Monday, September 1, 2014

Self Assessment: Tongue Analysis

Figure 1
taken from
Ayurveda: The Science of Healing
by Dr. Vasant Lad
Stick out your tongue, ok don't hold it out to long, just long enough to get a good look at the texture, color and whether it has any significant bumps or lesion like appearances. The tongue like the face and other areas of the body that are relative to organ reflex points can be a good indicator that the body is in need of attention.

When it comes to the texture of the tongue, projections can indicate discharge of fat, protein, or excessive sugar in the body system. The different colors of the tongue can also tell you when there are imbalances present: dark red could be inflammation, white could be fat and mucus deposits, yellow could be liver or gallbladder stress and purple could indicate poor blood circulation in the organs relative to the place on the tongue where these inconsistencies are found. Bumps and lesions that are very pronounced or cause pain are also areas of concern.

The tongue is one of those organs that is not given very attention however taking time to observe changes in the tongue is a good way to monitor your personal health and the health of your family. The natural health science of Ayurveda has taken tongue analysis to a level of understanding that empowers the individual to focus on self care with confidence. If you find areas of concern, it is suggested to seek additional assessment from your preferred health care provider or local Naturopath.

- Dr. Akua Gray, ND
  September 1, 2014 
Houston, TX          

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