What your tongue says about your health in Ayurveda

Tongue diagnosis help to understand the totality of health and disease by observing the size, shape, contour, surface, margins and color. Look at it and observe the size, shape, color, etc. Pale color indicates an anemic condition or lack of blood in the body…

What is tongue diagnosis?

Tongue diagnosis is observing the size, shape, contour, surface, margins and color to assess the present health.

Look at it and observe the size, shape, color, etc. Pale color indicates an anemic condition or lack of blood in the body. Yellow colored tongue indicates excess bile in gallbladder or liver disorder. Blue colored tongue indicates heart defect. If you see tongue impressions along the margin of the tongue indicates poor intestinal absorption.

Tongue diagnosis – Shape

Vata individuals have small, short, thin, dry, cracked, and trembling. Indentations, sunken concave spots, scalloped and teeth mark indicating mal-absorption and low agni due to the erratic digestive power of visamagni. Cracked edges depressed at the back of the tongue indicating low ojas. Cracked in the front indicates lung dryness. Vata individuals are often anxious and difficult to extend their tongue. Extremely short tongue is a sign of low ojas. This reflects the dry, rough, mobile, light, and deficient qualities of vata.

Pitta individuals have long, narrow, pointed, inflamed, ulcerated, red small projections, swollen, and red edges. Pitta individuals often extend their tongue with force like an arrow. This reflects the sharp, penetrating, liquid, and hot qualities of pitta.

Kapha individuals have large, swollen, thick, soft, wet, and wet edges. Tongue with teeth marks indicating mandagni. The swollen tip indicates heart congestion. Swollen in the center indicates lung congestion. The kapha individuals often flops their tongue out of the mouth though it is too large. This reflect the unctuous, fluid, soft, slimy, smooth, and cold qualities of kapha.

Tongue diagnosis – Color

Vata individuals having pale tongue reflects poor nutrient metabolism due to a low nutrient absorption or blood deficiency. A purple-blue tongue reflects stagnation of circulating vyana vayu from cold.

Pitta individuals having red, reflecting high pitta in absorbed nutrient or blood. A orange tongue (especially sides) is due to high pitta consuming blood. A purple-red (in extreme causes black-red) is due to high pitta condensing absorbed nutrient and blood resulting in viscous and sluggish circulation.

Kapha individuals have pale one, due to the cold that restrict circulation. A pale-blue color indicates congestive heart disorders due to aggravated avalambaka kapha.

Tongue diagnosis – Coating

Diagnose tongue coatings their

  • Colors such as white, yellow, dirty yellow, pale yellow, or black
  • Depth such as thick, or thin
  • Textures such as dry, wet, or greasy

The tongue coating is an easily diagnosis of the treatment efficacy and the disease movement. If a coating propagates from thick to thin and from yellow to white, indicate beneficial sign and vice versa. If it becomes dry, is a negative sign.

Vata individuals have dry, non-existent or thin, white coat.

Pitta individuals have yellow or dirty yellow coat. Greasy coating indicates the pitta mixed with ama (toxins). A yellow dry coating indicates the pitta and vata mixed together. Absence of coating with red, shiny tongue indicates heat of excess pitta; this causes weak and deficient metabolizing of available nutrients too quickly.

Kapha individuals have white (thick or thin), wet, or clear coating. A thick white greasy coating indicates kapha mixed with ama. A pale yellow coating indicates kapha mixed with pitta.

Bad breath shows low Agni (digestive ability) or toxic accumulation; check intestine points on the tongue for root problem.

Tongue diagnosis – Location

Vata dosha condition can normally observe at the back of the tongue associated with the state of the colon.

Pitta dosha condition can observe in the middle portion of the tongue associated with the stomach and small intestines. The sides of the tongue relate to the liver and many pitta imbalances can see here.

Kapha dosha condition can observe in the front portion associated with the lungs, chest and heart.

Much like reflexology, every organ in the body can locate on specific region in the tongue. We know it helps enjoy the taste of various foods. Similarly, it is the mirror of the body’s digestive system; it can reflect the health of various organs in the body.

A discoloration and/or different sensation in a particular area of the tongue indicate organ disorder corresponding to that specific area.

Tongue to diagnose dosha imbalance

Tongue helps to diagnose how harmonized the dosha is or whether it is out of balance. Divide the tongue into three parts (33.3% each); the inner part near throat is vata, middle is pitta, and the outer tip is kapha. Excessive tongue coating in any of these specific areas shows imbalance of that dosha.

Tongue diagnosis – Crack

The central crack in the tongue indicates prana flow through the heart or spine. If the crack extends to the tongue tip indicates a congenital (born with) heart weakness. A deviated crack indicates spinal curvature. A tongue crack with swelling in the two sides is due to high kapha.

Cleansing the Tongue

Keeping it clean, indirectly helps to keep every organ healthy. How do you keep your’s clean? One of the best ways to keep the tongue clean is scraping once or twice it daily. Use tongue scraper to remove overnight and day buildup of bacteria and toxins in the tongue. Extend your tongue, place the scraper as interior as confortable without nausea and gently press & pull forward to remove tongue coatings. Rinse the mouth with water. It is better to do the cleansing in the morning, when you are in empty stomach. Scraping it, is the good way to start the day; as a result, it improves health of the internal organs by stimulating all the pranic nadis that terminate in the tongue.

Tongue diagnosis help to understand the totality of health and disease by observing the tongue size, shape, contour, surface, margins and color.

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