James Bae, an acupuncturist I used to see regularly when I lived in Brooklyn, is a practitioner of Ayurveda, an ancient, holistic Indian medical system that uses food and herbs as medicine. He would tell me that the Fall is the season for colon cleansing! It had something to do with the change of seasons and as you know, I’m always game for a good Colon Blow.
James would also look at my tongue before we even got started with the needles because in Ayurveda, the tongue is a roadmap to one’s health. It is literally an extension of the digestive tract and different textures, lines, films and shapes can indicate an imbalance in the body.
According to naturopath Caroline Robertson,
Before assessing your tongue it helps to know what a healthy tongue looks like. Likened to a little kitten’s tongue, it is uniformly pink, similar to a skinned chicken. It is oval in shape, neither too thick nor too thin and has an even width. When sticking out it’s naturally straight rather than veering to one side. The tongue of a healthy person will remain still and strong, not quivering, flaccid or stiff. A healthy tongue has a thin transparent or white coating. It displays all taste buds and is free from red or glassy patches, deep cuts and denuded patches. It is neither too dry nor too wet and it doesn’t emit a bad odor or taste. The veins on the underside of the tongue will not be distended or dark.
Any sort of cracks, coatings, patches, raised areas, discolorations or indentations in the center of the tongue and/or the back center of the tongue can indicate some sort of imbalance in the stomach and intestines.