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1

(body)
normal health
mild pathogenic qi

pale-red

2

(body)
yang xu
blood xu
qi xu
internal or external cold

pale

3

(body)
mild deficiency and/or cold condition

soft-tender (young tongue)

4

(body)
full or empty heat

red

5

(body)
severe or full or empty heat
interior fire

crimson

6

(body)
qi and blood stasis
w/ or w/o interior cold, yang xu, or heat

purple

7

(body)
blood stasis w/ cold

purplish-blue

8

(body)
qi xu
yang xu
damp-phlegm retention

enlarged

9

(body)
blood xu (pale)
yin xu (red)

thin

10

(body)
yin xu
depletion of body fluids (by full or empty heat)
ST qi xu

fissures

11

(body)
heat
fire
heat pathogens

prickles

12

(body)
internal or external wind
qi/yang xu

deviated

13

(coating)
superficial pathogen
qi xu

thin

14

(coating)
deeper progression of pathogen
retention of damp or food

thick

15

(coating)
pathogenic water/dampness

moist/slimy/greasy

16

(coating)
phlegm/damp retention
usually ST disease

grimy
(as though tongue coating mixed w/ dirt)

17

(coating)
normal health
mild wind-cold invastion

thin-white

18

(coating)
excess dampness
cold-damp
dampness transforming into heat

thick-white

19

(coating)
wind-heat

thin-yellow

20

(coating)
damp-heat accumulation

thick-yellow

21

(coating)
extreme heat consuming body fluids

dry-yellow

22

(coating)
retention of damp-cold
yang xu

grey (glossy)

23

(coating)
yin xu
yin exhaustion
ST qi xu

peeled

24

(coating)
extreme heat
extreme cold

black

25

spicy food makes the tongue

red

26

smoking makes the tongue

yellow

27

antibiotics makes the tongue

partially peeled

28

corticosteroids make the tongue

red and swollen

29

NSAIDs make the tongue

red tip

30

cytotoxic medication makes the tongue

red body, thick-dark-yellow or brown coating