What your tongue colour says about your health

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In traditional Chinese medicine, practitioners assess the color, shape, moisture, and thickness of the tongue as part of their diagnostic approach. Photo: Pexels


(Stephanie Brown/ Very Well Health) — The color and texture of your tongue can give insights into your health. For thousands of years, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have relied on processes such as smell, hearing, palpation, and tongue examination for diagnoses.

Now, a new study found that tongue images were 95% accurate in diagnosing certain conditions, such as diabetes and anemia.

“The tongue provides visual cues that can signal various health issues. Changes in tongue color, such as a yellowish hue indicating liver problems or a whitish coating suggesting digestive issues, are significant indicators,” Ali Al-Naji, PhD, an adjunct associate professor at the University of South Australia and a co-author of the study, told Verywell in an email.

Previous research has suggested that changes in tongue color could help track the progression of COVID-19 infections2 or screen for cancer. (…)

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