In order to find the cause of a certain issue, traditional medicine used diagnosis from the tongue, and it was a very common diagnosis method. The tongue reveals what is happening under the inner digestive skin, which is the one that lines the digestive tract and also it is a step on the 30 feet digestive tract as well.
The inner digestive skin:
- It is regulating epigenetic alternations and genetics to the human genome.
- Prevents from toxins in the environment.
- The place where 80% of the immune system is located.
- The place where 95% of the serotonin is derived.
- Constantly regulating the absorption of nutrients, minerals and vitamins.
- Hosting millions of good bacteria.
However, even if we cannot see it, but our tongue is revealing the state and it is indicating the status of our digestion.
A healthy tongue should have small cylindrical taste buds right on the surface of the tongue, and it should have a pinkish color in every place of the surface. It is not too wet, neither it is too dry, also it has a white coating of mucus which is very thin, and there are no cracks or teeth marks on it.
The appearance on our tongue is directly connected to the epithelium of our stomach, therefore we are able to reveal through the tongue lining, our mucus lining quality as well.
This is a common symptom, and it is showing that our stomach is dehydrated and it is not digesting the consumed foods properly.
It is a common sign that our body is in lack of the digestive enzymes and good stomach acids, which are very needed for the digestion process to function properly, and also for the absorption of minerals, vitamins and nutrients.
This means that there is a congestion in our lymphatic system, backing up in the adenoids, tongue, tonsils, and cervical lymph nodes.
This is also a common sign due to some digestive issues, it looks wet, pale and a little bit swollen.
This type of issue is followed by dryness and redness of on our tongue, and mostly it is caused by a heartburn, which is triggered from the accumulated stomach acid, that is irritating our mouth, esophagus, tongue and stomach.
CNS Stress or Spinal Tongue
If our central nervous system is under constant chronic stress, or even spinal stress caused by an injury, this causes a wide opening or crack in the center of our tongue.
The IBS tongue is mostly smooth, wet and pale, because the stomach acids were decreased, because there was an attempt to prevent the intestinal walls from more irritation.
In the Ayurvedic medicine, Ama means accumulated foods that were improperly digested and are clogging our intestinal tract. This mostly is followed by a thick coating on our tongue, and if the buildup is on the back of our tongue, it means that there are some toxic deposits inside our large intestine.
If there are visible marks from tour teeth on your tongue, right on the sides, this clearly means you are dealing with malabsorption, and a little bit of discoloring.
Mostly this type of tongue may occur, if there are some undigested proteins who are causing elevated levels of Kapha (plegm), like casein or gluten, severely irritated stomach lining, chronic stress or intestinal wall.
Movie Star Tongue
This issue is followed by moist, smooth and red tongue. The tongue gets this color because of the larger amounts of acids in our body, smooth because of the retracted taste buds and moist because of the high levels of mucus that are released in order to protect our stomach lining.
Our tongue becomes very dry and there are small cracks on its surface, this mostly occurs because of stress.
Knowing this, the next time you feel a little bit off balance, take a loot at your tongue, you can see the symptoms and easily diagnose the cause of the issue!