The Pale or Pink Tongue Body


Indications of coating variations of the pale or pink tongue body.

Indications of Coating Variations of the Pale or Pink Tongue Body.
yellow or black thick greasy brown or black coating in the center
with rough yellow coating surrounding
a. damp phlegm transforming into heat
b. damp heat in the Spleen and Stomach
white at root,
yellow at tip the white coat covers most of the tongue, the tip  is yellow. heat in the upper burner
b. exterior wind heat syndrome
c. exterior wind cold transforming into heat or
just entering the interior
red speckles,
white greasy pink tongue body with red prickles on the tip and sides,white dry and greasy coating
a. exterior wind cold, nutritive or blood level heat
b. pathogenic heat injures body fluids, damp in middle burner
white, glossy,
no coating
pink body with white glossy coating or one side only
a. shao yang disease
b. Liver/Gall Bladder disease
pink and tender body that is shiny without coating
a. Stomach and Kidney yin deficiency
b. qi and blood deficiency
The pale tongue lacks color.
Pink Tongue The pink tongue is the normal tongue.
black dry extreme cold due to yang deficiency
black greasy yang deficiency with excess cold
yellow greasy damp heat due to Spleen yang deficiency
yellow cracked deficiency of qi and body fluids
dry white a. accumulation of heat in Spleen or Stomach
b. pathogenic heat accumulation
thick white a. qi and blood deficiency
b. yang qi deficiency
clear Spleen and Stomach deficiency with cold
Pale Tongue
Indications Appearance

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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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Last modified: August 16, 2009  Tags: ,  В·  Posted in: Tongue-Observation