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Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions Newsletter  Providing Natural Health Care for the Entire Family
Issue #2015-02d
Chinese Lunar New Year:
Year of Goat (羊年)
It's about a month into the New Year. Do you already wish you had a do-over for your New Year's Resolutions?

If so, you're in luck. You do.

February 19th is the Chinese lunar New Year. The celebration of the New Year, the Spring Festival, is China's longest and most important holiday. Because it is based on a different calendar, it falls on a different date between January 21 and February 20 every year. You can think of Spring Festival as Christmas and New Year all rolled into one. Just like our holiday season, it's a time of celebration, visiting family and friends, giving gifts and preparing for the next year.

Chinese Lunar New Year: Spring Festival (春節)
In China, there are many New Year's traditions during the 15-day Spring Festival. Many people clean their homes to sweep away the past year and usher in the next. Oftentimes family members travel home for a visit. Children receive red envelopes, called h�ngbāo (紅包) in Mandarin, filled with money from their relatives. People hang red lanterns outside their homes to bring happiness and good luck. On Chinese New Year's Eve families gather for a huge meal and enjoy "lucky" foods together. And, of course, there are fireworks.

The Chinese zodiac has 12 years in its cycle, each one represented by an animal; 2015 is the Year of the Goat.
Astrologers say that people born in the Year of the Goat are elegant, charming, artistic, gifted and fond of nature. People born under this sign are also the most creative. They are also very delicate, their good manners and charms always bring many admirers and friends. Goat people are very romantic sensitive, sweet and darling. In relationship, they could be sometimes a little bit bossy and lazy, but with their gentle and caring nature, it will be hard to resist Goat people.

Recommit to Your New Year's Resolutions

The Chinese do not traditionally make New Year's Resolutions like we do in the west, however this is a good time to reflect on the goals you set a month ago. Are you keeping your New Year's resolutions?
If you're having trouble, maybe it's time to take a lesson from the Goats.  

*Take a quiet moment and reflect on what is stopping you.

* Do you need to get serious?

* Do you need additional support?

* Are your goals genuine-do you want to do them or
   do you think you should do them?

* Why haven't you kept your New Year's Resolutions?

If your resolutions include improving your health in 2015, I can help you with that. Give me a call and we can arrange an appointment for anything from a tune-up to pain control to mood balancing.

If you need to make a deeper commitment to your resolutions, take a moment and think about what you need to do to keep them. Write down 3 easy action steps.

...and do them. Now.

Use the Chinese lunar New Year as a do-over. 
Commit to your New Year's resolutions.

Gōng Xǐ Fā C�i (恭喜發財). Happy New Year.

2015 - Year of The Goat

2015 is the Year of The Goat in Chinese astrology. Ranking eighth in the long list of animals tied to the Chinese zodiac, people who are born under this sign are said to be calm, mild-mannered, good-hearted, sympathetic, dependable and intelligent. 


They also prefer to avoid being the center of attention - a trait that's rare among other Chinese zodiacs. Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the characteristics of the Year of The Goat.

One of the perks of being born under the Chinese zodiac Goat is good health and well-being. As stated above, people who born in 2015, and other Goat years, are typically calm and cool-headed.


This means they experience less stress and anxiety than others. And when you have lower levels of stress, you tend to experience fewer health problems. People who are born in the Year of The Goat also tend to prefer fresh, nutritious foods as opposed to empty-calorie processed foods, further boosting their health.

According to Chinese astrology, people born under the Goat work best when paired with partners who are born under the Horse. Some of the top careers for the Year of The Goat include pediatricians, nurses, doctors, teachers, musicians and florists.  

It's important to note that people born under the Goat tend to live private lives instead of placing themselves in the spotlight. They often prefer a quiet evening at home instead of attending public events. This doesn't necessarily mean that all of their time is spent cooped up indoors, but Goats are humble people whom typically prefer a quiet, low-key night over public gatherings and events. 

Here are some other fun facts about the Year of The Goat: 

  • Lucky colors include green, red and purple.
  • Lucky numbers include 2 and 7.
  • The Year of The Goat is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol.
  • In addition to 2015, other years symbolized by the goat are 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1991, 2003, and 2027,
  • Lucky flowers include carnation, primrose and the alice flower.
  • Goats are most compatible with Horses, Rabbits and Pigs.
  • Goats clash with Rats, Ox and Dogs.
  • Located on the Pearl River, the city of Guangzhou is believed to represent the Goat.
  • People who are born in a Goat year typically have successful careers.
  • Earth (Tu) is the element associated with the Year of The Goat.


Ways To Ring In The Chinese New Year


Part of celebrating the Chinese New Year involves cleaning. Traditionally, homes are cleaned before the New Year, but sweeping and dusting isn't done until January 2 or later out of fear that good fortune will be swept away. On January 2, the floors can be swept, starting by brushing the dust and dirt towards the middle of the house or building. Once the debris is piled into the center, it's moved to the corners where it remains until the fifth day, at which point it can be thrown out. 


Whether you intend on hosting an extravagant New Year's Eve party with dozens of friends, or you plan on having a low-key evening with your family, you should decorate your home to reflect this ceremonial event. Some traditional decorative practices for the Chinese New Year include the use of red lanterns, couplets, door god designs, and images of the upcoming year's Chinese astrology animal (hint: 2015 is Year of The Goat). 




We can't talk about ways to ring in the Chinese New Year without mentioning fireworks. This joyful practice is said to expunge the old year while welcoming the new one. Traditional belief is that all doors and windows should be left open on midnight New Year's Eve so the old year can go out. Just remember to close them back once the celebration is over! 

Don't Wash Your Hair

If there's one day you shouldn't wash your hair, it's on January 1. Traditional Chinese belief states that washing your hair on New Year's will wash away your good fortune. So lay off on washing your hair until the second arrives. 

Wear Red

When you're choosing an outfit to wear on New Year's, look for something red. Red is symbolic of happiness and longevity, and wearing it is believed to bring a similar future to the individual. This is the reason why you see so many people dressed in red during the Chinese New Year celebrations. 

Don't Use Knives

Lastly, avoid using knives on New Year's Day. You may find it difficult to prepare food, but traditional Chinese superstition states that using knives on January 1 "cuts" off a person's good fortune. Whether or not there's any truth to these superstitions is debatable. But given the fact that people have followed these traditions for centuries, it's probably a good idea to follow them. 

The information contained within the newsletter is only used to educate and inform. This newsletter is not a substitute for the advice of a licensed and registered health care provider. Seek prompt attention for emergencies. Consult a health care provider for specific health concerns, and before starting a diet, cleanse or exercise routine.
Monthly Acupuncture Column Featured in SW Florida's Health & Wellness Magazine 

Toni Eatros, AP,

Acupuncture Physician, 
is the  featured acupuncture columnist in the popular SW Florida's Health & Wellness Magazine.
Be sure to check out February's issue, on stands now, which included Answers of your Questions About Auricular Medicine (Ear Acupuncture).
 about the benefits of the fertility - how acupuncture can help.
Food for Body,
Mind, and Spirit


The Gift of Sharing


 As you may already know, word of mouth is the best form of advertising.


 My practice does not rely on advertising alone in order to grow. It relies upon something that is more important and priceless-You!


Without you, and people like you, this practice would not exist. When people talk, others listen. A recommendation from You is more powerful than ANY form of advertising.

By sharing your experience with your family and friends, you are spreading the gift of health!

One great way to do this is by staying alert. How often do you hear people complain about their health when you are out in the world?

When you hear this, you can share your story with them.


Mention how you have been helped thorough acupuncture care, and if you wish, give a brief explanation of how it works. Then you can let them know that they can contact us if they want a consultation.


You can even take a few extra business cards to hand out.

Rest assured that by sharing your success with acupuncture care, you can help change the life of another in a positive and healthful way.


We will certainly treat your friends and family members with the utmost respect and provide them with superior care.

As Dr. B.J. Palmer once said, "you never know how far reaching something you may say, think or do today may affect the lives of millions tomorrow."

Thanks for sharing and offering the gift of health to others! 



Recipe Corner


Celebrate the 

Chinese New Year with a Home Cooked Chinese Recipe



Pork Stir-Fry with Pepper and Pineapple

By: Mei-yu Lin





* 2 pieces boneless pork chops


* 1 cup pineapple chunk (can use fresh or can)


* 1 red pepper

   - you can use half if

prefer less


* 1 green pepper

   - you can reduce to 1/2 if you prefer

* 2 tbsp rice wine or white wine if you can't find rice wine


* 2 tbsp sesame oil

* 2 tbsp corn starch


* 2 tbsp soy sauce


* 2 tbsp cooking wine


* 2 tbsp honey (or sugar if you don't have honey handy)


* 1 tbsp mince peeled



* � tsp dried crushed red pepper


* 1 egg white


* Salt, pepper


* 1/3 c broth


1. Slice pork into thin strips, put into a bowl marinade with egg white, salt, pepper, rice wine for 1/2 hour.


2. Add soy sauce, honey, ginger, crushed red pepper to pork strips, mix well, keep  it in refrigerator and marinate for one hour.


3. In a mixing bowl, add: sesame oil, corn starch, soy sauce, cooking wine, dash of salt, black pepper and broth.


4. Cut red and green pepper into 1" strip slices


5. In frying pan heat 2 tbsp. cooking oil, stir fry the pepper for 2~3 minutes, remove pepper from the pan.


6. In frying pan, heat 3~4 tbsp cooking oil, stir fry the pork strips for 1~2 minutes.


7. Mix in the pepper, pineapple, add the sauce from step 3, cook until boiling


8. Dish to plate and ready to serve.





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