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Learn about your Chinese body clock in your day

Chinese Body Clock

Within traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture theory, energy moves from one organ to another at different times of the day over 24 hours. Each organ corresponds to a part of our natural day order, for example having a morning bowel movement and eating a large breakfast..


5-7am is the time of the Large Intestine. It's when we should have a morning bowel movement, riding the body of toxins from the day before.


7-9am is the time of the Stomach. During this time it when we should be eating our largest meal of the day, breakfast. There is a saying that we should eat breakfast like a King, dinner like a Prince and dinner as a pauper, which relates to the quantity of food that we should eat with our largest in the morning and smallest in the evening. The morning time is an ideal time to eat gluten foods.


9-11am is the time of the Spleen (Pancreas). It's when the digestive system is processing the foods eaten for breakfast which are being held in the stomach.


11am- 1pm is the time of the Heart. The Heart is the highest ranking Yang organ, and midday is the highest point of Yang. It's also when the energy from the Spleen is pumped around the body to feed it. This is a good time to eat lunch like a Prince so not too much. Now is not a good time to eat gluten or salads.


1-3pm is the time of the Small Intestine. It's when food eaten earlier will complete its digestion and assimilation.


3-5pm is the time of the Bladder when metabolic wastes move into the kidney's filtration system.


5-7pm is the time of the Kidneys when the blood is filtered and the kidneys work to maintain proper chemical balance. This is a good time to have dinner like a Pauper and exercise as Kidney is related to willpower and drive. We should drink lots of water during this time.


7-9pm is the time of the Pericardium. It's when energy and blood are carried to the capillaries and to each cell in the body. This is the perfect time to have sex or conceive.


9-11pm is the time of Triple Heater. It's recommended to sleep during these hours, 10pm to be exact so as to conserve energy and yin for the following day.


11pm-1am is the time of the Gall Bladder. Midnight is the highest point of yin. Being wake at this time will greatly damage the body.


1-3am is the time of the Liver. A lot of people wake at this time. This is caused by frustration and stress. Learn to surrender and let go.


3-5am the time of the Lungs. A lot of people wake at this time, which is either waking at dawn which is natural or waking due to anxiety. New research has proven this internal body clock, with babies being born around 4am, the time of the lung, when they are finally ready to take their first breathe.

If we follow the laws of Nature, we should wake at dawn and practice breathing exercises.