Health Checks by Tongue

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Health Checks by Tongue
Author: Toshitaka Koui
Specifications: ISBN  978-4309272658
199 pages
12.9 x 19.1 cm / 5.2 x 7.6 in (WxH)
Category: Health
Publisher: Kawade Shobo Shinsha, Publishers
Tokyo, 2011
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A doctor of Chinese medicine will typically examine the patient's tongue in addition to asking about his symptoms. Because the mucous membrane of the tongue is replaced approximately every three days, it is quick to show signs when something is amiss. And because the membrane is so thin, it is also easy to assess the blood's circulatory flow through the capillaries underneath. Tongue diagnosis thus developed as a means for understanding what was going on inside the body long before X-rays and blood tests became available. The tongue has even been called a "mirror" for the internal organs. This book provides the necessary knowledge for examining your tongue daily and understanding what it is telling you about your body's condition, so you can take appropriate steps to maintain good health.

The first chapter catalogs various ailments indicated by the tongue's color, its shape, its general condition, and the nature of any coating. The second chapter is organized by disease and explains the symptoms of the tongue that frequently accompany each. The third chapter introduces the concept of zheng (Japanese sho; "syndrome" or "pattern"), a system of classification that is central to diagnosis and treatment in Chinese medicine. The reader learns how to recognize changes in his health by examining the tongue daily, as well as ways to improve health by adjusting his diet and lifestyle.