A picture is worth a thousand words. What does your tongue reflect about your health?
Observing the tongue is one of the main 4 diagnostic methods to obtain information.
What does a physician look out for in a tongue?
9 BASIC TONGUE INDICATIONS:
NORMAL BODY CONSTITUTION
Pink tongue with thin coating
Red tongue with little/ no coating/ cracks
One is usually thin in size, averse to hot and dry weather, often complains about feeling warm at the palms of the hand and soles of the feet especially in the night, has a dry mouth and nose, frequent thirst, night sweats, and dry stools / constipation.
Pale swollen tongue or with white coating
Pale/pink tongue and teeth marks at the sides
Easily fatigued, susceptible to the common cold or flu bug, prone to panting, perspires easily with little physical activity, tend to overthink and worry, and watery / loose stools.
Pale tongue with little / no coating
Easily fatigued, prone to dizziness, palpitations, forgetfulness, poor concentration, and tend to be anaemic.
Tongue with red tip with thin white coating
Red with yellow greasy coating
Prone to have acne on the face, chest, or back. Often complains of a bitter taste in the mouth, averse to warm and humid weather, excessive secretions / dampness at the reproductive organs, and sticky stools / sense of incomplete defecation.
PHLEGM AND DAMPNESS
Pink/ swollen tongue with thick white coating
Prone to excessive sebum secretions on the face and scalp, excessive phlegm production, chest tightness, sense of heaviness especially in the limbs, often have cravings for food high in fat and sugars, and aversed to humid and wet weather.
Purple red tongue with black spots
Often have dull complexion and pigmentation on the skin, dark-coloured lips, unknown bruising, prone to bleeding disorders, and abnormal growths in the body.
In addition, the tongue is divided into sections associated with different organs of the body.
Noting where the characteristics appear on the tongue can help the physician to attain a more accurate diagnosis and treatment method for the patient.
*Content is republished with permission from PULSE TCM.
Note: Information provided is not a substitute for a physician or any form of medical care. Individual symptoms differ due to different body constitutions and diagnosis. One should consult a licensed TCM practitioner for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Nectar has hosted a past webinar "Deciphering Women’s Health & Body Constitution Through Our Tongue" in partnership with PULSE TCM. You can watch a recording of the webinar for greater insights into what your tongue reflects about your health and download a copy of the key takeaway slides here.