What Does Your Tongue Tell You?

In Chinese Medicine the tongue is the only internal organ we can see externally. So, we use it to gain information about what's going on throughout your body. Here are a few tongue characteristics that you can look for and a some food tips to incorporate into your regular eating based on what you see. Try out some of the foods and see if you notice any changes on your tongue!

Qi Deficiency: Choose foods which are easy to digest, warming and nourishing like soups and stews and specific foods such as squash, carrots, garbanzo beans and figs.


Emphasize more cooling foods such as fruits and salads and bitter foods like rhubarb and dandelion greens.

Damp Retention:

Avoid cold, raw foods or excessive dairy. Incorporate foods such as scallions and turnips.

Blood Stasis:

Tumeric, garlic, chives, eggplant and aduki beans.

Qi Stagnation:

Mustard greens, cabbage, celery, mint cardamom, cumin and small amounts of pickled vegetables.

Damp Heat:

Bok Choy, watermelon, ginger, fennel, rosemary and raw honey.

Yang Deficiency:

Yams, lamb, beef, anchovies, ginger, fennel and cinnamon.

Yin Deficiency:

Black beans, lamb, pork, asparagus, seaweed and egges.

Blood Deficiency:

Emphasize iron-rich foods such as dark leafy greens, strawberries and molasses.

The above foods are from the perspective of Chinese nutrition therapy and should of course all be incorporated into an overall approach of regular, nutritious eating (see your Integrative Fertility Nutrition Packet for some more tips on this). Additionally, your acupuncturist can help you taper a nutrition plan that is unique and specific to your history and current needs. 

Happy Eating!