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.


Pancreas issues, root causes

3rd Chakra– Solar Plexus: Self-empowerment

  • Feelings of judgment
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Low self-esteem
  • Suppressing laughter
  • Incorrect use of ego
  • Feels the joy of living is gone/not allowing joy
  • Ashamed of something you have done

Acid Reflux or GERD Natural Remedies

Your stomach acid helps digest your food. This stomach acid is very strong – the same acidity as battery acid. While the stomach can handle this, the more sensitive esophagus cannot. When the stomach sphincter is too weak, stomach acid regurgitates up into the esophagus, and causes a burning sensation called Heartburn. While occasional heartburn is common, more frequent, ongoing heartburn may be Acid Reflux, or GERD. Symptoms of acid reflux include burning chest pain, sour taste in the mouth, difficulty swallowing, belching, hoarseness, and sometimes breathing difficulties. Acid Reflux symptoms are worse from lying down or bending over.

Acid Reflux may be caused by a poor diet with too much citrus, certain spices, and fatty or irritating foods. Check with your doctor as some medications promote acid reflux. Smoking, alcohol, coffee, and other foods will make Acid Reflux symptoms worse.

Doctor’s treatment for acid reflux usually entails antacids and proton pump inhibitors that stop or slow down stomach acid, which may cause nutritional deficiencies and contribute to osteoporosis and immune dysfunction. They especially reduce B vitamins, iron and calcium.

The goal from a natural perspective to help Acid Reflux is to first relieve symptoms with natural remedies, and then correct the dietary imbalances. Start with a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables and mild meats such as chicken, turkey and fish, then add cell salts, homeopathy, and herbs to correct the underlying causes of acid reflux. Additionally, it is important to address stressful conditions in a person’s life.


Herbs for Acid Reflux

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

DGL (De-glycerized licorice) – provides symptomatic relief

Slippery elm – for use with DGL for fast symptom relief

Calendula tincture – for inflammation, tightening and repairing tissues, and lymphatic improvement

Cell Salts to Help Acid Reflux

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.

#8 Mag phos 6X – muscular spasms of the stomach
#10 Nat phos 6X – normalize pH, over-acidity
#11 Nat sulph 6X – pancreas, liver support

Acid Reflux 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.

Calcerea carb – frequent acid reflux with sour belching or vomiting; loud belching; stomach cramps. Person is a workaholic; doesn’t like bad news.

Nux vomica – feels like food won’t digest; worse from alcohol. Sour taste and nausea in mornings. For irritable, angry people that work too hard and play too hard; desire stimulants.

Pulsatilla – stomach feels heavy; gassy, belching, bad food or bitter taste in mouth; can’t eat greasy or fatty foods. Fears of being alone or disappointing people; cries easily.



Source: Dave’s Healing Notes

Hypoglycemia Natural Remedies

Hypoglycemia includes symptoms of irritability, anger, dizziness and blurred vision, depression, weakness, and sugar cravings from excess insulin production which causes blood sugar levels to drop below normal. There are 3 types of hypoglycemia but we we’ll talk about functional hypoglycemia because the causes are fairly simple. Rarer types of hypoglycemia can stem from liver failure or tumors of the liver or pancreas. Causes of functional hypoglycemia are often poor diet choices (high in fat and sugar – low in nutrients) and stress conditions.

Modern medicine rarely recognizes hypoglycemia as a condition or disease as it may mimic other diseases or conditions. As a functional hypoglycemic they usually offer orange juice or sugar for reactions, but this hurts in the long term.

Naturally, we want to what is causing the symptoms of hypoglycemia. First, look at a diet. If it is rich in fast foods, sugar, coffee, caffeine, alcohol and sodas, these are the main culprit. Change to a protein-rich diet and fresh whole fruits and vegetables – this is to stop an overproduction of insulin. Also see insulin resistance. If the symptoms are still there after a diet correction we think of stress and fatigue from adrenal exhaustion as a common cause. A weak thyroid can also be a cause to a hypothyroid condition.

Natural supplements for hypoglycemia include Chromium taken 2 times a day (GTF Chromium is most effective); B vitamins are also important to reduce stress.


Herbs for Hypoglycemia

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

Use these as single herbs or make a combination.

Artichoke leaves –bitter, improves digestion and liver function.

Dandelion root – for liver support and repair as the liver is responsible to store glycogen (a form of quick-release sugar) to compensate for excess insulin production.

Eleutherococcus – very effective as an adaptogen to strengthen the endocrine system as well as the immune system.

Schizandra – an adaptogen for the endocrine system specifically for the adrenals and especially for the liver and also for the respiratory system.

Suma – hormonal issues in menopause, strengthen endocrine system including adrenals, adaptogen.

Cell Salts to Help with Hypoglycemia

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.

#2 Calc phos 6X – improves digestion, calcium absorption
#9 Nat mur 6X – improves digestion, symptoms from grief
#12 Silicea 6X – weak and delicate constitution (lacking grit) with feeling cold, shy person

Hypoglycemia 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.

Graphites – hypoglycemia with tendency toward obesity; skin problems eczema with yellow sticky discharges; scars easily (Silica is a thin person who scars easily).

Iodium – fast metabolism, emaciation; feels hot; ravenous appetite; irritable, impulsive, restless; worse with heat, better from cold.

Kali carb – extremely sensitive to pain, noise and touch; black and white thinking; weak lower back; cant tolerate cold weather; feels hypoglycemic at 2 am to 4 am (during sleep).

Lycopodium – hypoglycemia reactions seen especially from 4 pm to 8 pm; digestive problems; weak liver; self esteem issues; right-sided problems.

Phosphorus – weakness with oversensitivity; fears of the dark; respiratory issues; frequent bleeding or nosebleeds.

Sulphur – feels hot; intellectual and messy person; must stick feet out of the covers at night.



Source: Dave’s Healing Notes

Hemochromatosis Natural Remedies

The traditional form of hemochromatosis is an iron overload disease; the body absorbs too much iron, stores it in the pancreas, liver and heart. It can cause these organs to fail if it is not discovered early enough. If left unchecked hemochromatosis can damage the heart muscle. Too much iron can be too much of a good thing. Those afflicted with hemochromatosis can absorb iron up to 20 times the normal rate. In menstruating women hemochromatosis can remain undiagnosed (as menstruating is one of the only ways to get rid of excess iron); symptoms don’t usually come on until menopause.

The symptoms are persistent fatigue, abdominal discomfort, swollen liver, raised liver enzymes, joint pains, loss of sex drive and even bronzed skin (too much melanin). A fairly sure sign of hemochromatosis is bronzed skin along with an enlarged liver, diabetes or fatty liver. It is found more in males, more in Scandinavians, dietary iron, or toxic liver (usually from alcoholism).

Causes of hemochromatosis are usually from an inherited defective gene sequence or a weak or toxic liver that cannot release excess iron. Other problems that may be a consequence of excess iron may be adrenal damage or heart disease.

The medical viewpoint is that hemochromatosis is incurable and should be easily managed through blood donation on a regular basis, a diet low in iron, and a diagnosis of liver, pancreas and heart health.  Blood tests are done on those affected and family members who may be undiagnosed because there may be a hereditary link. Vitamin C as not recommended for hemochromatosis patients as it helps a person absorb iron. Research has shown that excessive iron damages cells and organs.

The natural viewpoint is that while the hemochromatosis may be genetic, it is a liver weakness as well as adrenal related. Many people use natural therapies along with blood donation and low iron foods.

It is always important to avoid tobacco, alcohol, coffee, black tea and foods rich in iron (mostly meat). A vegetarian diet may be helpful as well as healthful.

Antioxidants are important to support cells, tissue, and organs and are cell protective; Alpha lipoic acid-300 mg a day, and Grape seed extract – 200 mg a day.

Dr. Walch (doctor famous for his nutrition research) recommends copper to chelate (take out) excessive iron. Try 2 mg of Copper in divided doses during the day. Selenium-200 micrograms and Vitamin E at 1000 IU a day also help to manage iron stores in the body.


Herbs for Hemochromatosis

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

Use a combination of the following herbs in capsule or powder for maximum benefit, and adjust as your condition improves. Therapeutic dose is equal to one capsule of each herb or 1 liquid dropper full of an herbal tincture 3 times a day.

Rosemary leaves are antioxidant as well as promote good brain (circulation) and heart protection.

Gingko leaves herb have antioxidant properties protective of veins, arteries, brain, and heart.

Schizandra berries are an adaptogen herb for hemochromatosis protects adrenals liver and respiratory system.

Reishi mushroom is an immune protector, liver protector, nerve and heart protective.
Cordyceps mushroom is an adaptogen, liver protective and improves blood quality.

Rhodiola root is an adaptogen, antioxidant, heart protective and makes the mind sharper.

Cell Salts to Help with Hemochromatosis

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 Ferrum phos 6X –normalizes iron; many people report success when taken over several months.

Hemochromatosis 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.

The best way to help hemochromatosis is to use a homeopath that can take your case and deal with your constitution to improve overall health.

There is one remedy that has been used with success and may be useful.

Ferrum metallicum – iron normalization, blood diseases; exhaustion; restlessness; must walk about slowly.



Source: Dave’s Healing Notes

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