10 Things Your Tongue Can Tell You About Your Health, Based On Chinese Medicine

Believe it or not, your tongue can actually tell you quite a bit about your health. Sure, you're probably not staring at it in the mirror much, inspecting its grooves and color, but maybe you should. Based on Chinese Medicine, your tongue gives clues about your health, so you can see what things you might need to work on or when something's off balance. So, get out that magnifying mirror and take a peek.

First off, what's Chinese medicine? It's an approach to healing from a mind-body perspective and holistic health practices. When a practitioner of Chinese Medicine examines your health, they look to see if yin and yang are existing in balance, two opposite elements of our being that must remain in harmony for a healthy qi, or life energy. When yin and yang are existing in a non-balanced state, practitioners are able to assess health problems, and they can do this all by looking at your tongue.

As a certified health coach, I encourage clients to pay attention to their bodily signals, as it can alert them when something's not right and whether or not they should change their lifestyle habits. For instance, weird tongue patterns or indicators of poor health could be related to a bad diet, lack of sleep, bacteria or illnesses, and more. So, if you're able to catch it through a glance and make some healthy, helpful changes to your living conditions, you might be able to improve the health of your tongue (and your overall health then, too.) Luckily, we have experts in Chinese Medicine to thank for indicating signs you should look for in your tongue and what their appearances mean. Here are eight things your tongue may be doing, and what it means about your overall health.