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Instructor: Giovanni Maciocia. 12 CEUs/PDAs approved for: LAc NCCAOM PDAs, LAc's in CA. This package includes 11 audio CDs and a copy of presenter's handouts on CD.

This seminar was originally recorded at Bastyr University in October 2010. 

Tongue diagnosis is one of the most reliable and important diagnostic tools at your disposal. In many complex cases, tongue diagnosis points to the essential aspects of the patient’s disharmony. This presentation, based on 37 years of observation and theoretical study, will concentrate on advanced aspects of tongue diagnosis for practitioners, although the essential basics will also be covered. Emphasis will be on the clinical use of tongue diagnosis highlighting its strengths and limitations. Additional focus will be on the integration of tongue and pulse diagnosis with the help of many examples from clinical practice. Examples of contradictory findings in practice (e.g. the tongue is pale but the patient has hot flashes) will also be discussed and unraveled.

The seminar will actually go beyond mere tongue diagnosis and highlight many common patterns seen in practice through discussion of complex clinical photos and explanation of common patterns. Several new clinical insights will be presented, such as the manifestation of Spleen-Yin deficiency on the tongue, the pattern of Yin deficiency of Stomach and Intestines, and the clinical significance of the “chest area” on the tongue.

The talk will be illustrated with tongue slides from the presenter’s own clinic and with practical examples from the audience. The discussion topics will include:

  • Tongue-body color: the four basic colors and their clinical significance
  • Tongue-body shape: thin, swollen, cracked, toothmarked, stiff, flabby, moving, and quivering
  • Tongue coating: significance as a mirror of the stomach’s energy and of pathogenic factors
  • The integration of tongue and pulse diagnosis: their relative strengths and weaknesses, as well as application
  • Contradictions between pulse and tongue findings and their explanation
  • Tongue findings in emotional problems

Upon completion of this home study you will be able to:

  • Identify clearly a situation of Yin deficiency from the tongue and distinguish it from one of Yin deficiency with Empty Heat.
  • Describe the significance of the chest area on the tongue.
  • Describe how the coating of the tongue relates to digestive problems.
  • Describe in detail the clinical significance of the topography of the tongue areas.
  • Identify the red tongue and red points.
  • Identify the purple tongue and describe its clinical significance.

Course Notes

Post-course quiz must be completed with a score of 75 percent or higher to receive CEUs.


Giovanni Maciocia trained in England at the International College of Oriental medicine, graduated in acupuncture in 1974 after a three-year study, and has been in practice since that time. In 1980, 1982, 1987 and 2004 he attended three postgraduate acupuncture courses in China at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine where he gained invaluable knowledge and clinical experience, as well as learned to read Chinese.

Giovanni is the author of many books: Tongue Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine, The Foundations of Chinese Medicine, The Practice of Chinese Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Chinese Medicine, Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine, The Channels of Acupuncture, and The Psyche in Chinese Medicine. In 1996, Giovanni Maciocia was appointed visiting professor of the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a foremost teaching institution in China. He is currently lecturer at the DAOM for Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.