Happy Chinese New Year!

Also known as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year falls on February 16th this year. This is the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar. The year 2018 is represented by the Yang Yellow Earth Dog. Sounds like a playful golden retriever to me.

Spring Festival originated during the Shang Dynasty (about 17th – 11th century BC) and celebrates family reunion and the hopes for a rich spring. Spring Festival is probably the most important traditional festival and celebration for families in China. In fact, it is even a public holiday and many people have the week off from work. Families join together from near and far.

Spring Festival Traditions

To prepare for the holiday, homes are thoroughly cleaned to rid them of bad luck, which might have collected during the old year. Scrolls printed with lucky messages are posted on gates to ones home and firecrackers are set off to frighten evil spirits away. These traditions are meant to bring good luck and long life to the family.

It is a Spring festival tradition to include the exchange of gifts and the famous dragon dances. Red, which is considered an auspicious color is the main color of the festival and there are red lanterns decorating the streets everywhere. Businesses combine red with images of prosperity to show their hope for the new year. And because 2018 is the year of dog, red decorations will be joined by dog images and statues.

According to Lillian Bridges who is a noted Feng Shui expert and forecaster, “this will be a much calmer year and may sometimes even seem boring.  But there is a Chinese saying that “Boredom is good luck, because you have choices! There will be a palpable feeling of relief from the tensions of the previous years, especially as we get deeper into the year. Life should get easier and more relaxed.”  Thank goodness!

She goes on to say “The Dog is considered a lucky animal to the Chinese and when one comes to your house, it brings good luck to the occupants. Therefore, anyone who loves and cares for dogs this year will get a little extra luck for honoring them.”  So love on your dog and your neighbors dog.

If you want to read more about Lillian’s predictions for this year, you can read the full forecast here.   I always think they are fun to read and then re-read the next year to see what came true.

Friendships and community are also very important in the Dog Year. People will be drawn to gatherings and reunions of old friends with a shared past and with newly discovered, like-minded others. With that in mind, I am hosting an Open House at my new clinic to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Happy New Year!

How Acupuncture Works

For many, Acupuncture is mysterious.  Perhaps you’ve heard from someone that it works great for them, or maybe you’ve heard that it works for this or that, but you may not really understand how it works.  We know from extensive clinical experience and scientific research that Acupuncture works to restore health in several ways:

  1. It improves circulation by vasodilating tissues so blood can flow better and reducing blood pressure.
  2. It modulates the neuro-endocrine system causing our natural pain killer hormones to be released that lower inflammation, reduce pain and get us out of “fight or flight” mode.
  3. It causes an immune system response to create new tissue to replace diseased tissue.
  4. It reduces inflammation that impairs nerve conduction to the brain. Pain can be a result of nerve signals not getting through.

You can see how Acupuncture can therefore help with a number of conditions including things like neuropathy, high blood pressure, pain, anxiety, acute and chronic injuries, infertility, and much more.

Welcome to the new Balanced Energy Wellness!

Welcome to Balanced Energy Wellness!   My new clinic is now open in Peachtree City, Georgia where I offer Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Nutrition Consulting to the Fayette and Coweta communities.   We have two beautiful treatment spaces (photos to come soon) and are ready to help you feel your best.  My website has been updated to allow you to easily book your appointments online.   Check it out at bewellptc.com.

Oak Manor smallThe clinic is located in the Oak Manor Office Park on Highway 74 North in Peachtree City.  If you are going north from the intersection of Hwy 54 and 74, look for the golf cart/bicycle bridge over Hwy 74 and we are on the right just past it.   Once in the office park, we are the 2nd building on the right, Suite 2.

One way to keep up with the latest clinic news is to “like” our Facebook page.   I’ll also be sending a monthly newsletter with information about Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Nutrition including some favorite recipes.

If I can help you with any health concerns, please reach out.  I look forward to seeing you soon.

Rawls