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

By Barbara Kirschbaum

Tongue analysis is a crucial tool utilized in chinese language drugs either for assessing the present overall healthiness of a sufferer and delivering a foundation for analysis. It additionally informs the practitioner concerning the underlying energy or weak spot of the patient’s structure. This atlas comprises over 320 colour images of tongues visible in a Western health center. the pictures offer a image illustration of a wide selection of universal problems. each one photo is observed by way of an outline of the numerous positive factors of the tongue, the corresponding chinese language analysis for every such characteristic, accompanying indicators, Western prognosis, and pertinent historical past info. The presentation of the tongues is geared up in accordance with the character of the underlying disharmony: Lung, Spleen-Stomach, Kidney, middle, Liver. different chapters concentrate on specific facets of the tongue, corresponding to faded tongues, cracked tongues, specific coating, in addition to these linked to warmth problems and blood stasis. The textual content is interspersed with many complete case histories that describe points that aren't noticeable at the tongue by myself. a last bankruptcy surveys numerous situations which mirror how the tongue replaced over the process remedy, with sooner than and after pictures. This systematic presentation presents the coed and practitioner of chinese language medication with a miles deeper appreciation for the technique of tongue analysis in chinese language medication. an intensive and distinctive index presents entry to nearly each element of the masses of tongues provided during this atlas, and their interrelationships.

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The numbness in her arm was the result of dampness obstructing the channels and collaterals. All Western-style diagnostic procedures failed to diagnose any disorder with this patient. Discussion. Pale, swollen tongues are unmistakable signs of Spleen qi and yang or Kidney yang deficiency. Foods of a cool or cold nature specifically damage Spleen qi and yang, especially when they are consumed in cold climates. From this deficiency, a condition of excess, namely, accumulation of dampness, can arise.

The wide, deep red tongue body and the flooding, rapid, and strong pulse were the result of excessive heat. This heat injured the Kidney yin, which in turn was unable to nourish the Stomach yin. The heartburn and stomach pains were caused by the deficient Stomach yin as well as fire in the Stomach, which resulted from a diet of predominantly fried fatty foods, alcohol, and coffee. The tip of the tongue was of a deep red color; in this case that pointed to Heart fire. The weakened yin, together with Heart fire, failed to anchor the spirit, leading to insomnia and inner restlessness.

The underlying cause for this is a defi­ ciency of Spleen qi and yang that gives rise to accumulation of dampness, or is aggravated by external dampness or cold-dampness. Patients with this condition are advised to change their diets and abstain from vigorous exercise. 3 Swollen Tongue Sides A deficiency of Spleen qi and yang presents with a swollen tongue body as well as broad swelling on both sides of the middle third of the tongue. Note that the sides are swollen only in the middle of the tongue.

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