Stray Charts from The TCM Diagnosis Study Guide (1 of 11)


Doctors Yi Qiao and Al Stone have recently completed their second book, this one on diagnosis. Entitled “The Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnosis Study Guide”. As is the case with their first book, it is full of copious charts to describe TCM visually. However we ended up creating more charts than we could put into the book. Rather than delete these unused charts, we offer them here for your enjoyment.

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As is the case with their first book, “The Traditional Chinese Medicine Formula Study Guide“, it’s full of plainly stated and suitably organized charts and graphs that describe in stunning detail and clarity the pathomechanisms for every observable sign and symptom in traditional Chinese medicine.

In fact, at one point, we just kept making more charts than the book really needed. What is found on these pages are those charts that were not included in the book. We offer them here without any particular term considerations. In other words, some of the terms may be unfamiliar. In the published version, all terms will appear in either a glossary at the end of the book, or a glossary at the end of some other Eastland Press TCM book.

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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