Your Tongue has a map reveals Ayurveda

Tongue diagnosis is a traditional diagnosis evolved from Ayurveda. It is the best non-invasive method which is accurate in determining your mental and physical health. Tongue which is generally known as organ of taste is just not all it acts as a mirror image of internal body organs.

In Ayurveda there are number of non invasive examinations done for example pulse examination ,dosha analysis etc. but tongue examination is one the most common examination which is being practised since ages and today too in modern era it holds a lot of weightage.

A Brief Note On Ayurvedic Principles:

Our body constitutes of three Doshas -> Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These tridoshas are made up of five elements namely ether, air, fire, water and earth. Vata dosha is a mix of Air and Ether, Pita is a mix of Water and Fire, and Kapha is a mix of Water and Earth.  Each person has all three components, but generally one or two of them are more “dominant” and this is that persons Prakriti or constitution.  Most people are a blend of two more dominant doshas. Imbalances in these Doshas are the cause of disorders in a healthy human being.

Types of tongues:-

  • Vata Tongue-> thin, long, pointed tongues, dry. The vata person has an unsteady tongue. When there is vata disturbance tongue could be black or brown in colour.
  • Pita Tongue-> A pita Tongue is generally quite wet and very red. On Pita aggravation raised red bumps can be noticed. Tongue could be dark red or yellow-green in color.
  • Kapha Tongue-> large, generally thick and possibly pale. A kapha type person will have a steady tongue.



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The front one-third of the tongue relates to the lungs, heart, chest, and neck. Froth in the middle of this area is often a sign of low lung energy with damp and cold lungs and may translate as a cold, bronchitis, asthma, or respiratory allergy. If there is a small depression in the heart area, it often relates to intense grief, sadness, or depression.

The central third of the tongue relates to the liver, spleen, stomach, and pancreas. Small ulcers on the tongue in the stomach area may reflect gastritis or peptic ulcer

The rear one-third area of the tongue relates to the lower abdominal organs, such as the small intestine and colon. If this posterior part of the tongue is covered with coating, that is toxins in the colon, indicating low colon energy.

Following are the types which relate to particular diagnose:-


By looking at the above map and pictures you can examine yourself which part of your body is suffering ailment. Even if your body isn’t showing any symptoms based on the above diagnosis an extra care should be taken for the body part as it is weak and can get easily affected for example if you can see cracks on your tongue (as seen in the picture below) then that means your colon is weak thus the type of food you are taking should be taken special care.




Being an Ayurvedic doctor, this is my very first post on Ayurveda. To know more about Ayurvedic science keep visiting Health Temple

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