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Chinese Astrology in Chinese Medicine: A Holistic Approach to Healing

Updated: May 6

Chinese medicine is a centuries-old holistic system of healing that encompasses various modalities, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Qi Gong. One intriguing aspect of Chinese medicine is its incorporation of Chinese astrology, also known as Chinese zodiac, into diagnosis and treatment. This integration of astrology reflects the profound belief in the interconnectedness of the universe and the human body.


The Chinese Zodiac consists of 12 animal signs, each associated with a specific year in a 12-year cycle. These signs are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. In addition to the animal sign, Chinese astrology also considers the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water, creating a 60-year cycle. Each year is characterized by a specific animal sign and element combination.

Chinese medicine operates on the principles of balance and harmony within the body. Practitioners believe that imbalances in the body's vital energy, known as Qi, can lead to various health issues. Chinese astrology plays a vital role in identifying these imbalances and tailoring treatments accordingly.


Chinese astrologers believe that a person's birth chart, which includes their animal sign and element, can provide insights into their inherent strengths and weaknesses. This information can help Chinese medicine practitioners design personalized treatment plans to address specific health concerns.

For example, a person born in the Year of the Wood Dragon may have a strong liver, which is associated with the Wood element. However, they may also be prone to emotional stress, which can affect liver function. Understanding these tendencies can guide both patient and practitioner in maintaining balance and preventing illness.


The integration of Chinese astrology into Chinese medicine offers a unique and holistic approach to healthcare. By considering a person's astrological profile, practitioners can gain deeper insights into their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. This personalized approach allows for more effective treatment plans that focus on restoring balance and harmony to the body.


Chinese astrology underscores the idea that health is not just the absence of disease but a state of balance within the body, mind, and spirit. As we continue to explore and appreciate the wisdom of traditional healing systems, we can gain a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of all aspects of our lives and the world around us.

I incorporate Chinese Astrology in my practice and offer personalized readings on my Telemedicine day, which is on Mondays. I invite you to make an appointment and have your birth date and time of birth ready. Think of your astrology chart as similar to modern ancestry/genetic/DNA services. The chart can show areas of possible health susceptibilities, ones that you can work on now so that they don’t become health problems!


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