by Milos Bang

Body Clock

Most of Eastern Philosophy and Medicine comes from observing Nature and the Universe. Ancient Chinese realized early that most things in Nature are cyclical and by observing the human body’s patterns, established that our own energy (Qi) also moves on daily and on annual cycles.

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Body Clock
by Milos Bang


Most of Eastern Philosophy and Medicine comes from observing Nature and the Universe. Ancient Chinese realized early that most things in Nature are cyclical and by observing the human body’s patterns, established that our own energy (Qi) also moves on daily and on annual cycles. If you often wake up in the middle of the night, always around the same time or if you “crash” and feel sleepy and tired in the afternoon, you will know what we are talking about. Almost all of us have a time of day that stands out but we are seldom aware of the pattern and usually don’t even know we can do something about it. These patterns are not seen as significant in Western Medicine but for the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture, they play important roles in human health and well being.  

The daily pattern of Qi Energy travels through all 12 major organs in each 24 hour period. The Energy switches from one organ to the next on approximately two hour intervals. This cycle never ends and the order is always the same. This process is meant to provide all major organs with abundant energy to function at maximum level as well as to repair themselves. The Body Clock is a great tool we can use to get a better idea on what is going on in our bodies. Typically, our imbalances will either peak at affected organ’s time or that time will bring a relief from discomfort. It is common that one feels best when organs associated with their CF are getting the peak energy. Here is the list of Major Organs, hours associated with them and the Element they correspond to. 


No.
Organ Time of Day Element

I

II

III

IV

V

VI

VII

VIII

IX

X

XI

XI

 

Heart

Small Intestine

Bladder

Kidney

Pericardium

Triple Heater

Gallbladder

Liver

Lung

Large Intestine

Stomach

Spleen

11 - 1 pm

1 - 3 pm

3 - 5 pm

5 - 7 pm

7 - 9 pm

9 - 11 pm

11 - 1 am

1 - 3 am

3 - 5 am

5 - 7 am

7 - 9 am

9 - 11 am

 

Fire

Fire

Water 

Water

Fire 

Fire

Wood 

Wood

Metal

Metal

Earth

Earth

 

 

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