April Crowell, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA CI & CP, CHN
Ever wonder why some physical complaints seem to pop up at a certain time?
Understanding the Nutrient Qi Cycle or Cycle of Tides might be helpful.
Qi (pronounced “chee”), a key concept in Chinese medicine, is as immaterial as a thought or as dense as a table. Ever changing, Qi moves from material to immaterial and vice versa, sometimes very quickly and sometimes very slowly. When looking at the body, there are many flows of Qi, and we identify and name each based on what it is currently doing–its function rather than its structure.
The Nutrient Qi cycle is just one of the main flows of qi in the body. This rhythmic flow circulates Qi, Blood and Fluids in an orderly 2 hour sequence from one organ channel to the next throughout the entire day. Understanding this flow can be helpful in creating greater wellness and in identifying disharmonies that seems to happen at a particular time. Whether you wake up every morning at 3 am, or feel tired at 2 pm in the afternoon can be an indicator of an imbalance in this flow.
In the Nutrient Qi cycle is the energetic flow that occurs along the 12 primary channels or meridians in a constant ebb and flow. The cycle begins at 3 am starting in the Lung channel flowing as follows:
Lungs: 3-5am– Wonderful time to get up and breathe or meditate (5ish). It is not uncommon for people with Liver and Lung issues to pop awake at 3am, simply because the Qi is having difficulties jumping from Liver 14, below the nipple line on the chest to Lung 1 below the clavicle. Coughing may be worse at this time for those with allergies and asthma.