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Avoiding Jet Lag

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I LOVE to travel! Traveling isn’t always a true holiday for me in the sense that I don’t like to just lay on a beach doing nothing but rotating periodically. My pale and freckled skin would not easily forgive me if I did do that. When I travel I usually have a planned itinerary of things to do, see, taste, and experience. Because I feel the need to squeeze every second out of my travel destination, I want to avoid the dreaded jet lag phenomenon.

Melatonin is a commonly used supplement for helping to reset an internal body clock. I don’t normally find I need to bring melatonin with me, but I do always bring a mix of valerian root, passion flower, hops, and lemon balm in tincture format to help with my first couple of nights of sleep, just in case. I also like to bring my list of acupressure points to press while waiting for the plane, on the plane, and perhaps during the first few hours of arrival at my destination.

The idea is that there are specific organ systems active during each 2-hour time block. That means that all 12 TCM organ systems are represented over a 24 hour period. Each 2-hour time block is thus associated with a different point to stimulate that organ system. So, your Lungs are most active from 3-5 a.m., Large Intestines from 5-7 a.m., Stomach from 7-9 a.m., Spleen from 9-11 a.m., Heart from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Small Intestines from 1-3 p.m., Urinary Bladder from 3-5 p.m., Kidneys from 5-7 p.m., Pericardium from 7-9 p.m., Triple Warmer (not a real organ) from 9-11 p.m., Gallbladder from 11 p.m.-1 a.m., and Liver from 1-3 a.m.

Press the points associated with your destination time in order to ready your body for the new time clock. For example, if your location time is 1:30 p.m., but your destination is 3 hours ahead, you will be pressing the Urinary Bladder point (associated with the 3-5 p.m. time). Two hours later you would press the Kidney point, etc. If you miss some of those 2 hour blocks because you’ve slept or forgotten, don’t worry about it, just press the points when you can over the first 24 hours of your travel. Try to catch at least half of the points. For details about point locations and more about how to do this, click Jetlag acupressure. For more travel tips, click Travel Tips. Enjoy your trip!

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