- Posted on: Mar 24 2020
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?
Emotions: Grief & Sadness
5-7am: Large Intestine
Emotions: Guilt & Stagnation
7-9 am: Stomach
9-11 am: Spleen
Emotions: Jealousy, Worry, Low Self-Esteem
11am – 1pm: Heart
1-3 pm: Small Intestine
3-5 pm: Bladder
7-9 pm: Pericardium
Emotions: Excessive Euphoria & Compassion
9-11 pm: San Jiao (Triple Burner), Metabolism & Blood Vessels
Emotions: Decisiveness & Resentment
Emotions: Anger, Anxiety, Frustration
Posted in: Acupuncture