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Software scans tongue for signs of disease

New software combines ancient Chinese practices and modern medicine to measure health by analyzing images of the tongue.

For 5,000 years, the Chinese have used a system of medicine based on the flow and balance of positive and negative energies in the body. In this system, the appearance of the tongue is one of the measures used to classify the overall physical status of the body, or “zheng”.

“Knowing your zheng classification can serve as a pre-screening tool and help with preventive medicine,” says Dong Xu, chair of the computer science department at the University of Missouri.

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