Odisha Swastha Seva Sangha

Organ Clock


    The Organ Clock, or as it was earlier called in ancient time – Pranic Mandala, is a useful tool in Acupressure Therapy. It helps in diagnosis as well as treatment of the disease. Prana flows through various meridians and organs in the body in a sequence and completes one cycle in 24 hours. The meridians are related to one another at starting or ending points in a certain sequence so that the prana circulates and moves from one meridian to another in a rhythm. Prana, uninterruptedly and constantly, flows through the organs and meridians. But of the 24 hours, in a particular 2 hours the prana’s activity is more powerful than of other hours. The organ clock, thus, shows the status of circulation of prana in an organ and meridian in relation to time. Prana flows in a clockwise direction, and hence is called the organ clock. All the 12 organs, with their respective meridians in the body, are represented on the clock.

    The maximum activity of pranic cycle starts at the Lung meridian at 3 am in the morning and remains active for the next two hours before moving to the next meridian, Large Intestine at 5 am. In this sequence the pranic cycle completes a full cycle in 24 hours by moving through the 12 meridians (12 meridians × 2 hours of Max. pranic activity = 24 hours).

    By following the organ clock one can do diagnosis as well as the treatment. For example, a patient complains of colicky pain which becomes worst at midnight, and this, as reference to the diagram will show, is the period of max. pranic activity at the gall bladder. With this clue and by following the law of organ clock, the patient complaint can be better attended. Thus, it tells which organ or organs are related in the dysfunction and shows the meridian that has to be treated.

    This method of diagnosis, using the time of onset of symptoms, can be misleading at times. It is, however, one of the variable factors which one therapist can adopt in coming to his diagnosis.