What does my tongue tell?
The tongue is an important diagnostic tool, especially for acupuncturists and practitioners of Chinese medicine. I always look at the tongue when I talk to my patients, because it gives me a better idea of the underlying causes.
Key points of this video:
The tongue is an important diagnostic tool
The “geography” of the tongue is as follows: the tip represents the heart and behind the Heart is the Lung area. The center of the tongue represents the Stomach and Spleen. The back or root of the tongue represents the intestines, Urinary Bladder and Kidneys. The sides of the tongue represent the Liver and Gallbladder.
The color of the tongue should be pink, but it can be pale or red or even have a purple tinge.
The coat of the tongue should be thin and white, but it can also be thick, with yellow color, or also sparse or completely missing.
The sides of the tongue should be pink, but it can be red, pale or sometimes even orange.
Ideally, the tongue should not be puffy or very thin. I there are teeth marks, then there are often some digestive issues.
If the tongue is quivering, it often means that a person needs more nourishment, rest and tonification.
Ideally, a tongue should not be cracked, but sometimes cracks can be congenital. If there are cracks, then this can mean that the person is lacking what Chinese medical practitioners call “yin”.
The tongue is a good representation of your health. Take a look at it from time to time. If you notice any major changes, see a medical practitioner for further examination.