Tongue Reading 101

Apr 21, 2011   //   by smohan   //   Healthy Body  //  2 Comments

There’s a coat of stuff on my tongue! What does that mean?

  • Any coating on tongue=digestive fire is too low to burn through the food you are taking in
    The coating on your tongue is also coating your entire digestive tract.
  • The thickness of the coating is proportional to the amount of toxic buildup in your colon.
  • The color of the coating can reveal which doshas are imbalanced in your digestive tract (the first place to see doshic imbalance).

What do the colors tell us?

  • White=kapha imbalance
  • Brown/ Black/ Blue/ Gray= vata imbalance
  • Red/ Yellow/ Green= pitta imbalance

What about all the other markings?

  • “Scallops:” These are the marks of your teeth impressed along the edges of the tongue. It’s easiest to see these first thing upon waking. These mean you are not hydrated enough and there is vata in the colon.
  • Deep lines in the middle: These grooves also indicate vata in the digestive tract.
  • Ulcerations or cold sores/ fever blisters indicate pitta imbalance or excess heat in the digestive tract.

(The above is a good starting place without being trained in tongue diagnosis)

2 Comments

  • I have all three!
    kapha on back of tongue
    scallops on sides
    vata cracks on front middle and my left side of tongue (sometimes right side too)
    pitta spots on tip of tongue
    and i get cold sores, have one right now because the area around my mouth and lips get super dry in fall and winter which almost always leads to a cold sore.
    ???
    also my ayurveda doc told me i have vata in my heart channel and week kidneys.

    • Hi Dear,
      Start with balancing vata from what you are saying. The rest will improve if you hydrate, oleate and maintain healthy agni with warm, moist, spiced, and cooked foods. Hope that helps. I do offer complimentary 15min phone consults as well.

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