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9.3.2 Tongue Shows Your Ayurvedic Constitution


The actual shape and color of the tongue can also show you your basic constitution. A thin trembling, pale tongue shows a vata constitution. A medium, reddish tongue is pitta, and a thick, roundish, pale and white tongue kapha. Normally, the tongue should be pink.

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Three kinds of tongues

The first thing the tongue shows us is if any one humor is out of balance. Divide the tongue into three parts; the root is vata, the middle is pitta, and the tip is kapha.

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Three humors on the tongue

Excessive film (or gunk) in any of these areas shoes which humor is involved. Bumps, depressions, growths, or gunky build-ups all indicate which humor or humors are imbalanced.

When the tongue has a film over it, it indicated a build-up of undigested food or toxins in the body. The color of this film gives an indication of the humor that is causing the buildup. A darkish film is related to vata and a toxic, cold, dry condition. A yellowish or greenish film relates to pitta and a toxic, high heat condition. A whitish film is related to kapha, a condition of cold, oily, toxic congestion.





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