Circadian rhythms are physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a daily cycle. The cycle is mostly regulated by light which then affects hormones, wake and sleep, eating and body temperature. The popularity of bio-hacking or ability to manipulate nutrition, fitness and lifestyle to improve your health fits with the Chinese medicine clock.
In TCM the clock is broken up into 2 hour segments with paired organs representing that time slot. For example, the Heart & Small Intestine have their fullest energetics between 11-1 and 1-3 pm, respectively. As you can see on the chart, these organs are also represented by the element of Fire. This time period is when you have the best blood circulation and absorption of food. The later part of this time period around 2-3 pm is for rest such as taking an afternoon nap. Emotionally the Heart segment would be a time of great joy or sadness depending on the situation.
Another prominent time that often causes problems for people is the Liver/Gallbladder 11:00 pm-1:00 am and 1:00-3:00 am. During Liver time toxins are released from the body and fresh new blood is made. From 11 pm -3 am should also be the time of your deepest sleep. When the energy is not settled, it will rise and cause you to wake. If you find yourself waking regularly during this time period, it may be due to anxiety, frustration or anger.
Please speak to your TCM practitioner about how to incorporate better daily habits and how to use this bio-hack wheel to improve your health.
Quote of the day:
“Adapt the remedy to the disease.” – Chinese Proverb