Holly Trinh, Registered Dental Hygienist, Acupuncturist and Reflexologist
In health, the body of the tongue is light pink to medium red in colour, with minimal cracks or fissures.
Deviations of normal include:
Thick white coating or patches- which can indicate candida, or thrush yeast infection. Overly smooth tongue- which may indicate a variety of nutritional deficiencies including iron, b 12 and folic acid, especially if accompanied by soft gums that bleed easily.
Red or very red tongue- can be due to severe dryness, dehydration, xerostomia, Sjogren’s syndrome, or can be a symptom of menopause in women, or from use of prescription medications, or occur following chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Enlarged tongue- is often found in people who are obese or over weight, as well as in people with various types of mental health conditions.
Eastern Medicine/ Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) The tongue is a vitally important diagnostic tool especially relating to the health of the internal body systems.
A TCM Practitioner will assess that tongue based on:
Colour of the body
Size: Length and Width, and thickness of body
Coating: Thickness, colour, greasy, oily, or dryness.
The tongue is divided according to locations of organs and in terms of
Lower body (kidney, bladder), middle body (stomach/spleen), and upper body (Lung, Heart)
Pay Attention to Changes in Your Tongue!! This may indicate changes occurring inside the body.