As we have been describing in other articles, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the same concepts and terminology defining the universe are the same phenomena describing thousands of health and disease. The human body is seen as a microcosm within the macrocosm. The same forces that exist in the universe and nature are also in the man, within the mind, body and spirit which are manifestations of the same forces, therefore cannot be separated, they are interdependent elements.
Under this view, the mouth is related to the spleen, stomach, heart and kidney. Thus, for the proper functioning of these four bodies, you need the proper functioning of all organs.
Let us be clear that in TCM the Spleen receives functions of digestion. The organs of the body correspond to five physiological systems that can integrate and classify the sensory organs, body tissues, emotions, the holes. These organs are connected and communicate with the rest of the body thanks to the meridians and vessels. Moreover, the manifestations of certain areas of the body reflect this situation as a whole, such as language.
Thus, according to the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the lips are related to the spleen, are the "hole" from Spleen. The teeth are considered "an extension of the bones" and are under the influence of the Kidney. The Stomach Meridian distributed energy and blood through the gum, which is why the gum is related to the stomach. Tongue is considered as the "outbreak" of the Heart. For this reason, the health of the mouth depends on the health of the whole organism.
Chewing food aids to the Spleen / Pancreas to transform and transport nutrients and food essences, which is why the mouth has a functional relationship with the spleen and pancreas. When the energy of the spleen is normal, the taste is good and lips are pink and moist. If energy is not normal, spleen abnormalities may occur in taste, for example the presence of an abnormal taste in the mouth, pale and dry lips.
If there is heat in the Spleen and / or Pancreas, lips tend to be dry and sweet taste can be felt, if the energy of the Spleen / Pancreas is weak lips may appear pale.
A Chinese proverb says: "Spleen energy is related to the mouth, if the spleen is in good health, the mouth can feel the taste of the five cereals."
The normal state is bright red lips and relatively moist and shiny. The changes in color indicate disorders of the digestive system so the body in general.
Normal State: light red lips with good hydration.
The teeth are considered "an extension of the bones" and are under the influence of the Kidney. The Stomach meridian distributes energy and blood from the gums, which is why the teeth is related to the kidney, and gum with the stomach.
Another Chinese proverb says: "If the kidney is strong, strong teeth and hair will grow well ... if the Kidney energy decreases, the hair will fall off and weaken the teeth."
The observation of the gum is focused on changes in color.
Anomalies and their significance
The tongue is considered the "outbreak" of the Heart. The heart controls the color, shape and appearance of the tongue, more specifically at the tip of the tongue.
If the heart is normal, tongue will have a normal pale red. If the heart is hot, the tongue is dark red and dry. If there is too much heat, it can present red and painful ulcers. If the heart is tired and has poor blood, the tongue is pale and thin.
The state of the heart also affects speech and laughter. So an imbalance of the heart can cause an individual to talk incessantly, stutter or laugh inappropriately.
Observation of the tongue is a key element in the diagnosis of traditional Chinese medicine because it provides clearly visible tracks.
The observation of the tongue is based on four main points: the color, shape, fur and moisture.
Several areas of tongue reflect the status of the various internal organs.
Source: College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
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