White is the colour of metal element and in TCM refers to the lungs and colon.
A pale tongue could indicate problems in these two organs.
Dry tongue The naturopath says: Dryness of the tongue is often caused by swelling of the salivary glands - the fleshy bulgy sacs under the tongue where saliva is produced. Regulate stress by relaxation routines such as breathing or yoga.
Also, stimulate the flow of saliva and flush out the salivary ducts by drinking cider vinegar and lemon diluted in a glass of water.
Raised red spots The naturopath says: A strawberry-like patch on the tip of the tongue is often caused by hot drinks.
For example, the root of the tongue could indicate excess heat in the intestines.
The Chinese herbalist says: This could indicate blood stagnation, poor circulation or too much sugar in the body which makes you feel tired and cold.
This means you are probably eating too much cold food and not adding enough warm ingredients to your diet such as garlic, ginger and coriander.
The Chinese herbalist says: A dry furry tongue indicates excessive mucus in the body.
This is caused by too much dairy and sugar in the blood.