BetaThis search tool is in development. Find out more.
Digital Images

C14 Chinese tongue diagnosis chart

Download

Free to use with attribution CC BYCredit: Wellcome Collection
Can I use this?

About this digital image

Description

Illustrations of 'Vision of death tongue' (si jian she) and 'Yellow-coated tongue' (huangtai she) from a manuscript copy of Shanghan diandian jin shu (The Gold-dust Book of Cold Damage) dated '1st year of the Zhengyuan reign period of the Yuan dynasty' (1341), section entitled Yanzheng she (Examining the Tongue).

This book incorporates the teachings of Ao Jiweng (Song period, 960-1279) on the movement of Qi and those of Du Ben (Tao Hua) (Yuan period, 1206-1368) on pulse and tongue diagnosis, etc. Yanzheng she is based on an original text by Ao Jiweng, edited by Chen Shiwen and Shi Buni (Song period). It is a guide to the diagnosis of cold damage conditions according to the coating of the tongue, with 36 illustrations in colour.

The text states: In ' Vision of Death' tongue image, the body of the tongue turns black. Not one patient in a hundred can be cured when this tongue image is present.

In 'Yellow-Coated' tongue image, the tongue is white at the tip and yellow at the root. This tongue image indicates the presence of an unresolved exterior damage disease. To effect a cure, one must first resolve the exterior, and then proceed to drug therapy according to the symptoms.

Type/Technique



Identifiers


License information

License information

You can use this work for any purpose, including commercial uses, without restriction under copyright law. You should also provide attribution to the original work, source and licence.

Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) terms and conditions https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

Credit

C14 Chinese tongue diagnosis chart. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY


We’re improving the information on this page. Find out more.