The article quotes Sir Paul Nurse, the director of the Francis Crick institute in
The article goes on to say: “The rhythm of day and night affects our health and our cognitive functioning. When it is disturbed, we are. But our sense of upset, or even jet lag, is just a minute part of the whole living world’s adaptation to the alternation of day and night: animals, insects, plants and even plankton show a cyclical pattern of behaviour as the Earth turns. This is built into their DNA.”
I don’t think there is a better way of describing the action of the “light-dark” (or as we would put it the yin-yang) cycle of the elements. How lovely when science confirms what the ancient Chinese discovered thousands of years ago, and we use every day in our practice as we attune our patients’ energies to the daily and seasonal cadences of the elements.
A footnote to the blog above which I wrote a day ago: In a further newspaper article I have just read the following: "In the past decade...scientists have shown that clock genes are active in almost every cell type in the body. The activity of blood, liver, kidney and lung cells in a petri dish all rise and fall on a roughly 24-hour cycle. ...In effect, tiny clocks are ticking inside almost every cell type in our body, anticipating our daily needs."