What an opportunity! What a great pic!
Be brave and give your own tongue a good, long look. Check it out first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. Look at it in the spring, summer, fall and winter. Check it out after an argument and also after a particularly good experience. Look at it when you’re 20 years old and when you’re 80 years old. Compare your tongue to your friends’ or loved ones’ (any of them that won’t think it’s too kooky that is).
What changes do you see? What stays the same? Each part of your tongue including the body, coating, tip, middle, edges and root, its color and shape, whether it’s dry or moist, curled or flat, deviated or straight all tell your acupuncturist about what’s happening inside of your body. Even if you don’t know immediately what your tongue is “telling” you, your acupuncturist can translate!
Whereas your “Chinese” pulses provide up-to-the-second information about what’s going on in your body, your tongue shows your body’s trends. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER brush your tongue before an acupuncture visit. The point of looking at your un-brushed tongue is so that we can figure out what points to needle to make the most of your visit!