By Dr. Maoshing Ni, L.Ac.
Year of the Pig is symbolized by the elements of fire and water. These
two energies are typically in conflict, thus making 2007 a year of
continuing conflict, tension and strife. I expect there may be further
global unrest, including revolts and regional wars. Despite the
destructive tendencies, the water element does give rise to new
beginnings and engenders movement, so there will be more opportunity for
change and travel.
On the personal health front, watch out for fire related illnesses such
Anxiety, depression, panic disorders, heart disease, high blood
pressure, stroke, eye problems, and sleep disorders. Watch out also for
water related illnesses like kidney and bladder disease. It is important
to be extra cautious when traveling as accidents are prone to occur.
I recommend hawthorn berries and apples for a healthy heart, celery
juice and olive oil to maintain a normal blood pressure. Regular tai chi
practice and meditation will help you remain calm and relaxed. The
exercise tones up your cardiovascular system and the herbs strengthen
your immune and kidney systems. If you do not know Tai Chi, next year is
an excellent time to learn.
The illusive fire energy can cause overly optimistic expectations within
the world financial markets, driving up stocks in the first half of the
year leading to declines in the second half due to the instability of
fire. Industries expected to do well in the Year of the Pig are
commercial real estate, mining, healthcare, high tech and banking.
Even with global conflicts occupying our
minds and weighing heavily on our hearts, 2007 has the potential to lay
the seeds for a long and lasting peace.