Living in harmony with your own body is often not that easy. After all, it doesn't tell you clearly what it needs and what it doesn't need, but you have to listen very carefully and pay attention to the smallest signals. Or you simply live according to the organ clock!
What kind of esoteric approach is this again, you ask? It has nothing whatsoever to do with esotericism. The organ clock has its origins in traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM for short.
An insight into traditional Chinese medicine
When you hear the term "Traditional Chinese Medicine", you probably immediately think of acupuncture and massages. But TCM includes so much more. This healing art has been practiced for thousands of years. TCM is rooted in Chinese philosophy and considers the human being in its entirety. In addition to acupuncture and massages, medicinal herbs, exercise therapies and nutrition also play an important role in this holistic approach.
What is special about TCM is that great importance is attached to the cycles of the human being. The therapists recognized that certain symptoms often appeared at the same time and observed this more closely. The result was a therapy concept that is based precisely on these cycles. You see, millennia of knowledge and experience make the TCM equally.
It has also found its way into Germany a long time ago. For example, the first society for acupuncture was founded in 1951. In Western medicine, TCM is mainly used as a supplement.
The principles and concepts of TCM
Traditional Chinese medicine refers to various building blocks that interlock with each other. Only if this happens harmoniously, the person is healthy. These building blocks include, for example, Yin and Yang, Qi and Xue or the meridians.
According to TCM, symptoms do not indicate disorders within certain parts of the body, but an imbalance in the organism. The goal is therefore to restore the balance. We will now take a closer look at a few of the building blocks mentioned.
You've probably heard of yin and yang before. They are the epitome of polarity. Yang describes the energetic, active, bright and warm. Yin as its counterpart stands for the material, dormant, dark and cold. According to the Chinese view, the balance between yin and yang must always be maintained, because only then does the person remain healthy.
Energies in TCM
Qi and Xue are forms of energy. To be precise, Qi describes the life energy and Xue stands for the blood and all other nourishing fluids that flow through the body. The latter is assigned to the material Yin.
Qi belongs to the non-material Yang and flows through the meridians - but more about that later. Decisive for the state of health is the speed and quantity with which Qi moves through. It must neither be too fast nor too slow, but there must also not be too much or too little of it. Otherwise health complaints will arise.
By the way, there are even different types of qi. Weiqi, for example, is the labor energy that resides on the surface of the body and provides protection from external influences. Tianqi is the so-called heavenly qi and describes the absorption of air or oxygen by the lungs and its transformation into lung qi.
Qi and the meridians
As already mentioned, the life energy Qi flows through the meridians. These invisible pathways run like a net through the entire body. Each organ is connected to a main meridian. Each one of them is supplied with particularly high amounts of Qi for two hours every day.
Twelve hours after this maximum energy boost, an energy low point occurs. Thus, each organ has a high and a low phase and this is exactly what TCM is oriented to. The resulting cycle forms the basis of the organ clock.
If you live in harmony with it, you can contribute significantly to your own well-being, because the clock gives you the opportunity to optimally support your organs in their daily work. In their maximum time you can best support them with certain therapies and the like.
How the organ clock works
If you follow the organ clock, you will go through life with more energy and ease. Your sleep will be more restful and you can gather enough strength for the next day.
As you know by now, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, every organ has working hours and resting hours. They set the natural rhythm. When exactly these times are and what happens then, we now take a closer look.
The colon rings in the day
Between 5 and 7 in the morning, your body slowly wakes up. For this purpose, it releases cortisol and the detoxification can begin. So now is the perfect time to empty your bowels.
For a little support you provide a glass of lukewarm water. It will get your gastrointestinal tract going.
The stomach cries, "Breakfast!"
Between 7 and 9 o'clock the time of the stomach follows. Now that you've emptied your bowels, it's time to get back on track. Your digestion is now in full swing and you can treat yourself to a proper breakfast.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is important to be especially mindful when eating. Don't let yourself be distracted by your smartphone, the TV or the daily newspaper, but concentrate fully on the food. Ideally, your breakfast should be warm. An oatmeal or some steamed fruit is a good choice. Afterwards, you'll feel especially energetic.
About the spleen and a clear mind
After that, the peak phase of the spleen has begun. Between 9 and 11 o'clock it is supplied with a lot of energy. It then produces white blood cells in chord and your body becomes more resistant and boosts wound healing.
Your body temperature is also peaking. This is the right time to study or to complete tasks that require increased concentration. Your mind is especially clear and receptive.
The heart makes communicative
From 11 am to 1 pm is heart time. With a light lunch, you can recharge your batteries for the rest of the day. How you can draw a lot of energy from your food, keep a slim line and intuitively reach for the ingredients that are good for you, you will learn in the course "Eating Intuitively".
In the time of the heart you are especially communicative and in the mood to laugh. So don't spend your lunch break alone, but with nice colleagues or friends. Your heart will blaze - in a positive sense - and you will have a special joy in life.
Next in line is the small intestine, from 1 to 3 pm. That's when your body is in what's called a midday slump. If you can, then treat yourself to a short nap.
Your body is now processing all the impressions it has gathered throughout the day. What does the small intestine have to do with this? In a way, it is the brain of your stomach and supports you in storing important things and getting rid of unimportant ones.
The bladder detoxifies
The midday slump is finally over after 3pm and your body ramps up again by 5pm. Now is the perfect opportunity to do some exercise. Your blood pressure and your circulation reach a maximum again.
Your bladder is also working at full speed now, doing a remarkable job of detoxification. Drink plenty of water to help it along. By the way, your long-term memory also gets into high gear.
In the kidney time there is dinner
The evening is coming and your body feels it too. Between 5 and 7 p.m. your pulse drops again, but your body still needs some time to shut down. Now it's the kidneys' turn to do their bit for detoxification.
You can help them with warm herbal teas. You should also eat your dinner during kidney time. In two hours your stomach has reached its energy low and then has a hard time digesting.
About circulation and picard
From 7 p.m. onwards, it's officially rest time. Your body increasingly adjusts to relaxation and reduces the pulse even further. Traditional Chinese medicine associates this phase with the pericardium.
You can imagine this as a kind of shell that encloses your heart and protects its energy. A strong pericardium ensures harmony between body and soul. Spend the time between 7 and 9 pm with your loved ones and enjoy it.
Triple warmer: time for mental relaxation
From 9 to 11 p.m., it's the Triple Warmer's turn. No, this is not a newly discovered, tiny little organ in your body. It is the coordinator of the energy cycles. Its task is to ensure that the life energy can flow unhindered through your body.
Not only is your blood pressure dropping, but your digestive organs are also getting sluggish. They are now entering their well-deserved rest phase. The same goes for your thoughts and feelings. Let them run free, meditate and relax your mind.
The gallbladder switches the body to rest mode
11 p.m. is the time of the gallbladder. Your body goes further and further into rest mode. It continues to lower vital signs and your metabolism also slows down significantly at this time. The period between 11pm and 0am is when you get extra restful sleep, so make sure you're in bed around 11pm.
Ideally, you have already digested your last meal and you should also not consume alcoholic beverages. They would put unnecessary strain on your body and rob you of valuable recovery time.
At the low point of performance the liver detoxifies
Between 1 and 3 o'clock your performance has reached its lowest point. Your body is particularly sensitive now and you also freeze much faster. But what nevertheless works like clockwork is your liver.
It detoxifies your body properly. But it can only do that when you're really sleeping. So night owls make it pretty hard for the liver.
Clean the lungs with fresh air
Between 3 and 5 o'clock it is the lungs' turn to dedicate themselves to their cleansing process. If you sleep with the window open, you can support it in this process.
If you have to get up at this time, treat yourself to a few minutes on the balcony or take a short walk. This will give you a good portion of energy to carry you through the day.
What problems can be eliminated with the organ clock?
The basic principles of the organ clock are now clear and you also know when which organ has its high and low time. But what do you do best with this knowledge? To bring some light into the darkness, let's take a look at a few examples. Do you have a restless sleep and often wake up at night? Then be sure to look at the clock.
If it's usually between 1 and 3 o'clock, then you're probably giving your liver a bit too much to cope with. Nicotine and alcohol, but also heavy meals that you have eaten late, are now wreaking havoc and robbing you of your sleep. In this case, it is advisable to reduce your consumption of alcoholic drinks and cigarettes and to eat dinner earlier than usual. Give your body enough time to digest before going to bed and you will be much less likely to be jolted out of your dreams.
If, on the other hand, the time you wake up is usually between 3 and 5 a.m., then your lungs are most likely to blame for your sleep problems. So pay more attention to them and help your body get more oxygen. Give your bedroom a good airing before you go to bed, or sleep with the window open.
Organ Clock Tips: Immediately implementable ideas for more energy in everyday life by using the organ clock
When you hear the word "energy source" I'm sure you immediately think of food, right? So let's start with that too. Your stomach is particularly active between 7 and 9 a.m., so this is the best time for a proper breakfast. This will set you up for an active and successful day.
The stomach, on the other hand, goes through its low phase between 7 and 9 pm. Eating dinner then is not a good idea. Your digestion works comparatively slowly during this period and the food remains in the stomach for a very long time.
It can create ferments that make you sleep poorly later. Ideally, you should have finished dinner by 6:30 pm at the latest. Then you can look forward to a peaceful and restful sleep, in which you can gather enough strength for the new day.
Thinking ability and muscle strength at the highest level
Do you have important tasks ahead of you that require a high level of concentration or do you have to study for an exam? Then you are most productive between 9 and 11 o'clock. During this time, you can focus particularly well and are difficult to distract.
You can direct all your energy to all these tasks without interruption. You need some help to manage your time optimally and to become especially productive? Then the course "Be productive" just the thing for you.
You have especially much strength and endurance in the afternoon between 3 and 5 pm. During fitness training, you can really work out now and continue to improve your performance.
Does the Chinese organ clock really work and what are the benefits of living according to this principle?
If you live according to the organ clock, you orient yourself to the natural rhythm of your body. This way you can always give each organ exactly what it needs at the moment and use energy surges optimally for yourself. Your sleep will also be more restful, because you support your body in the best possible way during regeneration.
If you follow the organ clock, you ensure that Qi can flow freely and maintain your inner balance and thus your health. The fact that there are cyclical fluctuations in the body has been proven, for example, by the concentration of cortisol in the blood. However, there is no comprehensive confirmation on the part of science so far. But as the saying goes: "The proof of the pudding is in the eating". Using the organ clock as a guide in everyday life can do no harm at all.