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TCM Organ Pattern
Damp Heat in the Bladder
Damp Heat in the Bladder

Damp Heat in the Bladder can manifest in the following ways:
Frequent and urgent urination, burning or pain in the urethra, difficult urination, dark-yellow, turbid urine, bloody urine, stones in the urine. Tongue is red with a stick yellow coat, pulse is rapid and slippery.

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Dampness in the Spleen Conditions - Damp Cold
Dampness in the Spleen Conditions - Damp Cold

Dampness in the Spleen Conditions - Damp Cold can manifest as:
Fullness in the epigastrium and abdomen, loss of appetite, sticky saliva, sweet taste in the mouth, no thirst, heaviness in the head and body, lassitude, loose stools or diarrhea, vaginal discharge. Tongue has a sticky thick white coating, pulse is slippery and slow.

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Dampness in the Spleen Conditions - Damp Heat
Dampness in the Spleen Conditions - Damp Heat

Dampness in the Spleen Conditions - (Damp Heat) can manifest as:
Thirst with no desire to drink, or desire to take small sips, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, Loose stool with offensive odor, burning sensation in the anus, scanty dark-yellow urine, low grade fever, headache. Tongue has a sticky yellow coating, pulse is slippery and rapid.

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External Wind Attacking the Lungs - Wind Cold
External Wind Attacking the Lungs - Wind Cold

External Wind Attacking the Lungs - (Wind Cold) can manifest in the following ways:
Fever & chills, aversion to cold, occipital headache, body aches, cough, sneezing, stuffy nose or runny nose with thin clear mucus, itching throat. Tongue has a thin white coating, pulse is floating.

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External Wind Attacking the Lungs - Wind Heat
External Wind Attacking the Lungs - Wind Heat

External Wind Attacking the Lungs - Wind Heat
Fever, aversion to cold & wind, slight sweating, sore throat, swollen tonsils, thirst, cough, stuffy nose, runny nose with yellow mucus, headache and body aches. Tongue is red on body sides or tip, with a thin white or yellow coating, pulse is floating and rapid.

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Food Stagnation
Food Stagnation

Food Stagnation can manifest as:
Distention and fullness in the abdomen and epigastrium which are relieved by vomiting, foul belching, sour regurgitation, nausea, no appetite, hesitant bowel movement, insomnia. Tongue has a thick white coat, pulse is full and slippery.

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Heart Blood Stagnation
Heart Blood Stagnation

Heart Blood Stagnation can manifest in the following ways:
Pain in the heart region that is (stabbing in nature), oppression or constriction in the chest, cyanosis of the lips, and nails, cold limbs (esp. hands), spontaneous sweating. Tongue is purple, possibly with purple spots, pulse is choppy, hesitant with missed beats.

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Heart Phlegm Conditions - Cold Phlegm
Heart Phlegm Conditions - Cold Phlegm

Heart Phlegm Conditions - (Cold Phlegm) can manifest in the following ways:
Weak shallow breathing, profuse sweating, cold limbs, cyanosis of the lips, palpitations, mental cloudiness, in severe cases coma. Tongue very pale, or bluish-purple, short, pulse is hidden, and knotted.

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Heart Phlegm Conditions - Hot Phlegm
Heart Phlegm Conditions - Hot Phlegm

Heart Phlegm Conditions - (Hot Phlegm) can manifest in the following ways:
Mental restlessness, propensity to be startled, bitter taste, mental confusion, agitation, palpitations, insomnia, dream disturbed sleep, constipation,deep yellow urine. Tongue is red, pulse is rapid.

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TCM Organ Pattern
Heart Qi Deficiency
Heart Qi Deficiency

Heart Qi Deficiency can manifest in the following ways:
Palpitations, shortness of breath on exertion, spontaneous or easily sweating, pallor, tiredness, listlessness. Tongue is pale, possible with a mid line crack, pulse is empty, thready, possibly with missed beats.

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Heart Shen Disturbances
Heart Shen Disturbances

Heart Shen Disturbances can manifest in the following ways:
Mental depression and dullness, possible incoherent speech, laughing or weeping without reason, vomiting, rattling sound in the throat. Tongue is white sticky coating, pulse is string taut and rolling. This is a very serious condition and any therapy should be used as an adjunct after seeking medical attention.

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Heart Yang Deficiency
Heart Yang Deficiency

Heart Yang Deficiency can manifest in the following ways:
Stuffiness in the chest region, feeling of cold, bright pale face, cold limbs (esp. hands), tiredness, listnessness, palpitations, shortness of breath on exertion, spontaneous sweating. Tongue is pale, wet, and swollen, pulse is deep, weak, or knotted.

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Heart Yin and Blood Dificiency
Heart Yin and Blood Dificiency

Heart Yin & Blood Deficiency can manifest in the following ways:
Palpitations, insomnia, dream disturbed sleep, dizziness, vertigo, poor memory, dull pale complexion, pale lips, anxiety, propensity to be startled, night sweats, flushed hot feeling especially at night. Tongue is pale, thin, and slightly dry, or red, redder tip with red spots, and a midline crack reaching the tip, pulse is choppy and fine and rapid.

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Kidney Jing Deficiency
Kidney Jing Deficiency

Kidney Jing Deficiency can manifest in the following ways:
In children poor bone development, late closure of the fontele, mental dullness. In adults premature ageing or senility, bad teeth, poor memory, brittle bones, premature graying or hair loss, soreness of the lower back, sexual dysfunction without the presence of hot or cold. Tongue red and peeled, pulse floating and empty.

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Kidney Qi Deficiency
Kidney Qi Deficiency

Kidney Qi Deficiency can manifest in the following ways:
Clear frequent urination, weak stream and dribbling after urination, incontinence, nocturnal emissions without dreams, premature ejaculation, prolapse of the uterus, chronic vaginal discharge. Tongue is pale with a white coat, pulse is thready, and weak

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Kidney Yang Deficiency
Kidney Yang Deficiency

Kidney Yang Deficiency can manifest in the following ways:
Aversion to cold, bright white complexion, poor appetite, loose stools, soreness and weakness in the low back and knees, frequent clear urine, edema of the legs, impotence, infertility, tinnitus, dizziness. Tongue is pale, swollen, and wet, pulse is deep and weak.

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Kidney Yin Deficiency
Kidney Yin Deficiency

Kidney Yin Deficiency can manifest in the following ways:
Dizziness, tinnitus, vertigo, poor memory, deafness, sore lower back and knees, nocturnal emission, night sweating, constipation, dark scanty urine. Tongue is red with little coating, pulse floating, thready and rapid.

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Liver Blood Deficiency
Liver Blood Deficiency

Liver Blood Xu can manifest in the following ways:
Numbness of the limbs, dry skin & hair, pale withered and brittle nails, blurred vision, floaters, dizziness, orthostatic hypertension, muscular weakness, spasms, or cramps, scanty menstruation, and amenorrhea. Pale thin and dry tongue, thin, choppy pulse.

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Liver Blood Stagnation
Liver Blood Stagnation

Liver Blood Stagnation can manifest in the following ways:
Fixed and stabbing abdominal pain, abdominal masses, fixed not movable, purple nails, purple lips, purple complexion, epistaxis or vomiting of blood, dysmenorrhea, irregular periods, dark and clotted menstrual blood. Purplish tongue esp on the sides, with purplish spots, wiry pulse.

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Liver Heat
Liver Heat

Liver Fire Flare-Up can manifest in the following ways:
Distending pain in the head, tinnitus like the sound of waves, vertigo, dizziness, red face & eyes, swelling and pain in the eyes, bitter taste, constipation with dry stools, dark yellow urine, propensity to anger, dream disturbed sleep, cirrhosis of the liver, hemoptysis, stroke, aphasia, twitching. Red tongue, redder on sides, dry yellow coating, full, wiry, rapid pulse.

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Liver Qi Stagnation
Liver Qi Stagnation

Liver Qi Stagnation can manifest in the following ways:
Depression, irritability, fluctuating mental state, feeling wound up, sighing, chest stuffiness, hypochondriac pain, chest stuffiness, epigastric pain, abdominal distention, sensation of a lump in the throat with trouble swallowing, nausea, vomiting, reduced appetite, sour reflux, belching, abdominal distention, borborygmus, diarrhea, constipation, Irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, premenstrual breast tenderness, PMS. Normal tongue body, Wiry pulse.

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Liver Wind
Liver Wind

Liver Wind
Can come from LV Blood Deficiency, LV Yang Rising, or from Internal heat.
Liver wind manifests in the following ways: muscle spasms, convulsions, high fever, sudden unconsciousness, convulsions, difficult speech, stroke. this is a serious condition and the dietary recommendations should be implemented after seeking medical attention. Tongue red and stiff, pulse wiry, rapid, full.

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Liver Yang Rising
Liver Yang Rising

Liver Yang Rising can manifest in the following ways:
Headache in the temples, eyes, or lateral side of the head, dizziness, tinnitus, vertigo, sudden deafness, dry mouth and throat, Insomnia, dream disturbed sleep, Irritability, shouting in anger. Red tongue with redder sides, wiry pulse.

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Liver Yin Deficiency
Liver Yin Deficiency

Liver Yin Defiecieny can manifest in the following ways:
Red cheeks, afternoon fever, hot palms & soles, nervousness, dizziness, muddled vision, dry eyes, other eye problems, depression, nervous tension. Red tongue, wiry, thin, rapid pulse.

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Liver/Gall Bladder - Damp/Heat
Liver/Gall Bladder - Damp/Heat

Liver Gallbladder Damp Heat can manifest in the following ways:
Bitter taste, scanty dark urine, fullness/pain of the chest and hypochondrium, jaundice, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal distention, vaginal discharge, vaginal itching, pain/redness/swelling of scrotum. Tongue red with a yellow sticky coat, slippery wiry & rapid pulse.

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Lung Dryness
Lung Dryness

Lung Dryness can manifest in the following ways:
Signs of dryness with deficient fluids, dry cough, dry throat, dry mouth, dry skin, thirst, hoarse voice. It could be considered less severe and a precursor to lung yin deficiency. Tongue is dry, but not red, pulse, empty, especially in the lung position

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Lung Qi Deficiency
Lung Qi Deficiency

Lung Qi Deficiency can manifest in the following ways:
Shortness of breath on exertion, weak cough, fatigue, thin watery sputum, weak voice, spontaneous sweating, aversion to cold, bright white complexion, catch colds easily. Pale, slightly swollen tongue, Empty pulse.

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Lung Yin Deficiency
Lung Yin Deficiency

Lung Yin Deficiency can manifest in the following ways:
Dry cough or cough with sticky sputum, Dry mouth and throat, Hoarse voice, Blood tinged sputum, Low grade fever, heat sensation in the evening time, malar flush, night sweats, five palm heat, Insomnia. Red peeled tongue with cracks in the lung area, empty, floating, rapid pulse.

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Phlegm in the Lungs - Cold Phlegm
Phlegm in the Lungs - Cold Phlegm

Phlegm in the Lungs - (Cold Phlegm) can manifest in the following ways:
Chronic cough which comes in bouts, profuse white sputum that is easy to expectorate, fullness of the chest, asthma is possible, can be either a chronic or acute condition. Tongue has a Thick sticky white coat, Pulse is Slippery or Weak, floating & fine.

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Phlegm in the Lungs - Hot Phlegm
Phlegm in the Lungs - Hot Phlegm

Phlegm in the Lungs - (Hot Phlegm) can manifest in the following ways:
Barking cough, SOB, asthma, stuffiness in the chest, yellow, green, or brownish, possibly foul smelling. Tongue is red, with a thick sticky yellow coat, pulse is slippery, rapid, full.

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Spleen Qi Deficiency
Spleen Qi Deficiency

Spleen Qi Deficiency can manifest as:
Poor appetite, distention after eating, fatigue, lack of taste, nausea, sallow complexion, feeling of heaviness in head and limbs, loose stools. Tongue is Pale & swollen with teeth marks, pulse in empty.

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Spleen Yang Deficiency
Spleen Yang Deficiency

Spleen Yang Deficiency can manifest as:
Fatigue, loose stools (often with undigested food), edema, lack of appetite, abdominal distention after eating, bright white or sallow complexion, weakness of the four limbs, chilliness, cold limbs. Tongue is Pale, swollen, wet, pulse is Weak, slow, deep.

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Stomach Heat
Stomach Heat

Stomach Heat can manifest as:
Burning sensation and pain in the epigastrium and abdomen, bad breath, sour regurgitation, nausea, thirst with preference for cold drinks, voracious appetite and constant hunger, swelling and pain in the gums, constipation, scanty yellow urine. Tongue is red with a thick, dry, yellow coat, pulse is full, deep and rapid.

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