Feng Shui: Koi Fish


Feng Shui is an 8,000 year-old Chinese philosophy about the relationship between humans and their environment. Every item in a space and its placement is thought to either enhance or diminish our well-being. Based on the laws of nature, logic, and common sense, we have incorporated feng shui principles into our office.

Did you know that we have koi fish in our Wilmington, NC office? While we don’t have room for a koi pond (which requires a thousand or more gallons to accommodate koi), we do have lamps decorated with koi fish. We chose these lamps, located in the Acupuncture Associates reception area and one of our treatments rooms, because in feng shui and Chinese culture, koi fish represent prosperity, success, longevity, and good fortune.

Not surprisingly, given their link to longevity, koi live a long time–between 50 and 75 years. Some famous koi are even thought to have lived for over a 100 years. Because of these positive connotations, koi fish are a popular Chinese motif in artwork and other items. The colors of koi fish are also symbolic:

  • Kohaku are koi fish with white bodies with red spots. They represent career success.
  • Kumonryu are a variety of koi fish that come in two colors. One color is white with black spots, while the other is entirely black. Kumonryu koi symbolize life changes and transformations
  • Ogon, a solid, silver colored koi, is associated with success in business and wealth.
  • Kuchibeni, a white and red patterned koi, is often referred to as the “lipstick” fish, because the red coloring around its mouth makes it appear as though the fish is wearing lipstick. Kuchibeni koi symbolize love and long lasting relationships.
  • Yamabuki, a popular koi type, is an all-gold fish. These koi represent wealth and abundance.

Now, when you visit our Wilmington, NC office for your next acupuncture appointment, you’ll understand exactly why “something’s fishy” in our waiting area!



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