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JOURNAL OF BEIJIGN UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINE ›› 2015, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (6): 373-376.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2015.06.003

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Tongue coating, disease and pattern*

ZHANG Xin-yang1, GUO Zi-ning2#   

  1. 1 Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029;
    2 Dongfang Hospital, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine
  • Received:2015-02-16 Online:2015-06-15 Published:2015-06-15

Abstract: Tongue coating is an essential component in the diagnostic system of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Modern research has demonstrated that tongue coating can be indicative of diseases, especially digestive diseases. In our clinical practice, we also observed such phenomona and reviewed the pathological basis for some of the tongue coating manifestations. Corresponding treatment methods were offered to test the relations between tongue coating, diseases, and patterns, so as to propose a hypothesis that tongue coating can be used as an early sign of diseases. This paper explores the relation between tongue coating, diseases, and patterns on the basis of current research on tongue coating mechanism. The results of the paper could offer reference for the clinical application of tongue coating diagnosis and facilitate the standardization of objective tongue diagnosis.

Key words: tongue coating, diagnosis, digestive diseases, spleen and stomach function

CLC Number: 

  • R241