24hour organ clock

When you come in to the Sydney Acupuncture clinic, we discuss many different concepts and ideas, use different vocabulary, one is the 24 hour organ clock. Within Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that each organ has its highest and lowest energy point at special times.

The 24-hour organ clock cycle can assist us recognise when to exercise, eat, have sex, rest and sleep. It also acts to communicate with a particular organ or meridian (energy channel) of the body.

Large Intestine: 5 am to 7 am 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 away toxins from your body and comb your hair. It is believed that combing your hair helps to clear out energy from the mind. You could also include dry washing qi gong which I may have shown to you. At this time, emotions of defensiveness or feelings of being stuck could be evoked.

  • Rising and defecating
  • Guilt
  • Stuck
  • Defensiveness

Stomach: 7-9 am is the time of the Stomach so it is important to eat the most important meal of the day. It is the most optimal digestion and absorption. Warm meals which are high in nutrition values are best in the morning. You can add those “bad carbs” (satire) at this time. Emotions that are likely to be stirred include disgust or despair (unable to stomach something).

  • Healthy eating
  • Disgust
  • Despair

Spleen 9-11am is the time of 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. Is it a coincidence that the working day starts at 9am. Emotions such as low self-esteem


may be felt at this time.

  • Thinking and working
  • Jealousy/Worry
  • Low Self-esteem

Heart 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.  Are you happy when the lunch bell goes? or are you missing out on joy by working through your lunch?

  • Meeting talking and eating
  • Joy
  • Frightfully Sad

Small Intestine 1-3pm 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.

  • Sorting and organizing
  • Insecurity
  • Vulnerable / Gullible
  • Feelings of Abandonment

Urinary Bladder 3-5 pm is the time of the Urinary 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.

  • Storing and reserving
  • associated with the Skin
  • Irritation
  • Timidity

Kidneys 5-7 pm 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.

  • Driving and consolidating
  • Fear
  • Terror

Pericardium 7-9 pm is the time of Pericardium 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.

  • Socializing and flirting
  • Unresponsive
  • Hurt/Extreme Joy
  • Inability to Express Emotions
  • Depleted

San Jiao 9-11pm is the time of San Jiao 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.

  • Associated with the Thyroid and Adrenals
  • Controls Metabolism
  • Energy Transfer and Regulates Temperature
  • Relaxing and Chilling
  • Hopelessness
  • Confusion, Paranoia

Gallbladder 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 ad 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.

  • Sleeping and regenerating
  • Bitterness
  • Resentment

Liver 1-3am 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.

  • Deep resting and dreaming
  • Anger
  • Frustration
  • Rage

Lungs 3-5am: 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.

  • Early stirring gentle breathing
  • Grief
  • Sadness

Sydney Chinese Medicine practitioners use this clock to help them determine the organ responsible for disease. For example, if you find yourself waking up between the hours of 3-5 am each morning, you may have underlying grief or sadness that is bothering you or you may have a condition in the lung area.


The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

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Rodd Sanchez Sydney