Understanding the Chinese Organ Clock

Understanding the Chinese Organ Clock

Have you ever come across the concept of the organ clock rhythm? According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the energy of each organ peaks for about 2 hours every day. This accounts for factors like your energy slump in the late afternoon or why you’re consistently visiting the restroom at 5 a.m. Specific organs are particularly active during these times.

Want to know how the rhythm of your organ clock can help reduce hangovers and lead to a more productive day? Keep reading! Meditation expert Patricia Lie-van Dijk explains further.

According to TCM, our body has 12 organ systems, each with its own active period. Interesting to note: the organ is least active exactly 12 hours after its peak time. For instance, the stomach functions best between 7:00 – 9:00 a.m., perfect for a hearty breakfast. However, 12 hours later, the stomach is nearly inactive. Hence, consuming a large meal between 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. isn’t recommended! Here’s an overview of the 12 organ systems and their active times:

5:00 – 7:00 a.m. – Large Intestine
Good morning, early bird! The large intestine is most active now. Often waking up early for a restroom trip? That’s due to your large intestine’s activity. It also absorbs excess fluid, so if you need to pee despite feeling cozy in bed, blame it on the large intestine

7:00 – 9:00 a.m. – Stomach
During this time, the stomach is at its prime, ideal for a pleasant breakfast. If a hearty breakfast makes you nauseous, it’s because your large intestine was active before your stomach. Eating something light, like vegan yogurt with fruits and nuts, can restore organ balance. Remember, eating between 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. isn’t wise.

9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Spleen
Post-breakfast, the spleen and pancreas get to work, assimilating nutrients. The spleen symbolizes intellect, so tackle your most challenging tasks now. Finding it hard to work between 9:00 – 11:00 p.m.? That’s not surprising!

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Heart
When the sun is highest, it’s the heart’s time to shine. Your concentration might drop, but it’s an excellent period for connecting with others and yourself. Perfect for business lunches, dates, or casual coffee meets.

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Small Intestine
Did you have a nutritious lunch? The small intestine converts this into body-building elements. It’s a great time for a stroll or attending to routine tasks like emails.

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Bladder
Feeling an energy dip now? Check your hydration. Extra fluid and some salt might help. Consider having some miso soup and a large glass of water.

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Kidneys
The kidneys are most active now, and it’s wise to wind down your tasks. Hence the wisdom in the “nine-to-five” workday Your kidneys start filtering your blood, which is energy-intensive. Listen to your body and opt for relaxation and a light meal.

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Circulatory System
Vital nutrients circulate during this period. Activities like meditation or reading can enhance this process. TCM also suggests this is a good time for intimacy due to the warmth the circulatory system provides.

9:00 – 11:00 p.m. – Triple Burner
Between these hours, the “Triple Burner” or “verwarmer” becomes active. It’s not a standalone organ but indicates coordination between organs for balance. Coupled with the spleen’s inactivity (most active 12 hours prior), it can make you feel a bit sluggish. It’s okay to relax.

11:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. – Gallbladder
Part of digestion, the gallbladder aids the small intestine in breaking down dietary fats. Energetically, it’s connected to decision-making. Struggling with decisions and sleeping post 1 a.m.? Here’s why!

1:00 – 3:00 a.m. – Liver
The liver symbolizes detoxification, making it crucial to sleep during these hours. It needs energy to expel toxins. Hence, if you sleep before 1 a.m., your hangover after a night out might feel lighter!

3:00 – 5:00 a.m. – Lungs
Lungs work best in the wee hours, which is why monks rise early for meditation. Breathing is vital for meditation. However, deep sleep during these hours can optimize lung restoration.

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