July 17, 2018
Got a fatty tongue with teeth marks?
EC, I always feel like I might bite my tongue by accident easily and the sides of my tongue feels rugged and uneven. Is there something wrong with my health?
CheckCheckCin: A healthy tongue is appropriately sized and moves easily representing sufficient qi and blood. If you tongue is fatty with teeth marks on the side, this could represent asthenic spleen and yang deficiency. The teeth marks occur due to fattened tongue edging up against your teeth. Those with asthenic spleen usually also experience fatigue and poor appetite. If you also have cold limbs, dull complexion, then that’s yang deficiency. As the health of your kidneys and spleen improve, size of your tongue will also adjust back to regular size.
Suggestion: have rice water daily and avoid cold/raw foods. Appropriately consume ingredients that strengthen the spleen such as sweet potato, Chinese yam, fox nut, and lotus seeds.
Congee to strengthen the spleen
Chinese medicine believes the spleen and stomach are closely related to your digestive functions so having more congee can nourish your stomach. Congee is mild in nature, and you can further strengthen the spleen if you add in Chinese yam and fox nuts.
Pearl barley congee with Chinese yam and fox nuts
Ingredients: half a fresh Chinese yam, 20g pearl barley, 10g fox nuts, ½ cup of white rice
1. Peel Chinese yam and dice up. Rinse white rice, pearl barley and fox nuts thoroughly.
2. Combine all ingredients with 1000ml of water and cook on high heat until boiling. Turn to low heat and simmer until you have congee texture. Be sure to watch the fire and add in water as needed. Add salt to taste.
Note: Chinese yam may cause skin irritation so handle with gloves.