fbpx

Very Beginner’s Understanding of a Meridian Clock

In this post I’ll be covering in very simple terminology my understanding of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) meridian clock and how knowing the very basics of it has helped me with my health.
Spread the love

NOT Medical Advice. Informational Purposes only. 

Introduction

In this post I’ll be covering in very simple terminology my understanding of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) meridian clock and how knowing the very basics of it has helped me with my health.

Be Brave Enough to Take One More Try

I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

Overview

Broadly speaking, there is much talk about circadian rhythms and how external factors create 24-hr. cycles that have an impact on our health. Well, this is like that concept except it is the internal factors within the body.

The TCM meridian clock allows us to better communicate with our bodies’ needs. When it comes to our bodies, it is difficult to not sound new age-y when we talk about communicating with our bodies. But when I refer to this communication, it really is just the short version of saying, “I need to understand what my body’s symptoms are implying about my deficiencies or excess, what areas of my body need the help and when is the best time to offer that help.” The meridian clock helps us with this.

Keep it simple.

Learn the basics.

What a Meridian Clock Is

A meridian clock is a 24-hour period of time divided up into twelve two-hour segments that follow a set pattern on a daily basis. Each segment is designated a meridian from Traditional Chinese Medicine. Each one of those segments has a strongest and weakest corresponding meridian for each given time slot.

“What is a meridian?” you may ask. The simple way to view a meridian would be if your organ (for example: your liver) was a radio. It would need to be plugged in to a power source in order for it to work. There could be nothing wrong with the radio (liver), but if it isn’t receiving the power it needs, the result will be a nonworking radio. This ‘power cord’ is the meridian. Each meridian has its own group of ‘radios’ it is responsible for supplying power to. And if you think about it as a conservation of energy, it would be like rolling black outs. One part of the body (one meridian and its assigned organs) is allowed full power at set times of the day. These ‘rolling black outs’ are on a consistent predictable cycle. This is the idea of the meridian clock.

What a Meridian Clock Looks Like

Here are two examples of a meridian clock. One is in chart form, and one is a diagram. They both say basically the same thing but depending on how your brain thinks, one will be easier for you to understand than the other. It is why I have included both.

The nice thing about a TCM meridian clock is that it is a chart we can use as a cheat sheet to better understand what is going on with our bodies. Each time segment on a meridian clock is two hours long. It goes from one odd number (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, or 11) to the next odd number closest to it. During the even times of the day (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12) the segment is at its peak—the particular meridian is strongest.

For example, if you look at the diagrams, you will see the liver meridian is strongest from 1-3 am. However, this also tells us that at 1-3 pm, the liver meridian is at its weakest while the small intestine meridian is at its strongest. The opposite is true as well. At 1-3 pm, the small intestine meridian is strongest, and the liver meridian is weakest.

Be Brave Enough to Take One More Try

I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

Designated times.

Designated organs.

Benefits of Understanding the Meridian Clock

Understanding this, I needed to just make observations of what was happening. When was I most tired? When did I have stomach pains? Etc. I didn’t have to be an expert to benefit from being aware of this meridian clock and how my body was responding based on the time of day it was.

By being aware of the weak and strong times of the day for different parts of the body, it allowed me to do two things.

Symptom diagnosis:

I could learn information about each of these segments by what is happening during the peak time of each meridian. Dr. Devi S. Nambudripad, DC, Lac, RN, PhD has several books out about here Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET). She gives very good and concise information about what  pathological symptoms present based on each meridian clock. By making these observations and comparing them to what symptoms I was see, I was better able to understand what my body was doing. It helped alleviate the feeling of no answers and sickness all the time. It helped me to know when during the day I was actually unwell. When I first began this process, I threw her book across the room. I had problems with all meridians except one! I wanted to give up. (FYI: I am now down to two. 😊)

Preventative care:

By understanding when your body has the energy blockage at its highest, aka: weakest time of the day, scheduling to do light tasks or resting around this time made it to where my energy didn’t deplete as much throughout the rest of the day.

This is also true for your strongest meridian time. This would be when it would be ideal to do any necessary physical exertions for the day and be the least impacted by those exertion.  

Also, by being aware of what areas are weakest, it helps us to better understand where our dietary deficiencies might be. This to is in Dr. Nambudripad’s books.

Track your day.

Listen to your body.

How I Used the Meridian Clock for my Health

For me for years, I could tell you when it was 6:oo pm (give or take 5 minutes) consistently without fail because of the peak of my fatigue. I would later be told by my acupuncturist this was because my kidneys were struggling. My toddler son could do the same for 8 pm (give or take 5 minutes). It was uncanny to observe. And it is probably one of those things that is hard to believe unless indeed you have seen it yourself.

Interesting side note here for you skeptics. The pericardium meridian is known as the Heart Protector. My son had heart surgery as an infant. He has a bicuspid aortic valve. Why is he more effected during the pericardium meridian than the heart meridian? I do not know. Maybe it is more about protecting the heart than the heart itself. It’s just interesting information I shared with my health professionals.

I have since implemented a process I have called Altering Fields to Enable Recovery (AFTER). I rely on this meridian clock to help me to get the needed leg up when doing different procedures. It also helped me to monitor when I was making progress. I combine it with sway testing to moment by moment be able to adjust my surroundings as needed for optimal health to be able to overcome my chronic fatigue without medications.

I will be systematically adding links here to the posts for the following meridians:

  1. Lung
  2. Large Intestines
  3. Stomach
  4. Spleen
  5. Heart
  6. Small Intestines
  7. Urinary Bladder
  8. Kidney
  9. Pericardium
  10. Triple warmer
  11. Gall Bladder
  12. Liver

There also exists several extraordinary meridians. I will only be making a post about the governing vessel and the conception vessel.

Conclusion

I believe a crying baby isn’t crying just because it wants to cry. The baby is trying to tell us something. I believe this is also true about our bodies. They don’t want to be in pain and malfunctioning. I believe our bodies via the meridian clock is trying to tell us what they need to be well. What has been your experience with this?

Be Brave Enough to Take One More Try

I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

References

Yu-Lin Lian, Chun-Yan Chen, Michael Hammes, Bernard C. Kolster, Pictorial Atlas of Acupuncture: An illustrated manual of acupuncture points (China: H.F.Ullmann Publishing GmbH, 2014)

Dr. Devi S. Nambudripad, DC, Lac, RN, PhD, Say Good-Bye to ADD and ADHD with Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques: A Drug-Free Cure for Attention Deficit and Hyperactive Disorders (Buena Park, CA: Delta Publishing Company, 1999)

Dr. Devi S. Nambudripad, DC, Lac, RN, PhD, NAET: Say Good-Bye to Your Allergies: A Revolutionary Treatment for Allergies & Allergy-Related Conditions (Buena Park, CA: Delta Publishing Company, 2003)

Cyndi Whatif
Cyndi Whatif

I am a patient turned author and guide. I share my hypothesis of an overlooked complementary body system which I believe determines whether or not a person has the opportunity to be well.

Articles: 47