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TCM Tips to Stay Healthy During the Chinese New Year 2024


Staying healthy during Chinese New Year, like any festive season, can be a challenge with the abundance of delicious but often calorie-rich foods and the potential for increased stress and lack of physical activity. In this article, we explore Four TCM-inspired health tips to help you navigate the festive time with vitality and well-being.


Tip 1: Healthy Lifestyle

A. Balanced Eating and Choose Lean Proteins:

While enjoying the festive dishes, try to maintain a balanced diet. Don't overindulge in high-calorie or deep-fried foods. Include plenty of fruits and vegetables to ensure you're getting essential nutrients. Incorporate lean proteins like fish, poultry, and tofu into your meals. They are lower in saturated fat compared to fatty meats like pork or duck.


B. Healthy Cooking Methods and Portion Control:

If you're preparing dishes, opt for healthier cooking methods like steaming, grilling, or baking instead of deep-frying. Be mindful of portion sizes. Use smaller plates to help control your portions and avoid overeating.


C. Hydration:

Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Limit sugary drinks and alcohol, as they can contribute to excess calorie intake.


D. Get Enough Sleep:

Lack of sleep can have a negative impact on our physical and mental health. Prioritize good sleep hygiene. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night to support your overall health and well-being.


E. Plan Ahead:

Rather than waiting until you're too hungry to go to a party, which will make you more susceptible to food temptations and lead to you eating more, consider eating a healthy snack before you go to curb your appetite.




Tip 2: Acupressure for Wellness

During the Chinese New Year can bring both excitement and stress. Acupressure, a key aspect of TCM, involves applying pressure to specific points on the body to stimulate the flow of energy and restore balance. Here are some acupressure points for stress relief:


A. Nei Guan (PC6) - Inner Pass:

Found on the inner forearm, three fingers above the wrist, pressing here may help alleviate nausea, anxiety, and promote relaxation.


B. He Gu (LI4) - Joining Valley:

Located between the thumb and forefinger, applying firm pressure to this point is believed to relieve stress, headaches, and tension.


C. Tai Chong (LV3) - Great Surge:

Situated on the top of the foot between the big toe and second toe, this point is associated with stress reduction and emotional balance.



Tip 3: Herbal Tea for Festival Vitality

A. Dr. Wong Honeysuckle Chrysanthemum

Benefits: Expel Heat, Calm the liver, Improve the eyesight, Improve Immunity



B. Dr. Wong Rose Roselle Tea

Benefits: Rich in Vitamins and Calcium, Keeps Skin Moisturized, Eliminates Fats, Improves Digestion


C. Dr. Wong Hawthorn Mint Tea

Benefits: Lower blood pressure, Aids digestion, Prevents fat adsorption, Improves appetite


How to use: suitable for home or office. Open a package and pour hot water directly.




Tip 4: Traditional Chinese Medicine Services

As the Chinese New Year approaches, it's a time to focus on well-being and ensure a healthy start to the lunar new year. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) provides a range of services that can be beneficial in preparing both body and mind for the festivities. There are some TCM services treatment that can be used before the Chinese New Year to help the body replenish energy and enhance the body's resistance.


1. Acupuncture for Energy Balance.

This helps balance the flow of energy, or Qi, promoting overall well-being.

Benefits: Enhances energy levels; Alleviates stress and tension; Supports emotional balance


2. Cupping Therapy for Detoxification.

This service can help prepare the body by removing stagnation and promoting circulation.

Benefits: Detoxification of the body; Improved blood circulation; Reduction of muscle tension


Contact us (Ma Kuang TCM) today to schedule a session with one of our experienced TCM Physicians for your health consultation/treatment.



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