The Chinese biological clock shows the intervals in which the energy circulates through the parts of our body, and every two hours, it is strongest in a particular area of our body.
Namely, every two hours, the energy switches from one to another body
organ, and that organ is in its biggest strength. Similarly, in that
time of the day, in case of some issues, the symptoms at that time are
the most prominent.
Apart from the digestive, nervous, circulation and lymph system, our
body contains an energy system consisting of meridians. These meridians
are channels, just like blood vessels, through which passes the life
energy. Therefore, these meridians have an impact on the proper
functioning of the body and the process of exchange of substances in it.
Each of these meridians belongs to a body organ after which it takes its
name and which gives its function. There are 12 meridians, linked to
different body organs, so, the one of lungs, liver, spleen, heart, small
intestine, bladder, heart area, kidney, duodenum, large intestine,
stomach and gallbladder.
The twelve meridians are divided into six couples- 6 yin and 6 yang
meridians, according to the yin/yang theory. Ying meridians include
hollow organs whose function is exchange, excretion (substance, energy):
stomach, small intestine, bladder, duodenum, colon and gallbladder.
Yin meridians, on the other hand, include organs which perform functions
of collection, storage and processing of substances and energy in the
body: spleen, heart, kidneys, lungs, heart area and the area of the
Based on the rules of Chinese medicine and the law of rhythm, each
meridian corresponds to different organ and bodily functions, running at
full strength for 2 hours in the cycle of 24 hours, and 12 hours later,
again for two hours, it rests or has a low level of activity.
Considering this biological clock, it is a common practice that a
Chinese doctor first asks the patient about the time at which the
symptoms of the disease or body disorder occur. In that way, he will
diagnose the root of the problems in the body, in particular, he can
discover where the energy circulation faces difficulties, or the body
area where there is too much energy, too, which is not good.
Therefore, it is advisable to follow the biological clock and note the
time of the day when symptoms, such as fatigue, pain, and the like,
appear. In addition, it is also good to write down the time when you
feel you have the most energy during the day. Another important thing is
the time when you wake at night, for it also indicates a problem with a
particular part of the body.
Here below is the explanation of the time phases and meridians according to the Chinese biological clock:
Time periods of maximum function
from 1 -- 3 am- liver (detoxification, muscles and eyes) from 3am -- 5 am-lungs(skin) from 5am -- 7 am-colon (assimilation, elimination, skin) from 7am -- 9 am- stomach (lymph, food digestion) from 9am -- 11 am-spleen, pancreas (lymph, food digestion) from 11am -- 1 pm-heart (artery blood circulation) from 1pm -- 3 pm-small intestine (digestion, assimilation, arteries) from 3pm -- 5pm -bladder (bones, teeth, elimination, cleaning) from 5pm -- 7pm- kidneys (bones, teeth, ears, filtration, elimination) from 7pm -- 9pm- cardiac layer (constriction of blood vessels) from 9pm -- 11pm- duodenum (thermoregulation) from 11pm -- 1am- gallbladder (digestion, muscles, eyes)
Time periods of minimal functions or rest
from 1am -- 3 am- small intestine (digestion, assimilation of the arteries) from 3am -5 am-bladder (bones, teeth, cleaning elimination) from 5am -- 7 am-kidney disease (bones, teeth, ears, filtration, elimination) from 7am- 9am- the heart layer (constriction of blood vessels) from 9am- 11am- duodenum (thermoregulation) from 11am -- 1pm -- gallbladder (digestion, muscles, eyes) from 1pm -- 3pm -liver (detoxification, muscles and eyes) from 3pm -- 5pm -- lungs (skin) from 5pm- 7pm- colon (assimilation, elimination, skin) from 7pm -- 9pm -- stomach (lymph, food and digestion) from 9pm -- 11pm- spleen, pancreas (lymph, food digestion) from 11pm -- 1 am- heart(artery blood circulation)
EXTRA - Other depictions of the organ clock
This timetable show how the body functions depending on the time of the
day. When an organ is at its energetic peak, the one on the opposite
side of the biological clock (12 hour difference) is at its lowest
energy level. You can easily understand that you have to avoid some
activities at the time when the energy of the body organ involved in
that activity is lowest.
To illustrate this, look at the clock: between 1am and 3am, we can see
that the liver has reached its peak. On the other hand, the small
intestine is at the lowest energy level. Consequently, you can
understand why it is not advise to eat late at night, for the food is
not well absorbed in the small intestine.
During the time of maximum activity of the organ, all functions are
accelerated. If there are diseases of excess energy that cause
difficulties to the appropriate organic system, they will then show
strongest symptoms, which means that it is a convenient time to take
some measures in order to reduce excess energy.
On the contrary, if the appropriate organ at the maximum time shows
weakness, it should be strengthened. For that cause, you can choose some
of the many funds that natural medicine offers, in order to intervene
in case of redundancy and lack of energy. Some of these include herbal
remedies, homeopathy, acupuncture and the like.