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Self Tongue Diagnosis Quiz

Self Tongue Diagnosis Quiz

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Why do TCM practitioners use tongue diagnosis?

We always get a strange look on a patient's face when we ask them to stick their tongue out. Have you ever wondered why TCM/Acupuncture Practitioners look at your tongue during a physical assessment? This is because the tongue has many connections to the internal body and acts as a diagnostic imaging system to nearly always show the true condition of the patient.

What is the Tongue Body Colour?

What is the Tongue Body Size?

How does the Tongue Coating look?

What is the colour of the Tongue Coating?

Any Teeth Marks on the side of the Tongue

Self Tongue Diagnosis Quiz
Excessive Pattern Heat

Heat - Excessive Pattern individuals tend to have feverish feelings, sweat easily, red-faced, constipation, desire for cold drinks, irritated easily. This type of person has too much heat building up in the body. There are 3 ways to drain heat from the body: perspiration, urination and defecation. Individuals with this pattern can start by exercising on a regular basis, drinking lots of fluids and maintaining a healthy diet. If symptoms do not improve, it may be associated with a specific organ. Combination of herbs, acupuncture treatments and dietary modification may be required to target specific organs to further clear the heat.
Excessive Pattern Cold

Cold - Excessive Pattern individuals tend to feel chills with no sweating, loose stool, lack of thirst, fatigue. This type of person has coldness building up in the body. Cold can invade the body through the environment and diet. Make sure individuals who suffer from this pattern dress properly and keep all the body parts nice and warm. On top of that, individuals should avoid cold, raw food such as salads, sushi and sashimis, cold drinks as much as possible to prevent further cold build ups. Combination of herbs, acupuncture treatments and diet modification may be required to help expel coldness and warm up the body.
Qi Deficiency

Qi Deficient type individuals tend to experience fatigue, loose stool, poor appetite, sweating with little/ no exertion. Individuals with Qi Deficiency patterns must first determine the cause of the body's inability to generate and maintain Qi flow. Combination of herbs, acupuncture treatments and diet changes may be required to nourish & move the Qi and improve the body's metabolic process.
Blood Deficiency

Blood Deficient type individuals tend to experience fatigue, dizziness, palpitations, insomnia, dry-skin/ hair, poor memory, pale complexion and blurry visions. Individuals with Blood Deficiency patterns must first determine the cause of the body's inability to generate and maintain blood flow. Combination of herbs, supplements, acupuncture treatments and diet changes may be required to nourish & move the blood and improve the body's metabolic process.
Yin Deficiency

Yin is cooling energy, which counteracts warm energy (Yang) to balance, and is associated with body fluids. If your Yin is deficient, Yang will prevail, and your body will exhibit symptoms of Heat. Also, your body fluid would be lacking as well, thus your body will show signs of dryness. Yin Deficiency type individuals tend to experience feverish feeling in the head, chest, and palms, night sweating, anxiety, insomnia, hot flushes, irritability and dryness of the skin, stool etc. To tonify deficient Yin, combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet change and increase in Yin activity may be required
Yang Deficiency

Yang is warm energy, which is required to warm up your body, and it is used for physiological functions. If your Yang is deficient, your cooling aspect of the body (Yin) will prevail, and your body will exhibit cold symptoms. Yang Deficiency type individuals tend to experience chills and coldness, loose stools/ diarrhea, sweating with little/ no exertion, swelling/edema and low energy. To tonify deficient Yang, acupuncture treatment with moxibustion, along with herbs, diet change and increase in Yang activity may be required.

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