The biological clock in Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Among the most interesting topics related to traditional Chinese medicine we find the biological clock. According to traditional Chinese medicine, each organ of our body has its own clock that signals the moment it is at its maximum functionality.

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Among more interesting topics related to Traditional Chinese Medicine we find thebiological clock. According to traditional Chinese medicine, each organ of our body has its own clock that signals the moment it is at its maximum functionality.

It is precisely at that moment of the day that theenergiaCalled ‘Chi’, penetrates and circulates better in a certain organ. A disorder or disease can be caused by a drop or blockage of this energy.

The time of day when a certain disorder related to a certain organ occurs can help in diagnosing the problem. This is how the biological clock of our body and its organs works according to traditional Chinese medicine.


3:00 - 5:00 Lungs

I lungs they are the first organs that wake up during the day. They are responsible for conducting energy throughout the body and also for directing blood and oxygen to other organs. It is no coincidence that this is the best time to meditate, since at the base of meditation we find a slow and deep breath.

5:00 - 7:00 Large intestine

This, on the other hand, is the best time to empty the intestine since in this time slot this organ reaches its point of maximum energy and therefore in the early hours of the morning it has a better ability to expel waste from our body. Drink a glass of warm water, or of lukewarm water and lemon with a pinch of salt, on an empty stomach in the morning it can help to promote the functioning of the intestine.

7:00 - 9:00 Stomach

This is the time of day when the stomach is most active as well as digestive function. For this reason the suggestion is to have a hearty breakfast in the morning to have energy for the rest of the day.

9:00 - 11:00 Spleen

The spleen is an extremely important organ because transforms food into energy to be directed towards all organs. Without a good breakfast, the spleen cannot perform its function well. But at this time, according to traditional Chinese medicine, you still have time for breakfast.

11:00 - 13:00 Heart

In this time slot dedicated to the heart according to traditional Chinese medicine, we should avoid any kind of physical effort. It is the perfect time for take a break, to relax or to have a leisurely lunch.

13:00 - 15:00 Small intestine

A good time returns for the intestines. This is an important phase since lunch is being assimilated. In order for our body to get the energy it needs from lunch, we should avoid stressful or mentally heavy work. 13pm is still a good time to have lunch.

15:00 - 17:00 Bladder

According to traditional Chinese medicine, this is the most important time of the day to devote yourself to work and at the study and to do our best in the activities we carry out. If we are well fed and hydrated, we can get on with our day without any problems.

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17:00 – 19:00 Rene

The kidneys are at the heart of traditional Chinese medicine, especially when it comes to our energy. This is the time of day when we begin to feel a decline. In this case eat something salty it can stimulate the kidneys in their functions.

19:00 – 21:00 Pericardium

The pericardium is closely related to the heart and to the blood circulation and represents the membrane that protects it. This time of day is suitable for meditating, for light physical activity and for relaxing, for reading and for dedicating yourself to the family. During the evening hours you should eat little.

21:00 - 23:00 - Triple heater meridian

Il triple heater meridian it is closely related to the various organs of the body and to the bowels. It acts for their protection and management. During this time we should go to bed and fall asleep (a little earlier in the winter, a little later in the summer).

23:00 - 1:00 Cistifellea

The gallbladder is closely related to the liver. This is the phase of the evening and the night when we most need to sleepotherwise we would find ourselves running out of energy with regards to these two organs: gallbladder and liver.

1:00 - 3:00 Liver

At this time the riposo it is very important because the liver is at the highest level of energy and detoxification capacity of our organism. Here, then, is the reason why rest helps to help our body get rid of toxins.

Following the simple indications of traditional Chinese medicine relating to the biological clock and the energy trend of our organs during the day could really help us feel better and in general the topic of traditional Chinese medicine is very complex and interesting. It therefore deserves to be investigated.

Marta Albè

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