CranioSacral Therapy (CST)

CranioSacral Therapy (CST)


CranioSacral therapy is a gentle form of bodywork that balances the nervous system, relieves deep pain and tension, releases trauma stored in the body, and brings optimal function to the joints and tissues of the body. The technique is performed while the client is fully-clothed and uses light pressure, 5 grams or the weight of a nickle, releasing restrictions from soft tissues that surround the central nervous system.

The central nervous system is heavily influenced by the craniosacral system - the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord. The body endures daily stresses that it strains to compensate for, leading the soft tissues of the craniosacral system to tighten and distort. These distortions cause tension resulting in restrictions in the body creating a barrier to optimal health and performance. This is experienced as pain, or any other numerous dysfunctions.

The CranioSacral Practitioner is feeling for the cranial rhythm, a pulse that ebbs and flows like a wave. The rhythm is produced as the cerebral spinal fluid rushes in to fill the spinal cord and is absorbed back into the body, before it is filled again. The places where the rhythm is off - where the tightness and distortions occur, are balanced by the activation of the body’s innate healing potential. The parasympathetic nervous system is engaged, and self-healing begins, restoring the body’s rhythm and bringing optimal wellness.

CranioSacral therapy is able to address:

  • concussion

  • traumatic brain injury

  • migraines

  • headaches

  • chronic neck

  • back pain

  • autism

  • stress and tension-related disorders

  • motor-coordination impairments

  • infant and childhood disorders

  • brain and spinal cord injuries

  • chronic fatigue

  • fibromyalgia

  • TMJ

  • scoliosis

  • central nervous system disorders

  • learning disabilities


  • PTSD

  • orthopedic problems

  • and many other conditions


60 min session - $122

Tammy Anderson, L.Ac. was trained in CST level 1 in 2004 by Dennis Hill of the Upledger Institute. She often incorporates some CST into acupuncture treatments and is now offering it as a stand alone session in her West Salem, OR clinic.

Call 503-839-6285 for more information.

Tibetan Herbal Foot Soaks

Improve the effect of your acupuncture treatment by adding Tibetan herbal foot soaks to enjoy at home.


These herbal foot soaks promote and stabilize the circulation of Qi and Blood in the body and are recommended for many internal chronic health conditions, including:

Back pain
Cold hands and feet
Digestive issues
Gas and Bloating
Peripheral neuropathy
Plantar fasciitis
Painful and Irregular menstruation

Keeping to a Schedule

For chronic conditions, it is important to keep to a schedule. One treatment won’t fix the problem. Regular foot baths in conjunction with a routine that includes acupuncture and herbs, meditation or quiet rest, dietary changes, and exercise work best. It is advised that you use this routine with the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner if you have a medical condition.

Most people think of a foot bath as a superficial treatment, however, this technique is actually very powerful medicine. Serious conditions like peripheral neuropathy and high blood pressure respond rapidly to a hot herbal foot bath. The key is to treat the condition properly with the correct medicinal herbs, pure water, and hot temperature.

Soaking your feet in a basin of soothing herbal infusion is more than relaxing, it’s potent medicine. There are thousands of capillaries circulating the feet which serve as little highways of health to the rest of the body. It takes just a few simple tools and a comfy chair in which to enjoy the foot soak treatment.


1.  Avoid foot soaks if you have open wounds, bleeding disorder, infection, burns, or if you are hungry or within 30 minutes of a meal.

2.  Avoid doing foot soaks under draft.

3.  Avoid using this foot soak herbal formula if you are pregnant, have metastatic cancer or other situations that you should not move blood.

4.  Be cautious on children. Please consult with a qualified practitioner for children.

5.  Be cautious when you have a cold or allergies.

6.  Avoid foot soaks right after surgery. Wait for at least 7 days post-surgery.

7.  Avoid foot soaks for any other conditions that are not suitable to move blood or increase circulation.


Du Yi Wei(Herba Lamiophlomis Rotata), Hong Jing Tian(Rhodiola Tibetica), Hong Hua (Carthamus tinctorius L.), Qiang Huo(Notopterygii Rhizoma Et Radix), Zang Chang Pu (Acori Calami Rhizoma), Ku Shen (Radix Sophorae Fiavescentis), Gan Jiang (Rhizoma Zingiberis Recens), Ai Ye (Folium Artemisiae Argyi), Tibetan salt

Additive: none

External use only

Stop by A’nu Healthcare in West Salem, OR to pick up Tibetan Herbal Foot Soaks. For more information call 503-839-6285.

Tammy Anderson, L.Ac.

Restore Inner Wisdom

Restore Inner Wisdom

Water Phase Essential Oil Blend


This essential oil blend restores deep inner wisdom, allows one’s intuitive hidden power to surface and flow, and connects us to the root of our being. It releases the emotions of fear, stubbornness, resisting flow, and willfulness; and transforms them into introspection, intuition, calmness, endurance, ability to go with the flow, ancestral wisdom, healthy sexuality, and serenity.


Winter - November and December

10 ml rollerball bottle: Apply to wrists, neck, legs, or acupuncture points as needed.

2oz Spray: spray is the room, on your pillow or as you would perfume.

Created with love by Tammy Anderson, L.Ac.

Stop by A’nu Healthcare in West Salem, OR to get yours or order online! 503-839-6285

Ground and Center

Ground and Center

Earth Phase Essential Oil Blend


This essential oil blend brings stability to body, mind, and spirit. It harmonizes the emotions of worry, obsessive thoughts, neediness, and selfishness while calming the mind. This allows the embodiment of integrity, thoughtfulness, and empathy required to give and receive nurturing.

Tangerine – helps sort out the details and possibilities.        
Marjoram – comforts, nurtures, and gives stability. Helps transform emotions so one can receive nourishment allowing one’s true nature to be restored.
Vertiver – reminds one of the importance of self-nurturing on all levels (body, mind, spirit).
Sandalwood – Calms the mind (Yi).
Frankincense – helps to clarify, calm and center the mind, stops mental chatter and encourages insight.

10 ml roller-ball bottle: Apply to wrists, neck, legs, or acupuncture points as needed.
2 oz Spray: Spray in room, on pillows, clothes, or use as you would perfume.

 Created with love by Tammy Anderson, L.Ac.

Order your blend from the West Salem, OR Clinic in person or 503-839-6285.

Spring Newsletter

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After all the excitement of the past two fire years, we welcome the year of the Earth Dog!

Happy Chinese New Year of the Yellow/Earth Dog!


Read the rest of Lillian Pearl Bridges' prediction for Year of the Earth Dog here.


The flowers are bursting forth and the weather is warming up. Spring is the time of rebirth and new beginnings. So let those spring winds blow out what no longer serves you while thinking of what you are "growing". What goals do you wish to accomplish? Spring is the perfect time to detox as the energies are strongest in the liver and gallbladder. Give your face and skin a fresh new look with a cosmetic acupuncture treatment.


Spring is the Season of Wood

In Chinese medicine, the wood phase is associated with spring, wind, the color green, the liver and gallbladder, tendons, ligaments and nerves, the sense of sight, renewal, the act of “doing”, the courage to act when needed, driving forward, and accomplishing goals. Balanced emotions of the wood phase are gentleness and kindness, while imbalanced emotions are anger and frustration. “When your love contracts in anger, the atmosphere itself feels threatening. But when you’re expansive no matter what the weather, you’re in an open, windy field with friends.” – Rumi.

According to Chinese cosmology, Spring begins in early February with the month of tiger, while the Spring Equinox marks the height of the season (month of rabbit). The wood phase is thunderous, powerful, and creative. During this time, the energy is expanding upward and outward. This is the same energy that allows the seed to open while the ground is still somewhat frozen, sprout, and push up and out towards the air and light to grow and flourish. Our bodies are a direct reflection and correlation to the earth and her seasons. We experience this same thunderous, powerful energy rising upwards. This energy (or qi) within us can easily turn to toxic heat and anger. Drinking a tea daily of chrysanthemum flowers and goji berries can help keep the toxins clear.


Cosmetic and Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

Look younger.... Feel great!

Keep the toxins clear from your face with one of these rejuvenating sessions. 

Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture: Mei Zen means "beautiful person". Cosmetic acupuncture is a great alternative to Botox or fillers to help reduce or eliminate the appearance of sags, bags, and fine lines and wrinkles. The program consists of 11 acupuncture treatments, an initial overall health assessment identifying imbalances that may be impacting your ability to age well and be the healthiest you can be, followed by a series of 10 sessions scheduled over a 5-week period.This treatment promotes the production of the collagen and elastin matrix, providing longer-lasting results. Cosmetic acupuncture addresses the internal and external causes of aging. Includes a gentle acupuncture treatment with; aromatherapy, cleanser, toner, and a light face massage with moisturizer for your skin type.

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture: This is a painless, non-surgical method reducing the signs of the aging process. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is more than a cosmetic procedure, it is a rejuvenation and revitalization process designed to help the whole body look and feel younger. The skin and face are a reflection of the state of one's health. We use acupuncture to improve health while reducing the appearance of sags, bags, and wrinkles. This treatment can be booked as a single treatment (results improve when scheduled as a weekly series), and makes a great gift. Includes a gentle acupuncture treatment with; aromatherapy, cleanser, toner, and a light face massage with jade and moisturizer for your skin type.

Asian Facial Cupping Rejuvenation: This treatment uses small glass suction cups designed for the face with a light suction technique. These cups are used to rhythmically and gently vacuum tissues of the face, neck and upper chest that increases circulation and nutrients to the skin, increases lymphatic flow, and reduces inflammation. By increasing blood flow and circulation to the skin, it lifts, tones and plumps muscles, relaxes fine lines, moves toxins and stagnant blood out, and ushers in nutrient-enriched blood and fluid to detoxify your face; thereby repairing and nourishing your face. It reverses gravity’s effects on your face giving a youthful glow. This is a great treatment to add-on to any acupuncture session. 

Zen-Aroma Acupressure: This relaxing facial treatment combines acupressure points and aromatherapy with tui-na massage to rejuvenate and detoxify the face and body. This treatment prevents wrinkles and premature aging by toning and tightening the face. This is a great treatment to add-on to your acupuncture session. 


The classic texts regard the liver as the general in charge of making plans and strategies, ensuring the smooth flow of energy throughout the body. The gallbladder is regarded as the judge in the classics and responsible for executing the orders and plans of the general. When this function is impaired, the qi stagnates leading to a multitude of physical and emotional symptoms. Exercise, especially outdoors in nature, is the best remedy to get the qi/energy flowing smoothly and release the stagnation, freeing up the pent-up emotions of anger or frustration.

Build Courage
Wood Phase Essential Oil

This essential oil blend benefits the energies of the liver and gallbladder to clear out toxins and improve determination. It harmonizes emotions and promotes the release of pent-up or repressed emotions, especially anger, and helps gain a clearer perspective to accomplish your goals and visions.

Ingredients: organic essential oils of; chamomile, lime, bergamot, helichrysum, yarrow, organic jojoba oil.

Yarrow – embodies all the aspects of the wood phase character.
Helichrysum –releases the deepest level of psycho-emotional stagnation and suppression in the liver.
Bergamot – aids in dealing with pent-up feelings, repressed emotions, unexpressed anger, irritability and frustration, and unproductive or addictive behavior.
Lime – strengthens the hun/perspective and supports the tendons.
Chamomile, roman – instills patience, eases fixed expectations, promotes healthy self-assertion, and restrains brashness while helping to develop dependable courage

  • 10 ml rollerball bottle: Apply to wrists, neck, legs, or acupuncture points as needed.
  • 2ml blend: Add 1 drop to diffuser. Add to bath by combining 3 drops essential oil blend to one cup of Epsom or sea salt.

2oz spray: Spray room, clothes, pillows or wear as a perfume.

The wood phase is about healthy self-assertion. Many children are raised with negative associations of the characteristics of the wood phase, especially that of healthy self-assertions. One may experience self-assertion as being too edgy or harsh or go to great lengths to diffuse or avoid anger. Repressed or suppressed anger becomes toxic. Healthy anger relabeled is “a dynamic, unstoppable force for action”. This is the energy that allows us to overcome obstacles and accomplish our goals. When this energy is suppressed, repressed, or turned inward, it easily becomes a destructive weapon. Self-assertion becomes difficult for many people avoiding being labeled as “bossy”, aggressive, arrogant, or domineering. When we repress this energy we become tight, tense, and frustrated. Asserting ourselves allows us to make plans and decisions, have the courage to act on those plans, and move towards our goals and visions, overcoming whatever is blocking our growth.


Wood Balancing Guidelines

  • Drink warm water with a slice of lemon (peel included) first thing in morning and between meals
  • Add lots of raw and cooked veggies and cooked greens daily to the diet
  • Eat lightly, reducing heavy meats and fats
  • Cook foods for shorter time with high heat, sauté, or light steaming
  • Exercise four times per week for 30 minutes
  • Avoid sugar, alcohol, and caffeine
  • Take a step back to gain perspective prior to reacting

Foods to Eat to Balance Wood
Brussel sprouts
Greens (chard, collard, kale, kohlrabi, mustard)
Romaine lettuce
Chlorophyll-rich foods
Citrus (lemon, lime, grapefruit)
Liver organ meat
Chicken or fowl
Sour foods
Raw and sprouted foods
Mung beans

Taco Veggie Salad

2 Tbs coconut oil
2 red or green bell peppers chopped
4-5 small mushrooms chopped
1 small onion chopped
1 clove garlic chopped
4 medium tomatoes chopped
1 teaspoon ground thyme
Sea salt and ground pepper to taste
1 pound ground protein (chicken or vegan)
Romaine lettuce chopped

In a large skillet, heat oil on medium heat. Sauté peppers, mushrooms, onion, and garlic. Add ground protein and cook until brown. Add tomatoes and thyme and cook until tomatoes are tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let cool a few minutes. Serve on top of romaine lettuce.
Serves 4

from the One-Degree of Change Cookbook


Herbs and Nutritional Supplements to Support the Wood Phase
*Ask your practitioner if the following supplements would benefit you.

Build Courage -Wood Phase Essential Oil Blend (by Tammy Anderson, L.Ac) – This essential oil blend benefits the energies of the liver and gallbladder to clear out toxins and improve determination. It harmonizes emotions and promotes the release of pent-up or repressed emotions, especially anger, and helps gain a clearer perspective to accomplish your goals and visions.

21-Day Purification (by Standard Process) – helps patients purify, nourish, and maintain a healthy body weight. Supports Phase I and II of detoxification. Spring is the perfect time to detox while the energy is strongest in the liver.

Transform Anger Flower Essence (by Botanical Alchemy) – Aids in transforming habitual anger into healthier patterns.

Athlete’s Spirit Flower Essence (by Botanical Alchemy) – Helps you ground, enjoy your body, and walk your earth path. Helps reach a new level of performance, intuition, and teamwork.

Inspiration Flower Essence (by Botanical Alchemy) - Stimulates increased imagination & creative energies. 

New Patterns Flower Essence (by Botanical Alchemy) - Designed to help change deep energies underlying negative feelings, actions, and results. Sweeps out the old and brings in the new. 

A-F Betafood (by Standard Process) – supports healthy fat digestion, bowel function, and bile production and flow.

Livaplex (by Standard Process) – supports healthy liver and gallbladder function, toxin-elimination, digestion of fats, bowel function, and encourages healthy bile production.

Ligaplex II (by Standard Process) – supports tissues and joints to maintain connective tissue health.

Digest Forte (by Mediherb) – supports healthy digestion and intestinal function, cleanses the liver, increases bile flow, promotes normal response to stresses.

Spring Tea (by Tammy Anderson, L.Ac.) – Helps clear the toxins that can turn into heat or anger during the rapidly rising energy of the spring.


Detox Bath

Add 3 drops organic lemon essential oil, 1 drop organic bay essential oil (or 1 bay leaf), and 1 cup of sea salt to warm bath water.


Growing into Balance in the Wood Phase

Questions for contemplative reflection in the wood phase from
Rhythms of Change, Mary Saunders p.145.

  1. What wants to be born or renewed in your life? How are you willing to assert yourself to make it a reality?

  2. What helps you feel authentic kindness towards yourself and others? What can you do to experience this feeling more often?

What are you willing to do this week to incorporate one of the above actions into your daily life?

21-Day Purification Program


Change habits. Change lives.

The Standard Process Purification Program supports the whole body's natural toxin-metabolism processes. Patients who have finished the purification report:

*Increased energy and vitality
*Weight loss
*Better digestion
*Less bloating
*Clearer skin
*Shinier hair
*Better sleep
*Clearer thinking
*Better management of challenges related to natural toxin load in the body.

The cost is $277*, includes all the supplements you need for the 21-Day Purification, 1 Degree of Change Cookbook, a blender bottle, supplement tray, and a daily purification support e-mail.

*Sign-up with a friend and save 10% each!
Take the Toxicity Questionnaire to find out if the purification program is for you.

I am truly grateful for you all. Thank you.

With Gratitude,
Tammy Anderson, MS, L.Ac.


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Year of the Earth Dog 2018 Predictions by Lillian Pearl Bridges

Year of the Yellow Dog 2018

By Lillian Pearl Bridges

Photo by  Jf Brou  on  Unsplash

Photo by Jf Brou on Unsplash

February 16, 2018 is the start of the Chinese Year of the Yellow Dog. This is a Yang Earth Year, which will bring much more stability, with a few notable exceptions. The Elements are Yang Earth on top of Earth, which means that they harmonize with each other. So, overall, it is will be a much calmer year and may sometimes even seem boring. But there is a Chinese saying that “Boredom is good luck, because you have choices!” After two fiery years, it is time to exhale and take in a deep breath to regroup. There will be a palpable feeling of relief from the tensions of the previous years, especially as we get deeper into the year. Life should get easier and more relaxed.

The Dog is considered a lucky animal to the Chinese and when one comes to your house, it brings good luck to the occupants. Therefore, anyone who loves and cares for dogs this year will get a little extra luck for honoring them.

The Double Earth Elements of this year implies that more Earth will be made and there are only two major ways to achieve that. Both involve what could be large scale natural disasters. The first way is for two large pieces of Earth to push together, as seen when Tectonic Plates create strong earthquakes that push up new land forms, such as cliffs, ridges, hills and mountains. So we can expect that there will be more earthquakes in this coming year. Scientists have already been recording a slowing of the Earth’s Rotation, which can cause an increase the number and the severity of Earthquakes in 2018, particularly within 30 degrees latitude of the Equator. This in total alignment with the Chinese Horoscope and involves the strength of the center, as representative of the Earth Element. The Dog also activates the “Tail of the Dragon,” which in Feng Shui is seen as arid or semi-arid places on the back side of mountain ranges where Earthquakes are common. The other way to make more Earth is for Volcanoes to erupt with strong lava flows. And, with the strong Fire Element of the past two years, it is likely that the Earth has been heating up and many Volcanoes are ready to erupt.

The two Earth Elements together also imply the shifting of large quantities of earth from one place to another and this could be caused by major landslides or flooding in mountainous regions where the mud, boulders and rocks are washed down to the valleys below. Or large quantities of mud can also be moved when volcanic eruptions create Lahars, caused by quickly melting snow. The Earth Year of the Yellow Dog 2018 By Lillian Pearl Bridges Element blocks the Water Element by creating dams so expect water to get diverted by rocks and mud, which may cause flooding and block or muddy water supplies.

Yang Earth is so heavy that the weight of it indicates the need for extra caution in any excavating, mining or digging as the collapse of tunnels, subways and mines is likely. And since Fire is “buried” this year, there may be underground explosions. However, the good news is that there will likely be archaeological treasures and rare gemstones discovered under the Earth this year.

Earth years are warm weather-wise, so expect more warm fronts and warm rain, which could also melt snow pack quickly. It is likely to produce more atmospheric rivers like the “Pineapple Express,” which produce a lot of rain. Overall, there will be more moderate temperatures this year. However, the Earth Element is also associated with Humidity and Dampness, so there will likely be significantly increased humidity even in areas where it does not usually occur, particularly in the summertime.

Metaphorically speaking, there could be some major political or financial restructuring that occurs, which could be called a social or cultural earthquake or seismic shift. There could be some big changes made that turn over the very basic aspects of society, perhaps taking place through voting or in legislatures and parliaments around the world. There will be a return to more traditional values and virtues. The Dog is conservative in the non-political use of the term. It is more closely related to the ideal of conservation - keeping what is good, right, just and true. And because the Dog is also practical, it is about remembering what has worked before.

One of the major themes of the Dog Year is Justice and people will want to fight about injustice and unfairness, but not much else. You can expect to see more court cases with common sense rulings and adherence to previous higher standards. There will be more fairness and impartiality. This is also a year to right wrongs and return to believing in higher principles and ideals. There will be very little luck for anyone involved in unethical or illegal activities. Dogs also value Honesty and Truthfulness and this will be seen in the courtroom and in the political arena as well.

Major institutions involving justice will be able to rebuild trust and gain new respect this year. It is also a good year for arbitration. Although it is also a good year for negotiation, it is a better for small compromises rather than big wins. Countries and politicians will end up playing Tug-of-War with no real winners or losers and not very many real gains, but there will be incremental gains to build on. This is because the energy of Yang Earth is symbolic of a Mountain and people and countries will be feeling particularly stubborn and intractable this year.

Dogs are all about protecting and defending, so defense spending will go up and any organization involved with defense – such as the military, police, customs and immigration, etc., should see gains in funding and see higher recruitment. Companies involved with defense will get new contracts. There will be a return to the values of honor and duty in these organizations. There will be a renewed emphasis on guarding borders and entries to countries, companies and businesses, so expect to see an increase in security guards. Luckily, war is not likely this year, unless attacks have occurred before the start of the Dog Year or where fighting is ongoing. It is not wise for any country to attack another this year as the defensive actions will be vociferous.

Other major themes of the Dog Year are Generosity, Kindness, Sympathy and Empathy. People will care more about others and their plights. Socially, there will be a return to compassionate ideals of how to help others. The Earth Element is about acceptance and is symbolic of egalitarianism. Because of this, there will be a stronger desire to help others this year. That will likely manifest in grassroots movements to help others and petitions designed to make it known what the collective wants. Instead of demonstrations, there may be sit-ins and you will see designated spokespeople who will convey the desires of the collective.

This will give hope to the many people who are suffering rejection, and neglect, such as refugees, the poor and the homeless. Dogs live in packs so you will see more gatherings of family and friends in this year and you will also see that new members will be welcomed as hearts will be softened and opened to those who used to be considered “other”. Money will start to trickle down from corporations and the wealthy that are feeling compassion (or guilt). This means charities and foundations will also receive more contributions this year. The “underdogs” of the world will finally be given more support and a voice.

Corporations will find that people and other companies are willing to be more cooperative and there are gains to be made in collaborative partnerships. This is not a year to be competitive and materialistic. Working together will bring greater rewards than individual efforts and consistent effort will be appreciated. And, companies who take care of the health and welfare of their employees will be rewarded. It will be a very great year for Team Sports.

Financial markets are expected to stabilize and plateau and the economy of many major countries will slow down. However, this is a good year for Real Estate, particularly for large buildings and the housing market will also do well. Affordable housing will become a big issue and there will be more people interested in co-housing and shared housing. Businesses in the mountains or that involve mountain activities should flourish this year and more people will be interested in investing in a mountain vacation home.

Farming as an Earth Element industry will do particularly well this year with high yields and food production will be valued. There will also be major interest in creating backyard gardens to grow food. Recycling will also become increasingly important and bartering will become more popular.

The Tech Industry gets a big boost as Earth nurtures Metal and you will see advances made in computer and Internet technology and devices. Banking will also rebound and more people will be interested in saving and investing for the long-term gain.

The Wood Element Industries will also improve as Wood uses Earth to grow. This will be a good year for Publishing, Fashion but only for classic, comfortable and sensible styles and also for Construction – particularly retrofitting to protect homes from natural disasters and weather related events, such as making foundations and walls stronger and adding drains and retaining walls.

In Chinese Medicine, the Earth Element involves the Earth Organs of the Body – the Spleen, Stomach and Pancreas. This is considered a good year for health but there are some health conditions exacerbated by the Earth year. The most common will be digestive disorders. Overeating will be a problem along with Esophageal Reflux. More people will also be diagnosed with Diabetes and Pre Diabetes and it will be harder to keep your blood sugar regulated. Unfortunately you can expect to see an increase in diagnoses of Cancer, particularly those involving the Earth Organs – the Spleen, Stomach, Pancreas and the Lymph System. People must also be careful of Blood Clots as blood will be thicker this year and this forecasts an increase in phlebitis, strokes and heart attacks. It is important to strengthen the Wei Qi, the Immune System, as the Spleen is part of that system Clear boundaries between self and other will also be very helpful on a psychological level.

Inertia may be a problem for many people this year, so it will take more effort to move and exercise than usual. The best exercises are those done with others, like walking or exercise classes, done regularly. It is also good to bounce and shake to move the lymph fluids in the body using a rebounder trampoline, shaking Qi Gong or dancing, or get involved in team sports.

Some minor conditions that will be common are Fallen Arches, problems with the big muscles of the body, and an increase in the amount and thickness of phlegm, making the flu season particularly difficult due to an increase in chest and sinus congestion. Obesity will become a bigger issue and you can expect medical breakthroughs to occur about blood sugar regulation and endocrine imbalances that will help those who are overweight recognize that their problem is not about willpower and overeating.

Food is important in an Earth year so eating well will be a big issue. In Chinese Medicine this is called Yang Sheng – nurturing life or nourishing life. This ancient understanding of lifestyle is expected to become better known in the Western world. There will be more new Diets that come out purporting to be the healthiest, but enjoying the food that you eat will be more important than what you eat this year. There will be an increased emphasis on eating fresh food from the garden and eating food that can be gathered, such as fruits and vegetables. Grass Fed Beef, Milk and Butter will also be viewed as healthy food. Root vegetables will be made into more main dishes and people will be craving comfort food and sweets, especially the kind from their childhood or foods their mothers used to make. This includes casseroles, stews, and roast dinners along with cakes, cookies, pies and crumbles. People will be feeling more self-indulgent so it will be very easy to gain weight this year!

This is a good year for finding a partner and for Marriage as Dogs symbolize Fidelity and Faithfulness and give blessings to unions. Since Dogs form Packs, this means that there will be enhanced family ties and increased family time. This will make family leave a priority. People will cook and eat together more. They will become homebodies and spend their time at home relaxing and sitting on comfy chairs and sofas watching TV or reading or sitting, eating and conversing around the dining room table. Good parenting will be valued, especially regarding the importance of the father’s role in child rearing and encouraging fathers to be more nurturing and comforting. Expect more pregnancies and more twins to be conceived. Parents will feel the need to teach their children about responsibility, integrity and ethics.

Friendships are also very important in the Dog Year. People will be drawn to gatherings and reunions of old friends with a shared past and with newly discovered, like-minded others. People will feel the urge to invite friends over more often and enjoy deep conversations. Since people will be friendlier this year, they will also be able to make new friends easily. Community will become more important and the Dog encourages community involvement and there should be an increase in volunteers on the local level.

For the most part, people will become more even-tempered and patient. They will be most difficult this year if you push them to act against their principles, as this will bring out their stubbornness. People will also be more logical and will take more time to make decisions. The Emotion of the Earth Element is worry and people will do a lot of worrying this year, but most of what they worry about won’t happen. The Earth Elements of the year will increase clutter and people will feel more disorganized. People will also be concerned with saving money, except for buying essentials and food. They will be drawn more to long term saving, like Certificates of Deposit over any kind of speculation.

People will spend a lot of time thinking this year, another attribute of the Earth Element. It is therefore easy to overthink and get confused. Talking with others will help clear the mind. People will be more fearful due to the control of the Earth Element over the Water Element and a little gloomier and less optimistic due to the lack of the Fire Element. They will also be a bit more serious and careful. But the sense of fun will still be present in family gatherings and meetings with friends. Singing is the sound of the Earth Element so expect to see an increase in people singing together around the home or joining in choral groups and choirs. The Music Industry will do well and there will be an increase in the appreciation of beautiful voices. They will also be interested in crafts such as knitting, needlework, sewing, scrap booking, carpentry and refinishing furniture.

Oxes, Goats/Sheep, Dragons and Dogs (those celebrating their 60th birthday will have luck) will find this year a bit more daunting. However, this only means that they may have to move, travel more, change jobs, start a new job, get married or have a baby – the Chinese call it experiencing “Good Bad Luck.” The remedy besides experiencing big life changes is to carry a Rabbit Charm. Rabbits, Horses and Tigers do very well.

Photo by  John Price  on  Unsplash

Photo by John Price on Unsplash

Individual Animal Forecasts for 2018 

Rat - Water Element: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020 Rats are feeling more creative, business is generally good and there is a chance to be very social. However, watch out for arguments with family members.

Ox* – Earth Element: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 and 2021 This is not an easy year due to the many obstacles that arise - most are not serious. Business plateaus, but it is a good year for love relationships .

Tiger – Wood Element: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022 This is a very good year overall – There is luck, especially in business and Tigers will feel optimistic and act more gregarious. They will be very busy in a good way.

Rabbit – Wood Element: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023 Progress will finally be made in business, although the results will not be immediate. This is a very good year for romance and marriage. Home life will be much happier and life will start feeling more fun.

Dragon*–Earth Element: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024 This is the opposite sign of the Dog so Dragons need to be cautious with money and health. Home life may be difficult. However, business is good and Dragons should travel and meet new people or they may start feeling bored.

Snake – Fire Element: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025 This is a mixed year for Snakes. Business will seem very slow and Snakes are advised to work steadily and harder. Snakes will feel more introverted. However, family life will be enjoyable.

Horse – Fire Element: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026 This is potentially an exciting and action packed year for Horses. Business will be much more profitable and Horses will enjoy the company of friends and family more than usual. They may move or big changes are possible in the home.

Sheep*–Earth Element: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015 This is not a peaceful year as Sheep may find that they are thrust into many confrontations they don’t want to be involved in. There is also increased competition. However, they will find solace in friends and a very happy home life.

Monkey-Metal Element: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016 This is a year of ups and downs for Monkeys, but there will also be times of sudden luck. Monkeys will be feeling more assertive and will find success in implementing some of their unusual ideas that previously were not appreciated.

Rooster–Metal Element: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981,1993, 2005, 2017 This will be a lot of challenges for Roosters this year, but business will be good and more money can be made but they shouldn’t take any unnecessary risks. It is important that Roosters hold their tongues and keep from fighting.

Dog* – Earth Element: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 This is a mixed year. It is good for moving, remodeling or redecorating. Dogs will be feeling very social but they will not accomplish as much as they want, but they will make good connections and business deals for the future. If it’s your 60th birthday year, it’s a restart and there will be luck for these Dogs.

Pig – Water Element: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019 This is a good year for planning for the future – saving money and getting healthy. Overall, this year will feel slow and even boring, but Pigs need to prepare for the events of their own year coming up. Family life will be enjoyable.

*Dragons, Oxes, Sheep and Dogs should carry a Rabbit charm for protection this year and to bring more luck their way.

A special thank you to Peter Fischer for his contribution to the forecast based on his knowledge of Bazi.

DISCLAIMER: All information provided in this forecast is based on the ancient principles of the Chinese Five Element Theory and on an understanding of the animal symbolism in Chinese Astrology. It is intended for entertainment purposes only. There is no express or implied guarantee of results from using this information, and individual users are solely responsible for their own interpretation or application to their own circumstances. Further, the information is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for legal, medical, or psychological advice, evaluation and/or treatment. You are welcome to share this post, but please refer to the source.

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Acupuncture Relieves Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Evidence suggests acupuncture reduces the symptoms of fibromyalgia, according to a Mayo Clinic study.

Fibromyalgia is a disorder considered disabling by many, and is characterized by chronic, widespread musculoskeletal pain and symptoms such as fatigue, joint stiffness and sleep disturbance. No cure is known and available treatments are only partially effective.

Mayo’s study involved 50 fibromyalgia patients enrolled in a randomized, controlled trial to determine if acupuncture improved their symptoms. Symptoms of patients who received acupuncture significantly improved compared with the control group, according to the study published in the June issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

“The results of the study convince me there is something more than the placebo effect to acupuncture,” says David Martin, M.D., Ph.D., lead author of the acupuncture article and a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist. “It affirms a lot of clinical impressions that this complementary medical technique is helpful for patients.”

Increasingly, patients are interested in pursuing complementary medicine techniques in conjunction with their mainstream medical care, Dr. Martin says. But often, such techniques lack scientific evidence to justify a patient’s expense and time.

The study lends credence to patients’ belief that nontraditional methods may improve their health. In Mayo’s trial, patients who received acupuncture to counter their fibromyalgia symptoms reported improvement in fatigue and anxiety, among other symptoms. Acupuncture was well tolerated, with minimal side effects.

Mayo’s acupuncture study is one of only three randomized and controlled studies involving fibromyalgia patients. Of the other studies, one found acupuncture to be helpful, while the other reported it was ineffective for pain relief.

Dr. Martin says Mayo’s study demonstrates that acupuncture is helpful, and also proves physicians can conduct a rigorous, controlled acupuncture study. Future research could help physicians understand which medical conditions respond best to acupuncture, how to apply it to best relieve symptoms, and how long patients can expect to their symptoms to decrease after each treatment.

Dr. Martin performed the study at Mayo Clinic Rochester with co-authors Ines Berger, M.D.; Christopher Sletten, Ph.D.; and Brent Williams.

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Tammy Anderson, L.Ac. has had much success treating patients in West Salem, OR with Fibromyalgia and other chronic conditions when incorporating Chinese herbal medicine with acupuncture treatments.


article courtesy of Natural News