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Diagnostics: Tongue and Interrogation
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What color is a healthy tongue?
Bright pink/red, thin white coating and moist
Coating shows up in the center of the tongue mostly from:
The spleen and stomach because they deal with fluids
Greasy yellow tongue coating:
Dry yellow tongue coating:
The heat has injured to body fluids
A mirror tongue:
impaired stomach qi and stomach yin xu
A pale tongue:
A red tongue:
What happens to the tongue when someone has an exterior invasion and it goes deeper and is getting worse?
The tongue coating gets thicker
Extreme heat and now getting drier, then stasis occurs (purple, dry)
coating will be tofu-like, greasy or furry, and you will be able to scrape off
Prickles on tip of tongue:
deficient Liver blood
Red tongue root:
Kidney yin deficiency
Red tongue sides:
Liver yin deficiency
Very swollen tongue:
damp or Spleen xu
Exterior syndrome tongue:
Interior syndrome tongue:
thick coating - wet or dry
seen in the eyes
Is a coating on the tongue normal?
Is a swollen tongue normal?
Is a thin tongue normal?
Is a deep red tongue normal?
Are prickles on the tongue normal?
Are fissures on the tongue normal?
Yes - congenital
Tongue sides are purple
Bloody red stool:
Bloody black stool:
What organ goes to the nose?
What shows in the philtrum?
10 questions of interrogation
1. Aversion to cold and Fever
3. Head and body
4. Urine and stool
5. Food and drink
6. Chest and abdomen
9. Previous illness
10. Causes of disease
When looking at the tongue, always look at what first?
The tongue body
What question do you ask first?
Do not talk about patients to:
Try not to interrupt patients when:
Important to do during interrogation:
Keep an open mind
You can ask about the Spleen and stomach if they have LV Qi Stagnation because:
of the controlling cycle
Deviation of the tongue or tremor (larger shaking):
If there is a dry yellow coating, use an herb that supports the body fluids. If it works:
moisture will return to the tongue and the yellow coating will lighten
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