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Year of the Dragon, A Chinese New Years Greeting

Posted by admin on Tue, Feb 07, 2012

Nicholas Buscemi, MSOM, LAc

“Those who knew the way of keeping in good health…always kept their behavior in daily life in accordance with nature.”

Qi Bo, Huang Di Nei Jing Chapter 1


Welcome to the Year of the Dragon!

The Chinese New Year this year (February 4, 2012) ushers in the immense powers of the Dragon.  The Dragon, according to Chinese philosophy, is a symbol of transformation and the ability to function flexibly within the ebbs and flows of the internal and external environments.   This dragon year falls under the mandate of the water element (one of the five elements in nature that also compose the physical and energetic processes of the human body).  Taking into account the alchemy of the year to come, the water dragon will transform into Wind Wood and Cold Water patterns potentially causing great winds and strong rainstorms this year.  According to master astrologist and my teacher, Master Zhongxian Wu, this year it will be very important to protect the vital energy of the kidneys.  This also means that spiritual cultivation will be fruitful and strong given regular practice. 

Transform Your Health in the Year of the Dragon

So, get out there and find some time for your Yoga practice, Tai Chi and Qi Gong (group classes possibly offered soon at NIHA!), prayer or any other spiritual cultivation and reap the benefits of the powerful transformation of the Dragon.    Remember that health and wellness are in your hands; transform what ails you and let this be an amazing year of thriving, like a dragon emerging from the depths of the ocean and flying high into the skies. 

For more information on protecting the Kidneys and spiritual cultivation according to the ancient practices of Classical Chinese Medicine and philosophy please contact Nicholas Vincent Buscemi, MSOM LAc.


Nicholas Buscemi MSOM, LAc is a practitioner at National Integrative Health Associates, NIHA, an integrative medicine and dental center. Under the tutelage of masters, Nicholas has devoted himself to immersion in the classical method of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi.

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Topics: chinese medicine, acupuncture