Why do you get to stick your tongue out at your acupuncturist and get away with it? Not only does it break the ice between patient and practitioner, but it is one of the main diagnostic tools easily available and has been used for many centuries.
The tongue is the part of the digestive system that we can see from the outside. It is the blueprint of organ health as well as the overall state of internal imbalance. I look at the shape of the tongue (puffy, thin, wide, pointy), the color of the body, the coating quality and color, overall moisture content, and any landmarks (teeth marks on the sides, red spots, cracks). Using acupuncture, herbs, and nutrition, we can achieve a healthy beautiful tongue.