By Giovanni Maciocia
Exam of the tongue, just like the pulse, is among the central diagnostic equipment in conventional chinese language drugs. This book--newly revised in 1995--systematically describes all of the fundamental features of the tongue (body colour, form and coating) and their importance within the medical institution. It strains the historic improvement of tongue prognosis and its dating to externally- shriveled problems and the 8 principals.
Featured during this revised version are fifty nine colour plates and accompanying case histories from the author's personal perform. different elements of tongue analysis newly defined during this version comprise the combination of tongue and pulse prognosis; using the tongue in diagnosing emotional difficulties; tongue analysis and natural remedy; the tongue in diagnosis; and certain concerns concerning tongue prognosis in kids.
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The front and edges tu Heart fire or Liver fire. Aside from other very different clinical signs and s p ptoms, an attack by d-heat usually causes the entire front part of the tongue to become red, while in cases of Heart fire only the very tip will do so. st with red points In (children,exterior invasions of wind-heat often m in the front and/or sides (PLATE 41). An interior condition is characterized by the presence of a pathogenic factor in the interior of the body. The pathogenic factor could be internal dampness, ess or cold, or it could simply be an internal imbalance between yin and yang.
The clinical signs vary with the location of the disorder. In general, blood stasis is accompded by persistent, localized pain which may be of a stabbing, b nature. If there is bleeding, the bl and dark purple. Any pressure will aggravate the pain. The tongue, a very reliable indicator of blood stasis, will be purple in color m d have dark red or purple spots. The location of the p le spots on the tongue can identify the physic cus of the condition. Spots on the sides of the tongue in the area between tip rand center ( I L L U S ~ T I O N4-51mean stasis of blood in the chest, with accompanying angina-likepain.
Instead, it is said that the center of the tongue corresponds to the Stomach and the area immediately around the center to the Spleen. The author finds this to be true in clinical practice. The tongue area correspondences used in this book (ILLUSTRATION 3-41will therefore be the following: the tongue tip corresponds to the Heart; the area between the tip and center to the Lungs; the center to the Stomach and Spleen;the root to the Kidneys, Intestines and Bladder (and, in women, to the Womb);the left edge to the Liver; and the right edge to the Gallbladder.