Tongue Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine Book

ISBN: 9780939616978    Publisher: Eastland Press

Tongue Diagnosis Third EditionExamination of the tongue, like the pulse, is one of the principal diagnostic methods in traditional Chinese medicine. Tongue Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine, third edition is a thorough, clinically oriented exposition of tongue diagnosis by Giovanni Maciocia, one of the most respected teachers and practitioners of Chinese medicine in the West.

Tongue Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine has been a standard textbook in the TCM diagnosis curriculum for over three decades. Each of the major aspects of the tongue – body color, shape, and coating – and its relationship to the diagnostic process is systematically described. The book also traces the historical development of tongue diagnosis and its role in the evolution of traditional Chinese medical theory and practice.

Featured in this new third edition are 175 color plates – over 100 of them new – selected from Maciocia’s practice which vividly illustrates many of the types of tongues that are commonly found in the Western clinic. Accompanying many of the plates are dozens of case histories that illustrate the application of the principles of tongue diagnosis in actual practice.

Other aspects of tongue diagnosis described in this third edition include the integration of tongue and pulse diagnosis; the use of the tongue in diagnosing emotional problems; tongue diagnosis and herbal therapy; using the tongue for prognosis; and special considerations regarding tongue diagnosis in children. Appendices provide a summary of traditional principles governing the identification of disease patterns (six stages, four levels, three burners) and their relationship to tongue characteristics.


A thorough, clinically oriented exposition of tongue diagnosis.
American Journal of Acupuncture


A clear, precise and accurate description of this important pillar of Chinese medical examination.
From the foreword by Dr. Ted Kaptchuk