Your tongue can reveal so much about your health!

How often to you really look at your tongue, its color, coating and shape?
Tongue diagnosis is an essential practice used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to analyze a patient’s wellbeing.

The tongue is thought of as a map to the rest of the body, divided into regions representing the health of 5 corresponding internal organ systems: liver, lung spleen, heart and kidney. TCM theory suggests all the body’s organs support each other and therefore must be in balance for optimal health. A change in color or texture could indicate a problem in or around the corresponding organ. A “normal” tongue is pale red with a thin white and slightly moist coat, it doesn’t have any cracks, spots, marks or ulcers, although everyone’s tongue is unique!

A few examples of an underlying problem: a red tongue may indicate heat in the body suggesting hormonal imbalance leading to hot flashes and temperature changes. A pale tongue is a sign of a deficiency, common where the immune system is weak. A very thin tongue could indicate dehydration and a thick coating reflects poor gut health. So next time you acupuncturist asks you to stick out your tongue don’t be alarmed, it’s just normal practice!

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