Many health practitioners consider the tongue as a mirror of the internal state of the body. Each of the tongue’s zones is connected with a certain organ. It is an important organ and has many functions, for example mixing of food when we chew, the definition of taste, and of course speech.
Using the tongue to diagnose a disease is absolutely real. According to traditional Oriental medicine, there is a whole method of diagnosis based on how the tongue looks. For example, changes in color, size and shape of the tongue, sensitivity, the state of its surface covering, and many other parameters are examined.
It is certainly an interesting thing to be able to diagnose a disease by using the tongue, but you should know that this doesn’t mean that you are truly ill. However, you should consult with your doctor for your own comfort. Examining your tongue is a fast way to determine not only obvious but also hidden diseases.
Nowadays, diagnosis using your tongue is becoming more and more popular because it is believed that the signs and of any disease are shown on the tongue way earlier than a person notices other body symptoms.
You should examine your tongue in the morning in natural light before brushing your teeth. Also, don’t strain your tongue as it may change the result. Smoking, food, beverages, or medicines can also influence the color of your tongue, so to get the right results, avoid any exposure before examining your tongue.
The color of your tongue
Light pink – Healthy tongue color
Red color – Infectious disease. Inflammatory processes.
Bright red – Heart disorders. Blood diseases.
Yellow – Stomach or liver problems.
Purple – Lung and heart diseases.
Blue – Kidney diseases.
Pale – Vitamin and nutrition deficiency.
White – Dehydration, fungal infection or flu
Gray – Digestive tract diseases.
The color of the coating
The color of the coating may be different from the color of the tongue. A normal coating is considered to be a thin white, which can be easily brushed off. The seriousness of the problem is proportional to the thickness of the coating.
Thick white coating – Intoxication. Infectious disease
Brown coating – Lung issues.
Yellow coating – Digestive system disorders.
Gray coating – Gastritis. Peptic ulcers.
However, you should remember that this method of diagnosis is not always 100 percent correct. Aggressive foods can injure the tongue and bacteria can enter into the wound, causing a temporary irritation that can change the color and coating of your tongue.