Tongue diagnosis is a powerful means by which a practitioner of Chinese medicine can quickly locate the solution to many issues of internal medicine.
What follows on this page are the various tongue body and coating appearances, how they came to look that way (mechanisms) and what they indicate.
There are certain answers that come up frequently during the “inquiry” phase of the diagnostic interaction in Chinese medicine.
For instance, whenever you see secretions or excretions that are yellow, no matter where they appear, the diagnostic significance always points to heat.
These generalities can easily guide a practitioner toward relevant, accurate, and efficacious diagnosis. Enjoy.
These are charts describing some of the more subtle aspects of tongue diagnosis that didn’t make it into the book.
Indications associated with tongue coating thickness, moisture, and viscosity.
Indications associated with the tongue coating distribution and root.
Indications associated with the white, yellow, gray, and black tongue coatings.
Indications of the Deviated, Short, Licking Tongue Body Movements.
Indications of Limp, Stiff, Trembling, Quivering Tongue Body
Tongue Body Colors in Chinese medicine diagnosis.
Indications of coating variations of the purple tongue body.