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The Year of the Rabbit

The Year of the Rabbit officially begins on February 3rd, 2011 and the elemental energies are again metal and wood, similar to the Tiger Year we are leaving behind. Therefore some of the unpredictability and conflicts of the Tiger Year will carry over to the New Year. However, Rabbit Years are usually calm, creative and […]

Water Element Balances Fire, Inside and Out

In Chinese medicine we always seek balance, in nature as well as within the human body. As the Fire element was recently predominant in our environment, its complementary element, Water, was needed. If the Fire element in our body, represented by the Heart, is too strong (manifesting in insomnia, anxiety or heart disease), the Water […]

Not Trying Too Hard

Recently I had a conversation with a patient and suggested, “Don’t try so hard.” From my own experience and understanding, we are often brought up and encouraged to put all our effort into doing what we feel passionate about. We are taught to “try our hardest” and apply all our effort to our tasks. If […]

Reflections on Living 2009

In 2009, let’s keep our life simple by looking at the things that truly help us to be happy and more peaceful. For each of us, that may be different. For some, it may mean reading  spiritual books like the Tao Teh Ching; for others it may mean exercise, tai chi, or meditation. Every day, […]

February 18, 2007 Ushers in the Year of the Pig

The Year of the Pig is  symbolized by the elements of fire and water. These two energies are typically in conflict, thus making 2007 a year of continuing conflict, tension and strife. I expect there may be further global unrest, including revolts and regional wars. Despite the destructive tendencies, the water element does give rise […]

Secrets of Longevity Revealed

Looking and feeling young for decades is not just the province of the wealthy and surgically enhanced. Living to be 100 is simpler than most people imagine. In his new book, Secrets of Longevity, Dr. Maoshing Ni shares the secrets gleaned from generations of medical knowledge in his family, and a 20-year study of centenarians […]

Healthy Aging Naturally

The statistics are in — the oldest of 76 million baby-boomers will turn 60 next year. In fact, over 50% of the population in the United States will be over 65 by the year 2025! However, the aging trend does not have to mean lower productivity and quality of life. Not only are the baby-boomers […]

Happy Chinese New Year of the Green Rooster

Dear Friends, February 9, 2005 will usher in the year of the Green Rooster. It is Year 4,703 since the beginning of the Yellow Emperor’s reign. The year of the Rooster follows on the heel of the Monkey year. Let’s take a moment and reflect back on my last year’s forecast and see how we […]

A Healing Story

“You have a brain tumor.” At age 30 and eight months pregnant with my first child, it was the last thing I expected to hear out of the doctor’s mouth. I had never been sick or dizzy. Had never felt nauseous or woozy or had headaches. One day, without explanation or forewarning, I began to […]

The Year of the Snake 2001

The Chinese Year of the Snake officially begins on January 24, 2001. As each year in the 12-Year cycle corresponds to a particular energy expression, it dictates human behavior and society transformations. This is a year for reflection and contemplation. The wisdom of the Snake will shine especially vivid when it comes to making decisions. […]