Signs of health or disease in the tongue

When we were kids we were taught that showing the language is rude. Now that we are big, we refrain from showing it in public, because it does not look good. However, you can stand in front of a mirror and observe how it looks to determine many issues. Did you know that there are signs of health or illness in the language? Find out more in the following article!

The tongue, reflection of health

They say that the eyes are the reflection of the soul... and the tongue is then the mirror of health (or disease). For hundreds of years, Ayurvedic doctors examine the language of their patients to determine if they suffer from any particular ailment. The three parts, according to this traditional medicine, are: vata (root), pitta (middle) and kapha (tip). The color and texture of the tongue can tell us if we are healthy or sick.

This is because this muscle that allows us to appreciate the taste of the meals is an extension of the stomach And we can see then how our gastric or stomach state is. It has thousands of nerve endings and each (or several) are associated with various parts of the body.


Your tongue is healthy if it is soft, flexible, without cracks and stays slightly moist , That is, it does not produce more or less saliva than necessary. This means that you enjoy good health.

The white layer that appears above the tongue is normal, as long as it is thin. More than with disease, this is related to hygiene and cleanliness when brushing teeth . Pay more attention to washing the tongue accordingly.

Color and texture of the tongue: what to take into account

You do not need to be an Ayurvedic doctor to determine whether we are incubating an illness or have a health problem. We can analyze two very important questions of language, color and texture, to know how our general condition is:


As said before, the healthy tongue is pink. If it is dark reddish, it indicates that there is inflammation in the body and may even be a sign of a type of Cancer . If the tongue is brown or discolored it is because you smoke a lot. Intense pink may be due to scarlet fever (or scarlet fever).

If the tongue is pale it means that we lack nutrients and blood hemoglobin levels are low. If the white film is very thick it may be by fungi ( Candidiasis ) Or unbalanced secretion of hepatic bile. If the whitish layer is only on the sides, it may be due to disease in the lungs. And if the tone is yellowish, it indicates cholecystitis.


Texture and surface

To be healthy, as stated, the tongue has to be kept moist and smooth. But attention, that the lack of texture may be showing anemia or deficiency of iron . If there are spots on the top it is because the person is vulnerable to allergies. The grains or sores speak of an excessive consumption of refined sugars, fats or proteins.

When dry it is a typical sign of stress (it can also be due to too much mucus in the body, anemia or diabetes). If the tongue becomes very inflamed the reasons can be several, for example, acidity, constipation, diarrhea or chronic gastritis. If the taste buds are flat (instead of textured), it indicates an intestinal disorder.

Warning signs on the tongue

Pay attention to the aspect of your language. You may be suffering from a disease and you have not noticed it.

Crack in the middle

The line does not reach the tip of the tongue. It means that your stomach is weak or you have digestive problems. This is due in turn to a nutrient deficit. You may have gas or lack energy throughout the day. To solve this problem, take a more balanced diet and do not mix some food groups such as fruits and vegetables. Proteins . Do everything possible so that the digestion is not so slow and ingests an apple or pear on an empty stomach.


When several sores appear in the mouth and this is something recurrent it means that certain nutrients are lacking such as vitamin B6, iron or niacin. Consume more lentils, red meats, eggs and dairy. Prepare a tea of ​​nettles and, if you still feel bad, do not hesitate to have a blood test to determine that you do not have anemia.


Small horizontal cracks

It means your body is not absorbing vitamins properly. Another sign of this is lack of energy and vitality. Although the tongue has several small"furrows", the problem lies in the abundant and considerable cracks. The solution to this problem is to ingest certain foods with nutritional effects for the spleen, such as barley, beet , Oats, parsley, carrot, squash, celery, cabbage and chard.

Red tip

More than a physical ailment is due to an emotional problem. This means that you may be too stressed, sad, depressed, anxious, distressed or nervous. To avoid this, in addition to thinking positive and trying to find the solution to problems, You can consume herbs that reduce emotional imbalances. Melissa, linden, camomile and valerian can help. When it comes to eating, do not hesitate and take avocado, cucumber and almonds.

Swollen and with white coat (thick)


It means that there is an accumulation of mucus in your body or you lack good bacteria (yes, because they are not all bad). To reverse the situation it is advisable to stop consuming dairy products and add more green foods ( broccoli , Cabbage, peas, lettuce, celery, chard, spinach).

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