For clues about problems in your mouth, stick out your tongue and look in the mirror. A healthy tongue should be pink and covered with small nodules (papillae). Any deviation from your tongue’s normal appearance, or any pain, may be cause for concern.
The tongue diagnosis stems from the ancient medical practice of Ayurveda, a system that supports overall health through careful observation of the body and mind.
Its premise is that we are made up of varying proportions of natural elements – air, earth, fire, water, and ether, that compose the 3 primary constitutional types, ‘dosha’s’: Vata (air and ether), Kapha (earth and water) and Pitta (fire and water).
The Vata tongue is a bit rough and dry, thinner, and smaller, and the Pitta’s tongue is medium in size, slightly dry, and redder in color. The Kapha tongue is pinkish, larger, full, and a bit wet.
If you stop and analyze your tongue in the mirror, you might notice signs that are symptoms of some health issues you experience:
Cracks are usually at the center or rear of the tongue and indicate a leaky gut or an intestinal malabsorption, allergies or food sensitivities.
The tongue has its normal film on it but is the mucous is greasy, thick, yellow or white, it might be a sign of a mucous build-up and toxins in the bowels. In case it is accumulated in the middle of the tongue, it is a symptom of an issue with the small intestine, and if at the rear of the tongue, you have a colon problem.
Brown or Black Fuzz
Dark hairs on the tongue can be extremely nasty but is not a sign of major concern. According to Jack Der-Sarkissian, MD, a family physician with Kaiser Permanente in Southern California:
“Typically [black and hairy tongue] is brought on by smoking, drinking coffee and dark teas, or poor dental hygiene. Removing the offending cause, like smoking, and brushing the tongue or using a tongue scraper, may be all you need.”
Teeth Impressions on the Sides of the Tongue
This is a symptom of poor digestion or absorption of minerals. The cracks and teeth imprints are a symptom of an issue in the intestines, and teeth imprints can also indicate low stomach acid.
Persistent red lesions
This can be an early sign of tongue cancer, but do not panic right away, and make sure you do not confuse them with a canker sore, patches, or red lesions, that resolve themselves within a few weeks. What you need to do is to immediately check it and diagnose the cause of the issue.
Keeping the tongue clean will support the health of the internal organs. Therefore, make sure you scrape it once or twice daily using a tongue scraper, and you will detoxify it, stimulate digestion, and the function of all body organs.
Moreover, its daily observation is a useful preventative tool that will help you avoid serious health issues, and any positive changes will monitor your progress in terms of health.