The Chinese Medicine Clock shows the times when, traditionally, the different organs are most active. It can be a pointer to an organ being ‘out of balance’.
Each organ has a two hour period every day when its energy is enhanced. That doesn’t mean it works better then! In fact it could produce more symptoms, not less!
And always consider the organ the Chinese medicine clock times of which are 12 hours away.
For example, the horary time for the Lungs is 0300-0500. But the Lungs have a relationship with the Bladder 1500 – 1700.
So when Lungs are ‘up’, Bladder is ‘down’. Sometimes you get a problem due at least in part to the organ 12 hours away. Ideally they should complement or support one another.
Sometimes the link between two organs gets blocked. If so, using the exit and entry points may clear the blockage.
Some acupuncture traditions consider that treating an organ’s element point during the organ’s clock time makes the point more effective.
For example, your Lungs come under the Metal element or phase. So treating Lung 8, which is the Lung channel’s Metal point, would make it work more effectively if treated between 0300 and 0500. Of course, there hasn’t been a lot of research on this particular point in that regard because most acupuncturists are asleep then.
Find out more under Element Acupuncture Points.
Well – there are a number! But research was done in Japan by Dr Yoshio Manaka on the Chinese medicine clock times and described in his book ‘Chasing the Dragon’s Tail‘.
A frequent objection comes from countries where twice a year the clock times are altered to ‘save daylight’.
At these times, all the clock times alter by one hour which you would think would throw off the Chinese medicine clock times.
However, in my experience, our bodies adapt fairly quickly, but it does mean that for a few days the times become fuzzy. For more on this, at least for Britain, see time and date.com
When you were born, (date, place and time) may reveal your ‘sensitive’ times. For example, if you are born in the late evening, a possible health complication may arise from the organ energies which are then in action: in this case your Three-Heater (Arm Shao Yang) 2100-2300h or Gallbladder (Leg Shao Yang) 2300-0100h. Or possibly those at the opposite, 12 hours away, being Spleen (Leg Tai Yin) and Heart (Arm Shao Yin).
This is not the same as being born in the year of the ‘Rat’ or the ‘Rooster’. Here’s a link (there’s another below) to read more about Chinese astrology.
Nor is it the same as insights from the Sidereal zodiac used, for instance, in Indian astrology, or the Tropical zodiac mostly used in Western astrology – see below for links. (If these distinctions mean nothing to you, well … you’re in good company! And, probably, most people are pretty sceptical of the whole thing, but Chinese astrology is still a major tradition in modern Chinese cultural life, and much the same applies, unofficially, in our cynical West!)
I have occasionally benefited from considering these issues for patients with difficult or very chronic conditions. Some people who believe in reincarnation view the ‘horoscope’ (the picture wheel of sun, moon and planet placements, like the one above) as revealing depths inherited and to be worked on in the current life: a pattern only at last able to emerge through that baby’s birth.
Sometimes these chart patterns suggest when things may happen or change unless upset by ‘force majeure’. Some patients benefit when they can see themselves as part of a bigger pattern in life, and horoscopes certainly can provide that. (This is quite different from the kind of ‘Sun-Sign’ astrology you often see in newspapers.)
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