Atlas of Chinese Tongue Diagnosis, Vol. 1 by Barbara Kirschbaum

By Barbara Kirschbaum

Tongue prognosis is an important software utilized in chinese language drugs either for assessing the present health and wellbeing of a sufferer and offering a foundation for diagnosis. It additionally informs the practitioner concerning the underlying power or weak spot of the patient’s structure.

This atlas includes over 320 colour photos of tongues visible in a Western health center. the images offer a photo illustration of a large choice of universal issues. each one photo is followed through an outline of the numerous positive factors of the tongue, the corresponding chinese language prognosis for every such characteristic, accompanying indicators, Western prognosis, and pertinent heritage details.

The presentation of the tongues is geared up in line with the character of the underlying disharmony: Lung, Spleen-Stomach, Kidney, center, Liver. different chapters specialise in specific elements of the tongue, resembling faded tongues, cracked tongues, precise coating, in addition to these linked to warmth problems and blood stasis. The textual content is interspersed with many complete case histories that describe features that aren't obvious at the tongue on my own.

A ultimate bankruptcy surveys a number of instances which replicate how the tongue replaced over the process remedy, with prior to and after photos. This systematic presentation presents the scholar and practitioner of chinese language drugs with a miles deeper appreciation for the method of tongue prognosis in chinese language medication.

An vast and targeted index presents entry to almost each element of the loads of tongues offered during this atlas, and their interrelationships.

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3 Female 38 years old Tongue description Chinese diagnosis Pale Spleen qi deficiency (blood deficiency) Strongly drawn in, especially on the left side Liver qi constraint and Liver blood stasis Symptoms Weight loss Fatigue Swollen axillary lymph nodes Pain under the right hypochondrium Western diagnosis Bilateral breast cancer* Liver metastases Background to disease Suppressed anger Overwork * Patient died one year after this photo was taken. 2 Uneven Sides of the Tongue, or Swollen on Half of the Tongue The nutritive qi flows with the blood.

These and other changes to the tongue body, shape, and color, plus other specific signs, are most commonly caused by deep energetic deficiencies, for example, a chronic deficiency of Spleen and Stomach qi or Kidney yin. Generally speaking, these deficiencies will, over time, lead to a depletion or insufficient nourishment of the essence. The essence is a very rarified and dense form of energy that is fluid in nature. It has the potential for building and nourishing the body. It supplies the energetic material for physical and mental development in childhood, and for the development and function of the reproductive system.

The tip of the tongue shows a few red points that reflect heat in the Heart. This occasionally manifests as difficulty in falling asleep. The tongue body, shape, and color, however, are normal. The tongue is moist and has vitality. On the posterior third of the tongue are red points that are not considered pathological. This woman has no symp­ toms. Endnotes 1. Compare Maciocia G. Tongue Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine, rev. ed. Seattle: Eastland Press, 1995:24-26. 2. , 17-18. Maciocia describes the effects of medication in relation to a discoloration of the tongue coating.

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