Tune your Lifestyle by Following the Chinese Body Clock

Tune your Lifestyle by Following the Chinese Body Clock

Body-Energy Clock in Traditional Chinese Medicine

The Body-Energy Clock is an important concept in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is based on the idea that energy, known as Qi, flows through the body's organ systems in a cyclical pattern. Each organ has a specific time when it is most active and functions at its best, allowing for efficient use of organs and energy.

Importance of Sleep

Sleep is essential for the body's healing and rejuvenation process according to TCM. From 1–3 am, the liver is believed to be in its peak functioning period, focusing on detoxification and renewal. This is when Qi moves inward to support these processes, leading to improved liver health, better blood circulation, and overall vitality.

Organ Systems and Daily Activities

By aligning our daily activities with Traditional Chinese Medicine's Body Clock, we can support our organ systems' natural rhythms and promote overall well-being. Here's a breakdown of organ system activities throughout the day:

5–7 am: Large Intestine
Time for bowel movements and toxin removal.
Morning rituals like combing hair can clear mind energy.

7–9 am: Stomach
Ideal time for the biggest meal of the day; warm, nutritious foods recommended.

9–11 am: Pancreas/Spleen
Enzyme release and digestion peak; perfect for exercise or work.

11 am–1 pm: Heart
Nutrient pumping is at its highest; light meals and naps are beneficial.

1–3 pm: Small Intestine
Food digestion and assimilation occur; engage in daily tasks or exercise.

3–5 pm: Bladder
Waste excretion peaks; drink water to aid kidney filtration.

5–7 pm: Kidneys
Time for restorative activities; gentle exercises like yoga are beneficial.

7–9 pm: Pericardium/Circulation-Sex
Best time for relaxation activities such as meditation or light reading.

9–11 pm: Triple Burner/Endocrine System
Preparing for sleep; avoid stimulating activities before bedtime.

11 pm–1 am: Gall Bladder
Rest essential for waking up energized; ensure good sleep hygiene practices.

1–3 am: Liver
Detoxification processes peak; avoid late-night eating or alcohol consumption.


    Understanding these cycles helps align daily routines with natural body rhythms, fostering optimal health and well-being.

    Incorporating Traditional Chinese Medicine into Your Daily Routine

    Integrating principles offered by Traditional Chinese Medicines enhances overall wellbeing.. Here practical ways to incorporate these principles:

    Movement and Exercise:

    Engage in physical activity during the small intestine's active period (1–3 pm) to aid digestion and nutrient absorption.

    Self-Care and Emotional Awareness:

    Recognize and process emotions associated with each organ system's active phase, allowing for emotional well-being. Dedicate time to self-care activities like meditation promoting mental clarity and a positive well-being

    Recommended Foods:

    Align your diet with traditional recommendations:

    5–7 am: Take your time to move your bowel with warm water, and hold off having coffee at this hour.

    7–9 am: Warm porridge or congee, oats or barley is recommended, along with mild fibers like sautéed mushrooms or spinach would help strengthen your yang energy.

    11 am – 1 pm: Light meals like cooked greens, whole grain and proteins, or soups. Raw foods like cold salads and smoothies are best to be avoided since they are yin energy based.

    3 – 5 pm: If you are looking for a mid-day snack or boost of energy from your body digesting your food, a light snack like nuts or a herbal mint tea would be great to help keep your body fuelled without putting it in overdrive.

    5 – 7 pm: Support your kidney with baked or roasted meats or fish, cooked leafy  vegetables, grains, and legumes.

    7 – 11 pm: Avoid heavy meals before bed; opt for light snacks if necessary.

    11 pm – 1 am: Rest well; avoid food intake late at night. 

    By integrating these practices into your daily routine along with acupuncture sessions or yoga exercises tailored around your body's natural rhythms you can harmonize with your body's natural cycles unlocking full potential holistic health benefits provided by Traditional Chinese Medicine principles.

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