How A Tongue Color Can Reveal Imbalance In Health?

“Tongue is more than just a sense organ!” what strikes when you read this? Well! we all know tongue is a versatile part of the body which functions in various ways that includes its use while communicating, its role in maintaining proper mouth health and its function in making us feel and appreciate various tastes of food we eat. However, what many of us must not know is the fact that the color of the tongue also help in revealing our health condition. Yes! One can know about the physical as well as the emotional health condition of self from his or her tongue color.

How a Tongue Color Can Reveal Imbalance in Health

How a Tongue Color Can Reveal Imbalance in Health?

Now, here we come up with the section where we would talk about some of the most common signs in tongue which reveals imbalance in health.

What Does A Color of the Tongue Indicate?

The health condition can be revealed with the changes seen in the color of the tongue. Below are some of the most common signs in changes in tongue color that talk about the health imbalances.

What Does Red Colored Tongue Indicate?

What Does Red Colored Tongue Indicate?

Red colored tongue indicates heat. This may be due to any inflammation or also dehydration in the specific area. This can be corrected by drinking plenty of water.

What Does Purple Colored Tongue Indicate?

Purple colored tongue talks about weak circulation of blood or energy. One can address this health imbalance by exercising regularly. A brisk walk for at least 30 minutes in a day can treat this health imbalance and get your tongue its natural color back.

What Does Blue Color of the Tongue Indicate?

Blue colored tongue is considered to be a serious health issue which may be caused due to the improper or insufficient oxygen supply to the tissues, known as cyanosis. It is highly essential to note that in case of such a sign in the color of your tongue, you must reach the medical professional immediately.

What Does Pale Tongue Indicate?

Pale tongue implies a lack of energy or a deficiency in the blood, especially iron or certain vitamin deficiency in the body. This can be helped by taking regular multivitamins and eating more of fruits and vegetables.

What Does a Coated Tongue Signify About Your Health?

The health condition of a person can also be known from the changes in the tongue coating. Below are some of the signs of tongue coating which depicts an imbalance in health.

  • Excessive white coating on the tongue surface tells about the phlegm or the toxins caused due to excessive intake of dairy products, wheat and fruits.
  • A Grey coating on the tongue surface indicates health problems related to accumulation of phlegm due to cold or flu virus. This can be sorted out by restricting over the dairy products.
  • Yellow color coating on the tongue surface indicates the toxins or phlegm due to excessive intake of ‘hot” foods like alcohol, curries, sugar, coffee etc. You can treat this health imbalance by drinking pure and fresh fruit juices and limiting alcohol, sugar, coffee, spices etc along with the dairy products etc.

Other Common Signs of the Tongue Color That Reveal Health Imbalance

Below are some other common signs and symptoms seen in tongue color which can reveal about the imbalances in health conditions.

  • Peeled patches on the tongue surface tells us about the moisture deficiency in the particular area of the tongue. It is essential to drink lot of water for treating this problem.
  • Swollen tongue indicates about excess of fluid accumulation. Taking more of water, fruits and juices help to flush out the system.
  • Thin tongue implies dehydration in the area. Taking more of water can help treat this health imbalance.
  • Cracks on the tongue surfaces or dryness of tongue can reveal dehydration. Cracks on the center of the tongue tell about imbalance in the digestive system, while cracks at the tip of the tongue tell about emotional or stress related issues. One can help self by listening to relaxing or soothing music.

Tongue Color & Illness: Some of the Noted Illness that can be Predicted from the Tongue!

Tongue color can reveal various illnesses the following way:

  1. Scarlet Fever

    This is a condition which may sometimes develop in a person with strep throat. This develops mainly as a reaction to the toxin from the bacteria causing the infection in tongue. This scarlet fever begins at first with a red rash covering most of the body along with a strawberry colored red tongue.

  2. Leukoplakia

    This is a condition where there is a tongue color discoloration and the tongue appears to be white or gray patches grow on the top of the tongue surface. This may also affect the inner cheek and the gums and mainly associated with severe irritation of the tongue caused by chewing of tobacco and betel leaf/betel nut chewing.

  3. Oral Thrush

    This is a kind of fungal infection of the mouth which is usually visible on the tongue and extending down to the esophagus. Primarily caused by yeast infection, this is more likely to grow in a person having a depressed immune system like in a person with HIV/AIDS etc.

  4. Kawasaki Syndrome

    This is a condition which is known by an inflammation of the large and the medium artery walls and tends to mostly affect the boys below five years of their age, though it can also occur in any age group and also in the girls. Having an extremely red strawberry tongue or swollen tongue is one of the Symptoms of this disease.

  5. Toxic Shock Syndrome

    Strawberry colored tongue is also a symptoms of toxic shock syndrome which is also known as TSS, this is an uncommon condition in health where toxins from certain bacteria types, especially the Staphylococcus aureus, trigger an immune reaction and this can be highly life threatening


So, it is clear that tongue can reveal about the health conditions, disease and health imbalance. It is necessary to keep it clean and have a check to know about the changes (if any) and reach the doctor for its essential and effective diagnosis and treatments.

Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:April 5, 2019

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