Pine Valley, (PressExposure) June 11, 2012 -- Bel Marra Health, well known for offering high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, supports recent research outlining how new software utilizing the tongue can that predict disease.
The researchers at the University of Missouri have recently developed computer software that provides health tips to people by analyzing images of their tongues in order to identify hot or cold zheng.
According to Dong Xu, chair of MU's computer science department in the College of Engineering and study co-author, "Knowing your zheng classification can serve as a pre-screening tool and help with preventive medicine. Our software helps bridge Eastern and Western medicine, since an imbalance in zheng could serve as a warning to go see a doctor. Within a year, our ultimate goal is to create an application for smartphones that will allow anyone to take a photo of their tongue and learn the status of their zheng."
The software works as a preventative health tool and generates health tips by taking into account the color of the tongue and the tongues coating. Yellow or red shaded tongues are a sign of too much hot zheng, while a white coating on the tongue is a classic sign of too much cold zheng. It is important to note that hot zheng and cold zheng do not refer to body temperatures; instead they refer to a number of symptoms associated with the health of the body as a whole, says Xu, who is on the faculty of the Bond Life Sciences Center.
In order to generate this software the scientists analyzed the tongues of 263 gastritis patients and 48 healthy volunteers. The gastritis patients had previously been classified as either predominantly cold zheng or hot zheng and the scientists used the previous classification in order to assure the accuracy of the new automated software. "As we continue to work on the software we hope to improve its ability," study co-author Ye Duan said. "Eventually everyone will be able to use this tool at home using webcams or smartphone applications. That will allow them to monitor their zheng and get an early warning about possible ailments."
CEO of Bel Marra Health Jim Chiang says, "we know the medical community is always on the cutting edge when it comes to new developments, but the fact this could mean such big things in the way of preventative medicine is so exciting."
(SOURCE: "News Bureau University of Missouri", Tongue Analysis Software Developed at MU Uses Ancient Chinese Medicine to Warn of Disease, May 24, 2012)
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