As we have already mentioned, the biological clock follows the pace of the day, the lunar phases and the annual seasons. Let us look at how the changing of the seasons affects the different organs in our body and what we should pay attention to…
Late summer/early autumn
During this period, the stomach, the spleen and the pancreas are most active and help the whole organism to the fullest. If any infections or diseases occur at this time of the year, they could be cured much more quickly by boosting the functions of these organs.
The pancreas. The pancreas provides “the saliva” of the stomach. It functions most actively between 9 and 11 a.m. and it produces pancreatic juice, so that we could be supplied with the most important digestive enzymes for lunch. Foods, containing bitter-tasting substances, increase its productiveness.
The stomach. In the evening the stomach is already in its resting phase. Food is being digested exceptionally slowly, nutrients start rotting and in the morning a person often has no appetite.
The spleen. This is the organ, connected to the immune system, but it also participates actively as a blood organ and an organ of the cardiovascular system. Traditional Chinese medicine considers the spleen to be the most important digestive organ. It regulates the transportation and transformation of food, extracts Chi/Qi – the life force – from it, and distributes this energy to the whole body through blood. In its active phase, it needs bitter food.
In the autumn, nature supports the extremely important function of the lungs as it provides more oxygen. The lungs and the large intestine are most active during this period.
The lungs. In traditional Chinese medicine the lungs rule over breathing and Chi. They are the highest-standing organ and a distribution centre. They are particularly vulnerable when exposed to pathogenic factors such as cold, humidity and wind. If the function of the lungs is decreased, in bad weather they receive less oxygen and are prone to infections and illnesses.
The large intestine. In traditional Chinese medicine this organ is considered to comprise not only the intestinal mucosa, but also of the nasal and the sinus mucous membranes. It has protective properties because it acts as a barrier against bacteria and viruses. It also takes care of the balance of liquids inside the human body.
Winter is thought of as time of withdrawal for gathering strength, and looking into the self and the world within. Because the energy flow is slowing down at this point, and because of the lack of enough physical activity during this season, as well as the insufficiency in fresh produce, the organism accumulates more toxic substances. With the beginning of winter comes the active period for the kidneys and the urinal bladder.
The kidneys. They regulate the electrolytic processes and the hydro balance, detoxify, alkalise and remove metabolic waste products from blood. In traditional Chinese medicine the kidneys are connected to the ears, which means that ear illnesses could be healed through the kidney meridian.
The urinal bladder. The urinal bladder is most active in the time between 3 and 5 p.m. It is exceptionally sensitive to changes in the psychological condition of a person and reacts quickly to psychological shock, bad mood and hypothermia.
The liver and the gallbladder thrive during this period.
The liver. Appointed by traditional Chinese medicine as the place where the soul rests. The liver makes sure that the joints, the muscles and the tendons are well provided with blood, the organ keeps it and releases it whenever necessary. Supressed anger and grief which has not been overcome lead to blocking Chi in the liver, especially if this is happening for prolonged periods of time.
The gallbladder. The gallbladder is responsible for digesting fats. In traditional Chinese medicine it is subordinate to the liver.
The heart, the small intestine and blood are most active during the summer. Life in nature and in us, people, is fundamentally bound to the movement rhythm of liquids and in summertime all blood functions activate to the fullest, so infections are difficult to spread in the human body.
The heart. It nurtures and supports all other organs. In traditional Chinese medicine the heart is considered to be the master of all functional areas and it saturates the body with mindfulness, spirituality, emotions and feelings. In the summer, taste receptors of the tongue are more sensitive to food, containing bitter substances.
The small intestine. In traditional Chinese medicine it separates the pure from the impure. It continues the processing of food so that it could be thoroughly used by the organism. The small intestine also filters any impressions and feelings coming from the environment.
Text: Veliana Simeonova