Tongue reading has its ancient roots in TCM, it is not Christian , but web MD has much on it, and in the West in the old days my mom when we kids were sick would have us stick out our tongue and this was common folk methods of diagnosing example from web MD.
Tongue Problem Basics
Though often hailed as "the strongest muscle in the body," the tongue is made up of a group of muscles that allow us to taste food, swallow, and talk. A healthy tongue is pink and covered with small nodules called papillae.
Because you use your tongue constantly, it can be frustrating and uncomfortable when you experience tongue problems, including discoloration and soreness. There are a variety of causes for a number of common tongue symptoms. Fortunately, the majority of tongue problems are not serious and most can be resolved quickly.
In some instances, though, a discolored or painful tongue can indicate more serious conditions, including vitamin deficiencies, AIDS, or oral cancer. For this reason, it is important to seek medical advice if you have any ongoing problems with your tongue.
What Causes a White Tongue?
There are a number of things that can cause a whitish coating or white spots to develop on the tongue, including:
Leukoplakia. This condition causes cells in the mouth to grow excessively. That, in turn, leads to the formation of white patches inside the mouth, including on the tongue. Although not dangerous on its own, leukoplakia can be a precursor to cancer. So it is important for your dentist to determine the cause of white patches on your tongue. Leukoplakia can develop when the tongue has been irritated, and it is often found in people who use tobacco products.
Oral thrush . Also known as candidiasis, oral thrush is a yeast infection that develops inside the mouth. The condition results in white patches that are often cottage cheese-like in consistency on the surfaces of the mouth and tongue. Oral thrush is most commonly seen in infants and the elderly, especially denture wearers, or in people with weakened immune systems. People with diabetes and people taking inhaled steroids for asthma or lung disease can also get thrush. Oral thrush is more likely to occur after the use of antibiotics, which may kill the "good" bacteria in the mouth. Eating plain yogurt with live and active cultures may help restore the proper fauna in your mouth. Additionally, medications may be used to combat the infection.
Oral lichen planus . A network of raised white lines on your tongue with a lace-like appearance can be a sign of this condition. Doctors often can't pinpoint its cause, but it usually gets better on its own. You can do some things that might help: Practice proper dental hygiene, avoid tobacco, and cut back on foods that irritate your mouth.
The link has much more information, it speaks of a MD, again its not TCM, it's western medicine and western herbalisem. Many Christians do not believe herbs are Christian , well they are 100% wrong, herbs were used by the Jews for centuries. Many feel this way because so much is New age and pagan, but not all. Many Christians also are very big on herbs and home health, so its OK, I know it is, I am a minister, I am an herbalist, I pray with people before the intake and after.
Looking at a tongue also is old, old, USA practice. My mom, as I said in the start of this post, when we were sick, always said, 'stick out your tongue', I am sure older people remember this, so its OK and it tells a lot about whats going on in the body, hay my mom was right LOL.
This was my main reason to start the herb guild-association that is Christian , to let the world know, we are taking back what the pagans and evil false religions stole from us.
The guild still slowly growing, If you are a Christian and want to make a statement with me-Us, send an email and say I want to be on the guild page, you get a full newsletter every 3 months and un -limited access to me as an herbalist and more, its free, help me to get the guild with as many people as I can it's like our Christian herbal petition, look at it that way. The bigger the guild, the better for the school, you, all of us, it makes it legitimate when you have many in a guild, so join that for me today , you will get free things and information in exchange, anyone in any country can join its the ACHG, American Christian Herb Guild, American based but open world wide.
You can use the guild logo on cards, emails, anything, as a member. If your a home herbalist and want to start to help more people, or even start a practice, it does not hurt to be a member of a professional association or guild, its always a good thing, as it shows you are a part of and a member in good standing with an established organization.
Look at the Christian Herb guild today, I would love to see 200 people, my goal lets do it for our lord.
I am posting a very, very, basic tongue chart for basic reference, yes from a TCM page LOL.