Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dog

2018 Chinese year of the dog

The Chinese Zodiac has a 12 year cycle and each year is prefixed with an animal sign. Depending on what year you were born, you’ll be either a rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog or pig. With the turn of the new Chinese year, we’re about the enter the year of the dog, but what does it all mean?

If you were born in 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958 or 1946 you fall under the zodiac sign of the dog. Each sign is split into five elements, including gold, wood, water, fire and earth. This year, it is the Earth Dog and the character traits are communicative, serious and responsible at work.

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The Benefits of Siberian Ginseng

Siberian Ginseng

What is Siberian Ginseng?

The root of the Eleutheroccocus centicocus plant, also called Siberian ginseng or Eleuthero, has been used in China and Russia for centuries with a variety of uses and benefits which it provides to our bodies. The plant belongs to the ginseng family and is perennial growing between 25 cm and 50 cm in height in the wild. Siberian ginseng is botanically different from true ginseng species, namely Korean and American ginseng.

Each Siberian ginseng plant can take several years to grow but the roots can live for over a hundred years. The roots are creamy yellow or white resembling a parsnip with rootlets that often resemble a man.

The Chinese have used Siberian ginseng for over 4000 years for its multiple benefits, whilst Russians discovered that this herb has similar properties to ginseng even if it does not belong to the ginseng family. Read More…