According to Chinese traditional medicine our body is constructed of a system of meridians or a type of energy channels through which energy flows just like blood flows through our veins.
According to this theory, our body operates under a biological clock that shows the intervals in which this energy flows through our body. If something interrupts this energy flow then we start noticing certain symptoms that indicate a problem in our body. Every energy meridian is connected to a different organ or system of organs so if one of these meridians is interrupted we notice a problem in the organs connected to that specific meridian.
There are 12 energy meridians, each connected to the major organs in our body such as the kidneys, liver, duodenum, gallbladder, heart, small intestine, spleen, large intestine, stomach, bladder, lungs and cardiovascular system. 6 of these meridians are yin meridians while 6 are yang. The yang meridians are the ones connected to the duodenum, gallbladder, small intestine, bladder, colon and stomach while the yin meridians are the ones connected to the liver, lungs, spleen, heart, kidneys and cardiovascular system.
Chinese traditional medicine says that these meridians work around the clock, in two 12 hour intervals. Whenever someone goes to the doctor in China the first thing they ask is when did the symptoms first appear? When they know the time something went wrong they have a very good idea where the problem comes from and how to fix it. That’s why this Chinese biological clock is so useful, because it can tell you exactly where the pain comes from. So next time you feel something isn’t quite right write down the time you first felt the symptoms and compare it to the table below.
Here’s the time of maximum function for each organ group:
- 1-3 AM – muscles, liver and eyes
- 3-5 AM – skin and lungs
- 5-7 AM – colon
- 7-9 AM -stomach
- 9-11 AM – spleen and pancreas
- 11AM-1PM – heart and arterial blood circulation
- 1-3 PM – small intestine
- 3-5 PM – bladder
- 5-7 PM – kidneys
- 7-9 PM- cardiac layer
- 9-11 PM- thermoregulation and duodenum
- 11PM-1AM- gallbladder
Here’s the time of minimal function or rest for each organ
- 1-3 AM – small intestine;
- 3-5 AM – bladder;
- 5-7 AM – kidney disease;
- 7-9 AM – heart layer;
- 9-11 AM – thermoregulation and duodenum;
- 11AM-1PM – gallbladder;
- 1-3 PM – liver;
- 3-5 PM – lungs and skin;
- 5-7 PM – colon;
- 7-9 AM – stomach;
- 9-11 PM – spleen and pancreas;
- 11 PM -1 AM – heart;
The 1st meridian is at the peak of its energy when another meridian of the opposite side has the lowest energy level. For example if you eat dinner late and go to bed right afterwards your small intestine can not absorb the food properly and you feel bad. This means that you need to avoid doing stuff when your energy is at its lowest level. But when that organ is at its peak you should be doing stuff that’s directly connected to that organ. It’s pretty simple actually you just need to understand how these energy meridians work and act accordingly.
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