To understand the Chinese body clock, you first need to grasp the concept of Qi. In short, Qi is a word used in Chinese medicine to describe energy. It consists of energy in every sense of the word. For example the earth and trees have Qi, food has Qi as does your body, and even our thoughts and emotions.
It’s also important to understand that Qi is in a constant state of flux. It’s continuously transforming as it moves within the body or between people and objects.
The Chinese body clock is built on the concept of Qi.
During 24 hours, Qi is thought to move in 2-hour intervals throughout the organ systems. While you’re sleeping, Qi is believed to draw inward to fully restore your body in the early hours of the morning the Qi starts to move more towards the exterior of the body as you prepare to wake up and move around and interact with the world.
The Chinese body clock focuses on different organs within the body, as well as qi, or energy. It’s believed that by using specific organs at certain times of the day, you can make the most of your body and harness your Qi when it’s at its peak to get the most out of life.
Here is what they Chinese Body clock looks like:
When you go to see your Chinese medicine practitioner they will be looking for patterns in when you symptoms are presenting such as waking up at the same time in the night or perhaps loss of appetite or increase bowel movements at a certain time of day. This often indicates some sort of imbalance in the organ where the qi is dominant at that time and can help guide the focus of your acupuncture treatment.