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Geographic Tongue

Posted by
Tad on July 08, 2002 at 15:57:48:

I have geographic tongue and have had it for over 15 years. Does anyone know if there is a homeopathic cure? I have heard of steroids and other ointments to help subside, but not cure. I am not interested in taking any "drugs" to cure it...it is not terribly painful unless I eat acidic foods. Any help is greatly appreciated! Many thanks!

Peace and Grace!



Re: Geographic Tongue

Posted by Nutmeg on July 08, 2002 at 19:59:55:

In Reply to: Geographic Tongue posted by Tad on July 08, 2002 at 15:57:48:

Hi Tad,

Here's a link I found a while back that might be educational for you. It has a tongue pictorial (not for the faint-hearted!) and talks about the health problems associated with each condition. I've only ever used the online quiz, so I can't comment on the other services provided by that website author.

Hope this helps a little until more sage advice comes along.

Nutmeg



Re: Geographic Tongue (Archive in LGS.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on July 09, 2002 at 09:11:06:

In Reply to: Geographic Tongue posted by Tad on July 08, 2002 at 15:57:48:

Tad,

This is how your intestinal lining looks througout! This is LGS and it will not clear until you deal with that. See the archives about LGS, bracing and SR.

Let us know what you learn and how you do.

Walt

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Re: Geographic Tongue

Posted by Chrissy on August 22, 2002 at 15:45:00:

In Reply to: Geographic Tongue posted by Tad on July 08, 2002 at 15:57:48:

I have geographic tongue and take L-Lysine, it works wonders for me. I just take a pill as soon as it starts to show after every meal until it goes away. The receptionist at my dentist's office told me about it, it works for her too.

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Re: Geographic Tongue

Posted by Al Stone on August 26, 2002 at 19:16:36:

In Reply to: Re: Geographic Tongue posted by Nutmeg on July 08, 2002 at 19:59:55:

Hiya, I'm the guy at beyondwellbeing.com who uses tongue diagnosis to help my IBS patients get some help.

Tongue diagnosis is of course, a traditional Chinese medicine diagnostic tool. I do have some basic info at my site about tongue diagnosis, just click on the "Why do you ask?" when you arrive at the tongue diagnosis page.

I'd like to simply offer a brief explaination of the geographic coating according to TCM. The tongue coating is said to be the "smoke" of digestion. It is not a bad thing. A thin white coating is considered normal. In fact, a complete lack of coating is its own problem.

However, the geographic coating specifically indicates a deficiency of "Stomach Yin" which is something along the lines of a lack of digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid, or some other chemical lack in the Stomach. Now, we can address this condition herbally with formulas that stimulate the production of these chemicals, but I've actually found that a capsule of hydrochloric acid taken after a meal will clear up this geographic coat rather quickly.

I'm not sure if this is going to address some of the other issues that "Stomach Yin Deficiency" might give rise to such as gnawing hunger, constipation, heartburn and so forth, but if your only concern is the appearance of the tongue, the HCL tablets worked pretty well for me.

be well.
-Al Stone, L.Ac.



Re: Geographic Tongue

Posted by BarbaraN on August 27, 2002 at 05:20:16:

In Reply to: Re: Geographic Tongue posted by Al Stone on August 26, 2002 at 19:16:36:

Haha what a site to wake up to!! Thanks for sharing! When I first when to a TCM practioner she said I had a moist tongue. Then after she did an acupuncture spot in my stomach area between my ribs, I ended up with a coated tongue. I prefer the moist tongue :-)~~

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Re: Geographic Tongue

Posted by Nutmeg on August 27, 2002 at 16:36:13:

In Reply to: Re: Geographic Tongue posted by Al Stone on August 26, 2002 at 19:16:36:

Thanks for posting, Al! Although I have very little knowledge or experience with traditional Chinese medicine, but what little I have read about seems rooted in basic common sense and truth. I hope to explore it further some day because I find it fascinating.

Thanks for providing your site and helpful information. Wishing you and your patients the best.

Nutmeg

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