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Organ Times


I remember that in a long-ago article you mentioned something about different times of the day being related to different body parts. Could you tell me which times relate to which organs?

  Traditional Chinese organ/time relationships

Gall bladder
Large intestine
Small intestine

11 pm - 1 am
1 am - 3 am
3 am - 5
5 am - 7 am
7 am - 9 am
9 am - 11 am
11 am - 1 pm
1 pm - 3 pm
3 pm - 5 pm
5 pm - 7 pm


Yes, I’d be happy to. This is another tool that can be used to detect the source of a problem in order to help resolve it. An example of how this can be used is if you tend to awaken at a certain time period each night. It may be related to a certain organ problem.

This information is based on the Oriental acupuncture theory that the body’s life energy passes through the organs’ energy pathways in two hour increments throughout the day. If there is an imbalance or problem in a certain organ, any symptoms related to that area tend to be more pronounced during its particular two hour period.

The traditional organ/time relationships are listed below. They are not totally cut and dried to the minute, as seasonal changes (as well as daylight savings time) can alter these times. The remaining four hours of each day are related to energy pathways that are not directly related to specific organs.

To follow up on the example of sleep disturbances I’ll share with you some ways that this data has been helpful. One of my patients noticed that after she moved into a new home she was regularly waking up for at least one half hour every night about 4 am (lung time). In following up on this we discovered that her lungs were reacting to the toxic chemicals in the new carpets and paint in her new house. That gave us the opportunity to treat her and test her for the correct supplements to address the lung stress.

I personally had a situation a few months ago of waking up every day at 5:45 am and not being able to get back to sleep. When I saw that the correlating organ was the large intestine I then realized that there had been a decrease in bowel function. (I was pooping less to be more blunt.) I was then able to spot the changes that had occurred diet-wise and make the appropriate corrections. Within a few days, I was again sleeping straight through until my daughter was waking me up around 7:30 am. Believe me, that extra 1½ hours of sleep can be the difference between being just barely functional and being awesomely wonderful!

If you have any questions on how to apply this to your particular situation please give me a call.