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Why do Acupuncturist Look at Your Tongue?

lady with her tongue out
In Chinese Medicine, it is believed that the appearance of your tongue is a reflection of your health and can be a powerful diagnostic tool. Tongue diagnosis is a very traditional and effective method, which has been used to diagnose diseases for over two  thousand years. Knowledge of tongue diagnosis is one of the unique treasures of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
What do they look for?
-Body of the tongue: The normal tongue body should be flexible, shape of the tongue should be suitable to mouth size (not too puffy or narrow)
-Coating: The tongue coating is the layer over the tongue. A normal healthy coating should be white, thin and allow the tongue body to be seen through the coating.
-Color. A fresh red (not too dark, too red or pale)
-Have suitable moisture (not too dry/wet)
-Cracks in the tongue body can be an indicator of disease progression
-A Chinese medicine practitioner will look at each of these areas and any imbalances seen can further confirm diagnosis. Tongue diagnosis will be done in conjugation with pulse taking and a full consultation.
Different areas of the tongue reflect the health of five corresponding organ systems: liver, lung, spleen, heart, and kidney.

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