Tongue Diagnosis and Treatment Algorithms for Great Clinical Results

by Bruce Ferguson
Item #: C-BF001

Approved by: IVAS, Standard Certificate, NCCAOM (3)

Language: English

Course Type: Recorded Seminar

Course Length: 3.5 h

Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

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Tongue Diagnosis and Treatment Algorithms for Great Clinical Results

Course Overview

A simplified version of tongue diagnostics is explored in this course. Based upon characteristics of excess and deficiency found in the pulse with respect to Yin, Yang, Qi, and Blood, similar characteristics in the tongue is described. For each of these eight disharmonies, treatment strategies based upon classical herbal formulas and food therapy will be introduced. In order to reinforce the diagnostic parameters discussed in this course, tongues from photographs and volunteers that were present at the video taping of this course are analyzed. Upon completing this course, participants should be able to make a rapid tongue diagnosis with respect to Yin, Yang, Qi and Blood in both excess and deficiency. Important Note: Please note that this course is for practitioners treating humans. Although Dr. Ferguson uses photographs of some animal tongues during the presentation, this is not a veterinary course.

Course Objectives

  • The student will study and differentiate 10 herbal formulas that treat disorders due to disturbed shen (insomnia, anxiety, palpitations).
  • The student will learn how to contrast and compare similar formulas depending on component ingredients.
  • The student will learn the source classical text, date, author and ingredients for formulas relating to Liver Yang and Internal Wind, and gallstones as well as the Chinese characters and pinyin associated with them.

Course Outline

0 hrs - 1 hrsIntroduction to Tongue Diagnosis and 8 Qualities of the Healthy Tongue.

1 hrs - 2 hrsExcess and Deficiency Of Yin, Yang, Qi, and Blood Diagnosed by Tongue Observation.

2 hrs - 3.5 hrsTreating Excess and Deficiency of Yin, Yang, Qi, and Blood with TCM Herbal Formulae.


Dr. Bruce Ferguson, B.S., M.S., D.V.M., is both a practitioner and instructor in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). He was certified in Veterinary Acupuncture from the Chi Institutue of Chinese Medicine and has trained in eastern martial and meditative arts for over 30 years.
Course Length 3.5h
Course Language English
Course Type Recorded Seminar
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