The crimson (red-purple) tongue body


Indications associated with the coating variations of the crimson (red-purple) tongue body.

Indications associated with the crimson (red-purple) tongue body
The crimson tongue has a deeper red color than red
thin with black Tongue body is small and thin, coating is black, thin and dry.
a. excess heat injuring the body fluids
b. yin deficiency with heat
dry coat
wet to the touch
a. damp heat with injury to the body fluids.
This crimson tongue has a thick greasy coating,
which looks very dry.
sticky to
the touch
Excessive dry heat accumulating in the Stomach and Large
Intestine. This tongue coating covers entire tongue.
It is thick, dry, and rough.
This coating has cracks in it, through which the
deep red tongue body can be observed.
yellow moist a. yin deficiency fire with
damp heat in the Stomach and Large Intestine
b. nutritive level heat with
damp heat in the Stomach and Large Intestine
c. pathogenic heat in the blood with heat
due to long-term alcohol consumption
d. early stage heat in the nutritive level, prior to
body fluid injury
greasy a. body fluids deficiency with damp-heat steaming up.
The tongue coat looks wet, but feels sticky when touching it.
b. excess heat in the middle burner with turbid phlegm.
The tongue surface has a layer of transparent mucus
but is not actually a coating.
thin white
a. yin deficiency with deficiency heat constitution which is
then attacked by wind cold. The red tongue prior to the attack.
Crimson Tongue
after coat
before coat
b. ext. pathogen transformed into nutritive or blood level heat.
The red tongue gradually formed as the heat penetrated.
Whether the coat came before or after the color is important.
yellow and white
Excess heat has entered the nutritive level or Stomach
Yellow is found on root and middle,
white is found on edges and tip.
these colors indicate exterior cold
transforming into interior heat
Exterior syndrome transforming into nutritive level heat.
The slight yellow coating is scattered with white lumps

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Tongue coatings

  1. Tongue coating colors
  2. Tongue coating – thickness, moisture, viscosity
  3. Tongue coating – distribution and root

Tongue body flexibility

  1. Tongue body movement – limp, stiff, trembling
  2. Tongue body movement – deviated, short, licking, curving

Tongue body color

  1. Tongue body color – pale, red, crimson, purple, blue
  2. The pale tongue body, and the pink tongue body
  3. The red tongue body
  4. The crimson (red-purple) tongue body
  5. The purple (and green-purple) tongue body

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