Your Body Clock According To Chinese Medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is believed that each organ has its point of highest energy and lowest energy.

Chinese Medicine practitioners use this clock to help them determine the organ responsible for the disease.

For example, if you find yourself waking up between the hours of 3am-5am each morning, you may have underlying grief or sadness that is bothering you or you may have a condition in the lung area.

If feelings of anger or resentment arise, you may feel them strongest during the time of the Liver which is 1am-3am or perhaps if you experience back pain at the end of your working day, you could have pent-up emotions of fear, or perhaps even kidney issues.

 

The diagram below shows the body clock in more detail:

organclock

This 24-hour cycle is believed to help us know when to exercise, eat, have sex, rest and sleep.  It also acts as a way to communicate with a particular organ or meridian (energy channel) of the body. 

 

5am-7am is the time of the Large Intestine making it a perfect time to have a bowel movement and remove toxins from the day before.  It is also the ideal time to wash your body and comb your hair.  It is believed that combing your hair helps to clear out energy from the mind.  At this time, emotions of defensiveness or feelings of being stuck could be evoked.

7am-9am is the time of the Stomach so it is important to eat the biggest meal of the day here to optimize digestion and absorption.  Warm meals that are high in nutrition are best in the morning.  Emotions that are likely to be stirred at this time include disgust or despair.

9am-11am is the time of the Pancreas and Spleen, where enzymes are released to help digest food and release energy for the day ahead.  This is the ideal time to exercise and work.  Do your most taxing tasks of the day at this time.  Emotions such as low self-esteem may be felt at this time.

11am-1pm is the time of the Heart which will work to pump nutrients around the body to help provide you with energy and nutrition.  This is also a good time to eat lunch and it is recommended to have a light, cooked meal.  Having a one hour nap or a cup of tea is also recommended during this time.  Feelings of extreme joy or sadness can also be experienced at this time.

1pm-3pm is the time of the Small Intestine and is when food eaten earlier will complete its digestion and assimilation.  This is also a good time to go about daily tasks or exercise.  Sometimes, vulnerable thoughts or feelings of abandonment my subconsciously arise at this time.

3pm-5pm is the time of the Bladder when metabolic wastes move into the kidney’s filtration system.  This is the perfect time to study or complete brain-challenging work.  Another cup of tea is advised as is drinking a lot of water to help aid detoxification processes.  Feeling irritated or timid may also occur at this time.

5pm-7pm is the time of the Kidneys when the blood is filtered and the kidneys work to maintain proper chemical balance.  This is the perfect time to have dinner and to activate your circulation either by walking, having a massage or stretching.  Subconscious thoughts of fear or terror can also be active at this time.

7pm-9pm is the time of Circulation when nutrients are carried to the capillaries and to each cell.  This is the perfect time to read.  Avoid doing mental activities at this time.  A difficulty in expressing emotions may also be felt however, this is the perfect time to have sex or conceive.

9pm-11pm is the time of Triple Heater or Endocrine System where the body’s homeostasis is adjusted and enzymes are replenished.  It is recommended to sleep at this time so the body can conserve energy for the following day.  Feelings of paranoia or confusion may also be felt.

11pm-1am is the time of the Gall Bladder and in order to wake feeling energized the body should be at rest.  In Chinese medicine, this period of time is when yin energy fades and yang energy begins to grow.  Yang energy helps you to keep active during the day and is stored when you are asleep.  Subconscious feelings of resentment may appear during this time.

1am-3am is the time of the Liver and a time when the body should be asleep.  During this time, toxins are released from the body and fresh new blood is made.  If you find yourself waking during this time, you could have too much yang energy or problems with your liver or detoxification pathways.  This is also the time of anger, frustration, and rage.

3am-5am the time of the Lungs and again, this is the time where the body should be asleep.  If woken at this time, nerve soothing exercises are recommended such as breathing exercises.  The body should be kept warm at this time too to help the lungs replenish the body with oxygen.  The lungs are also associated with feelings of grief and sadness.

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Leg and Feet Swelling Natural Remedies

Leg and feet swelling, or edema, is an accumulation of liquid in the tissues between the cell spaces and may be annoying at first, but progress to a severe or debilitating problem. Signs include swelling or pitting of the skin where a finger indentation may last for a few seconds to minutes or longer. In most cases swelling of the legs is caused by (#1) a weakness of the kidneys; (#2) lymphatic congestion; (#3) heart valve weakness; or (#4) liver problems. Then there are rarer symptoms of asites, cancer, pulmonary edema, congestive heart failure, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or kidney failure, etc. More seriously, swelling of one particular leg, right or left, is important as well as leg swelling during morning or night. If the legs or feet are warm or cold, this also has significance. Swelling from vein enlargement is mostly one sided, pressure and pain sensitive and difficult to press. It is a circulatory problem and may be connected to hemorrhoids or varicose veins. Natural therapies may be very effective. Be sure to know the underlying problem.

Medical treatment for simple cases of leg and feet swelling (edema) include the use of diuretics and possibly potassium. While somewhat effective, they may produce dependence, cover other symptoms, damage the kidneys, or have other side effects and toxicity.

It is important to have the cause of leg and feet swelling diagnosed to rule out serious problems.

Naturally, we look for simple solutions first to leg and feet swelling, such as dehydration (not drinking enough water), side effects from medications you are taking, or not getting enough protein. It may also be due to constipation (not having at least one bowel movement a day).

For leg and feet swelling (edema) classification one must recognize the following criteria:

Kidneys: leg and feet swelling where the skin is warm and is already there in the mornings. Signs are seen in the face also swollen eyelids and puffiness of the back of the hands. It is mostly right sided.

Lymphatic congestion: first rule out the other causes. Swelling of feet and legs are at a normal temperature, not hot or cold, and could be either leg. We also see glands swelling in the groin, arms or head.

Heart problems: limbs are cold, and the swelling begins in the joint areas, goes to the feet and is mostly left sided.

Liver edema, also known as ASITES: before the leg and feet swelling begin the abdomen is enlarged, a water swelling, the navel is stretched where it is only seen as flattened spot. In opposition to the swollen abdomen the rest of the extremities look thin. With this process we often see a colon disturbance. Before the abdominal water swelling, we see and abdominal expansion swelling. It is often combined with constipation.

Diet for leg swelling: stop smoking, alcohol, caffeine, coffee, black tea, sodas, and processed foods.  Supplements to help with leg swelling (edema) include:

Coenzyme Q10 – 100 mg a day for heart care and protection.

Vitamin B6 is a mild natural diuretic when used at 50mg twice daily.

 

Herbs for Leg and Feet Swelling

Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties. Learn more about herbs >

Use a combination of the following herbs in capsule or powder for general leg swelling, and adjust as your condition improves. The herbs are specific for each underlying cause. Therapeutic dose is equal to one capsule of each herb 3 times a day or 15 drops of an herbal tincture 3 times a day.

 

Redroot helps with lymphatic and liver congestion.

Juniper berries support the urinary system and produce a diuretic effect.

Hawthorn berries support heart circulation and blood pressure as well as nerve support.

Dandelion root and leaf provide liver and kidney support as well as a diuretic effect.


Cell Salts to Help with Leg and Feet Swelling

To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day. Learn more about cell salts >

#9 Nat mur 6X – removes extra fluids, leg swelling-but not pitting-of skin, grief emotions, worse heat and mornings 11am
#11 Nat sulph 6X – leg swelling with pitting (finger mark stays for a few seconds to minutes), worse in damp and cold weather and 4 – 5 am
#12 Silicea 6X – edema with cramping, icy cold sweaty, worse cold, changes with moon phases


Leg and Feet Swelling Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies. Learn more about homeopathy >

Apis mellifica – worse left side; also signified in swollen upper eyelids; edema from allergic reactions; with burning, stinging and throbbing pains; better from cold, worse 4pm.

Arsenicum album – worse evenings 10pm-2am; stitching, heavy, burning restless feet; better with warmth; perfectionist.

Bryonia – sharp stabbing pains worse from any movement; arthritis; hot swelling feet with sharp needles in soles; heaviness of legs; doesn’t’ want to be talked to.

Causticum – burning of joints, deformed joints; weak ankles; unsteady walking; passionate about social issues; better warmth; cant stand on heels.

Ledum – gouty pains; painful soles when walking; better from cold, worse night and warmth.

Lycopodium – twitching and jerking; stiffness; one foot hot while the other is cold; may have digestive or liver problems; poor self esteem; worse 4-8pm.

Pulsatilla – pains wander to various body parts; feet red, inflamed, swollen; varicose veins; weeping and whiny with hormonal problems; can’t tolerate heat, fatty foods.

Left-Sided Leg Swelling (Heart issues)

Apis mellifica – worse left side; also signified in swollen upper eyelids; edema from allergic reactions; with burning, stinging and throbbing pains; better from cold, worse 4pm.

Elaps – worse at night; soreness, bluish swelling-heart issues; worse from cold, storms, and wet weather.

Lachesis – bluish purple swelling; cramps and swelling; bad smelling foot sweat; jealous and talkative; worse mornings.

Lycopodium – especially when it starts on the right and moves to the left; twitching and jerking; stiffness; one foot hot while the other is cold; may have digestive or liver problems; poor self esteem; worse 4-8 pm.

Silicea – edema with cramping, icy cold sweat; changes with moon phases; worse cold.

Right-sided Leg Swelling (Kidney issues)

Lycopodium – twitching and jerking; stiffness; one foot hot while the other is cold; may have digestive or liver problems; poor self esteem; worse 4-8pm.

Secale – when swelling gets serious; tingling numbness and prickling; icy cold feet; can have ulceration.

Sanguinaria – burning of soles; worse on right side, nights; often used for right-sided migraines.

Sulphur – soles burn, wants feet uncovered; person is a philosopher; worse at night, full moon, change of weather and mornings.

Leg Swelling Mornings

Apis mellifica – worse left side; also signified in swollen upper eyelids; edema from allergic reactions; with burning, stinging and throbbing pains; better from cold, worse 4pm.

Aurum metallicum – flush of blood to feet; feet feel tight bruised; cold foul food sweat; deep depression, suicidal feelings from financial problems.

Mancinella – ice coldness of feet; biting pain; skin degrades; dry soles of feet; worse cold and with anger.

Phytolacca – also for lymphatic congestion; electric shooting pains; wandering pains, aching heels; pain in ankles and feet; cold feet; neuralgia.

Sabadilla – leg swelling with sneezing and an allergy component; swelling of feet and painful soles; toenail fungus and inflammation.

Silicea – edema with cramping, icy cold sweat; changes with moon phases; worse cold.

Leg Swelling Evenings

Bryonia (#1) – sharp stabbing pains worse from any movement; arthritis; hot swelling feet with sharp needles in soles; heaviness of legs; doesn’t’ want to be talked to.

Apis mellifica – worse left side; also signified in swollen upper eyelids; edema from allergic reactions; with burning, stinging and throbbing pains; better from cold, worse 4pm.

Causticum – burning of joints, deformed joints; weak ankles; unsteady walking; passionate about social issues; better warmth; cant stand on heels.

Cocculus indicus – connected with dizziness; stiff, lame, unsteady, trembling, spasms; better from warm, resting; worse 1 am.

Phosphorus – feet heavy, tingling and itching; joints give way suddenly; cold feet; emotionally sensitive and empathetic people; worse evenings, left side.

Pulsatilla – pains wander to various body parts; feet red, inflamed, swollen; varicose veins; weeping and whiny with hormonal problems; can’t tolerate heat, fatty foods.

Rhus tox – stiffness worse upon first movement but better from continued motion; better from heat, worse storms; cracking joints, tingling; needle pain upon walking.

Sanguinaria – burning of soles; worse on right side, nights; often used for right-sided migraines.

Thuja – feels alone or isolated; feet feel fragile; pain in heels, toes, Achilles tendon; trembling, cold numb left side; worse 3am or 3 pm.

 

 

Source: Dave’s Healing Notes

Hives Natural Remedies

Hives can come on sudden or have a gradual onset of blister or welt-like bumps on the skin. Hives may last from a few hours to several weeks. They usually only involve the top layer of the skin which is superficial and usually doesn’t affect deeper organs. It is thought to be a release of toxins to the surface of the body. Hives may also come as an allergic reaction and a release of histamine from mast cells. They are often itchy or painful.

The causes of hives most commonly known is from allergies to foods, chemicals plants, or medications. The most common medicine to bring on hives is antibiotics. A more serious form of hives involves deeper skin layers and can be seen in the mouth and may stop a person’s breathing, or become anaphylactic shock.

Modern medicine uses testing to determine that more serious problems are not involved. They often prescribe antihistamines or steroids such as prednisone to treat hives. Mostly, they wait for the hives to go away on their own. Note that all medications, over-the-counter and prescribed, stress the liver and cause varying amounts of toxicity.

Natural perspective on hives recognizes that there is an underlying problem of one or more organs. When a person produces hives, it is a visible sign that either the liver or the kidneys are not functioning optimally. This is not well known but is highly effective to treat the correct organ.

Hives mostly denote stress of the liver, especially since there are so many toxins in our environment. The liver is implicated especially when a person id grumpy, irritable, or angry. If you suspect the kidneys, you can expect abnormal urination patterns and fear or absent-mindedness.

Good results can be quite quick but the liver or kidneys take time (a few days to weeks) to become quite healthy.

One of the best ways to reduce the occurrence of hives is to eliminate tobacco, alcohol, fast foods, coffee, black tea, sodas, and dairy foods. This is also a good way to prevent hives.

There are a number of supplements to help avoid or prevent hives:

Quercetin taken on a regular basis will strengthen mast cells and reduce allergic reactions.

NAC (n-acetyl-cysteine) supports the liver and reduces mucus.

B-Complex supports the adrenals and nervous system.

Vitamin C with bioflavonoid supports the cellular cleansing and allergic reactions.

 

Herbs for Hives

Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.

Dandelion leaf is good kidney tonic and can sooth kidney hives. Kidney hives are usually round with clear borders.

Dandelion root is very good for soothing the liver.

Licorice in small amounts help with histamine (allergic) reactions.

Nettles to calm histamine (allergic) reactions; very effective for hives.

If you are not sure, use a combination of the above herbs for a broad spectrum effort.


Cell Salts to Help with Hives

To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.

#3 Calc sulph 6X – itching, burning, biting hives; better from heat, worse cold; yellow hives
#9 Nat mur 6X – itching, burning, whole body, large red blotches; worse from sun exposure and heat; clear hives
#12 Silicea 6X – rose colored blotches; itching day and night; better from warmth, worse cold


Hives Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.

Apis mellifica – acute allergic reactions; swells, puffiness especially in eyes; eyes swell shut; throat swells and starts to suffocate; moves around, comes and goes; severe itching, stinging, burning; allergic reactions to bee stings with redness, heat, throat swelling, eyes swelling or the whole body mimics histamine release; kidney edema; asthmatic hives; acute remedy of Natrum muriaticum.

Arsenicum album – burning hives better heat, warm bath; itching swelling.

Histaminum – for histamine reactions, a good general remedy.

Natrum mur –hives if Apis sooths but hives are chronic or from emotional upset; worse heat; burning, stinging, swelling, kidney edema, toxemia, pregnancy. Chronic remedy of Apis

Pulsatilla – hives from a digestive origin from fatty foods, worse greasy fatty fried foods, pork; indigestion or hives; swelling itching better cool applications; no thirst; Apis has more burning itching and stinging.

Rhus tox – rash with swelling and hives with burning, similar to Urtica urens; bound up tight feeling of skin; worse wet cold weather; restlessness.

Sulphur – hives itch, worse in heat of bed or bathing, sticks feed out of covers; worse warmth.

Urtica urens – hives and skin rashes due to allergies; skin rashes after shellfish; welts burning and stinging; nettle rash; if Apis doesn’t work.

 

 

Source: Dave’s Healing Notes

Natural Gout Remedies, Arthritis Associated

Gout is a associated with arthritis where uric acid creates crystals and builds up in various joints, often most painful in the large toes.

gout symptomsGouty arthritis comes when the body is unable to digest protein, and the kidneys are unable to get rid of uric acid. Uric acid crystals may end up in the joints of the large toe, ankles, knees, and other parts of the body. The causes are often dietary. Remove meats, especially pork and red meat. Tobacco, alcohol and coffee may contribute.

Modern medicine uses drugs that help with symptoms but may have toxic side effects.

 

Herbs for Gout

Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.

Dave’s Digestive Formula – improves digestion, rich in celery seed which helps the kidneys to remove excess uric acid.


Cell Salts to Help with Gout

To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.

#4 Ferr phos 6X – inflammation
#5 Kali mur 6X – swelling, mucus
#8 Mag phos 6X – sharp pains, cramping
#10 Nat phos 6X – to reduce over acidity, balance body pH


Gout Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.

Colchicum (#1) – kidney problems. Weak, tingling, cold, lame, stiff joints. Gout typical in big toe. Can’t touch or move it.  Swelling of limbs with stinging pains. Finger joints distorted. Top remedy for gout.

Apis mellifica – hot swollen joints that respond to cold application. Stinging and burning sensations. Upper eyelids may also be swollen.

Benzoic acidum – strong urine odor. Cracking joints, and nodes. Sharp pains. Achilles tendon painful. Arthritis of the wrists and ganglion cysts. Big toe pains. Emotionally sensitive. Feels depressed.

Causticum – emotionally over-sensitive, especially to social injustices. Thinking of problems increases pain. Paralyzed individual muscles. Tendons are painful and feel too short. Burning of joints. Deforming arthritis. unsteady gait. Cramping of feet or hands.

Guaiacum – aching in upper neck and shoulders. Deforming arthritis. joints are swollen, hot, painful, stinging. Hamstrings feel short. Needles in buttocks sensation. Stiffness. Joint pains from the ankles upward.

Kali carb – sharp stitching pains. Muscle twitching. Swollen limbs. Back is weak and legs give out. Fingers burn and pains from hops to knees. Sciatica pains. Emotionally feels duty bound and is exacting.

Rhus tox – sensitive to cold and damp conditions. Stiff in the morning or after sitting. Painful upon first movement but better from continued motion. Joints and gout worse from weather changes. Tearing pains of the tendons and ligaments. Ankles are swollen after an injury.

Sepia – low sex drive. Severe hormonal disturbances. Wants to be alone. Lame, stiff, shortened, bruised sensations. All limbs are restless. Hands or feet cold and the other hot. Limbs feel heavy.

Urtica urens (Nettles) – in a tincture for immediate relief to dissolve uric acid and normalize the pH. Temporary relief.

 

 

Source: Dave’s Healing Notes

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