A Chinese medical calendar for the Southern Hemisphere


By Rey Tiquia

Jie qi ‭ ‬or subseasonal qi constitutes the solar component of the ancient Chinese lunisolar calendar, which divides the year into 24 subseasonal phases, two in each month. However, the flow of the subseasonal qi in Australia is the reverse of that of the Northern Hemispherical regions of China, the United States and Europe. This leads to a desynchronisation of TCM practice and practitioners with the rhythm of the seasons in the Southern Hemisphere. To address this, I have constructed a Chinese medical and agricultural calendar that “reverses” the flow of the subseasonal phases. Having this tool, practitioners south of the Equator can better align their clinical activities with the natural rhythm of the seasons.


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