immune system. Therefore, you may want to be on the lookout for conditions like sinus allergies, infections, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, constipation, rashes, compromised immunity or autoimmune inflammatory conditions such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and eczema. The wood element corresponds to the liver, gall bladder and nervous system, which may lead to increased stress, tension, depression, anxiety, gallstones, hepatitis and liver disease.
Here are 5 tips that I would recommend for supporting your immune, respiratory, digestive and nervous system. By exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, managing your stress effectively and using herbal and nutritional supplements you will be able to avoid the health pitfalls of the tiger year while riding the tiger towards your optimum health and wellness.
It is too late to start forging weapons after engaging in war.Herbs and nutrients are part of my family's diet, and for many years we have used them effectively for "reinforcing our fortress." We take fish oil, probiotics, digestive enzymes and our own liquid whole food vitamins daily and use herbal formulations like Perpetual Shield to support healthy immune and lung systems; Allergy Tamer for pollution and pollen; Internal Cleanse to assists with liver detoxification; and Exquisite Skin keeps the colon clean and the skin clears. These formulas contain Chinese herbs such as astragalus, magnolia, chrysanthemum, goji berry and other herbs that have traditionally been used to support healthy functioning of the organ systems. You can find a variety of herbs and supplements in your local health food stores or online.
In summary, take walks and spend time in nature to refresh your lungs. Undertake cleansing and detoxification programs at the start and throughout the year to support your liver and other bodily functions. Eat well, get plenty of sleep and cultivate health and peace in the five areas of your life--body, mind, spirit, finance and relationships--so that you can ride the tiger triumphantly towards optimum wellness and fulfillment in 2010. (To read more on Year of the Tiger financial and political forecast, go to taoofwellness.com)
May you live long, live strong, and live happy!
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