If you've ever visited an acupuncturist, naturopath, or Ayurveda practitioner, you were probably asked to stick out your tongue. This may have seemed weird to you, but it turns out what your tongue is telling you about your health is super important. Using the tongue to diagnose illness is frequently seen in Eastern medicines such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda as well as complementary practices such as naturopathy. What your tongue is saying about your body is often pretty accurate.
While there are many wild facts about the human mouth, what's lesser known in Western medicine are the health tips and tricks of examining the tongue to diagnose health issues. TCM tries to maintain balance between yin and yang, which each have different properties and effects on the body. Ayurveda attempts to balance Vitta, Pitta, and Kapha, three substances present in the body of every living thing. Looking at a person's very red or pale tongue and deciphering what's wrong, even if it's a medical condition basically everyone has, isn't only limited to acupuncturists and herbalists. Even if you do not practice or abide to Eastern medicine, knowing what these tongue conditions mean can help determine if something more serious is going on in your body.