Sticking a tongue out is a greeting in Tibet while in many other countries it’s used as a way to diagnose you. You may be surprised, but the tongue can indicate many health problems. And for an initial examination, you can take a mirror and carefully look at your tongue. After this, you can match it with the information that we’ve prepared for you.

We at Bright Side looked at the tongue from a new perspective and are ready to share our findings with you.

1. Location of organs on the tongue

The tongue is a whole map, where each site is responsible for a specific internal organ. Any changes (sores, spots, blisters, etc.) may indicate a malfunction of these organs.

  • So the tip of the tongue denotes the heart.
  • The lungs are on the sides next to the tip.
  • The center of the tongue points to the stomach and pancreas.
  • Along the edges are the liver and spleen.
  • Closer to the bottom of the tongue are the intestines.
  • On the sides near intestines there are the kidneys.

2. Form of the tongue

We know that the color and coating can indicate different health issues. But the tongue’s form can also tell us something.

  • A thin tongue can mean dehydration and metabolic problems.
  • A swollen tongue may indicate thyroid problems or infection.
  • A thick tongue may indicate that you lack vitamin B12.

3. Vertical fold

The vertical line is responsible for the spine. If it’s curved closer to the bottom of the tongue, this may mean problems in the lumbar spine.

A bend in the middle of the vertical fold may indicate problems in the thoracic region.

A curved line closer to the tip of the tongue may indicate problems in the cervical region.

4. Geographical tongue

This is an inflammatory condition of the tongue where there is a discoloration of some of the regions of the papillae. This may indicate hormonal outbreaks and lack of vitamin B2. Sometimes it can cause burning and pain.

5. Trembling tongue

Tremors in the tongue can mean anxiety, hidden fear, and neurasthenia. This is also one of the signs of Parkinson’s Disease.

6. Fissured tongue

This tongue condition is most often hereditary. It can also be associated with Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome (a rare neurological disorder) and appear in cases when psoriasis displays orally.

Please, note that if you’ve found any of these sings on your tongue, don’t rush to diagnose yourself. Contact your doctor for a more detailed diagnosis.

Do you know of any other things that your tongue can say about your health? Have you ever been diagnosed by having someone look at your tongue? You can share your story in the comments.