What Is Your Tongue Telling You About Your Health?

Every person’s tongue is unique, with distinct characteristics that reflect their inner health.

Ever been to a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) doctor or an acupuncturist and been asked to stick out your tongue? There is a reason for this. TCM believes the tongue is a microcosm of the entire body and will reflect its excesses and deficiencies.

The shape, colour, coating, and texture of the tongue can all indicate digestive issues and body imbalances.

The gold standard: A normal healthy tongue is pink in color, has a light white tongue coating on it, and is proportionate in size to the mouth. So, what can your tongue tell you about your health? Tongue areas correspond to internal organs in Chinese Medicine; much like reflexology, different parts of the tongue correspond to different organs. As a mirror of the body’s digestive system, the tongue can reflect the toxicity level in the gut, show potential food sensitivities or a weak digestion, point to malabsorption of nutrients, and reveal the health of other organs in the body. You can use these helpful tips to improve your digestion and thus the appearance of your tongue: Note that it’s always best to see a practitioner familiar with the practice of tongue diagnosis, and keep in mind that in TCM, it is one of a number of areas examined with patients, to make a proper diagnosis and determine the correct treatment. Here is a helpful graphic to assist: SOURCES: Tongue Chart picture reproduced courtesy of AcuMedic Clinic. www.acumedic.com http://bodyecology.com/articles/what-your-tongue-is-telling-you-about-your-digestion http://breakingmuscle.com/health-medicine/know-your-tongue-know-your-health https://www.sacredlotus.com/go/diagnosis-chinese-medicine/get/tongue-diagnosis-chinese-medicine#body_shape http://chealth.canoe.com/Channel/Womens-Health/Overview/What-your-tongue-can-tell-you .

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