Tongue can give us very important information about the overall health of the entire organism. Chinese medicine has been studying the health of the tongue for thousands of years. In fact, knowledge of the tongue comes from Chinese medicine. They describe the health of the tongue through three key factors: color, shape and texture.
The texture of tongue is representing the digestive system’s functions. Healthy tongue should have a thin white coating on the surface which indicates that the digestive system is quite healthy and is processing food perfectly.
If the tongue has a thick coat, it indicates an imbalance that affects the physiology of the body. It may be the result of an injury or illness. A thick white coating may also be a sign of infection or to indicate that any part of the system does not perform its function.
If the language has a yellow coating it may indicate to increased body temperature, fever, which is a sign of inflammation or bacterial infection.
Peeled tongue -- it could mean that the body is completely exhausted and without energy, and can be an indicator of allergy and autoimmune diseases.
In Chinese medicine it is believed that the tongue is an extension of the heart and its color reflects the health of the blood. The tongue of a healthy person should be pale pink.
Pale tongue may indicate to a problem with the digestive organs, feeling of cold, fatigue… Dry tongue indicates anemia and can cause problems with insomnia, memory loss, anemia, cracked lips and other.
Bright red tongue -- indicates to an infection in the body. Initially, only the tip of the tongue is red, and then the redness is transferred through the entire tongue, which shows inflammation of the blood.
Red color on the tongue’s sides -- is a sign of excessive consumption of spices and fatty foods, alcohol, and occurs in people who have irritable bowel syndrome.
Blue tongue -- is a sign of cyanosis, lack of oxygen in the body. It you experience such symptom you should immediately seek medical attention. It occurs when there is a disruption of the blood, heart failure and other factors.
Black tongue -- it occurs rarely and is a sign of an illness. It is most often a birth defect and is constant. However, black color of the tongue can occur when the tongue accumulates a lot of bacteria. In that case the tongue first gets yellow, brown, and finally black color.
Yellow tongue -- is extremely rare occurrence and it can indicate to a jaundice.
Purple tongue -- is a sign of years of inflammation and may occur when there is a lack of vitamin B2 and in women who have heavy menstrual cycles.
Advice: The best time for cleaning and maintaining hygiene of the tongue is in the morning on an empty stomach. The procedure is very simple: stick the tongue out and scrape the entire surface of it. Practice this procedure regularly in the mornings, same as washing your teeth.