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How the Chinese New Year Can Influence Your Health.

By Mike Reid
Naturopath ND, MSc Acupuncture, Live Blood Analysis

I wish you a healthy and prosperous New Year.

February 5 is the start of the Chinese Year of the Yin Earth Pig saying goodbye to the challenging energies in 2018 of The Year of the Yang Earth Dog. If the Dog year of 2018 was more of a struggle than anticipated, prepare to have a better time in the year of the Pig.

The Pig is a kind, generous, and gentle soul. Pigs are naturally peaceful and forgiving, they tend to avoid conflict, unless provoked. In Chinese culture, Pigs symbolize the values of family, friends, home and good food.


The Pig thrives on celebration and enjoyment and sharing with loved ones. In the Pig year, power and status take the backseat, and everyone is invited to join the fun!

The Pig is the last animal of the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac cycle. This points to an opportunity for completion of long-term or delayed projects and the closing up of unfinished business.

Of the five elements Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood, this is the year of the Earth Pig. Earth element relates to the qualities of stability, nourishment, and harmony, and is also connected to the digestive system in Chinese Medicine. 

Earth element in a balanced state allows for easy transformation of food and thoughts into energy and vitality. Paying attention to our diets, mental health and supporting our digestive systems will help us make the most of the Earth element abundance in this New Year.

The Pig’s element is Water, and the combination of Earth and Water can result in excess Dampness in Chinese Medicine, which manifests in our bodies as a variety of digestive problems and sometimes excess weight gain or sensation of heaviness. To counterbalance this dampness this year, it can be helpful to eat warm, cooked foods and add ginger cardamom and cinnamon to the diet to aid digestion. It will also be helpful to support smooth flow of energy and healthy circulation in our bodies with regular acupuncture treatments and energetic movement practices, such as Qi Gong or Tai Qi.

Emotionally, people should have easier access to affection and consolation from their loved ones, and any confrontations should be quick to diffuse. The Pig’s main goal is contentment and enjoyment of life – resetting and preparing for the new 12-year cycle.

Pig Years

The Pig occupies the last 12th position in the Chinese Zodiac. A Pig is born in one of these years: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019.

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