How does your tongue look?

How Does Your Tongue Look?

Seems like an odd question, but there is a legitimate reason for asking. The next time you feel a bit under the weather, just stick out your tongue in front of the mirror for an accurate picture of your health.

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The color, texture and moisture of your tongue can provide you with valuable information on what’s going on inside your body; the tongue is actually used to aid diagnosis in many therapies, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The tongue is richly supplied with blood vessels, thanks to a constant flow of saliva, it is constantly being cleaned which discourages harmful bacteria forming in the mouth area, but if a person is unwell, a problem can often be detected by simply looking at the tongue, it acts like a map where certain areas of the tongue correlate to specific organs of the body or to detect a range of conditions.

In fact we have seen it for a long time, when you go to a doctor’s appointment and he tells you to stick out your tongue, he may be looking for signs of anemia, infections such as thrush, dehydration and kidney problems.
A healthy tongue is pinkish in color, moves freely and is gently moist with a light coating, but if it changes color or texture, it can mean something wrong is going on inside you.

 
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