Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for February 16, 2007


In one of the books I got from the library was about acupuncture. I signed it out because it had a diagram of the tongue and explained a bit about chinese tongue analysis. I’ve always been fasinated with this since I had acupuncture last year. Interestingly, she would check my tongue almost on a weekly basis and not once did she mention candida. In fact, she is the only doctor or health professional to check it.

I check my tongue now at least four or five times a day to see how the progress is with the thrush. One of the things I’ve always noticed is on the edges I have weird waves on each side of my tongue. It’s not something I’m worried about, just something that I’ve noticed and always wanted to know more. So I took a picture of my tongue and here’s what I found:

Tongue and Mouth Diagnosis

Your tongue accurately reflects the state of your digestive system- from rectum to esophagus, including the stomach, small intestines, colon (large intestine), pancreas, spleen, liver and gall bladder. Imagine, you don’t need a battery of tests to find out what part of your digestive tract is in stress. You can diagnosis the whole GI tract and corresponding organ integrity all in one easy view- just stick your tongue out.

As a whole the tongue reflects the condition of the digestive system and the organs associated with blood, nutrient assimilation, and excretion. You can also see how ‘hot’ or how ‘cold’ your internal organs are. Therefore it has a high value as a diagnostic tool. Specific sections of the tongue mirror the condition of particular parts of the digestive system and the digestion related internal organs.

Structural Characteristics

Like each particular area of the body, the tongue can be used to evaluate one’s overall condition. Zetsu Shin as it is called in Japanese, is one of the most important forms of diagnosis used in Chinese medicine. Two main aspects are considered in tongue diagnosis.

First is the structure of the tongue. Is it wide or narrow, thick or thin, pointed or rounded? Such qualities convey information concerning the individual’s basic constitution and overall strengths and weaknesses of body and mind.


A wide tongue reflects an overall balanced physical and psychological disposition.

A narrow tongue reflects a lack of physical adaptability with pronounced strengths and weaknesses. Mentally, thinking may be sharp but tend toward seeing a narrow view.

A very wide tongue reflects a generally loose and expanded physical condition and a tendency toward more psychological concerns.


A rounded tip reflects a flexible yet firm physical and mental condition.

A pointed tip reflects a tight, perhaps even rigid physical condition and an aggressive or even offensive mentality.

A very wide tip reflects an overall weakness of the physical body and a flaccid or even “spaced out” mental condition.

A divided tip reflects a tendency toward physical and mental imbalances with the possibility of sharp fluctuations in thinking and mood.


A flat tongue reflects a balanced condition and the ability to flexibly adapt to circumstances.

A thin tongue reflects a more mental orientation, with a tendency to be more gentle and easy going.

A thick tongue reflects a more physical orientation, with the tendency to be assertive or even aggressive.

In comparison to structure, the condition of the tongue is influenced more by daily lifestyle and provides information about an individual’s current state of health.

Qualities to look for include:


Dark red: indicates inflammation; lesions or ulceration; and sometimes a degeneration of the related organ.

White: indicates stagnation of blood; fat and mucus deposits; or a weakness in the blood leading to such conditions as anemia.

Yellow: indicates a disorder of the liver and gallbladder, resulting in an excess secretion of bile; deposits of animal fats, especially in the middle organs of the body; and possible inflammation.

Blue or Purple: indicates stagnation of blood circulation and a serious weakening of the part of the digestive system that corresponds to the area of the tongue where the color appears.

The color on the underside of the tongue can also be used to determine the internal condition. In general, the colors and their indications listed above are the same, with the following exceptions:

Blue or Green: In excess, either of these color reflect disorders in the blood vessels and in blood quality and circulation.

Purple: In excess, this color reflects disorders of the lymphatic and circulatory system. It indicates a weakening of the immune ability and of the blood vessels.


A swollen or enlarged tongue: indicates a Jitsu, or full state.

A shriveled or withered-looking tongue: indicates a Kyo, or empty state.


the flexibility of the tongue also reflects the condition of the digestive system. Characteristics to look for include:

A flexible, supple, smoothly moving tongue.

A stiff, tense, or inflexible tongue.

A loose or lolling tongue.

A tongue with a pronounced slant to the left or right when it is extended.

Pimples or projections of the tongue\’s surface indicate the discharge of fat, protein, and sugar.

Where in the body this discharge is coming from can be determined by the specific area of the tongue on which it appears. You can find the correlation between the areas of the tongue and the digestive tract.


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Entry for February 16, 2007


One of the things I need to do this weekend is find the box with my health files. It’s in the basement somewhere under a huge pile of boxes. I’d like to send my nutritionist a copy of the iridology report and the results from the hair analysis.

I’ve read in my nutritional book that a hair analysis is an accurate measurement of testing for a copper deficiency so I take a quick look at a scanned copy on my computer. My level of copper? 16 ppm Low side of the normal range (15-35 ppm).

As I’m looking at the results, I’m reminded that my Boron is really low as well and it has a relationship with magnesium. So I should really add that back to the daily rotation.

Of course this only matters if the hair analysis is accurate…and I don’t really believe that it is.

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Entry for February 15, 2007

I was doing some more research on how to treat a copper deficiency and I came across a web site that suggested taking no zinc. I’d only just started!!

Copper deficiency

  • Treatment
      • Copper supplementation: Cupric sulfate (2 mg IV for 5 days)
      • Stop zinc intake
      • Paresthesias often improve

So I’ll take the copper alone tomorrow without the zinc but I’ll still take my multivitamin twice a day. It contains 0.5 mg of copper and 3 mg of zinc per multivitamin. I was in a couple of health food stores today and although I’m having a lot of trouble finding any single vitamins by Nulife, in one store I came across Opti-Potassium and in another I found Opti-Copper. What a great discovery. I’m so glad that I found the copper in the crebs formula. The magnesium works like no other so I’m hoping for the same results with the copper and potassium.

Fingers crossed…

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Entry for February 15, 2007

Woke up with a slight vibration…

More research suggested that high intakes of vitamin C can deplete copper within the body and I was taking around 2000 mg – 2500 mg daily for a couple of months. It was one of the only things that made me feel better and it now appears I was making things worse?

Factors Affecting Availability

Copper absorption is regulated by changes in the total body pool. The increase in absorptive efficiency observed when total body copper decreases is mediated by an intestinal copper-binding protein that is also involved with mucosal storage of zinc. Consequently, high dose zinc supplements (150 mcg/day) can dramatically contribute to copper deficiency by decreasing the amount of protein available to bind copper. High dose vitamin C supplements (1500 mg/day) may also decrease copper absorption because the reduced form of the mineral, which is increased in the presence of vitamin C, is less well-absorbed than the oxidized form.

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