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All About The Tongue And What Does Your Tongue Says About Your Health

by Tatiana Plesco

Each person has a unique tongue, with particular characteristics that reflect the health of the person concerned. When you go to a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine or acupuncture, for example, the doctor will ask you to show the tongue.

And not without reason. Traditional Chinese medicine considers an authentic language map of the entire body, reflecting both the deficiencies and excesses. Shape, color, texture, and surface of the tongue are important indicators for any digestive problems or imbalances in the body. What it looks like a perfectly healthy 

lingua(in Latin): it has a pink, a slightly white, and a proportional size compared to the mouth.

Therefore, we can indicate the appearance of the tongue about health?

Color: a red tongue can be a sign of high temperature in the body, such as a fever or a hormonal imbalance that leads to the increase of heat or temperature changes.

A purple tongue is a sign that the circulatory system is affected because of a severe injury or a pain in the body could be an inflammation or infection.

A pale tongue is a sign of a low level of energy, frequent in case of anemia or after a long period of illness that has weakened the immune system.

The surface of the tongue:

A thick surface reflects a more severe disease and poor digestive health.

A thin surface is normal, but one which is a too small or complete lack thereof to indicate a lack of fluids in the body, or it may be a sign that the body is overloaded.

The yellow area indicates the fever and an infection in the body.

An area of grey or black indicates a severe health problem in the body.

A thick white surface indicates a low temperature in the body, poor circulation, and possibly infection with Candida.

The surface of the tongue

The surface of the tongue


If the tongue swells with traces of teeth on the edges, maybe a sign of malabsorption of nutrients.

It can also indicate a stagnation of blood and a buildup of toxins.

A skinny tongue is a sign of dehydration or looks like a chronic ailment has left the body without resources.


A bulge atop the tongue can indicate a viral or bacterial infection or an allergic reaction to a food or medicine. Canker sores usually occur under the tongue and have a look round, red collors on the edges, and yellow or white in the middle.

The presence of white or gray lesions with a thick surface, touch, and seems to go out of the tongue can be leukoplakia, a condition of the lining of the membranes, caused by irritation as a result of dental fillings, braces or the consumption of tobacco.

Leukoplakia, with this hair, occurs in people with weakened immune systems from diseases, like HIV, or Epstein-Barr virus, and shows white, irregular lesions, that develop on one side of the tongue.

Find spots: If some places that change their location from day to day, suffer from a harmless but uncomfortable, called geographic tongue.

Tongue: a tongue that wrinkled shows wrinkles or notches, cuts could be a fissured tongue, a harmless condition that may hinder the maintenance of a clean lingua. A bulge or an ache localized on one of the sides of the tongue can indicate cancer and consult a doctor. Any burning, intense pain, loss of sensory capacity, or inability to move the language require a checkup at the doctor.

Areas of language correspond in Chinese medicine with internal organs; as in the case of reflexology, various body parts correspond to the multiple organs.

The tongue is like a mirror that reflects the health of the digestive system-the level of toxins in the intestines, food sensitivities, poor digestion, or poor absorption of nutrients, and other organs in the body.

Thus, the top of the tongue corresponds to the heart and heart area immediately next to the lungs.

The back of the tongue corresponds to the kidney/bladder/bowels.

The center of the tongue corresponds to the stomach and spleen, and sides-liver/gallbladder.

Updated on 06-08-2020

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