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What is the difference between Atrophy and Depression? And Relaxation?
What do they each look like?
Atrophy would be dry and withered.
Well, you've made me think here, Kathy.
I've been reading things over and decided to compare tongues:
Depression tongue: Usually blue, purple, or darkish in some (not usually all) areas; coating (if any) heavy, congealed, yellow, or yellow/brown (p.53). Pale or white (due to under-active energy or "cold"). With putrification, can be dark red or purple, indicating stagnation. As Marlene said, this is due to a deep cold within the organism from the dying down of the innate heat of life, which slows down one's metabolism.
Atrophic tongue: Dry. In advanced cases it may be narrow, thin, withered or cracked, but it will always be dry. May be either red or pale, red from heat (caused by lack of fluids) or pale (from lack of nutrition) (p. 49). Often cracked or fissured. In advanced cases, may appear shriveled or withered. Due to lack of liquid (water or oil) resulting in weakness/loss of flesh/loss of function.
Relaxation tongue: Moist, often clear, with foamy streamers down the sides (p. 56). This is due to relaxed tissue giving off excess fluids, needing toning of membranes.
I also notice that on the handout that Judit shared with us, depression/cold is under "metabolism", atrophic/dry is under "moisture", and relaxation/atonic is under "tone". So all three are in different categories, thus you could very well have combos of them, such as a cold/dry tissue state or a cold/relaxed tissue state. However, it would seem you can't have a dry/relaxed tissue state, since relaxed involves moisture flowing out. Or could that cause dryness, resulting in a dry/relaxation tissue state??? Another question to consider.
My brain is tired now. Tea break.
@LuAnn@CVH Thanks for looking into this one... nice to see it all together.
Depression could be tissues and functions, a deep cold within the organism from the dying down of the innate heat of life and not from mere exposure to cold.