Illness Hours

In Chinese Acupuncture, it is believed that the time in which the symptoms of an illness begins will tell the organ origin of that illness. This information may be obtained from TRADITIONAL ACUPUNCTURE: THE LAW OF THE FIVE ELEMENTS by Dianne M Connelly, PhD. A student of acupuncture initially gave me this information but said that I could get more information on this topic from Dianne’s book. It is an easy and informative read.

If you already have a weakness or illness involving a specific organ, it is important that you rest during the “illness hour.”

The times are given for Standard Time. Subtract one hour from Daylight Saving Time.

7 – 9 a.m. Stomach (this is the best time to eat breakfast)

9 – 11 a.m. Spleen

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Heart

1 – 3 p.m. Bladder

5 – 7 p.m. Kidney (do not drink alcohol at this time)

7 – 9 p.m. Circulation/Sex (paracardium/social and sex instincts). So-called Female Problems often begin at this time.

9 – 11 p.m. Triple Heater (body metabolism, thyroid and other endocrines) An acupuncturist once told me that people who have intimacy difficulties have Triple Heater problems.

11 p.m. – 1 a.m. Gall Bladder (people who have problems making decisions or people who are experiencing creativity blocks should get to bed before this time).

1 – 3 a.m. Liver (I experienced coughing and allergy attacks at this time while Jupiter squared my Virgo Sun/ASC. Both Virgo and Jupiter rule the liver).

3 – 5 a.m. Lungs

5 – 7 a.m. Colon (if you are having problems with constipation, go to the bathroom at this time)

  1. Molly Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    Usually I don’t have any trouble sleeping. But the past week or so I have been waking up consistently at 3:00 am. I feel restless and my mind races, usually wanting to solve some problem I’ve been dealing with in the daytime. It takes me about an hour to get back to sleep.

    3-5 a.m. is lung time according to your article. Do you think this points to a condition in my lungs? Or is that idea a misuse of the illness hours?

  2. Lynn Koiner Says:

    Hi Molly – First, the lungs are ruled by Gemini/Mercury, the Air signs in general; the lung function by Taurus-Gemini-Cancer. The Lungs come under the rulership of the Heart Chakra (grief and forgiveness issues). I do not see the lungs as being the problem here.

    Sleep is ruled by the 12th House and Neptune. Uranus transits can disturb sleep but you are not experiencing problematic Uranus transits.

    You are experiencing Neptune opposing your Moon. It may be that the Moon, ruling a lung function, could wake you at 3am. Neptune makes one overly sensitive to unseen realms and astral impressions. You may be wakened by a psychic connection to the astral plane. Neptune transits allow one to “slip out” more easily due to an thinning of the etheric web of your etherio-physical body. In sleep, you can become more active there than in the physical plane.

    For sleep, I use the LIQUID Melatonin. Two droppersful and I am off to sleep. I hope this helps.

  3. Kareem Says:

    I have trouble eating between 7 and 9 a.m.
    Enlighten me… 😔

  4. Lynn Koiner Says:

    KAREEM (8-2017): It is obvious that these are the stomach hours.

    I am not a psychic so I have no clue other than to advise you not to eat between 7am and 9am as it must upset your stomach.


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