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)

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