Computer-assisted image analyses were performed on the tongue color of 95 medical students without previous history of blood stasis-related condition to clarify the mutual relationship of the color of the tongue proper, the coating, and sublingual vein. The location of the measurement for the tongue proper was the underside of the tongue, and location of the measurement for the tongue coating was the upper surface of the tongue. A linear correlation analysis showed a correlation for each of the different positions for the non-normalized red value and normalized blue value. This analysis also demonstrated a statistically-significant relationship between the tongue proper and the sublingual vein using Red-Green-Blue components and normalized Red-Green-Blue components (r = +0.670 - 0.817, p<0.0001). The most significant correlation between the tongue proper and the sublingual vein was the normalized red value and the normalized Red-Green-Blue values for minimizing the range of the standard error of the mean (r = +0.745, p<0.0001), although non-normalized blue had the highest correlation coefficient. Therefore, it seems reasonable to select those normalized red values for the comparison in the tongue color analysis. Correlation of the color between the sublingual vein and the tongue proper strongly suggests that inspection with the naked eye of the sublingual vein is useful for the early detection of vital energy stagnation and blood stasis. Also, because of its close relation to sustained chronic stress, changes in the sublingual vein might be available as one physiological parameter of a stress reaction.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Complementary and alternative medicine