Stick out your tongue. This is a common request when working with an acupuncturist.
What are they looking for?
Your tongue is a road map to the rest of your body. The tongue is divided into sections that represent the different organ systems associated with Chinese Medicine.
Tip = Heart/Small Intestine
Just behind the tip = Lungs/Large Instestine
Center = Spleen/Stomach
Sides = Liver/Gall Bladder
Back = Kidney/Urinary Bladder
Your acupuncturist is looking at the size, shape, color and coat of your tongue.
There is no such thing as a good tongue or a bad tongue. The tongue is simply a road map of how the body is functioning so that the best acupuncture points can be used to adjust the body and allow it to function most optimally.
Over time you might notice your tongue changing. The color or coat might change, cracks may lessen in severity etc.
Sarah Zender LAc LMT
Whole Health Acupuncture 50 Turner Ave Elk Grove Village IL 847.357.3929