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Organ Clock

Updated: May 20, 2021

Preface and Benefits

As you will see you cannot always do what is best at this time but it can give you a better understanding of how everything plays together. Especially if you wake up in the middle of the night, for example, you can look at what time it is and what the connections might be.

E.g. if we wake up between 3 and 5 o'clock, the bladder would like to rest and to rest one would like to be free from thoughts or work, so at this time the bladder gives pressure to those who still have too much fluid in it. We recognize that we may have drunk too late or too much in the evening before. But if this happens more often without drinking too much, you should perhaps take a closer look at it.

I hope I can give you a little insight with my summary and show you the benefits.

1 - 3 o'clock

Working phase: Liver

Resting phase: Small Intestine

Here the energy concentration in the liver is at its highest and promotes detoxification and nutrient distribution so that we can start the new morning completely regenerated.

Since we are mostly asleep, the liver can take care of the perfect distribution of nutrients in peace.


Don't go to bed too late and preferably before 23:00.

Don't eat too late and try to avoid snacks after dinner.

Of course, no alcohol for another better support.

3 - 5 o'clock

Working phase: Lungs

Resting phase: Bladder

At this time the lungs cleanse themselves.

It is interesting to note that many monks meditate and do breathing exercises during this time.


In the evening, ventilate the bedroom well or leave the window open a little, but make sure that the wind does not blow directly on you.

The bladder is in its resting phase and wants to enjoy it, otherwise it will wake you up to pee, so you should stop drinking later in the evening.

However, remember that you should still drink plenty after a protein shake, so this should be done in the morning and not after your evening workout.

5 - 7 o'clock

Working phase: Large Intestine

Resting phase: kidneys

The large intestine starts working and thickens everything from the small intestine so that it can then bring this to the rectum and we can go to the toilet to let the remains out.


A bowel movement would be normal at this time or after waking up.

You should not drink much here, but at most a glass of water with a little lemon juice, as the kidneys are in a resting phase.

7 - 9 a.m.

Working phase: Stomach

Resting phase: Pericardium

The stomach is ready to work and thus also for the first meal.


If possible, eat your morning meal during this time or have a large snack (morning break at 9 a.m.).

9 - 11 a.m.

Work phase: Spleen

Resting phase: Triple Bruner

The spleen is in its peak phase and also converts food into Qi, which is why we have an enormous amount of energy available at this time. It is also called the production center of Qi.


If you want to do something extremely efficiently or something that needs a lot of energy to do, you should do it at this time.

11 am - 1 pm

Working phase: Heart

Resting phase: Gall Bladder

The heart is the seat of the Shen (Spirit).

And during this time you should also do something for your spirit.


Just do something that is good for you!

Eat good food but not so greasy because the gallbladder has its resting time.

Omega-3 fatty acids from vegetable oils are better, also for the gallbladder.

Meditating or a walk through the forest is also recommended, or simply resting after a meal.

1 to 3 p.m.

Working phase: Small Intestine

Resting phase: Liver

The small intestine likes to regenerate under rest and relaxation and nothing more should be eaten.


We should eat before 13:00 and allow some rest now if possible.

So that the small intestine can fully concentrate on its work.

As the liver is in the resting phase we should avoid alcohol and medication during this time and of course also at lunch.

15 to 17 o'clock

Working phase: Bladder

Resting phase: Lung

In TCM, the bladder stands for active action and performance.

Thus, after the resting phase, one can now act actively again.


You can support the bladder (kidneys) by drinking more water and tea.

17 to 19 o'clock

Working phase: Kidneys

Resting phase: Large intestine

The kidney regulates our energy balance and helps us detoxify.

It also regulates the breath and it preserves our Jing Qi.


One can support the kidney as already mentioned with the bladder by drinking water or here perhaps even better tea to support detoxification.

In the evening only light food as our large intestine goes into a resting phase followed by the stomach.

This is why monks do not eat anything in the evening.

19 - 21 h

Work phase: Pericardium

Resting phase: Stomach

Pericardium the protector of the heart.

Helps the heart regulate pulse & blood pressure.


One should eat something before 19:00 and rather light food.

As the pericardium is the protector of the heart, it also has similar influences as the heart.

Here, too, one should strive for full well-being and do something that gives you pleasure and promotes your full well-being. So here is also a good time to do active exercise such as Gong Fu, yoga, jogging, fitness, swimming.... In the morning between 9 and 11 a.m. would be more ideal, but most people don't have time then.

21 to 23 o'clock

Work phase: Triple Burner

Resting phase: Spleen

The Triple Burner regulates the nervous system and affects all organs.

It supports all organs for harmonious interaction.

In addition, it helps the body to regulate down now.


One should dim the lights a little, avoid electronic devices if possible and not be too active Qi Gong, yoga, meditation... would still be calm options.

But reading a book and reflecting would also be good options, as would a short walk in the fresh air. I would definitely do a meditation at the end and then go to sleep.

11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Work phase: Gall Bladder

Resting phase: Heart

The gallbladder is our general and supports the heart, liver, and kidneys.

It now also prepares itself so that it can support the liver at 1 o'clock.


As mentioned earlier you should be sleeping or meditating but the body is now at rest as the heart is at rest.

Here the Organ Clock as a picture to print it out and hang on the wall.

Organ Clock picture
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