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The following Chinese herbal formula(s) can treat or relief Painful tongue:

Chinese Formula Actions Indications Symptoms related to painful tongue
Qing Re Bu Qi Tang
Clear Heat and Tonify the Qi Decoction
Clears Stomach-Heat; Tonifies Qi; Promotes generation of Body Fluids.   Heat and Dryness affecting the mouth and Stomach, in a patient with constitutional weakness.  Bitter taste; Chronic gastritis; Dry mouth; Mouth ulcer; Stomatitis; Tongue ulcer; Ageusia; Metrorrhagia after childbirth; Oral cancer; Painful tongue; Sensation of discomfort in the cardiac region; Stomach cancer; Red tongue; Weak-Rapid-Faint pulse (Ruo Shu Wei).  
Liang Ge San
Cool the Diaphragm Powder; Forsythia and Rhubarb Powder
Clears Heat from the Upper Burner; Purges Heat from the Middle Burner.   Accumulated Heat in the Middle and Upper Burners.  Cholecystitis; Constipation; Dark urine; Encephalitis; Gallstone; Meningitis; Respiratory tract infection; Scanty urine; Sensation of heat and irritation in the chest and abdomen; Sore throat; Sore throat; Thirst; Acute conjunctivitis; Epistaxis; Furuncle; Painful mouth; Painful tongue; Red complexion; Red eyes; Red lips; Skin rashes due to clumped Heat (Upper and Middle Burners); Swollen tongue with red body or edges, and a dry-white or dry-yellow coating; Slippery-Rapid pulse (Hua Shu); Rapid pulse (Shu).  
Gui Zhi Wu Wu Tang
Five-Ingredient and Cinnamon Twig Decoction
Clears Heat from the mouth and throat; Cools Blood; Moves Blood.   Blood stasis and Heat affecting the face and mouth.  Dental abscess; Gingivitis; Mouth ulcer; Stomatitis; Swelling of the cheeks; Tongue ulcer; Toothache; Hot flashes which are not due to menopause; Painful tongue.  

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