Organ Clock

Traditional Chinese Medicine explains the natural rhythm of our bodies through the 24 hour clock, like those of circadian rhythms.  The TCM organ clock is divided into 12, two hour sections corresponding to a specific organ system.  During this time period that organ and its related meridians are highlighted and at their strongest.  Each organ and organ system not only has related meridians transporting qi and blood throughout the body, but also corresponding emotions.

Looking at your health, with regards to what times things occur during the day, can offer valuable insight into internal imbalances.  Most commonly, if you find yourself waking up at the same time (or within the same two hour window) each night, the TCM organ clock might provide some answers, but it could also shed light on why you have drops in energy or peaks during the day.

So what are the hours, emotions and corresponding systems of the TCM Organ Clock?

3-5am: Lung

Element: Metal

Emotions: Grief & Sadness

 

5-7am: Large Intestine

Element: Metal

Emotions: Guilt & Stagnation

 

7-9 am: Stomach

Element: Earth

Emotions: Despair

 

9-11 am: Spleen

Element: Earth

Emotions: Jealousy, Worry, Low Self-Esteem

 

11am – 1pm: Heart

Element: Fire

Emotions: Joy

 

1-3 pm: Small Intestine

Element: Fire

Emotions: Insecurity

3-5 pm: Bladder

Element: Water

Emotions: Irritation

 

5-7pm: Kidney

Element: Water

Emotions: Fear

 

7-9 pm: Pericardium

Element: Fire

Emotions: Excessive Euphoria & Compassion

 

9-11 pm: San Jiao (Triple Burner), Metabolism & Blood Vessels

Element: Metal

Emotions: Hopelessness

 

11pm-1am: Gallbladder

Element: Wood

Emotions: Decisiveness & Resentment

 

1-3am: Liver

Element: Fire

Emotions: Anger, Anxiety, Frustration

 

 

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