Because Ayurveda is the science of life, there is truly no end to how in depth the study of one’s body can go.
Have you ever wondered why sometimes you wake up between the hours of 4-6 to use the restroom, or why you crave love and affection in the evening time? You may have wondered why certain discomforts in the body occur or become emphasized during certain times of the day.
Ayurveda has an explanation for these urges and sensations!
The following information derives from the Text Book of Ayurveda Volume 3 by Vasant D. Lad.
Once you can understand which organs in the body are affected by certain times of day, you’ll be able to better assess how Kapha dosha shows up in the body.
6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. -Lungs
If you have a Kapha imbalance in the lungs, like excess mucous, you may notice the worst of it at this time of day. This would explain why many times we wake up and feel like we need to call in sick to work, but then realize that later in the day we feel start to feel much better.
This also explains why we can go through an entire day feeling better, but then the cough we thought we were over begins to come back in the evening,
It can be helpful to drink ginger, cinnamon, and clove in the form of tea during these times of day to help dry up some of that excess mucous, or Kapha.
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.and 8 p.m. to 10 pm. – Pancreas
Our pancreas helps us to digest food into nutrients, and it also aids in the regulation of blood sugar. When we have a Kapha imbalance and it can affect the pancreas and can often show up as diabetes. If you have diabetes, you might notice a dip in blood sugar around these times of the day. In the evening, you may also experience a spike in appetite and crave sweets.
You might decide to work with bitter melon to help regulate the blood sugar levels. This powerful fruit has a bitter taste and a pungent post-digestive effect( also known as vipaka in Sanskrit.) This means it can stimulate blood circulation, making it easier for the body to process nutrients. This is also a Kapha reducing herb!
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.- Stomach
You may notice that your hunger pains seem to hit during these times of day and you might not be able to think without getting some food in you. This is because these times of day are governed by pitta and the stomach is the organ that is most active at this time. Between 10 a.m. and noon is the best time to eat your most substantial meal of the day. 10 p.m. is the best time to go to sleep so that your body can focus on digesting the nutrients from the day. If you experience ulcers or acid reflux, it may show up the worst during these times of the day. You might try drinking licorice root tea to help reduce the pitta and see a practitioner if the ulcers get worse. It is good to pay attention to digestion during the winter as it can tend to become sluggish and this is often a time when we are prone to gaining weight, which is an excess of Kapha dosha which shows up as heavy and dense.
Noon to 2 p.m. and Midnight to 2 a.m.- Heart
Noon to 2 pm is a great time of day to set up meetings and connect with people. This is because it is the time day that is governed by the passion of pitta and the heart is most active. If someone is experiencing a pitta imbalance in the heart, then these are the times of day when one could be prone to heart attack. It’s important to monitor your heart health and see practitioner if you assume you have any heart problems. If you are experiencing a “heavy Heart” this is a sign of excess kapha dosha.
2 p.m. to 4p.m. – Spleen
The spleen is in charge of our immune system through the production of white blood cells and it also regulates the red blood cells in our body. If you have a vulnerable immune system, you may experience weakness during this time of day. This with HIV or cycle cell anemia may feel unwell during this time of day and may benefit from rest and rejuvenating activity. The spleen is governed by kapha, and an enlarged spleen could be a sign of a Kapha imbalance.
2 a.m. to 4 a.m.- Liver and Gallbladder
This is the time of day when you might experience violent and fiery dreams due to increased pitta. It is also a time where you may feel the pain of Gallstones. If you have issues with gallstones, see a practitioner to get an herbal regimen to dissolve the stones. After that is taken care of, it may be helpful to work with a practitioner or Ayurvedic lifestyle coach who can give you information on cleansing, which could help to balance the doshas and give you some dietary tips for future prevention. Fatty liver occurs when the liver is not fully processing glucose, and this can be a sign of excess kapha dosha.
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. – Colon, Kidney, and Bladder
During these times of day, your colon, kidneys, and bladder are most active. You may experience an increased urge to eliminate during these times. These organs are governed by Vata which is mobile and scanty nature may manifest as an inability to “hold it.” In Ayurveda it is important not to suppress your urges, so make sure you take care of those needs.
Water retention is a sign of excess Kapha, and sometimes this occurs when our kidneys are unable to extract water, so it’s good to pay attention to your urine and notice if there are any signs that your kidney isn’t working as it should. Banyan Botanicals offers a kidney formula to help support proper kidney health, however seeing a practitioner first if there are actually issues with the kidney is always recommended.
6 p.m. to 8p.m. – Pericardium
The Pericardium is the thin membrane that lines the heart. Due to this being the Kapha time of day, you may feel an increased desire to make love or spend time with family and friends. If you have a pitta imbalance like pericarditis or inflammation of the pericardium, then you may experience symptoms that feel similar to a heart attack during this time of day as well. If this is the case, be sure to check in with a practitioner.
I hope this information helps you to feel even more connected to the organs in your body and their functions. If you are experiencing discomfort during these times of day in any given organ, my hope is that this article will help you to more easily undertones what might be going on, but as always, the best way to know for sure is to see a practitioner.
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