TCM Organ Clock

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According to yin-yang principle, the 12 organs are dividing into two groups; they are 6 yang organs in day and 6 yin organs in night.

24 Hour TCM Organ Clock

As per TCM organ clock, energy stays in each organ for approximately 2 hours, and proceeds to the next organ along the meridian lines. The energy enters the lung channel at 3.00am, when a day starts originally.

  • 3 to 5 a.m. Lungs
  • 5 to 7 a.m. Large Intestine
  • 7 to 9 a.m. Stomach
  • 9 to 11 a.m. Spleen
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Heart
  • 1 to 3 p.m. Small Intestine
  • 3 to 5 p.m. Urinary Bladder
  • 5 to 7 p.m. Kidney
  • 7 to 9 p.m. Pericardium
  • 9 to 11 p.m. Triple Burner
  • 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Gall Bladder
  • 1 to 3 a.m. Liver

TCM organ clock

Lungs time is 3 to 5 a.m.

Lungs are responsible for respiration, oxygenation, expulsing waste gasses, moving qi (energy) to the entire body, and providing immune protection. Lungs are emotionally associated with sorrow, grief, sadness, and detached. This time is particularly suitable for pranayama (breathing exercise), because the lungs can gain more energy from the universe and distribute it to all body organs.

People with lung’s disorder will constantly experience sleep disturbance during this period due to cough, sneezing, wheezing, asthma or nasal congestion indicates lung imbalance may be due to grief or sorrow. Symptoms of lungs imbalance are shortness of breath, shallow breathing, dry skin, fatigue, cough, frequent cold & flu, allergies, asthma, and other lung conditions.

Large Intestine time is 5 to 7 a.m.

Large intestine is responsible for removing toxins by evacuation of waste matters. Large intestine packs the stool for excretion, so it is important to allocate time for elimination. This period is best suited for emptying the bowel. Drinking two to three glasses of water (preferably warm with some fresh lemon juice if desired) will trigger bowel evacuation and provide space for nutritional intake for the new day.

Symptoms of large intestine imbalance are constipation, dry stool, skin rashes, and feeling emotionally stuck (guilt and defensiveness). 

Stomach time is 7 to 9 a.m.

Stomach is responsible for digestion and breakdown of foods we eat. Stomach breakdown foods into nutrients; this period is best suited for digestion thus eat a healthy nutritious breakfast. It is better to eat the most important meal of the day at this time for optimal digestion and assimilation.  

Symptoms of stomach imbalance are acid reflux, stomach ulcer, bad breath, gastritis, loss of appetite, headache and emotional problems of disgust and despair.

Spleen time is 9 to 11 a.m.

Spleen is the most important digestive organ, responsible for extracting nutrients from food, transform it into qi & blood and transport it to every organ in the body. Additionally, spleen governs the immune system. During this time, support spleen by having warm tea, or a light snacks. Foods good for spleen are cinnamon, dates, lentils and yam. 

Symptoms of spleen imbalance are loose stools, craving for sweets, low energy, bloating after food, and emotional problems such as jealousy, worry, dwelling or focusing too much on a particular topic and self-esteem. If a person feels tired or sleepy during this time may be an indication of diabetes in later life. Some people used to sleep at this time, which is not healthy.

Heart time is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Heart is responsible for pumping nutrients throughout the system and consumes its lipid requirements.  During this period, it is better to relax, meeting, talking and eating lunch. Try avoiding caffeine, stress, intense exercise, or anything that can raise blood pressure. 

Symptoms of heart imbalance are palpitations, irregular heartbeat, excessive dreaming, poor long-term memory, shortness of breath, cold limbs, lacking enthusiasm, low vitality, mental restlessness, depression, insomnia, and despair. During this time, people with cardiac problems may experience sweating lot, feeling suffocation, palpitation, and majority of heart attacks occur during this period.

Small Intestine time is 1 to 3 p.m.

Small intestine is responsible for separate pure and impure that it receives from the stomach. The pure part transported to spleen to form essence, the impure part transported to large intestine and excreted as stool. A complete digestion is taking place to maintain the whole body health. 

Symptoms of small intestine imbalance are indigestion, abdominal pain, bloating, duodenal ulcer, vomiting and gas.

Urinary Bladder time is 3 to 5 p.m.

Urinary bladder is responsible for storing and excreting urine. Nourish urinary bladder by salty foods such as bowl of broth soup can strengthen the bladder.

Symptoms of urinary bladder imbalance are burning when urinating, yeast infection, urinary incontinence, skin irritations, and eczema.

Kidney time is 5 to 7 p.m.

Kidney is responsible for healthy reproduction, development, growth, filter blood, and maintain proper chemical balance of blood. Nourish kidney by having healthy small meal, which keeps your kidney essence strong.

Symptoms of kidney imbalance are sexual difficulties, lower back pain, premature graying of hair, hair loss, tiredness, frequent urination, urinary incontinence, night sweats, dry mouth, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, and other ear conditions and osteoporosis. Emotional symptoms are fearful, weak willpower, insecure, aloof, isolated, and terror.

Pericardium time is 7 to 9 p.m.

Pericardium is an accessory organ system, responsible for circulating nutrients to each individual cell (lymphatic). This is the time to do anything gentle to help ease to sleep; meditation, light stretching, yoga, pranayama, and reading.

Symptoms of pericardium imbalance are low back pain, unresponsive, unable to express emotions, feeling hurt, difficult socializing and extreme joy.

San Jiao (Triple burner) time is 9 to 11 p.m.

Triple burner is another accessory organ system governs the endocrine system and blood vessels. It adjusts the homeostasis of the body based on electrolyte and enzyme replenishment. During this time, we should go to sleep early bedtime in the winter and stay little later in summer.

Headaches, feeling tired, weakness, and feeling of hopelessness, confusion & paranoia during this time may indicate arterial repair is going on.  

Gall Bladder time is 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Gallbladder stores and release bile, which is important for proper digestion specifically fats. The meridian is associated with regeneration and sleep; so the hours before midnight are important. Emotionally it is in-charge of self-esteem and decision-making. 

Symptoms of gallbladder imbalance are poor self-esteem, imperfect judgment, or difficult to digest fats. Sleep disturbance during this period indicates depletion of gallbladder energy stores.

Liver time is 1 to 3 a.m.

Liver is responsible to store blood, cleanse blood and processing wastes. At this period, liver apportioning the day's nutrients and detoxifying the day's toxin load. Deep resting and dreaming occurs during this time and it is the worst time to eat as the small Intestine is at its lowest. You wake up during this period, if you have repressed anger or resentment.

Symptoms of liver imbalance are irregular menstruation, anemia, chronic fatigue, headache, dizziness, burning eye, getting anger quickly, frustration, irritability, bitterness and rage.

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