By Danisha Bogue, L.Ac. - February 14, 2022
Categories: General

Congratulations on making it through another year! Not the traditional American new year. I’m talking about the Chinese New Year. Last year was the year of the ox. This year is the year of the tiger. And as a TCM and acupuncture clinic, we celebrate the Chinese new year as well. 

What is the Year of the Tiger?

In order to understand what the Chinese New Year is, you will need to understand a little bit about how their calendar works.Where our calendar is a solar calendar, the Chinese calendar is a lunar calendar. Their calendar uses 12 animals and 5 elements to identify the years and every one has astrological significance. Unlike western astrology which focuses on constellations, the Chinese zodiac focuses on hierarchical animal structures tied to specific years.


2022 is the year of the tiger, specifically the yang-water tiger (occurs every 60 years). People who are born in the year of the tiger are often described as competitive, courageous, and ambitious. And the year itself is one for taking risks and going on adventures.


Are you in a rut? Feeling unmotivated or unsure of where to go or what to do in 2022? I strongly urge you to Google this for two reasons, as there is so much detail that goes into each year’s animal and element. The first being because it is fun and interesting and the second is it could provide insight to what this year holds for you and the animal of your year.

TCM and Acupuncture

In Chinese culture, acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the Zodiac are all intertwined. While not everyone in our culture is comfortable with all the differences between cultures, they are still amazing things that I believe we should celebrate. The great medicinal benefits they provide are something everyone should be able to experience and support. I understand that times like Chinese New Year often raise questions about Chinese culture and medicine and I would love the opportunity it provides to help explain more about TCM and acupuncture.