Face-to-face consultation: tounge examination (jihva pariksha)

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Our Manasa Ayurveda consultations are undertaken by registered healthcare professionals and as well as using traditional Ayurvedic methods also include professional physical health checks. One of the Ayurvedic methods we use is tounge examination (jihva pariksha).

Why do we do this?

The tongue is the only internal organ that can be seen externally. Ayurvedic tongue examination is part of the personal face-to-face consultation for two main reasons:

  1. It enables the therapist to see how the ‘digestive fire’ (agni) is working throughout the body

  2. It clearly shows progress of improvements in health during a therapy programme

According to the ancient practice of Ayurvedic tounge examination (jihva pariksha), different areas of the tongue (marked 1-5 in the diagram above) relate to different organs and areas of the body. Observations in these different areas help to identify current, or potential health issues.

Tongue examination is used not only to enable the Manasa Ayurveda therapist to have a better knowledge of your health, but also to inform of any further questions that may need to be asked.

What happens?

  • You will be asked to put out your tongue with your mouth open for around 20 seconds

  • The Manasa Ayurveda therapist will use a small hand-held examination light to look at your tongue (there is no physical contact with the tongue)

  • Observations made will be written down immediately on a record form

  • For the full examination this process is usually repeated 3-4 times as needed

What do the results mean?

According to Ayurveda, tongue examination can give information about:

  • Your basic body constitution (prakrti)

  • Any general current imbalances within your body (vikruti)

  • How the ‘digestive fire’ (agni) is working throughout the body

  • Current or potential issues with the functioning of certain organs

  • Current or potential health issues in general