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What Your Tongue Says About Your Health

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Chinese Tongue Diagnosis:

It's always been fascinating to me that your tongue can reveal so much about your health! Here are a few basics about Chinese tongue diagnosis. Look at yours and see what it tells you. Since actual tongue images can be gross to many people, I've opted for descriptions (rather than pictures) of some of the conditions you can see on a tongue. You're welcome.

Zones of the tongue: Chinese Medicine looks at the body in a different way than most of us are familiar with, using terms like "damp" or "heat". I'm going to explain indicators with words that will (hopefully!) make more sense to you.

Here is an image of the basic zones of the tongue.

Cracks in these areas indicate some deterioration in the corresponding organ.

Redness indicates inflammation. Raised dots also indicate inflammation.

If your tongue is swollen and pale, it means you are likely either eating more carbs/sugar than you can handle (nooooo!!!!!) and/or you need less raw food and more lightly steamed veggies & even warming spices, like a little cayenne pepper or garlic.

If your tongue is dark blue/purple, it indicates that your circulation needs improvement & you should get out and exercise. If you have to sit at a desk all day, make it a point to get up & move around a little every hour. Or get yourself one of these sweet treadmill desks. I would get one of these in a heartbeat if my job allowed!

If your tongue is red, that is general inflammation. Again, look at reducing grains & sugar (which are super-inflammatory!) and add raw foods to your diet to balance the "heat".

If your tongue has a thick white coat, you have a yeast overgrowth, and if your tongue's coat is patchy (also called Geographic Tongue, because it looks like a map) it indicates problems with allergies. And if your tongue trembles or undulates when you stick it out, it means your nervous system is stressed.

So what does a healthy person's tongue look like? Light pink with a very thin white coat, no cracks or bumps, and no "scallop" indentations on the sides.

If yours shows these signs above, don't panic! It doesn't mean you have some grave disease, but it DOES indicate a need for some change in habits. As you make these changes, you will see your tongue start to improve. Take a picture and save it to check back every couple of months and track your progress. But no posting on Facebook, lol!

This should go without saying, but I'll say it anyway: I am not a medical doctor and nothing in this newsletter should be taken as medical advice. Discuss all medical issues with your own MD

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