As the Lunar New Year dawns upon us on February 10th, we welcome the vibrant energy of the Yang Wood Dragon. Gong hei fat choy / Gōng xǐ fā cái – may this auspicious occasion bring you good health, happiness, and prosperity in abundance throughout the year ahead. To harness the potential of this dynamic year and cultivate well-being, it’s essential to delve into the significance of the Yang Wood Dragon’s influence, particularly concerning health from a Chinese Medicine perspective.

Yang, Wood, and Earth Energies

In Chinese philosophy, Yang energy embodies warmth, activity, and growth. It infuses the year with vitality and momentum, urging us to embrace change and pursue our passions with vigor. This year promises a period of vigorous activity and transformative experiences as the energy of Yang encourages us to seize the day and take action.

The essence of Wood energy symbolizes growth, vitality, and renewal. Like the onset of spring, Wood energy prompts us to awaken from dormancy and embrace the potential for growth and expansion. It inspires us to take decisive action, cultivate resilience, and harness our inner strength to overcome obstacles.

The Dragon, revered for its strength and wisdom, embodies the stabilizing force of Earth energy. While the predominant energy of the year is rooted in Wood, the Dragon’s presence infuses the energy with stability, nurturing, and grounding. This dynamic interplay between Wood and Earth energies underscores the importance of balancing growth and stability, action and nourishment, in our lives. The Earth energy of the Dragon encourages us to foster stability, nourish our endeavors, and cultivate resilience amidst the winds of change. As we navigate the whirlwind of activities, grounding ourselves amidst the energy of Wood allows us to nurture our projects and sow the seeds of success.

Health Aspect of the Year

Central to Chinese Medicine principles is the concept of balance and harmony within the body. Given the interplay of Wood and Earth energies in the Year of the Yang Wood Dragon, there are several health considerations to keep in mind:

  • Liver and Gallbladder Health:
    • The Wood energy of the Liver governs the smooth flow of Qi (life energy) throughout the body, promoting emotional well-being and mental clarity. It is also intimately connected to the eyes, as Chinese medicine believes that the Liver opens into the eyes and is responsible for clear vision. Maintaining Liver health is paramount for emotional resilience and mental agility. By nurturing the Liver, we can enhance our ability to envision a bright and promising future.
    • Engaging in regular physical activity is essential for promoting vitality and harmonizing the flow of Qi. The Wood energy of the year encourages active pursuits and physical exertion to support overall well-being. Incorporating movement practices such as yoga, qigong, tai chi, or brisk walking in nature can stimulate circulation, reduce stress, and enhance Liver function.
    • Incorporating foods that support Liver function, such as leafy greens and sour or fermented foods, can also help maintain the smooth flow of Qi and prevent stagnation. Minimize consumption of caffeine and alcohol to avoid stressing your liver.
  • Nourishment and Stability:
    • The Earth energy of the Dragon reminds us to prioritize nourishment and stability in our daily lives.
    • The digestive system, governed by the Earth element, plays a vital role in extracting nutrients from food and supporting overall vitality. Emphasizing whole, nourishing foods such as root vegetables, grains, and fermented foods can promote digestive wellness and strengthen our foundation for health. Avoiding excessive consumption of rich, greasy, or cold raw foods can help prevent digestive issues and promote overall well-being.
  • Emotional Well-Being and Connection:
    • In the Year of the Yang Wood Dragon, fostering emotional well-being and social connection is paramount. Cultivating mindfulness, practicing gratitude, and nurturing meaningful relationships can provide vital support during times of growth and transformation.
    • Finding ways to connect with nature and engage in activities that bring joy and fulfillment can also support our mental and emotional health throughout the year. Embracing the playful energy of the Dragon and letting go of grievances can create space for joy, creativity, and spontaneity in our lives.

Embrace Renewal

Welcome the Year of the Yang Wood Dragon with open arms, embracing the chance for renewal and growth. Prioritize your well-being, taking moments for reflection and mindfulness, and nurturing your social connections. Drawing from the wisdom of Chinese Medicine, seek balance in all aspects of life – physical, emotional, and spiritual. By doing so, you’ll seize opportunities for personal development, foster inner harmony, and pave the way for a year abundant in health and happiness.

May the festive energy of Chinese New Year propel you toward a future brimming with prosperity and joy, guided by the vitality and abundance of the Yang Wood Dragon.

If you find yourself in need of support or guidance along the way, consider making an appointment with Tania or your local practitioner. We can provide personalized care and treatments tailored to address specific health concerns, whether related to Liver and Gallbladder imbalances, digestive issues, or emotional well-being. Together, let’s embark on this journey of growth, transformation, and renewal, and may the Year of the Yang Wood Dragon bring you blessings of health, prosperity, and joy.

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For further information on Chinese Medicine contact Tania Grasseschi (Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Qigong and Wholefood counselling). Tania is an AHPRA registered practitioner of Chinese Medicine located in Katoomba, NSW and lectured at the Endeavour College of Natural Health Sydney campus for 6 years.

The information provided on this site is for educational purposes only, and does not substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult a medical professional or healthcare provider if you are seeking medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment. Remember that you are responsible for your own health and safety at all times.