Updated: Apr 20, 2020
Did you know that your tongue is not only one of the strongest muscles of your body but is also a direct reflection of what is going on inside your body? Before there were x-rays and laboratory tests, practitioners of Chinese medicine were (and still are) able to diagnose patients by simply looking at their tongue. By examining the color, coating, shape and moisture of the tongue, we can tell many things about your body and pinpoint what disease mechanism is causing your symptoms. Different areas of the tongue reflect pathological changes in the different organs of the body including the lungs, heart, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, intestines, kidneys and bladder. A normal tongue should be pale red (pink) with a thin white coating that is not too dry and not too moist, and no cracks or spots.