There’s been a lot in the news over the last couple of days about our body clocks, and the effect that they can have on our health. Guess what? Acupuncture has understood these natural rhythms for thousands of years.
The Chinese Clock, or Law of Midday-midnight recognises the natural cycle of energy that flows round our bodies daily: keeping us active during the day and allowing us to rest at night. Each organ has a most and least active time of day during 24 hours and if we follow the law we allow our bodies to work at their most effective. For example, during the night, there is more energy concentrated in the Gall Bladder and Liver, allowing us to plan and make decisions – how often do we make a decision having “slept on it”? Between 5-7am, there is more energy in the large intestine, so it is the optimum time to release bodily waste, before the new day starts. Energy then moves into the stomach between 7-9am, stimulating hunger – the best time of day to eat a substantial, healthy meal to give us fuel to power our bodies for the day ahead.
How can we make the most of this knowledge? By respecting the different times of day that our bodies are at their peak, we can make sure that we eat healthily, exercise and rest at the appropriate times, working with our bodies for maximum effect. It’s not uncommon to get out of rhythm – such as into bad sleep habits, driven by deadlines, a late TV show or kids waking you up in the middle of the night. The good news is that acupuncture can help to restore these natural rhythms. If your body clock feels out of rhythm, please get in touch.