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Body Organ Times and Relationships

Updated: Oct 10, 2021


A quick read to understanding Chinese organ clock which is the natural rhythm of our organs and learning to support them in a holistic way.

Chinese medicine is a rich medical system that has existed in some form for more than 3,000 years. The earliest-found writings, on pieces of tortoise shells and bone, date back to the shamanistic era of the Shang Dynasty (15th to 11th centuries BCE). Foundational Chinese medicine texts date back to the Han Dynasty (206 BCE to 220 CE).


A medical system that has been used for thousands of years to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. For example, the universe and Earth have qi, as does your body, organs and even thoughts and emotions. It is based on the belief that qi (the body's vital energy) flows along meridians (channels) through the body and keeps a person's spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health in balance.

Most major cultural traditions identify a “vital energy” that guides someone’s physical and mental processes, says Dr. Jill Blakeway, a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. In Indian culture, it’s called prana. In Greek culture, it’s called pneuma. In Chinese culture, it’s called qi. To understand the Chinese body clock, you first need to grasp the concept of qi.

Human organs function time recognises that qi is something that is constantly changing. The organ clock theory continuously transforms as it moves within the body or between people and objects. The Chinese body organ time is built on the learning that qi moves in 2-hour intervals throughout the organ systems, in a 24-hour cycle. While you’re sleeping, qi is believed to draw inward to fully restore your body.

This table shows which organs correlate to the 2-hour intervals of the Chinese body clock.


5–7 a.m.

Large intestine: This period is thought to be when you should give yourself enough time to honour the elimination function of the large intestine.

Negative Emotions: Fear of Letting Go, Holding on ro The Past, Core Beliefs About Self

Positive Emotions: Release, Move Forward, Love, Compassion

Musical Frequency: C

Essential Oils: Peppermint, Fennel, DiGize, Release, Into the Future, Inner Child, Sara, Trauma Life, Transformation, Highest Potential


7–9 a.m.

Stomach: The stomach is a hollow organ, or "container," that holds food while it is being mixed with stomach enzymes. Powerful hydrochloric acid helps in the breaking down of the food. These enzymes continue the process of breaking down food into a usable form. Cells in the lining of your stomach secrete a strong acid and powerful enzymes that are responsible for the breakdown process. When the contents of the stomach are processed enough, they’re released into the small intestine.

Negative Emotions: Dread, Fear of New Things, Control, Digest Ideas, Worry, Stress

Musical Frequency: E

Essential Oils: Valor, Release, Surrender, DiGize, Peace & Calming, Into The Future, Fennel, Wintergreen, Peppermint


9–11 a.m.

Spleen: The spleen is thought to be linked to the stomach, which is in charge of receiving food and drink before ultimately fermenting them. During this period, it’s believed that qi is being propelled upward by the spleen.

Negative Emotions: Obsession, Worry, Dwelling, Pensiveness, Over Thinking Leading to Inability to Focus, Anxiety

Positive Emotions: Fairness, Openness And Trust

Musical Frequency: E

Essential Oils: Surrender, Release, Gratitude, Thieves, Transformation, Ledum, Grapefruit, Oregano, Thyme, StressAway, Peace and Calming


11–1 p.m.

Heart: Because the heart represents peacefulness, it’s essential to reduce stress during this period, according to those who prescribe to the Chinese body clock.

Negative Emotions: Lack Of Love Or Joy, Grief, Sorrow

Positive Emotions: Gratitude, Joy Love, Peace, Serenity, Forgiveness

Musical Frequency: F

Essential Oils: Rutavala, Aroma Life, Valor, Joy, Forgiveness, Ylang Ylang, Cypress, Jasmine


1–3 p.m.

Small intestine: Heavier meals are believed to be more tolerated during this period, as the qi expands and begins to crest at midday.

Negative Emotions: Lack of Compassion, Charity, Lack of Hope

Positive Emotions: Gut Feelings, Compassion Love, Hope, Source of Power

Musical Frequency: D

Essential Oils: DiGize, Joy, Hope, Harmony, Purification, Sensation, Peppermint, Fennel


3–5 p.m.

Bladder: This is the period 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.

Negative Emotions: Anxiety, Holding on to Old Ideas, Fear of Letting Go, Pissed Off, Bent Out of Shape

Positive Emotions: Calm, Relaxed, Composed, Release, Courage, Forgiveness, Surrender

Musical Frequency: C

Essential Oils: Valor, Release, Surrender, Into The Future, Forgiveness, Juniper, Sage, Geranium


5–7 p.m.

Kidney: This 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.

Negative Emotions: Fear of Future, Disappointment, Criticism, Failure, Shame, Do or Die, Stuck, Revenge

Positive Emotions: Move Forward, Faith, Love, Safety, Approval, Success, Rave

Musical Frequency: E

Essential Oils: Valor, Into the Future, Surrender, Release, Inner Child, Forgiveness, Hope, Humility, Juniper, Sage, Geranium


7–9 p.m.

Pericardium: The pericardium is believed to be the protector of the heart. This period is when qi is supposedly regulated to prevent symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting.

Negative Emotions: Anger, Childhood, Trauma, Self-Esteem

Positive Emotions: Forgiveness, Gratitude, Peace, Self-Worth, Relaxation

Musical Frequency: C

Essential Oils: Mister, Highest Potential, Trauma Life, Forgiveness, Golden Rod


9–11 p.m.

Triple Warmer / Adrenal: The triple burner refers to the organ system as a whole, and this period is thought to be when it generates the most amount of heat.

Negative Emotions: Sick & Tired, Control, Defeatism

Positive Emotions: Energetic, Lively, Relaxed, Surrender, Balance

Musical Frequency: E

Essential Oils: Endoflex, En-R-Gee, Hope, Surrender, Nutmeg, Clove


11–3 a.m.

Gallbladder: 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.

Negative Emotions: Blame, Bitterness, Condemning, Pride

Positive Emotions: Approve, Pardon, Absolve, Contentment, Congeniality, Sweetness, Humility

Musical Frequency: E

Essential Oils: JuvaFlex, JuvaCleanse, GLF, Transformation, Forgiveness, Humility, Ledum, Grapefruit


1–3 a.m.

Liver: Those who prescribe to the Chinese body clock believe it’s important to give your liver as little to process as possible during this period so it can focus on its several cleansing functions. This means eating your last meal of the day early and making sure it’s light.

Negative Emotions: Anger, Rage, Justifying, Chronic Complaints

Positive Emotions: Forgiveness, Love, Accountability, Gratitude

Musical Frequency: E

Essential Oils: JuvaCleanse, JuvaFlex, GLF, Forgiveness, Release, Surrender, Transformation, Hope, ledum, Lemon, Grapefruit, Coriander


3–5 a.m.

Lung: This period is when the lungs are at their peak energy. It’s is believed to be an ideal time to exercise, as opposed to later in the day.

Negative Emotions: Despair, Grief, Sadness, Inner Crying, Rejection

Positive Emotions: Joy, Hope, Acceptance

Musical Frequency: F

Essential Oils: Acceptance, Joy, Peace and Calming, Raven, Ravintsara, Eucalyptus, Thyme (for asthma see also adrenal also: Citrus Fresh, marjoram, Nutmeg, Clove)

One of the most important 2-hour intervals is between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m., which is when the liver is cleansing the blood. It’s during this time frame where the qi moves to the liver at 1a.m. and outward at 3a.m. to the lung. begins to prepare for qi to move outward from the body again.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, this is known as the Organ Body Clock. It recognises that all of our organs are energetically interconnected. They each have active and regular rest cycles throughout the clock, with different organs becoming dominant at different times.

By working with the body clock and better understanding our bodies’ rhythms, we more easily trace our ailments and conditions to their source for faster relief, sustainable healing, and energetic balance ... Like a Swiss Watch!

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Oct 16, 2021

How come you know alot of those mentioned

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