Chinese New Year – What it means for our Health

Happy Chinese New Year. Gong Xi Fa Cai! Welcome to the Year of the Rooster. 

Chinese New Year represents a new cycle, a beginning and regeneration of life within our living environment and ourselves. It reminds us to self-reflect, prepare and implement so that we can be ready physically, mentally and psychologically for the New Year and upcoming challenges. In 2017, the Chinese New Year falls on the 28th of January as we move from the Year of the Monkey to the Year of the Rooster

The Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese zodiac is an unique classification scheme that relates each year to a specific animal in a repeating twelve-year cycle. Traditionally, it begins with the Rat and the Rooster is the tenth animal in the sequence. The year you were born determines what zodiac animal you are. For those who were born in January or early February, however, your Chinese zodiac should be the one ahead of your appearing animal.

  1. Rat – 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960 (子, Yang, element Water)
  2. Ox – 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961 (丑, Yin, element Earth)
  3. Tiger – 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962 (寅, Yang, element Wood)
  4. Rabbit – 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963 (卯, Yin, element Wood)
  5. Dragon – 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964 (辰, Yang, element Earth)
  6. Snake – 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965 (巳, Yin, element Fire)
  7. Horse – 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966 (午, Yang, element Fire)
  8. Goat – 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967 (未, Yin, element Earth)
  9. Monkey – 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968 (申, Yang, element Metal)
  10. Rooster – 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969 (酉, Yin, element Metal)
  11. Dog – 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970 (戌, Yang, element Earth)
  12. Pig – 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971 (亥, Yin, element Water)

 

 

Health and the Rooster

  • The Rooster’s element is Metal, which corresponds, with the Lungs so this year we need to take care of our respiratory system and really strengthen our breathing.
  • It is very important to possess a good posture, allowing the thoracic region to maintain its flexibility and this will benefit the Lungs and breathing.
  • The energy of the Lungs is dispersing and ‘letting go’ so 2017 is the perfect time to be mindful and let go of all the things we have been holding on in the previous years, especially sadness, loneness and grief.
  • Eating less cooling foods such as salad and raw food and exercising more to ensure the normal flow of Lung Qi (energy).
  • Reconnect with the nature and let us inhale the purest air!