White Yellow Gray and Black Tongue Coatings

Tongue-Observation

Indications associated with the white, yellow, gray, and black tongue coatings.

tongue.coating.1 White Yellow Gray and Black Tongue Coatings

Indications associated with the white, yellow, gray and black tongue coatings

The black coating indicates interior syndromes of
extreme heat or excessive cold.
It is usually found in the critical stage of a disease.
dampness due to yang deficiency or excess cold
excessive fire with exhaustion of body fluids
Black
dry
moist, slippery
The gray coating is light black, and is usually transformed
from the white coating or found simultaneously found
with the yellow coating. it indicates interior syndromes
and may be found in heat or cold damp syndromes.
phlegm retention or cold damp accumulation
damage to body fluids by excess or yin deficiency heat
Gray
yellow and dry
moist
The yellow coating indicates an interior, heat,
or Spleen and Stomach disease.
internal excess heat accumulation with body fluid damagethick and dry
damp-heat in the middle burner,
or accumulation in the Stomach and Intestinesthick and moist
wind-heat or heat syndrome with body fluid damage
wind-heat or heat syndrome without body fluid damage
Yellow
thin and moist
thin and dry
This tongue indicates an exterior wind cold syndrome
or a disease of the Lung.
damp accumulationthick and moist
cold damp syndromewhite and moist
wind-heat or dryness attacks the Lungs with yin impairment
normal, or exterior wind cold syndrome
White
thin and moist
thin and dry
IndicationsCoats and Modifiers
pale
deep
burnt heat accumulation (extreme heat syndrome)
pathogenic heat stagnation (severe heat syndrome)
mild heat syndrome

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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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