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Traditional Chinese Medicine

When going to see a Chinese Doctor (TCM) one of the first things they check is your tongue.  “Stick out your tongue” he/she will say.  It is strange at first, but you get used to it after a few visits.  Your tongue is an important indicator of what is going on inside your body.  Here is more information about tongue diagnosis.  I saw this article off a Facebook page on Healing.


Chinese medicine also uses the principles of Yin and Yang, two of the body’s forms of life energies. Keeping these two in balance is also part of the daily therapeutic principles.

Everyone’s life energies ebb and flow back and forth depending on the multitudes of forces which we are bombarded with on a continuous basis. Your diet, exercise, stress levels, work environment, your physical health and even the choices you make each day during the daily circumstances all vary the balance of emotions, health and well-being on a minute by minute basis. Keeping a good balance therefore through your daily environment yields proper health.

How To Utilize Tongue Diagnosis
No two tongues in this whole world are exactly alike. Your own changes daily also as circumstances arise which dictates a change in your body’s perceptions. The size, shape, color, moisture level and the texture will show a continuous change as different events unfold in your life each day.

A perfect tongue is smooth in texture, it fits comfortably in your mouth between your teeth. It is not too thick or too thin, should have a pretty pink color with a thin white transparent coating.

This description means you are in perfect health. All variations from this means you are having some kind of reaction. Reading and understanding these signs is the art of tongue diagnosis.

Follow the chart below to see some of the common characteristics of a tongue in varying degrees of poor health. Most of these can be deciphered right from your own home.

1. Tongue Appearance: Too thick with scalloped edges

-Accompanying Symptoms: Lethargy, feeling of heaviness in limbs, lack of motivation

-What It Means: flow of fluids in body off-balanced

-What You Can Do: Cut down on dairy products and sugar.Eat more of the following: beef and chicken(proteins),fruits such as coconut, figs grapes, cherries and dates vegetables such as shitake mushrooms, potatoes, squash and sweet potatoes, lentil,s and rice for grains;the herb ginseng

2. Tongue Appearance: Tongue appears too wet

-Accompanying Symptoms: excessive perspiration and phlegm

-What It Means: inbalance of fluids such as too much phlegm or water in the body

-What You Can Do: Eat more foods which will help you dry the excess fluids:barley and rye for grains; proteins such as aduki beans, kidney beans, mackerel and sardines; vegetables include corn, mushrooms, celery, onions, turnips, pumpkin, lettuce, radishes, watercress and seaweed; lemons and; plums for fruits; herbs to include pepper, garlic and horseradish

3. Tongue Appearance: Tongue is too thin and very dry

-Accompanying Symptoms: insomnia, dry skin, constipation and stress

-What It Means: dehydrated, body feels over-taxed

-What You Can Do: Reduce caffeinated products, get more rest. Increase your intake of water. Eat more root vegetables, asparagus and seafood.

4. Tongue Appearance: Blue/purple areas on tongue

-Accompanying Symptoms: stress, sedentary lifestyle

-What It Means: Liver problems, your blood and energy are not flowing properly

-What You Can Do: Get moving and stretching everyday. Eat more foods that help promote the movement of qi. Crab for protein; onions, chili peppers, radishes, scallions and carrots for vegetables; herbs and spices include mint, safflower oil, basil, cloves, garlic, cayenne, coriander, marjoram and dill

5. Tongue Appearance: Tongue too pale/ orange color

-Accompanying Symptoms: fatigue, frequent illness

-What It Means: blood deficiencies, anemia

-What You Can Do: Eat foods that build your blood and maximize its function: lamb, red meats, sardines, oysters, eggs, kidney beans and liver; add grapes, apricots, dates and figs; green leafy vegetables and spinach

6. Tongue Appearance: Tongue is swollen and pale

-Accompanying Symptoms: you always feel cold, back aches and knee discomfort

-What It Means: excess of yang

-What You Can Do: Eat more warming food to increase your yang: proteins like lamb, lobster and shrimp; raspberries for fruit; walnuts and pistachios; herbs and spices such as basil, chives, dill, garlic, cinnamon, ginger and cloves

7. Tongue Appearance: no coating or a yellowish coating on tongue

-Tongue Appearance: Recent illness, smoking

-What It Means: too much heat in the body, possible infection, too much coffee, not enough rest. A tongue with no coat or a yellowish coat designates a yin deficiency.

-What You Can Do: Stop smoking. Cut back on caffeine. Eliminate artificial sugar substitutes. Eat cooling foods that nourish your yin; vegetables like spinach, asparagus and lettuce; fruits like bananas, grapefruit, lemons and watermelon; protein from seafood and egg whites

Many times to obtain a better tongue diagnosis, a change in diet, sleep habits, exercise or dropping a few bad habits (alcohol, drugs and smoking) can lead to a dramatic increase in general health within just a couple of weeks.

But if you are worried about the look or feel of your tongue diagnosis, make an appointment with an experienced practitioner for a more in-depth and detailed report.

Giving a professional the opportunity to check and treat can often lead to better health rewards in your own life.


I saw a huge improvement in my health, especially my hormonal health, after seeing a TCM doctor for a few months.  For me, acupuncture and diet changes helped me conceive both my sons.  I had better menstrual cycles, more energy, stable mood, and my immune system was stronger- less illness.  It is a form of medicine that really works.
~Green Boot Girl
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I am a mother of 3. We eat nourishing and traditional food at home. We use natural healing successfully with essential oils, herbs, and homeopathy. We love being in the outdoors and living the "green" life.

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