Living Well in 2014

Living Well in 2014

Chinese New Year of the Wood Horse

This year, Chinese New Year begins on January 31st. According to tradition, the New Year falls on the first new moon of the first lunar month. This year, Chinese New Year begins on January 31st. It is the year 4,712 and is the “Year of the Wood Horse”.

Before starting acupuncture school in 1998, the extent of my knowledge about Chinese New Year was that it was never on the same date and that an animal represented each year. All my knowledge came from placemats in Chinese restaurants. I knew I was a pig and that was the extent of it!

After starting acupuncture school, I learned a lot about Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Interwoven amongst all of that, I also learned about the Chinese culture and its astrology. I was fascinated by the predications about the ‘energy’ of each year and the correlations to five elements and 12 animals. I found them to be remarkably accurate in retrospect.

Karen Abler Carrasco wrote a terrific article on her website Western School of Feng Shui that perfectly summarizes the energy of the upcoming year.

Here is an excerpt from it:

2014 – The Year of the Yang Wood Horse

“There might not be a bigger shift of energies in the entire 60 year wheel of Chinese astrology than this one coming up–the shift from two Water years of deep introspection to the fast-paced spurt of extroverted forward propulsion that the Wood Horse brings. Hold on to your hats, folks, and realize that you won’t be able to, nor will you want to, slow your horses in the New Year ahead!”

In Chinese medicine, Yin and Yang exist in harmony. If the energy of the year is galloping forward, this brings to mind that we should take extra care of ourselves during the fast paced energy of 2014.

How do we “Live Well” in 2014? Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is uniquely prepared to assist you to “Live Well”. It not only treats illnesses or conditions you may have, but can be used preventively, and used as a tool for deeper understanding of what you need to do feel your best. Chinese Medicine can really help you to achieve “Living Well” on a daily basis. Its dynamic system of categorizing and assessing patterns and constitutions can help determine which foods are best for you, the types of exercise that bring you the most benefit, and the areas that might need extra care during times of stress.

I never imagined that when I started Acupuncture school, that not only would I learn a medicine to help others, but that I would also gain a deeper understanding and awareness about myself. I learned that I could improve my own health on a daily basis by simply keeping my digestion “warm” and eating according to the seasons and my constitution; that an exercise like Pilates was more beneficial to me than running. I understand the balance of my emotions and peace of mind is reflected in my overall physical health. Learning Chinese Medicine has allowed me to understand human nature and human conditions in ways I never thought possible. I love the remarkable window into an individual’s health Chinese Medicine gives me and I never cease to be astounded by its accuracy.

From all of us at Six Fishes:

“Gung Hay Fat Choy”

“Wishing you Prosperity”

May your year of the Wood Horse be Prosperous and Healthy!


Tansy Briggs, DOM, L.OM has been practicing Oriental Medicine since 2002. Her unique, integrative style of practice focuses on optimizing the body’s natural healing capacity by coordinating a synchronized combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine, modern Western Medicine, Therapeutic Nutrition, and Homeopathy to help her patients achieve their health goals. She brings her depth of knowledge from treating thousands of patients in clinical practice to each and every patient she sees. She is gentle and compassionate and is a natural problem solver, especially with complex issues. Tansy sees patients at Six Fishes Healing Arts on Monday and Wednesday. You can view her full bio here, or schedule online here.

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