We are all used to going to the GP and being asked to put our tongue out – but do they see what we see? In acupuncture and TCM the tongue is a comprehensive guide to what is going on in your body, with information regarding both your physical and emotional health. In acupuncture and TCM we pay particular attention to the tongue when assessing and diagnosing you. Here is a little more detail on, what is, a very involved subject
Read on and fell free to email us any questions
Tongue Body Colour
In Chinese medicine, the tongue body colour reflects the state of your vital energy, or Qi (Chee). This indicates the overall state your blood & circulation, and the health of your organs – ideally I am looking for a tongue this is pink.
A purple tongue shows blood stagnation or clotting whilst if pale it can indicate a blood deficiency or imbalance. A bright red tongue this shows heat present indicating inflammation and possible infection
Tongue Body Shape
The shape of your tongue reflects the state of blood & QI and indicates any deficiencies or excesses. Ideally a healthy tongue is full with no cracks – evidence of these could be a sign of a long term Yin deficiency .
A healthy tongue has a thin white tongue coating. Presence of a thick coating can be a sign you have or are getting a cold. It can also indicate different kinds of digestive energetic imbalance.