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PALE TONGUE

Deficiency of Yang Qi
Deficiency of Qi & Blood

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RED TONGUE
With coating

Interior excess heat

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RED TONGUE
No coating

Yin Deficiency

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RED TONGUE
Red tip

HT Fire, HT Yin Deficiency

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DEEP RED TONGUE
Exogenous

Invasion of Ying & Xue systems by pathogenic heat

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RED TONGUE
Red sides

LV Fire or GB Heat

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DEEP RED TONGUE
Endogenous

Yin Deficiency w/ Fire

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PURPLE TONGUE
Blue purple

Stasis of Blood d/t hot or cold

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PURPLE TONGUE
Deep-blue, purplish, also dry & lusterless

Heat

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PURPLE TONGUE
Pale, purplish & moist

Cold, Stasis of Blood

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PURPLE TONGUE
Purplish spots

Blood Stasis

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PURPLE TONGUE
Reddish purple

Heat & Stasis of Blood

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SWOLLEN TONGUE
Delicate & pale w/ toothprints

SP & KD Yang Deficiency

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SWOLLEN TONGUE
Deep red, taking up entire space of the mouth

Excessive Heat in HT & SP

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SWOLLEN TONGUE
Bluish purplish, dark

Toxicosis

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SWOLLEN TONGUE
Red or normal colored

Damp Heat

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SWOLLEN TONGUE
Pale & damp

Yang Deficiency

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CRACKED TONGUE
Deep red

Excessive Heat consuming body fluids

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CRACKED TONGUE
Pale

Blood Deficiency

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CRACKED TONGUE
Short horizontal cracks

ST Yin Deficiency

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CRACKED TONGUE
Center crack reaching tip

HT Pattern

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CRACKED TONGUE
Short cracks on sides

Chronic SP Qi Deficiency

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THIN TONGUE
Thin, pale

Qi & Blood Deficiency

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THIN TONGUE
Thin, dry & deep red

Hyperactivity of Fire d/t Yin Deficiency
(body fluids consumed)

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DEVIATED TONGUE

Windstroke or early signs of windstroke. Interior Wind

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THORNY & RED TONGUE

Accumulation of heat in interior

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RIGID TONGUE (STIFF)
Exogenous febrile diseases

Invasion of PC by heat, retention of turbid phlegm, excessive pathogenic heat consuming body fluids

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RIGID TONGUE (STIFF)
Endogenous disease

Windstroke, early threatening windstroke

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PULSES
Superficial, large & weak

Prolonged endogenous diseases, indicating outward floating of Yang Qi

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FLACCID TONGUE

Extreme deficiency of Qi & Blood, Consumption of Yin Fluids

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FLACCID TONGUE
Pale

Qi & Blood Deficiency

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FLACCID TONGUE
Deep red

Collapse of Yin

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LONG TONGUE

Tendency to heat (Heart Heat)

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SHORT TONGUE

Pale, wet, cold, red & peeled- Yin Def.

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TOOTH-MARKED TONGUE

SP Qi Deficiency

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QUIVERING TONGUE

SP Qi Deficiency

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THIN TONGUE COATING

Tongue proper can be seen indistinctly. Generally present if superficial portion of the body is affected or deficiency of anti-pathogenic Qi.

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THICK TONGUE COATING

Tongue proper can’t be seen. Retention of damp, phlegm, food retention, cold, heat, fire or inward transmission of disease.

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MOIST TONGUE COATING
Moist, lustrous

Normal

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MOIST TONGUE COATING
Excessive moisture w/ saliva dribbling when tongue is stuck out, severe case add slippery coating

Upward flooding of harmful water & damp

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DRY TONGUE COATING

Consumption of body fluids d/t excessive heat or consumption of Yin fluids not allowing to nourish upwards.

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STICKY TONGUE COATING
Sticky w/ turbid layer of fine greasy substance, hard to scrub

Retention of turbid damp & phlegm or retention of food

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GRANULAR TONGUE COATING
Granules are course, loose & thick-like residue of making soy & easily scrubbed

Excessive Yang heat brings turbid Qi in the ST upwards, retention of turbid phlegm or retention of food

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PEELED TONGUE COATING
“Geographic tongue”

Consumption of Qi & Yin in ST

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PEELED TONGUE COATING
“Glossy tongue”

Sign of exhaustion of ST or KD Yin & severe damage of ST Qi.

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PULSES
Superficial (floating)

Easily felt w/ gentle touch,
Exterior conditions

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WHITE TONGUE COATING
Thin & white

Normal or exterior cold syndromes

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WHITE TONGUE COATING
Thick & white

Interior Cold Syndromes

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YELLOW TONGUE COATING

Interior syndromes & heat syndromes

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YELLOW TONGUE COATING
Deeper yellow

More severe pathogenic heat

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YELLOW TONGUE COATING
Light yellow

Mild heat

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YELLOW TONGUE COATING
Deep yellow

More severe heat

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YELLOW TONGUE COATING
Burnt yellow

Accumulation of Heat

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BLACK TONGUE COATING

Interior syndromes w/ extreme heat or excessive cold. Severe stage of illness.

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BLACK TONGUE COATING
Black coating is yellowish, dry &
w/ thorns

Consumption of body fluid d/t extreme heat

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BLACK TONGUE COATING
Pale, black & slippery

Excessive Cold d/t Yang Deficiency

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GREY TONGUE COATING

Interior syndromes: interior heat, cold or damp syndromes.

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GREY TONGUE COATING
Grey, yellowish & dry

Consumption of body fluid d/t excessive heat

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GREY TONGUE COATING
Grey, whitish & moist

Retention of cold damp & fluid

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TONGUE-MOISTURE
Too Wet

Yang Qi not transporting or transforming fluids

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TONGUE-MOISTURE
Dry

Full or empty heat

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TONGUE-MOISTURE
Sticky or Slippery

Damp or phlegm

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PULSES
Deep

Felt only on heavy pressure
Interior conditions

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PULSES
Deep & forceful

Interior excess conditions

65

PULSES
Deep & weak

Interior deficiency type,
Deficiency of Qi & Yang

66

PULSES
Deep & full

Stasis of Qi & Blood in the interior or interior cold & heat

67

PULSES
Slow

Less than 4 beats per breath (60 bpm)
Cold

68

PULSES
Slow & forceful

Interior syndrome of excess type,
Retention of Yin cold

69

PULSES
Slow & weak

Interior syndrome of deficiency d/t deficiency of Yang Qi

70

PULSES
Rapid

More than 5 beats per breath (90 bpm)
Heat

71

PULSES
Rapid & forceful

Excess heat retained in the interior/antipathogenic Qi is strong

72

PULSES
Rapid & weak

Deficiency Yin in prolonged illness, produces deficiency heat in interior

73

PULSES
Rapid, weak & large (full)

Outward floating of deficiency Yang

74

PULSES
Deficiency (weak & empty)

Forceless pulse felt on 3 regions at 3 levels
Deficiency of Qi & Blood

75

PULSES
Excess (strong, full)

Forceful pulse felt on 3 regions at 3 levels
Excess Qi & Blood—struggle w/ antipathogenic Qi, against hyperactive pathogenic factor

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PULSES
Excess & rapid, full, hard, long

Full heat

77

PULSES
Excess & slow

Full cold

78

PULSES
Surging (huge, flooding, overflowing)

Broad, large & forceful-like roaring wave, which comes on powerfully & fades away

79

PULSES
Thready (fine, thin, minute)

Fine thready, distinct & clear,
Deficiency d/t overstrain & stress,
Deficiency of Qi, Blood & Yin,
Internal dampness w/ severe Qi Deficiency

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PULSES
Soft (soggy)

Superficial & thready, hits fingers w/o strength.

81

PULSES
Weak (frail)

Deep & thready, hits fingers w/o strength.
Deficiency of Qi & Blood

82

PULSES
Rolling (slippery)

Smooth & flowing like pearls rolling on a dish. Smooth rounded, slippery to touch, oily.
Phlegm, damp or pregnancy.
Retained fluid
Retention of food
Excess heat

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PULSES
Hesistant (choppy, rough)

Feels rough & uneven or jagged
Stagnation of Qi & Blood
Impairment of essence
Deficiency of Blood
After profuse & prolonged sweating

84

PULSES
String Taut (wiry)

Taut, straight & long like violin or guitar string.
D.O. of LV & GB
Pain
Retention of fluids
Phlegm

85

PULSES
Tense (tight)

Feels tight & forceful like a stretched rope.
Cold interior or exterior
Pain
Retention of Food
Asthma from cold in LU
Stomach cold

86

PULSES
Abrupt (short, hurried, hasty)

Hurried & rapid
Irregular missed beats
Excessive Yang heat

87

PULSES
Abrupt & forceful

Retention of Phlegm or food.
Extreme Heat & def of HT Qi, HT Fire
Swelling & pain
Stagnation of Qi & Blood

88

PULSES
Abrupt & weak

Prostration

89

PULSES
Knotted

Slow, Irregular missed beats,
Excessive Yin,
Accumulation of Qi,
Retention of cold phlegm,
Stagnant Blood,
Cold & def of HT Qi or HT Yang

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PULSES
Regularly-intermittent

Slow & weak. Could be serious HT condition. Serious internal problems of one or more Yin organs.
Reg missed beats.
Declining Zang Qi, Wind Syndromes, Pain, Emotional fear & fright, traumatic contusions & sprains.

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PULSES
Long Pulse

Heat Pattern.
Extends slightly beyond normal pulse position.

92

PULSES
Short Pulse

Severe deficiency of Qi,
ST Qi Deficiency

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PULSES
Slowed-down Pulse

Generally, a healthy pulse

94

PULSES
Hollow Pulse

After hemorrhage.
Rapid & slightly hollow—forthcoming loss of Blood

95

PULSES
Leather Pulse

Stretched like a drum. Hard & tight on the superficial level, but empty at deep level. Severe deficiency of KD essence or Yin.

96

PULSES
Firm Pulse

Felt on the deep level, hard & wiry (string-taut). Interior stagnation & pain

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PULSES
Weak-floating Pulse

Only on superficial level. Could be damp if in combination w/ a very empty (def) condition.

98

PULSES
Weak Pulse

Deficiency of Yang

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PULSES
Scattered Pulse

Severe deficiency of Qi & Blood, &
KD Qi

100

PULSES
Hidden Pulse

Extreme deficiency of Yang

101

PULSES
Moving Pulse

Trembles under the finger, round like a bean. Shock, anxiety, fright or extreme pain. People w/ deep emotional shock.

102

PULSES
Hurried Pulse

Excess of Yang, w/ fire in the body exhausting the Yin.

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