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Only Time Will Tell: The Horary Clock

Updated: Oct 28, 2020

System Check...

Do you get tired at particular times of the day? Are you prone, at certain times of the day, to headaches? Are you irritable? Grumpy? Energetic? The energy cycle is the same in all of us, we just have to pay attention to it. According to the root and branch energetic rhythms in traditional Chinese medicine, Qi flow circulates through 12 main channels, beginning with the Lungs, as respiration is the first independent bodily function of the human vessel, then systematically flows through each organ!


How Does It Work?

Chinese Medicine’s 24 hour body clock is divided into 12 two-hour intervals of the Qi moving through the organ system. I use this clock to help determine the organ responsible for imbalance. For example, if you find yourself waking up between the hours of 3-5am 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 1-3am. The clock is built upon the concept of the flow of energy throughout the body. During a 24-hour period (see diagram that follows) Qi moves in two-hour intervals through the organ systems. During sleep, Qi draws inward to restore the body. This phase is completed between 1 and 3 a.m., when the liver cleanses the blood and performs a myriad of functions that set the stage for Qi moving outward again.


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