When visiting an Ayurvedic Practitioner, he or she will ask you to stick out your tongue. This isn’t to look at the back of your throat, as a western doctor might do, but to actually look at the tongue itself. We can learn a lot from the tongue. This is an organ that serves two purposes – it is the organ of speech, and it also a sensory organ that perceives taste. From the tongue, a skilled practitioner can get information about the whole body. A vata tongue is thin, small, and often a little dry. A pitta tongue is broad at the base and tapered at the apex. A kapha tongue is large, round, glossy, thick and wet. If a tongue is pale in color, this indicates anemia. A yellowish tongue may indicate jaundice, or some type of liver dysfunction. A green tongue indicates a gallbladder disorder. A blue or purple tongue is indicative of heart problems. A central line near the tip of the tongue indicates pain in the upper spine, and two lines shows pain in the upper neck area; both of these are common vata disorders. A healthy tongue will look clean and pink, with no white coating. Many people have a slight coating on the back of the tongue, which indicates toxins in the color. Digestion continues through the night, so it is a good idea to scrape the tongue early in the morning to massage the areas related to the digestive organs.