I am so happy that I was indoctrinated into holistic health practices over 20 years ago. It has been especially helpful to be in this mindset prior to COVID19. It has made me more open and enthusiastic to learn about the wonders of the human body.
Today, I am open to sharing the functions of the human tongue.
It has led me to conclude that Holistic Health is Spiritual. Practicing holistic health protocols, not only includes practicing spiritual rituals, but it is also the spirit of living in itself.
My years of practice led me to learn more about how our bodies function, which is clearly miraculous! When you really take the time to research how the human body works, in reaction to diet, medicine, toxins, and state of mind, you too will see that God is real. Only the divine spirit could make our bodies so ingenious.
In this post, I focus on the tongue. I learned most about the importance of the tongue through Chinese Medicine. On each Chinese doctor visit, they would question my state of mind, check my pulses on both wrists, and carefully examine my tongue. In Chinese medicine, the tongue maps out organs in our bodies, as do the feet and hands.
Additionally, the tongue is our first line of immune defense. According to the US National Library of Medicine (NCBI):
“Several lines of evidence support my hypothesis that the human tongue acts as an immune organ. First, the tongue epithelium acts as an efficient defense barrier against vast amounts of allergens, immunogens, and pathogens.” – Tongue as a first-line immune organ? – Jane Y. Wu
“In summary, I propose the hypothesis that the human tongue may act as a first-line immune organ and call for systematic and rigorous investigation to test this hypothesis using interdisciplinary approaches. Such studies will not only advance our understanding of fundamental mechanisms underlying human immunity but also likely enhance our diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to a wide range of diseases.” – Tongue as a first-line immune organ? – Jane Y. Wu
It really goes without saying, that we should do all that we can to keep our tongue clean, and healthy. We should examine our tongues to determine if it looks healthy or not. These measures should be followed far beyond just eliminating bad breath.
Our tongue is our first line of immune defense. There are scientific hypotheses the propose that there is potential crosstalk between taste and immune signaling pathways! This is major for Western medicine to explore further, but in actuality, Chinese medicine, and Ayurvedic medicine have been known of the importance of the tongue for thousands of years.
In this post, I will present articles, and videos that explain how the tongue works, its health benefits, how to examine your tongue, and how to clean it.
Please consider adding this health information to your knowledge base, and its recommended practices to your lifestyle. Kevy
Tongue as a first-line immune organ? – Jane Y. Wu – US National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health
Communication between the nervous system and the immune system has been a field of active research. The potential crosstalk between taste and immune signaling pathways remains an area largely unexplored. A number of questions remain to be answered. For example, whether taste signaling regulates immune responses by direct or indirect mechanisms; or whether immune signaling impacts taste sensation. Read More
What Is White Tongue? Primary Causes + Risk Factors – How to Get Rid of White Tongue: 10 Natural Treatments White Tongue vs. Bumps on Tongue
Did you know that the tongue is one of the strongest muscles in the body? It’s actually the most sensitive place for our sense of touch, and it allows us to talk, taste food and swallow. Plus, according to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, the tongue plays an important role in determining and treatment health conditions.
White tongue may be caused by the following factors:
- Poor Oral Hygiene
- Illness Or Infection
- Dry Mouth
- Reaction To Certain Medications, Including Antibiotics Or Steroids
- Candida Yeast Infection (Oral Thrush)
- Smoking Or Tobacco Use
- Alcohol Use
- Spicy Food, Such As Habanero And Jalapeno Peppers
- Congenital Heart Disease In Adults
The most common cause of white tongue is dehydration or dry mouth, which is a breeding ground for bacteria. In fact, if you don’t diligently brush your tongue and teeth at least twice a day, you increase your risk of developing a white tongue. Read More
What Your Tongue Can Tell You About Your Health – Reasons why you should ‘watch’ your tongue – Cleveland Clinic – Family Medicine – December 2019
For clues about problems in your mouth, stick out your tongue and look in the mirror. A healthy tongue should be pink and covered with small nodules (papillae). Any deviation from your tongue’s normal appearance, or any pain, may be cause for concern. Family physician Daniel Allan, MD, discusses why you should watch for changes that might need to be evaluated by a doctor or dentist.
Watch your tongue!
- If your tongue has a white coating or white spots
- If your tongue is red
- If your tongue is black and hairy
- If your tongue is sore or bumpy Read More
10 Best Tongue Cleaning Tools 2020 – Feb 28, 2020 – EZ Vid Wiki
These choices may be out of date. You need to go to wiki.ezvid.com to see the most recent updates to the list. Our complete review, including our selection for the year’s best tongue cleaning tool, is exclusively available on Ezvid Wiki. Tongue cleaning tools included in this wiki include the mint rose tongue, dr. tung’s cleaner, pefei tongue scraper, orabrush scraper, dental duty premium, cbiumpro professional, 55 dental smiley, mastermedi scraper, basic concepts cleaner, and health and yoga. Read More
Tongue Diagnosis Demo with Brett Rabin, Lac – Sep 21, 2012 – Pacific College
Chinese Tongue Examination Includes:
- The tongue is the only muscle outside of the body that can be examined.
- Areas of the tongue are mapped to organs in the body.
- Examine the shape of the tongue
- The tongue’s coating and its moisture
- The overall color of the tongue
- Whether the tongue quivers while poked out
Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnosis – A Beginner’s Guide – Jun 27, 2018 – Dr. Alex Heyne – Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine Observation Includes:
- Complexion person’s face
- Review the tongue – Size, Coating, Red spots, etc.
- Listening/Smelling – The way the patient talks, coughing, smells
- Inquiry – Asking various questions of the patient’s feelings, temperatures, appetite, water drank daily, bowel movement, emotions, sleep, goes pretty in-depth.
- Pulse – Both arms where certain veins are mapped to organs
(SCIENCE) What are the Parts of the Tongue? | #iQuestionPH – Aug 14, 2020 – iQuestion PH
This is kind of a kiddie video that describes the function and parts of the tongue. It is almost humorous to watch, but it is still informative. Kevy
What are the parts of the tongue?
- Gives us a sense of taste
- It is a muscular organ that positions food so that we can chew it
- Bumps on the surface – helps to break down food as well
- It has a sensory structure – taste buds that distinguish sweet, salty, bitter, sour, or savory tastes
- The Taste receptors send messages to the brain
Structure Of The Tongue – Functions Of The Tongue – What Are Taste Buds – Jun 21, 2018 – What’s Up Dude
In this video, we discuss the structure of the tongue and its functions. We also cover the different types of taste buds and the structure of taste buds.
The tongue is an important organ in the mouth, as it provides many important functions for your body. The tongue is comprised of skeletal muscle covered by a mucous membrane that helps to keep the tongue moist. The tongue has a root, a tip, and a central body to its structure. The upper surface of the tongue is covered by small rough elevations called papillae. There are 4 types of papillae, fungiform, Circumvallate, Foliate, and Filiform. Fungiform papillae are mushroom-shaped bumps that are found near the tip and sides of the tongue. Each of these contains only a few taste buds. Circumvallate papillae are large and dome-shaped, and they are the least numbered papillae, usually between 10 to 12 on a tongue and together they form a v shape. Each of these is housed by a deep narrow depression and they contain thousands of taste buds. Read More
Essential 30 Cleanse – How to Use a Tongue Scraper – Mar 4, 2019 – Stacy Paulsen Coaching
How To Clean Your Tongue With Copper (Cuprum) Tongue Cleaner – Mar 20, 2018 – Black Chicken Remedies
This looks a lot like the tongue scraper that I use, the Rare Earth Essentials copper tongue scraper, purchased on Amazon.
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