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Tongue Coating

Tongue Coats according to Giovanni

White or White and Thin Wind, cold or dampness in the exterior
White, thin and slippery Exterior damp-cold attack
White, Thick and Slippery Interior damp or cold with retention of food, or external cold attack transforming dampness
White, thin and dry + Pale Blood deficiency
White, Thin and dry + Interior Yang deficiency, extreme w/ inability to move fluids to the tongue
White, thin and dry + Exterior (no thirst) W-C or W-H on exterior, damage to Lung fluids
White, thin and dry (exterior attack) Exterior Dry attack
White, thick and wet + Exterior Attack by strong evil
White, thick and wet + Interior Interior cold damp, esp. middle jiao
White, thick and greasy Yang deficiency with retention of food or dampness
White, thick, greasy and slippery Spleen yang deficiency with damp-cold or phlegm
White, thick, greasy and dry Dampness with exhaustion of body fluids or heat
White, rough and cracked Attack of summer heat injuring the qi
White, sticky and greasy + Interior Dampness or phlegm from Spleen Qi or Yang Xu
White, Sticky and Greasy + Exterior Externally-contracted dampness at the qi-level
White like powder seasonal epidemic exterior heat, toxin in the interior, externally contracted heat in the triple burner
White like snow Spleen yang exhaustion with damp-cold in the middle
White and moldy Kidney and stomach yin xu, damp-toxin in the interior
Half-white and slippery on the right evil is half-exterior, half-interior
Half-white and slippery on the left Heat in the Liver
Pale Yellow Exterior disease penetrating the interior and transforming heat
Yellow Heat, Interior, or Stomach/Spleen
Light yellow and thick Dampness and heat in the middle burner, stagnation of qi
Yellow and Slippery Damp-heat
Dry yellow Heat-injured fluids
Yellow root, white tip Exterior evil transforming heat and penetrating the interior
Bilateral yellow strips on white coating Acute disease: evil penetrating to the interior. Chronic disease: Heat in Stomach and Instestines
Thick bilateral yellow strips and yellow coating Heat in Liver and Gallbladder. Strips greasy/slippery? Dampness in addition to heat
Half-yellow, half-white Heat in the Liver and Gallbladder
Gray or gray, wet and slippery Damp-cold in the Spleen
Gray and dry Heat from excess
Black or black, sliuppery and greasy Damp-cold in the stomach and intestines
Bilateral black on white, wet Cold from deficiency in the middle burner
Bilateral black on white, dry Heat from excess in the Stomach and Spleen
White coating, black points Exterior pathogenic factor penetrating to the interior and transforming into heat
White coating, black prickles True cold, False heat or True cold transforming into heat
Black in the center, white and slippery on the sides Spleen yang deficiency with damp-cold in the interior
Half-white and slippery, half-yellow and black Heat in Liver or Gallbladder
Yellow sides, black and greasy center Damp-heat in the Spleen and Stomach
Black, dry and cracked Exhaustion of the Kidney yin with fluids damaged by false heat. Or, true cold in the interior with yang deficiency.
White in center and yellow around Exterior evil penetrating the interior and transforming heat
Yellow center, white around Interior heat beginning to clear
White, gray and moist Damp-cold in the interior
White, gray and dirty Damp-cold or phlegm of long-standing
Half-white, half-gray cold is half-exterior, half-interior
White and black dampness in the Spleen
Yellow in center, black-slippery-greasy around Damp-heat in the Spleen
Yellow on sides, black prickles in center Yangming stage heat
Yellow, dry and black in center to tip Heat in the stomach and intestines
White in center, gray and black around Dampness in the Spleen
Yellow in the center, gray around Damp-heat with injured fluids
Created by: tybo on 2009-08-09

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