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Kung Hey Fat Choy! Happy New Year!: Welcome to the Chinese New Year of the Pig

Jan 31, 2019 02:16AM ● By Beckie and Bud Kowalski

Chinese New Year begins on the new moon of February 5 and heralds in the year of the Pig. The animal designations of the Chinese zodiac originated in the Han Dynasty (202BC-220AD) and follow a 12-year cycle. The animal signs are based on the animal’s character and are always used in the same sequence. The pig (or boar) is the last of the 12 zodiac animals and brings with it a more relaxed and happy year for us all.

Chinese animal signs are also segmented into elemental signs and are either Yin or Yang in nature. The Pig is an Earth Yin year. Because Yin is feminine (with watery aspects) and Earth is stable, nourishing and fertile, we should expect a more nourishing, flowing and relaxing year.

If you were born in the Year of the Pig: 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 or 2019, this is your year! Key words to describe the pig are optimistic, peaceful, sensitive, generous, sensuous, intelligent, indulgent, caring, trusting, forgiving and FUN!

This year is predicted to be more peaceful and harmonious. People will be more interested in the good life and fellowship than competition and conflict (as experienced in 2018, The Year of the Dog—Donald Trump is a Fire Dog zodiac sign).  We can expect that 2019 will bring more global as well as inner peace.

This is a year to enjoy feelings of contentment and satisfaction. However, as might be expected, the pigs’ indulgent lifestyle can lead to a few problems, the main ones being over spending and over eating.

How to Take Care of Your Health this Year

The Pig rules the stomach and pancreas. The tendency to an over-indulgent lifestyle can cause serious health issues, such as diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut, hypoglycemia, obesity, gastroesophageal reflux and brain fog.

Chinese medicine has long understood the importance of having a healthy digestive system. Knowledge of how to take care of the stomach and spleen to prevent digestive issues and diabetes (known as Xiaoke disease) was recorded in ancient Chinese medical texts as far back as the Jin dynasty (1115‒1234). Modern Western medicine is only just beginning to accept the importance of a healthy microbiome. By now, you probably know how important your gut health is to your overall health. Eighty percent of your immune system is in your microbiome—your body’s bacteria—which help your body with just about every process, including digestion, clear thinking and healthy weight management.

As a licensed acupuncturist, I specialize in helping people heal from digestive issues. I incorporate acupuncture, herbs, nutritional education and lifestyle advice to ‘restore your middle’ and heal your microbiome. So, this year, relax, enjoy life and make it a year to take care of your health.

Soraya studied Traditional Chinese medicine and astrology with Taoist Master Dr. Chang Yi Hsiang. She teaches astrology new moon events. If you would like to know your own personal astrological sign and forecast for this Pig Year, schedule a session with Soraya. She will also personalize an astrological acupuncture treatment and diet plan for YOU!

For more information, call 808-721-3083 or visit


Chinese New Year Special Offer at Soulistic Holistics Hawaii

Soraya is offering free consultations for the month of February. Call 808-721-3083 and schedule your appointment to find out how the holistic therapies of Chinese medicine can help YOU heal and enjoy a healthy and happy 2019.




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