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Tongue Body


Thin (pale body) Blood deficiency
Thin (red body) Yin deficiency
Swollen, Pale and Wet Spleen and Kidney Yang Xu
Swollen-pale-wet + sticky coating Retention of dampness and/or phlegm w/ Spleen deficiency
Swollen, Normal Color Damp-heat in the Stomach and Spleen
Swollen, Fresh-looking red Heat in Stomach and Heart
Swollen, Purple Alcohol toxin
Swollen, dark bluish purple Poisoning causing blood stasis
Swollen edges Spleen qi deficiency
Swollen sites Ascendant liver yang or liver fire
Swollen tip, red body Heart fire blazing
Swollen tip, normal color Heart qi deficiency
Half swollen weakness of the channels
Partly swollen on one side deficiency or stagnation of qi in the chest
Half surface swollen Lung qi deficiency
Stiff, red or dark-red body Exterior heat invading the pericardium
Stiff, red body Heat injuring the fluids
Stiff, Red tip Heart fire blazing
Stiff, normal color Internal wind
Flaccid, pale body Exhausted qi and blood
Flaccid, red body Extreme heat injuring fluids
Flaccid, deep red body Kidney yin deficiency w/ heat
Long, slender Heart, usually heart fire
Long, swollen and redder tongue tip Phlegm fire in the heart
Short, pale body Spleen yang def., internal cold
Short, red body Heart gen. Liver Wind
Short, red body w/ coating Insufficiency fluids due to heat from excess
Short, red body w/o coating Deficiency heat
Short, pale body, slippery coating Spleen yang def. W/ dampness and phlegm
Horizontal cracks Yin deficiency
Cracks like ice floes Yin deficiency from aging
Irregular cracks Stomach yin deficiency
Transverse cracks on sides Spleen qi deficiency
Vertical cracks in center Heart yin def., or blazing heart fire
Transverse cracks behind the tip Lung yin deficiency
Very deep central crack with other small cracks Kidney yin deficiency w/ heat
Loose, red body Interior excess heat
Loose, red body, slippery coating Phlegm fire affecting the heart
Loose, pale body Heart qi deficiency
Numb, pale body Heart Blood def
Numb, red or normal color Liver wind
Numb, slippery coating Wind-phlegm
Moving, red body Heart fire and internal wind
Moving, red + dry body Spleen heat w/ exhaustion of fluids
Quivering, pale body Spleen qi deficiency
Quivering, red body Extreme heat generating wind
Quivering, pale, thin, flaccid Collapse of yang
Quivering, pale body, aphasia Collapse of Heart and Spleen qi
Tip rolled over Heat from excess
Tip rolled under Head from deficiency
Tooth-marked Spleen qi deficiency
Ulcerated, red body Heart fire blazing
Ulcerated, red, peeled body Heart heat from kidney yin def
Ulcerated underneath, red body Spleen and Kidney heat
Covered in sores, red body Heat toxin in Heart channel
Covered in sores, red and peeled Deficiency heat
Created by: tybo