Ever woken up from a dead sleep at 2:30 AM after an evening of one too many martinis? You might be interested to find that, according to the Chinese body clock – a tool used in Traditional Chinese Medicine – the liver is in power-cleansing mode from 1 to 3AM.
In fact, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the body has a strict schedule of self-care, self-regulating various organs within the body at specific times of day and night.
Having trouble sleeping at a specific time? Or feeling “off” at a specific time each day? The Chinese body clock is one of our favorite tools to begin deciphering the meaning behind our imbalances.
Bookmark this link for future reference and take a look at the model above and descriptions below. Scan through the Chinese body clock – you may find clues as to why your body is trying to get your attention…
1am - 3am:
THE LIVER | Deep sleep, detox blood, rest and recovery, planning.
3am - 5am
THE LUNGS | Deep sleep, dreams and memory, detox lungs.
5am - 7am
LARGE INTESTINE | Wake up, release bowels, meditate.
7am - 9am
THE STOMACH | Breakfast, good concentration, walk.
9am - 11am
THE SPLEEN | Clear thinking, spleen converts, food to Qi.
11am - 1pm
THE HEART | Blood circulation, high energy, eat lunch.
1pm - 3pm
THE SMALL INTESTINE | Sort and absorb food, low energy, nap time.
3pm - 5pm
THE BLADDER | Energy restored, liquid waste released, work and study.
5pm - 7pm
THE KIDNEY | Store nutrients, build bone marrow, suppertime.
7pm - 9pm
THE PERICARDIUM | Protection, light reading, sex, self love.
9pm - 11pm
TRIPLE BURNER | Endocrine and metabolic balancing, getting sleep.
11pm - 1am
GALL BLADDER | Sleep, release bile, cellular repair, build blood cells.
Check out this piece on Organs & Emotions to learn the full connection…