Of Tongues and Men

Stick Out Your Tongue



I know your mom taught you that it wasn’t polite to stick your tongue out at people, especially not to esteemed individuals such as healthcare professionals.  I’m here to tell you that you can righteously loll your tongue out as an emblem of your current health.   Why?

Practitioners of East Asian Medicine (acupuncturists) use a variety of diagnostic tools to deduce the root of your health concerns. The two of the most popular are looking at your tongue and feeling the pulse from the radial arteries on each wrist, as both represent all the organ systems in the body.  I’ll discuss the pulse and other diagnostic tools in later posts.  Today is dedicated to the tongue.

You may not realize this, but your tongue changes quickly throughout your daily life.  Some changes are temporary, like if you ate too much pizza last night, your tongue will have a much thicker…

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