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:


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.


Crohn’s Natural Remedies

Crohn’s disease is an inflammation of parts of the digestive tract; a person may have problems from the mouth to the anus. It affects the large intestine most frequently and those who have Crohn’s are between the ages of 15 and 40. Crohn’s affects more women (ages 15 to 50 years old) than men. Crohn’s involves lymphatic congestion of the colon area and the colon becomes fibrous and unyielding over time, when severe it can create pockets that perforate the colon, and carry toxic materials into the abdominal cavity (leaky gut).

Symptoms of Crohn’s include abdominal pain, appetite loss, gas, bloating, non-bloody diarrhea, open anal sores or other anal problems. A recto scope inspection shows a granulated look in the small intestine. There can also be weight loss from loss of appetite. The symptoms of Crohn’s disease come and go and may persist for years without serious symptoms. There may also be associated canker sores in the mouth. In medical diagnosis there are pits and ulceration of the small and large intestine.

The first cause of Crohn’s is most likely from a diet devoid of fiber (lacking fresh fruits and vegetables) which also tends to be rich in saturated fats. Increase dietary fiber and eat a more natural diet, devoid of processed foods. Tobacco, alcohol, coffee, soda pop and fast foods should be avoided at all costs. When these factors improve, you can have significant progress. The second cause of Crohn’s may be stress to which certain people are more susceptible. Combine these two (poor diet and stress) and there may be a bigger problem. These two causes of Crohn’s are possibilities, yet none are proven, however. Using herbs, cell salts and homeopathic remedies along with diet change can be very effective; for best results use all three of these in combination.

Medical treatments target symptoms of Crohn’s with steroids, antibiotics or other band-aid medications which come with side effects and long-term dependency; they may also cut out sections of the colon. The problem is that the symptoms continue to progress without dietary and stress changes.

The natural perspective usually deals with putting out fires from the severe symptoms while helping correct the underlying problems such as improving digestion, reducing stress, etc. One of the biggest challenges is to slowly wean off prescription medication with your doctor while implementing natural therapies. A hurdle to better healthy is getting off acid reducing drugs. NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) pain relievers also tear up the intestinal tract. This will likely take several months.

Let pain be your guide. Don’t let periods of remission lull you back to your vices.

As a nutritional supplement, use anti-oxidant Grape seed extract to build connective tissue integrity.


Herbs for Crohn’s

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

Chamomile is mildly bitter and stimulates digestion, calms the nerves; soothes gas and bloating; anti-spasmodic.

Cat’s claw has anti-inflammatory properties, gastrointestinal healer as well as for leaky gut syndrome, tissue regenerative.

Cramp bark is antispasmodic, feeds the nerves; helps with bowel tone.

Lobelia works as an expectorant to remove mucus; good to relax nervous tension.

Marshmallow coats and soothes the mucus membranes; good for inflammation of the gastro-intestinal tract and urinary tract as well as skin ulcers and wounds.

Melissa (Lemon balm) has been used as a nerve tonic and anti-spasmodic; relieves gas and bloating that can put pressure on the heart. Externally it is used to relieve cold sores.

Plantain is healing to the mucosal lining of the gut, and leaky gut syndrome.

Slippery elm is a mucus membrane soother and protective. It is also anti-inflammatory and tissue healing.

Wild Yam root helps the function of the liver which increases bile production (natural bowel lubricant and detoxifier); relieves gas, bowel irritation, intestinal colic, and diverticulitis.

Yellow Dock root is very mildly laxative for the large intestines. It stimulates the liver to produce more bile to soothe and lubricate the intestines, and slightly stimulates peristalsis of the colon; source of iron.

Cell Salts to Help with Crohn’s

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 – for inflammation
#10 Nat phos 6X – digestive balance, correct pH
#12 Silicea 6X – infections, pus, and connective tissue integrity

Crohn’s 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.

Aloe – pains before and with stool; abdomen feels bloated, heavy and hot; there is rumbling, gurgling, and feels hurried to have a bowel movement; worse left side, along colon; worse after eating; pain from navel to rectum.

Arsenicum album – one of the top remedies for Crohn’s especially for those with chronic diarrhea, burning pains that are worse with heat; perfectionism with restlessness or chronic fatigue.

Carcinosinum – perfectionism; gas; burning pains like fire in the ascending colon; better from pressure and doubling over.

Chamomilla – digestive problems worse from anger; colic, gas, distention; diarrhea looks like green chopped spinach.

Cinchona –  oversensitive mind; keeps them awake at night; severe gas and bloating; severe diarrhea that leaves them weak and tired; worse from fish, tea, sour wine, new beer, impure water, fruit, milk; belching of bitter fluid.

Colocynthis – lower abdominal pain and bloating that causes one to double over; burning anal region; painful swollen hemorrhoids; violent cutting or tearing pains; worse from anger.

Mercurius corrosive – restlessness at night; irritable during the day; digestive problems May to November; stomach cramps; stools hot, bloody, slimy and offensive; can have bleeding in rectum.

Nitricum acidum – Crohn’s with a feeling of splinters in the anus; caused from anti-biotic therapy; slimy and offensive diarrhea; negative attitude; symptoms worse from salt.

Phosphorus – burning rectum and severe diarrhea; sensitive people afraid of the dark; nose bleeds or other bleeding; exhausting diarrhea; weakness after stool; craving for icy cold drinks; worse from too much salt; cant tolerate warm food or drinks; craves sweets; smelly stools and gas.

Plumbum met – neurological problems with muscles paralyzed or atrophied; person may feel depressed or has lots of fears; hard lumpy black stools with urging and spasm of anus; gas and belching.

Sepia – feeling mentally and physically worn out; sensation of ball in anus or prolapse; heat and burning in anus; faint, sinking sensation in stomach; hormonal problems; low sex drive.

Silicea – shy timid pale person; feels cold; painful fistulas in rectum with pus; cold and constipated or chronic diarrhea from milk.

Veratrum album – feels an impending doom or sullen indifference, or religious obsession or ideas; large stools with straining and cold sweat on the forehead; nausea or vomiting worse from drinking or slightest motion; feels cold.



Source: Dave’s Healing Notes

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