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One of the more useful diagnostic tools derived from the Five Transformation Theory is the cycle of chi/etheric flow in the organ meridians. This is a 24 hour cycle as follows:





12 Noon - 2.00 PM HEART

2.00 PM - 4.00 PM SMALL INTESTINE    
4.00 PM - 6.00 PM BLADDER

6.00 PM - 8.00 PM   KIDNEYS  
8.00 PM - 10.00 PM   HEART GOVERNOR

10.00 PM -12.00 PM TRIPLE HEATER    
12.00- 2.00 AM GALL BLADDER  

2.00 AM - 4.00 AM   LIVER  
4.00 AM - 6.00 AM   LUNGS

6.00 AM - 8.00 AM LARGE INTESTINE    
8.00 AM - 10.00 AM STOMACH  

10 AM - 12.00 Noon   SPLEEN/PANCREAS  

This is the cycle of the "flow of chi/etheric forces" through the meridians on the diurnal cycle. It can be seen from this chart that the "leading edge" of the rhythm passes through each of the meridians at specific times of the day (this is for the Northern Hemisphere). What this signifies is at those periods of the day, the "chi/etheric" is 'focused' on those meridians/organs corresponding to each two-hour period. This means the etheric forces are focusing their harmonizing and 'fine-tuning' activity on those organs and their functions at those times of the day.

Now, if, as will generally be the case, those organs are 'stagnated', toxic, 'imbalanced', then the activity of the etheric 'focusing' on the chronically stagnant organs will be evidenced by the manifestation of 'discharges' (See the Introduction) such as fevers, headaches, sore throats, coughing and sneezing, watery eyes, nasal discharge, flu-like symptoms, diarrhea, skin breakouts, headaches, shivering, fatigue, and chills. If these types of discharge symptoms occur regularly within the same time-frame of the day, then we know from the chart which organ or organs are under duress. Then we go to the links to see what we can do to strengthen those organs.

Now, we bear in mind that these are "paired, complementary organs", so that whatever is manifesting in the way of discharges by one of the paired organs means, de facto, the other of the pair is also stagnated. Thus, as is very common, we "hit the wall" at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, then we know from the chart that this signifies bladder/kidney weakness. Or, if, as is also very common, we cannot sleep between 12 midnight and 4.00 AM, we know we have a liver/gall bladder problem.

It will be noted that for Fire there are two sets of paired organs. In actuality, the Heart Governor and Triple Heater are not organs, but functions. The Heart Governor is responsible for the overall condition of metabolism of the body, and the Triple Heater is responsible for maintaining the proper internal body temperature with respect to the external ambient temperature.

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