Tongue diagnosis or evaluation of the tongue is one of the key tools that many traditional practitioners use to determine the cause of one`s illness. Given that the tongue is the first step on the digestive tract, scanning it allows us to determine what is going on under the inner digestive skin. The inner digestive skin is an important factor in determining our overall health.
Here is a list of some of the things the digestive skin is responsible for:
- Where 80% of the immune system is found
- Hosting of trillions of beneficial microbes
- Where 95% of the serotonin for mood health is derived
- The delivery of all vitamins, minerals and nutrients
- Regulates genetic and epigenetic changes to the human genome
- The protective barrier to ward off environmental toxins
Based on the variations between body types, a healthy tongue will be:
- You would be able to see small cylindrical taste buds on the entire top surface of the tongue.
- It would be not too wet and not too dry – it would be just right!
- Pink – not pale, scarlet, or red.
- The pinkish color would be consistent across the entire tongue.
- There would be a very thin white coating of mucus on the tongue.
- There would be no teeth marks on the sides of the tongue.
- You would not see any cracks on the tongue.
Looking For Imbalances: Tongue Diagnosis
The epithelium of the stomach is the most directly connected to the appearance of the tongue. The quality of the mucus lining is often seen on the lining of the tongue.
- Movie Star Tongue
The movie star tongue looks smooth, red, and moist. In case of excess acid in the stomach, the tongue reflects it by turning red. The taste buds contract and give it a smooth appearance. As for the moisture, it becomes moist in order to protect the lining of the stomach.
- IBS Tongue
The IBS tongue looks wet, pale, and smooth reflecting intestinal stress and irritation. The paleness reflects the stomach stopping the product of stomach acid to prevent further irritation.