By Ella Brooks
"Wash your hands." "Get plenty of sleep." "Eat your vegetables." These well-known rules are sure to keep you healthy, but did you know a little redecorating and reorganizing can go a long way too? The ancient Chinese art of feng shui ("feng" means wind, and "shui" refers to water) aims to channel nature's positive energy (known as chi) to improve your life. How? By positioning furniture, mirrors, plants and other home-decor items to balance the yin and yang while allowing chi to move freely through your house.
"Feng shui can help alleviate many health conditions, including insomnia, headaches, hypertension, depression, stress and premenstrual syndrome," says acupuncturist and traditional Chinese medicine expert Dr. Qianzhi Wu, vice president of faculty at the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin in Austin, Texas, and past commissioner of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. These easy fixes will help you balance the energies in three important rooms, to create a healthier home.
In the Bedroom
In the Family Room
In the Bathroom
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Ella Brooks is a New York City-based health writer and editor who has covered health and nutrition for magazines and newspapers nationwide, including Shape, Prevention, Natural Health and Woman's Day. She's a devout hand washer and never misses her annual flu vaccine.