When we go to see an ayurvedic practitioner, he or she will ask you questions to help determine your dosha. They are also looking for your state of balance (prakruti) and your current state where there may be imbalance (vikruti). The practitioner will also take your pulse with a three-finger technique and “listen” for each dosha. And then, they will also want to look at your tongue. The tongue gives us a lot of information about what is going on in the body. A practitioner has been trained to read the tongue like a kind of map, which points to various internal organs. They can learn about our state of health by looking at the size and shape of the tongue, its color, the tip, the amount of moisture, and if there is any coating on the tongue. Marks on the tongue can also indicate if, and where, any problems are present.