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what organ do the sides of the tongue correspond to ?
liver gall baldder
what organ does the back of the tongue correspond to?
kidney, bladder, intestines
what organ does the center of the tongue correspond to?
stomach and spleen
what organ does the front (not the tip) of the tongue correspond to?
lung
what organ does the tip of the tongue correspond to?
heart
pale tongue =
yang or blood deficiency
red tongue =
heat, full or empty
normal tongue with no coating =
yin deficiency
red spots on tongue =
heat
purple tongue =
liver or blood stasis
sublinguals distended but not dark =
qi deficiency
sublinguals dark and distended =
blood stasis
thin tongue body =
blood or yin deficiency
swollen tongue =
phlegm or dampness
swollen sides along edge =
liver heat
swollen tongue sides in central section and pale =
chronic spleen qi deficiency
swollen tongue on sides in chest/breast area =
phlegm in chest or breasts
swollen tongue tip and red tip =
heart fire
swollen first third of tongue =
phlegm in lungs
stiff tongue =
internal wind, blood stasis, severe yin deficiency
flaccid tongue =
body fluid and blood deficiency
long tongue =
heat
short tongue =
severe yang deficiency if wet, severe yin deficiency if peeled and red
cracked tongue =
yin deficiency
central, long, thin, midline crack =
constitutional heart deficiency with emotional problems
central, short, wide crack in the center of tongue
constitutional stomach deficiency
short, transverse cracks on the sides of tongue
spleen yin deficiency
short, diagonal crack in lung area
past lung disease
very deep midline crack with other cracks stemming from it
kidney yin deficiency
deviated tongue
liver wind or heart deficiency (in young person)
moving tongue
liver wind
quivering tongue, tongue with teethmarks =
spleen qi deficiency
tongue coating =
yang organs
tongue color =
yin organs
thick coating with root =
pathogenic factors
thin coating with root =
healthy stomach qi
thin coating without root =
stomach qi os beginning to weaken
thick coating without root =
strong pathogenic factor and stomach qi is weakened
sticky tongue coating=
dampness and PHLEGM
slippery coating
(has a greasy look, individual papillae cannot be distinguished)
DAMPNESS and phlegm
moldy coating =
(looks like tofu or cottage cheese)
dampness or phlegm with stomach yin deficiency