How Well Is Your Internal Organ/Emotion Clock Working?
This chart above is from the ancient wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine. According to this 2,500-year-old ancient wisdom, every major organ of our body is linked to a specific time on your internal clock. Each organ has a 2-hour time period during a 24-hour cycle. According to Chinese medicine, this is the time when a particular organ is most energized and working its hardest, affecting the corresponding emotions, and what our overall energy level is during that time.
I remember the first time I learned about this fascinating clock and was so amazed that our body cleanses different organs at specific times during a 24-hour cycle along with the emotion associated with that particular organ. Our bodies are so awesome!
We can learn so much from this organ/emotion clock. A valuable clue is to see how your body is functioning at specific times during the day. Do you have energy slumps or bursts of energy at specific times during the day or night hours? Are you waking up at a certain time every night? These all can be signs of congestion according to the specific organ/emotional clock.
I’m going to break this down for you in 2-hour segments throughout your day, showing which organ/organs are working and which emotions correspond to that particular system. Also, I have given you some recommendations for foods, herbs, and some exercises that can help to strengthen these specific systems.
Let’s start with the 2-hour segment 5 am – 7am:
5 am- 7 am
Organ: Large Intestine
Corresponding Emotions: Guilt, Stagnation, Letting Go, Unforgiveness, Rejection
Foods/Herbs to Strengthen and Decongest: Triphala Fiber, Slippery Elm, Chamomile, Peppermint, Licorice Root, Aloe Vera, Flax and Chia Seeds, Bentonite Clay, staying hydrated with pure filtered water (add the juice of fresh squeezed lemon for a cleansing affect), Fermented Foods, Probiotics
7 am- 9 am: Stomach
Corresponding Emotions: Despair, Anxiety, Nervousness, Worry
Foods/Herbs to Strengthen and Decongest: Peppermint, Chamomile, Slippery Elm, Aloe Vera, Lemon Balm, Ginger, Fennel, Licorice Root, Digestive Bitters, Digestive Enzymes, Calendula, Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
9 am- 11 am
Corresponding Emotions: Jealousy, Low Self Esteem, Helplessness, Hopelessness, Failure
Foods/Herbs to Strengthen and Decongest: Astragalus, Ginseng, Licorice Root, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Legumes, Lightly Cooked Vegetables, Figs, Coconuts, Grapes, Brown Rice, Sweet Potatoes, Dates, Ginger, Spring Onions
11 am- 1pm
Corresponding Emotions: Love, Love Unreceived, Heartache, Abandonment, Betrayal, Vulnerability, Depression, Sadness, Lost
Foods/Herbs to Strengthen and Decongest: Green Leafy Vegetables, Cruciferous Vegetables, Garlic, Leeks, Onion, Olives, Olive Oil, Berries, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Wild Caught Salmon, Hawthorn Extract, Rutin, Bioflavonoids, Hesperidin, Berberine, Adaptogens, such as: Rhodiola, Ashwagandha, Cordyceps, Resveratrol, Rose
1 pm- 3pm
Organ: Small Intestine
Corresponding Emotions: Insecurity, Effort Unreceived, Forlorn
Foods/Herbs to Strengthen and Decongest: Fennel, Caraway, Cinnamon, Cumin, Cardamom, Rosemary, Peppermint, Dill, Berberine, Garlic, Digestive Bitters, Digestive Enzymes, Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, Dill, Gentian Root, Chamomile, Goldenseal, Oregon Grape Root, Olive Leaf Extract, Pau d’ Arco, Lactobacillus Plantarum, Coconut Oil, Coconut Kefir, Papaya, Chia and Flax Seeds
3 pm-5 pm
Corresponding Emotions: Peeved, Dread, “Pissed Off”, Irritation, Dread
Foods/Herbs to Strengthen and Decongest: Corn Silk, Bromelain, Buchu, Cranberry, Uva Ursi, Horsetail, Oregon Grape Root, Watermelon, Watermelon Seeds
5 pm- 7pm
Corresponding Emotions: Fear, Horror, Terror, Unsupported, Isolation, Weak Willpower, Insecurity
Foods/Herbs to strengthen and Decongest: Dandelion Tea, Marshmallow Root, Juniper, Nettles, Parsley, Ginger, Red Clover, Golden Rod, Watermelon, Beet Juice, Lemon Juice, Pumpkin Seeds, Turmeric, Cranberry Juice
7 pm- 9 pm
Organ: Pericardium (supports heart function)
Corresponding Emotions: Excessive Euphoria and Compassion
Foods/Herbs/Exercises to Strengthen and Decongest: Prayer, Meditation, Self-Care, Self-Love, Gentle Stretching, Relaxation, Being with Loved Ones, Community, Green Leafy Vegetables, Cruciferous Vegetables, Garlic, Leeks, Onion, Olives, Olive Oil, Berries, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Wild Caught Salmon, Hawthorn Extract, Rutin, Bioflavonoids, Hesperidin, Berberine, Adaptogens, such as: Rhodiola, Ashwagandha, Cordyceps, Resveratrol, Rose
9 pm-11 pm
Organ: Triple Burner (Adaptation and Resilience to Stress, Adrenals, Thyroid, Metabolism, Inflammation)
Corresponding Emotions: Hopelessness, Confusion, Having Difficulty Knowing and Speaking One’s Own Truth, Self-Expression, Creative Insecurity, Overwhelmed, Anxiety, Sleep Difficulty, Mood Disturbances
Foods/Herbs/Exercises to Strengthen and Decongest: Fenugreek, Ginger, Cayenne, Oregano, Ginseng, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Cumin, Turmeric, Cardamom, Adaptogen Herbs: Rhodiola, Ashwagandha, Cordyceps, Licorice Root, Nuts, Seeds, Organ Meats (organic), Sea Vegetables, Green Tea, Lentils, Eggs, Iodine, Green Leafy Vegetables, Root Vegetables, Deep Breathing, Alternate Nostril Breathing, Movement
11 pm- 1 am
Corresponding Emotions: Indecisiveness, Resentment, Taken for Granted, Bitterness
Foods/Herbs to Strengthen and Decongest: Diet rich in plant foods, Green Leafy Vegetables, Cruciferous Vegetables, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Fresh Lemon Juice, Sunflower Lecithin, Lipase Enzymes, Ox Bile/Bile Salts, Turmeric, Barberry, Rosemary, Nuts, Seeds, Root Vegetables, Avocados
1 am- 3 am
Corresponding Emotions: Anger, Unsuppressed Anger, Depression, Frustration, Resentment, Bitterness, “Flying off the Handle”
Foods/ Herbs to Strengthen and Decongest: Room Temperature or Warm Water With Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice, Milk Thistle, Dark Green Leafy Vegetables, Cruciferous Vegetables, Red Beets and Tops, Berries, Bitter Greens (Dandelion, Mustard Greens, Kale, Nettles), Gentian Root, Ox Bile/Bile Acids, Digestive Bitters, Green Tea, Citrus Bioflavonoids, Olive Oil, Garlic, Ginger, Turmeric, Sunflower Lecithin
3 am -5 am
Corresponding Emotions: Grief, Sadness, Detachment, Rejection, Sorrow
Foods/Herbs/Exercises to Strengthen and Decongest: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Mullein, Green Tea, Osha Root, Astragalus, Apples, Berries, Reishi Mushroom, Wild Cherry, Elecampane, Lungwort, Chaparral, Plantain Leaf, Lobelia, Oregano, Deep breathing Exercises, Alternate Nostril Breathing, Walking, Aerobics, Swimming, Yoga, Movement!
If you would like more information on emotional health and well-being, please read these 2 articles for ways you can work through emotional and spiritual wounds:
I hope you enjoyed this article and learned something new about our amazing bodies! I sure had fun writing this! It always brings me such joy to remind you how much we are so wonderfully and beautifully made and most of all, to give you hope that your body can heal and to have faith that you can have a future of health, vibrancy, and resilience!