THE CIRCADIAN CLOCK
The Circadian Rhythm Body Clock
The Circadian Rhythm Body Clock is a 24-clock which indicates how our systems, our bodies are tied to the planet and her cycles based on the 24-hour cycle. This clock controls our sleep-awake cycle. The flow of energy, every two hours corresponds to an organ and system in the body. This was mapped in ancient times by the Chinese, and the clock is used heavily in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The two-hour periods for each organ / system in the body are:
While all organs are self-explanatory, the two that might not be are the Pericardium which is the “protector of the heart” while the Triple Heater represents “one’s whole system”. Hormones are within this period.
How this Applies to your Animal
When any of us are healing, cleaning, or out of balance we can always look to the time of day to understand what organ is under the most stress at that time. For instance, if an animal gets up from 1.00 AM to 3:00 AM to throw up, purge, we know the liver is cleaning the system and perhaps needs some attention.
This is why a journal is very important. By keeping a journal on each of our animals, we can see what is happening against the time of day, which helps highlight if something chronic potentially brewing.
I always ask clients to record their information against the 24-hour clock as this provides a lot of information about what the body is doing internally. Keeping a journal is also very helpful too for all healers, and of course, veterinarians as the more information the better.
Example of a Journal Entry
7:00 Y looks nauseous, just woke up, has not eaten anything
7:15 Y threw up – mucous, yellow bile nothing in it
Feels much better after eating
This I watched and recorded for a few days. The timing was impeccable. After trying all my remedies, I then resolved that she had something foreign in her gut floating around. Sure enough, with a little help, out came a plastic bit of cucumber wrapper. Gosh, that must have hurt floating around on an empty stomach. You may read more about the case here.
The journal was essential, because I could then consistently see it was 7:00 AM which = her stomach. Not always do animals throw up in the morning, other organs could be involved, such as kidneys causing them to purge at different times of day. Again, time of day was a huge indicator on where the body needed help.
The circadian clock controls the sleep-awake cycle. The eyes signal to the brain that it is time to sleep based on how much light there is. Darkness via the eyes tells the body to produce melatonin to prepare the body to sleep. When the body is kept awake with artificial light, and blue light from devices, the eyes do not send the signal and therefore, melatonin, an important hormone produced by the pineal gland, is not produced.
This would have the same impact on our animals where TV and all kinds of devices are running endlessly into the night affecting their sleep patterns.
The best resource I have found applying this information to animals is by Cheryl Swartz, DVM. Her book Four Paws, Five Directions, A Guide to Chinese Medicine for Cats and Dogs is a fabulous resource to have on the shelf.
This YouTube video is a quick look at how the clock works.
Chinese Medicine 24-hour Health Clock: https://youtu.be/tAHAV4lVAWU