07.06.2015

Chinese medicine spots on tongue last

Movement Quickens the Blood and Scours the Vessels; permitting the free flow of blood and qi.
The tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body that prepares food for chewing and is the primary organ of taste. People who practice traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncturists use Chinese tongue diagnosis which is important tool in understanding better our bodies condition. Normal tongue – pink, no teeth marks or discolorations, with a clear coating that shows proper salivary secretion. A thin white layer, traces of teeth and a few red dots – this tongue suggests a lack of vital energy in the body so that causes fatigue, poor appetite and excessive sweating. A thin yellow layer in the middle which is surrounded by red colour  – this tongue refers to the appearance of problems with constipation, dehydration and skin diseases.
Greasy white coat, swollen edges of the tongue – this seems to refer to work of an unbalanced digestive system and the tendency of water accumulation in the body. A thin layer of white and red tip of the tongue – this situation reveals that the human body is exposed to constant stress, which causes an unstable emotional state.
Red tongue with yellow thick layer in the middle area – an indication of elevated body temperature, which indicates a possible urinary tract infection, skin problems. A thick layer of white in the middle area of ??pale tongue – a situation that suggests infection or inflammation associated with an autoimmune disease, lack of vitamins and minerals.
Cracks on the red surface of the tongue – refers to a fungal infection in the body that is accompanied by night sweats, insomnia, irritability.
Tongue whose surface is pale and without sediments – indicates reduced blood flow in the body, anemia that can cause dizziness, fatigue, and people of this kind of tongue are suffering from a lack of concentration and memory. Well, now we know what it takes to get me to write a new blog post: The gentlest threat of legal action I've ever received! I mean, compare and contrast the start of the Firepower debacle, or these guys, with this genteel and civilised missive.
I have enjoyed reading several of your blogs - you have a naturally cynical humour much the same as mine! I am the recently appointed Head of Digital for CT Healthcare Global, who owns Niagara Therapy, Equissage and Accell Therapy. The post on your site which was done back in 2012 is somewhat accurate and at the time, the company was finding flyer distribution a viable means of generating interest in their products. I am more than happy to assist you in posting accurate information about the company if you wish to do so or since you are in Australia free to come to the HQ for a tour so you can see first-hand what we do and what our medical devices do and how they have helped millions of people since 1949? One, I got a really impressive piece of junk mail from Niagara, except they didn't even admit what their name was on the junk-mail.
Three, Niagara have, as you say, been in business for an awfully long time, but have in that time found it difficult to take a moment to prove that their products actually are better than many far cheaper massage-y things.
I wrote about that evidence at the time, in some detail, and I must note once more that despite your stated concerns about "untruths" you have not actually mentioned anything in my 2012 post, or even in the comments, that is wrong - only that it doesn't reflect the state of Niagara's operation today.
In no particular order, I started my reading with "Influence of Cycloid Vibration Massage on Trunk Flexion". More importantly, however, and I'm afraid I'm going to be saying this rather a lot of times in this post, this study made no test of a simple vibrating massager versus a fancy "cycloid" one. And, in any case, even if cycloid massage was simply brilliant at increasing the trunk flexibility of healthy people, and even if it's better than a cheap massager, that doesn't prove anything about the claims being made to actually sell the Niagara products, which are not marketed to healthy people who'd like to be able to bend over slightly more.
Again, the people being tested were not sick - "Forty-two healthy young adult males", the same kind of university undergrads that show up in so many, many studies, for obvious reasons. OK, on we go to "Results of a large scale clinical trial of the Niagara Thermo Cyclopad®", which is a substantial document that does speak to one of the Niagara sales claims - treatment of lymphoedema. None of this should be taken to mean that I think the Thermo Cyclopad® report is slanted research-for-hire, but given the plethora of extremely implausible and indeed mutually contradictory devices that use as their evidence a great big "scientific study" that was never published and was written by unknowns, I think I'd be remiss not to mention these details. Aaaaaanyway, in the Thermo Cyclopad® study there is another odd-sort-of-control, that being 20 "normal" people who did not have lymphoedema, using the Niagara massager to "determine if the normal population could gain some benefit".
In this normal-participants section of the study, the massagey-thing reduced leg volume a bit, but only in the subjects' left legs.
I think you'll find that anybody who's done science and stats can tell you that a result like this is a classic indicator that you're measuring nothing. I think my favourite "evidence of absence" result in the normal-subjects tests is that apparently three weeks of massage-pad use reduced the subjects' heart rate by 6%.
Some basic health indicators - weight, BMI, that kind of thing - moved in healthy-looking directions in the "normal" cohort, but I'd venture that just knowing you're in a "medical study" of some kind may encourage you to walk a bit more and eat fewer burgers. Okay, who cares about that first part of the study, those people were already fine, it didn't hurt to buzz 'em about a bit and see if anything happened.
Well, there are plenty of graphs in the, deep breath, "secondary lymphoedema and primary lymphoedema or mixed primary and secondary lymphoedema participants" section. Not much actually happened to the lymphoedema subjects' leg volume during the treatment period, but the follow-up four weeks later showed a considerable leg-volume reduction, suggesting that some kind of structural improvement may have happened. Then there are the subjective quality-of-life reports, in which about half of the cohort reckoned the massage treatment helped them in one or more areas.
Overall, I'd say this whole 94-page study probably looks great all leather-bound and sitting on Niagara's "Clinical Evidence" shelf, but if you actually read it, it's severely underwhelming. And there are various other case reports and testimonials, and the conclusion that cycloid vibration "possesses that advantage of relative innocuousness, of simplicity of use, and of ready availability", but of course nothing about even more readily available cheap vibrating massagers.
It found the massager could cause muscle relaxation, which was probably not news even in 1961.
Refers to other studies already mentioned, puts a rather small sample of obstructive-lung-disease patients in a couple of different versions of buzzy chair, discovers that they breathe slower but deeper when being buzzed. One is all about whether it's safe to use electronic massagers when you've got a pacemaker.
The other literature review mentions some of the above, plus a few studies that aren't on the Medical Research page.
In the part at the beginning talking about how they searched for the papers and the things they excluded from the search, this literature review alerted me to the existence of something called "ejaculation therapy". Oh, and in a follow-up after a month with no Niagara-ing, this study found that limb volumes had returned to what they were, contradicting the big 2001 study mentioned above.
But in 2006, people with orthostatic hypotension - undesirable reduction of blood pressure when sitting quietly - had their problem suppressed by buzzing. Also on the Medical Research pages are three Register of Therapeutic Goods certificates proclaiming that Niagara products are legal to sell in Australia.
And then there's a pamphlet about THE CYCLOID VIBRATION PRINCIPLE, which makes various assertions about, for instance, the "superb results" Niagara's special vibrators have had in the treatment of edema.
Only the CYCLOID ET CETERA pamphlet, among these last five things, even loosely resembles "Medical Research". I have spent six hours reading through this stuff and writing this post, and I am confident in saying that it has absolutely one hundred per cent confirmed what I said before. Niagara's alarmingly expensive buzzy things may be good for this or that, but people who do studies of Cycloid Vibrational Thingummies, which as you so proudly say has been an area of study for sixty years now, mysteriously never, never, never test Niagara products against cheap alternatives. The secret pricing of Niagara products was, you'll recall, a big part of the reason why my previous post was less than entirely, well, sold on your ideas.
I didn't put the quote marks around that statement, though, they're there already on the Web page as I write this. Potential customers can, on the current site or your new one, not see what your products will actually cost them, but only request a quote.
Which I presume, as before, will be delivered by a Niagara employee earnestly seeking to make a sale.
And if the customer is advanced in years and limited in means, I am sure that Niagara, with its much-vaunted long commercial history, is entirely willing to patiently relieve said customer of the mere $AU780 per year which the minimum payment entails, until in due course Niagara is made entirely whole when the balance of the principal-plus-interest is paid by the customer's estate. Oh, by the way - are you still presenting potential customers, by the nature of the kind of relief you promise tending toward the old and dotty end of the skepticism spectrum, with anatomical diagrams where pain in the customer's anything will surely be eased by a Niagara product of unknown price-tag?
Are you still putting those diagrams on junk-mail and shooting outrageous amounts of said junk-mail all over the world? But no, Andy, I am not going to take down a post about what an organisation did in the past because it promises not to do those things in the future. Note the subtle change from a promise of FREE TREATMENT for your Arthritic Pain at the top of the page, to "you may be entitled to a FREE TREATMENT", boldface mine, in smaller print further down. These people may be 100% kosher, and their promise of some undisclosed kind of pain relief that may or may not be free may be given in entirely good faith.
Pain relief is the gold-standard undisputed champion of things that placebos, and woo-woo alt-med nonsense that is in truth actually just a placebo, can treat.
This doesn't, however, mean that anyone offering quote "free" unquote asterisk double-asterisk dagger double-dagger section-sign pain treatment to arthritis sufferers should be left alone to sell whatever it is they're selling.
If Grandad's sliding into senility but hasn't (yet) had control of his finances taken away, he will be disproportionately likely to hurl large portions of said finances at door-to-door fake home repairers, worthless investments, phone scammers pretending they're from Microsoft, and of course the world's extraordinarily large supply of cashier's-cheque overpayers and Nigerian princes.
And, of course, there are also many older people who are just desperate for something, anything, to stop everything from hurting all the time. Personally, the second I saw this flyer I was ready to bet money I had borrowed from Jimmy the Toecutter that this offer, whatever it was, was some sort of alt-med woo-woo BS.
When I searched for chunks of text from the flyer all I found was this Word document on a server belonging to the New Zealand Advertising Standards Authority. It would appear that you can pay 1600 New Zealand dollars (more than $US1300, as I write this) just for a handheld Niagara massager, and I don't know what the chairs cost but there's a used one on eBay Australia right now with bids starting at seven and a half thousand dollars. Niagara's Australian "key benefits" page quotes four alleged studies supporting the usefulness of their "Cycloid Vibration Therapy".
For some reason, the little list of studies on the Australian Niagara site doesn't include this 2002 study, which is the only abstract I could find in the whole of MEDLINE that actually refers to "cycloid vibration therapy", which is what Niagara call their great discovery.
That study's abstract says it found that cycloidal vibration along with compression bandaging helped the healing of venous leg ulceration. Well, Consumer NZ is unimpressed with them, straightforwardly calling their products "overpriced".
Ricability, a UK consumer-research charity, gives Niagara special attention in this PDF, titled "Sharp selling practices in the selling of assistive products to older people". And, interestingly, the UK Advertising Standards Authority did not uphold a complaint (in this PDF) about a "free trial" of Niagara products not lasting long enough. In Niagara's successful response to the complaint, they said that their free trial lasted "approximately 45 minutes". Maybe the Niagara gadgets all work great, and are more than worth their hefty, semi-secret price tags.
What this looks like to me, though, is an offer of "free treatment" from a company whose products are actually so astonishingly expensive that they'll only tell you what the things cost if you consent to talk to a trained salesperson.


Simply fold along the dotted vertical line marked First Fold, make the second fold, then tuck the third fold into the back of the second fold and post. A ported speaker with glass-fibre wadding inside (it's there to dampen internal resonances) will spit little bits of fibreglass out of its ports in normal use.
The most common form of asbestos is the white "serpentine" kind, which is magnesium silicate. Asbestos is so particularly nasty (and useful) because its fibres can be very, very fine, routinely below twenty micrometres (or microns) in diameter, and even down to small fractions of a micrometre, versus around 100 micrometres for a human hair. Fibreglass, also known as glass wool, is made in a similar way to fairy floss ("cotton candy", in the USA); extrusion of the molten material through tiny nozzles. This electron micrograph of dust from the wreckage of the World Trade Center (via the USGS) shows a thin glass fibre and a bundle of much thinner asbestos fibres. Glass fibres down in the single-digit-micron diameter range are a cancer risk, like asbestos, but glass fibre in general seems to be rather less carcinogenic than asbestos fibres of similar dimensions. Glass is also slightly soluble in water, and - it is theorised - fibres in the lungs can thus be slowly eliminated via blood or sputum. Realistically, even someone who stuffs fibreglass into speaker boxes for a living, without so much as a face mask, isn't at a huge risk of lung disease - cancer, or "just" an asbestosis-like condition. This fact caused a certain amount of panic among people who've applied talcum powder liberally to their baby, or discovered that standard children's wax crayons contained a small amount of talc, which in turn did or did not contain - depending on who you asked - a tiny amount of actual identifiable asbestos. In response to this, more than a decade ago the big-brand crayon formulations were changed to contain no talc. The asbestos-in-talcum-powder scare was more rational, because people unquestionably do inhale some talcum powder when they use the product in normal everyday ways. It's rational to take at least some care to prevent you or your baby from inhaling talcum powder, because, as discussed above, inhaling fine insoluble powders in general is a bad idea. The incidents are no laughing matter, as a swallowed button cell can generate sufficient current to burn a hole in a child's oesophagus, from the inside, without the child displaying any obvious symptoms. Is it just me, or is the claim that a mostly-depleted button cell can "burn a hole in a child's esophagus" via electrical current a complete and obvious impossibility? Whenever you find yourself wondering about some oddball medical news, you should proceed directly to PubMed. In meditation, the mind is stilled to reach a state of awareness or union with the Absolute.
Image-matter created by visualization arises in the imagination, existing yet not existing.
Uncover the causes of purple tongue (on tip, side, under tongue, or back of tongue) including purple spots on tongue or bumps, the purple under tongue veins and Chinese medicine interpretation of a tongue that is purple (deep or dark purple, blue purple, purple red or black purple). All of this is manifested in the mood so people with this kind of tongue usually change their moods quickly.
Such conditions cause pale complexion, pain in the spine and the feeling that often is close to panic.
If women have this kind of tongue diagnosis is often a sign of possible hormonal imbalances. As such I have been made aware recently of a number of subjective blog posts on numerous sites that in many cases start off innocently, but tend to attract commentary that is full of misinformation, untruths and borderline libellous information about the company. In the past twelve months however and more specifically when I took over in October, I have made sweeping reforms to the way that data is collected and the type of data that is presented in the marketplace. Having said that, being highly regulated by the TGA we are closely governed by the Australian Government in both our ISO manufacturing processes as well as our conscionable code of conduct. The form you have posted has not been accurate since 2013 and on that basis I was wondering if you wouldn't mind taking the thread down for no other reason than inciting subjective commentary based on outdated information? The gentleness of your language makes clear, I hope, that you know that actual legal threats would be ridiculous in this situation, if I have good faith, public interest and truth on my side. This seems to be because the prices are really, really high, and you don't want to scare off customers with a price tag before you can explain the many excellent qualities of your products which make them well worth the money.
There was again at least a partial control, because this was a crossover study - the control "treatment" was just sitting quietly in a chair, but every participant got the massage, and did the stretching exercises, and did the "control", just on different days. So far as I can see, the rest of the normal-participant results, all faithfully graphed, bear out this interpretation. Researchers try to control for this, but unless you keep all your study subjects locked up in a panopticon, you can never perfectly keep up with their behaviour.
The first of those graphs, of leg volume - the measurement that was so weird with the "normal" cohort - is pretty good. Overall they slope a teeny bit in a promising direction - blood pressure is the best of these, but blood pressure isn't what this study is supposed to be about; measure enough things and you're guaranteed to find something you can spin as news.
It starts with "No statistically significant results were obtained for this group", so I shortened my workday by zipping right on by to "Lipoedema participants", who were also bereft of statistically-significant results and thus saved me from poring over numerous further pages.
This might have been helped a weeny bit, but had a sample size of only five, so who can tell.
Not least because, yet again, they tested the expensive Niagara massager but not against a cheap one.
The researchers found the time to test four different kinds of "cyclo massage" to really nail down the certainty of this finding, but once again it somehow slipped their mind that they ought to try other kinds of massager as well. Unconscious cats and rabbits breathed ten to fifteen per cent more deeply when being buzzed.
A "preliminary report" from 1968, and this PDF is a really terrible facsimile of it, but the full text unfortunately doesn't seem to be online anywhere. There's also an ISO certificate verifying that whatever it is that Niagara does, they manage and document these activities to ISO 13485 standards. But never mind that supercilious feeling I get when I see a sign promoting "Fresh" fish or "Delicious" sandwiches, I'm sure you're sincere.
The classic example in alt-med arthritis treatment is Traditional Chinese Medicine arthritis pills, often called "black pearl" pills, which have on many occasions been found to simply contain plenty of normal non-Traditional-Chinese-Anything painkillers and anti-inflammatories. Poisonous, but otherwise placebo, anti-pain medicine may actually work better against pain than a sugar-pill placebo; if it's got obvious unpleasant side effects, then it must be powerful stuff! The perfect customer is someone who's losing their marbles but unaware of it - the dottier you become, the less qualified you are to detect your dottiness, and the more likely you are to conclude that you've made a solid deal when someone more compos mentis than you can see you're being thoroughly ripped off. So I searched for "Digitalpop", the name of the company on the postage-paid response thing, and "niagara". And even if this flyer by some quirk of fate doesn't have anything to do with Niagara, I think they're still a mob worth writing about. There's a "Niagara Platinum 6 Electric Massage Therapy Bed" on offer, too; a snip at $AU5000 Or Best Offer! I was surprised to discover that the second and the third studies on the list actually seem to exist and be published and everything. And the closest I could find for the first one was this study, which seems to have been done by the same guy quoted on the Niagara page and to be studying much the same thing quoted on the Niagara page, but which is singing the praises of "LPG Endermologie" rather than "Niagara Therapy". Except that doesn't seem to really be what it found at all, because there was no control group, just 21 patients getting their bandaged injuries buzzed. It seems clear to me that this "free trial" is the "free treatment" that my flyer is offering, if you send in the form. Maybe this flyer doesn't even have anything to do with Niagara, despite the many points of similarity.
They market these expensive products to elderly people, who may be more amenable to tricky sales techniques, or unaware of cheaper alternatives.
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I noticed you linked to the Wikipedia mesothelioma page when discussing polyester and glass fibre batts with the word "carcinogenic". The cancer risk from these is essentially nil, mainly because the amount of glass emitted is very small. Blue and brown "amphibole" asbestos are closer to window-glass, being complicated sodium, magnesium and iron silicate minerals. These ultra-fine fibres are too small to even see, and bits of them can float around in the air waiting to be inhaled. The nozzle size determines the thickness of the filaments, so glass fibres can quite easily be made down to single-digit-micron thickness. For macroscopic objects the water-solubility of glass is essentially zero; you can run water through a glass tube in a laboratory for years with no visible change, and you don't need to worry about rain wearing through your windows. Most people with asbestos-related lung disease don't have mesothelioma; they've got "asbestosis", a non-cancerous inflammatory disease which can, nonetheless, very effectively destroy your quality of life and in extreme cases kill you. Usually it's people like surfboard manufacturers or insulation installers who get sick, and then only if they don't use a respirator while they're sanding boards or stuffing insulation batts into unventilated roof or floor cavities. Even if you open the speakers up to replace a blown crossover or something, you're in no real danger. There's a difference between bulk industrial talc and the super-fine stuff used for talcum powder, though. But it's not electrical burning, it's chemical burning, specifically as a result of electrolysis of tissue fluids.
Improved mental outlook, better coronary circulation, higher immunity, lower incidence of pain have been shown. I remind you that defamation law in Australia was relatively recently changed to make truth alone a sufficient defence against a libel action. There is, however, some kind of control; some of the subjects just laid down quietly with no massage, which actually by itself seemed to slightly help trunk flexibility. It's never been published in a peer-reviewed journal, though, and its two primary authors aren't exactly monsters of academic publishing. Various things changed a little bit, some in a direction that'd be good if these subjects actually had lymphoedema, others in directions that wouldn't be.
And left and right legs changed in the same way, which was no doubt good news for the sanity of the researchers. It makes various claims about the benefits of "cyclotherapy" (which, by the way, is also a term for some kind of cancer treatment unassociated with Niagara), not the least of which is that it was reported to reduce "spasticity in a large percentage" of multiple sclerosis patients.
And maybe even do a blinded test where the people doing the massaging don't know that one thing they're using or lying on or sitting in is the Special Niagara Massager That We're Pretty Proud Of Don't You Know, and another is a Boring Vibrator That Probably Came From One Of Those "Sex Shops" And Is Probably All Sticky Eww.
Might be relevant for things like asthma and sleep apnoea, I suppose, except then they went on to try it on six humans and it didn't do anything - well, not anything good.
Far be it from me to suggest that perhaps their role is to pad out this online version of the abovementioned Clinical Evidence shelf. Honest!" flyer like this as I am, and just as sure that whatever it is, it probably won't actually be free, but they're willing to try it anyway, in pursuit of even a slim chance of making their life a little more worth living.


But that flyer actually named the provider of the alleged treatment - "Niagara Healthcare". They sell handheld massagers, chairs with motorized rubby things in the upholstery, and other such things, including adjustable chairs and beds that help the infirm to get up, and so on. That last site does have this Sale page proudly offering a ten-inch-thick queen-sized memory-foam mattress for a mere $US699, down from $US1499. If you want the price of a chair, for instance, then on the Aussie site you have to fill in this quote-request form.
There doesn't seem to be much in the way of replication of their results, and neither study is of pain relief, and although the Niagara page calls them "recent studies", they're actually 28 and 31 years old, respectively. A better study would have some patients bandaged without massage, some patients bandaged and vibrated the expensive Niagara way, and some patients bandaged and vibrated with the finest, cheapest electric massager the nearest sex shop had to offer.
A salesman "medically trained consultant" comes to your house and sets up a buzzy thing, you get to use it for a little while, then he tries to sell you a handheld massager that costs as much as 25 Hitachi Magic Wands, or a chair or bed that costs as much as a good used car. And Niagara's products may be more effective at relieving arthritis pain than far cheaper massage devices, but they present no evidence that this is the case, despite a proud claim of having been in business for more than sixty years. But even larger glass-fibre exposures are generally less dangerous than asbestos exposure, and there's some debate about why this is. All forms of asbestos are essentially silicate minerals too, but with different elements mixed in with the silicon and oxygen. This is why they tent whole buildings and put workers in moon-suits to do asbestos abatement; building materials that contain asbestos can be safe to be near, but as soon as you start busting those materials up, they can produce dangerous and invisible dust. As is the case for many other "whisker" materials, most of the desirable physical qualities of the fibres increase as the thickness drops. But the thinner the fibres, the greater will be the surface area of those fibres relative to their volume. Again, it's the super-fine fibres of asbestos that make it particularly nasty here, but you can get similar syndromes by inhaling various other particulate substances that get stuck in your lungs, like coal dust, and also little bits of fibreglass.
In any case, industrial-grade talc can be expected to contain some asbestos-like filaments. Embedding asbestos in wax strikes me as an excellent way of rendering the stuff harmless, even when kids stick crayons up their noses.
Major talcum-powder companies hotly protested that there was no asbestos in their talc at all. Even batteries that appear depleted, inasmuch as they can no longer power electrical devices, can inflict these injuries. And if a battery makes it to the stomach, the swallower is likely to be OK; it's only if it lodges in the oesophagus that big trouble is likely to result. Since many blogs continually pump fresh content they index very well on search engines and therein lies the issues. While you make reference to "misinformation" and "untruths", you seem to have neglected to actually name any such things I have written. Some of this is stuff I talked about in the last post, but because my only real function in the world is processing information and attending to the needs of five cats, I read everything again and will write anew about it here. And did they get any information relevant to Niagara's core pain-reduction and illness-treatment claims? A study that found that fluid injected into skin or muscle (not blood vessels) probably dissipated into the body faster when the body was buzzed!
Study observes that effects on respiration from vibration had been found in several other studies. I'm sure it is far, far better in many very convincing ways than the superficially strangely similar memory-foam mattresses you can get for three to four hundred dollars on eBay. But they're still well ahead of the usual "studies" that are supposed to support unconventional therapies. Collecting health information is necessary to ensure we provide you with an excellent service.
So even extremely slight solubility can, the theory goes, get rid of the fibres usefully quickly. Perhaps some asbestos could lodge in the digestive tract if they ate it, but I think the normal regeneration of the gut lining would carry it away.
Qi Gong, therefore, is a much more physical and arguably more powerful discipline than creative visualization. Sometimes, for any of the many reasons or causes we will look at, you might end up with a tongue that is purple.
Without such specific complaints, you seem to me to just be unhappy about people's expression of their opinions based on disclosed information.
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Unless you actually lit a crayon fire, I doubt any significant exposure was even theoretically possible. However, it is a less often tongue discoloration problem as compared to the more often white, yellow and black tongue. Does not wonder whether a massage chair from SkyMall or something wouldn't be just as relaxing.
Some of the common causes of this purple discoloration including purple patches on tongue are: 1. General blood circulation problem The first possible cause of a tongue that is purple is a blood circulation problem.
This could be as a result of many diseases and conditions including peripheral artery disease, blood clots, varicose vein, diabetes, obesity, Raynaud’s disease, among others.
You will have other symptoms such as numbness, pain, muscle cramps, stinging or throbbing limp pain as well as body tingling. Nutritional deficiencies Nutritional deficiencies is another common cause of a purple tongue especially riboflavin or vitamin B2 deficiency. However, this is not the common symptom of ariboflavinosis (a disease that results from riboflavin deficiency). When you have ariboflavinosis, you will have are likely to have other symptoms including those of stomatitis such as painful red tongue accompanied by sore throat, fissured lips (chapped lips), etc.
Furthermore, deficiencies in vitamin B12, and folic acid has also been associated with a reddish purple tongue. If your purple tongue discoloration is caused by nutritional deficiencies, ensure you include eggs, meat, fish, cheese, green leafy vegetables and yogurt which are rich in riboflavin in your diet.
Chronic bronchitis Going on with causes of a purple tongue, chronic bronchitis that affects oxygenated blood supply in the body can lead to tongue that is purple especially dark purple or dark blue. To know it is chronic bronchitis, you will expect other symptoms such as wheezing, breathlessness, “a persistent cough that brings up mucus (phlegm)” [nhs.uk] as well as frequent chest infections.
High cholesterol levels Most naturopathy often link the purple tongue problem with elevated cholesterol levels.
Injuries including tongue piercing Sustaining major injuries (including tongue biting) or tongue piercing can lead to a purplish tongue. Having a reddish purple colored tongue could be due to pellagra, sprue, Plummer-Vinson syndrome or pernicious anemia Prolonged use of some medications (such as antibiotics) or reactions to some diets or foods Eating foods such as beets, grapes, Kool-Aid, can make your tongue purple temporarily. Smoking can make your tongue and lips purple Prolonged tongue inflammation Purple tongue Chinese medicine According to Chinese medicine, having a tongue that is purple indicates you have excessive heat, depleted fluids (due to heat), cold condition or blood stagnation i.e. You need to ensure you have warm ingredients in your diet such as ginger, coriander or garlic.
Other deduction from Chinese medicine with regard to a tongue that is purple include: If you have a light purple, greenish purple, or bluish purple tongue body color, you are likely to have blood stagnation and coldness in the body. Blush purple stiff tongue shows you have an impeding or potential wind stroke These are not the only causes of a purple colored tongue. Baby purple tongue including infants and toddlers When a baby has purple tongue, (it could be dark purple, on the side, under the tongue or simply purple spots), you not need to worry since it can be as a result of tongue biting (and abrasion) especially during teething. Otherwise, the problem could indicate a congenital problem, oxygen depletion, infections, etc.
Purple spot on tongue and bumps Purple spot on tongue Instead of the whole tongue being purple, or having patches (i.e.
Purple tongue syndrome or disease When you have this disease, you will end up with a swollen tongue (that might block airways) that has large purple spots. Purple sore lesions or purple bruise on tongue Spots or bumps on tongue can be result from trauma from injuries such as tongue biting, after piercing or from some dental appliances. Furthermore, such lesions can be as a result of Kaposi’s sarcoma (a kind of cancer) or from, purpura or haemangiomas as well as other bacterial and viral infections. Other causes Other causes of the purple dots on the tongue including under your tongue include allergic reactions, colored foods, vitamins deficiencies, canker sores, stress, viral and bacterial infections among others. Purple under tongue, veins and spots under tongue Now, let us focus a little more on purple under tongue since it is a more common problem. If you have a purple under tongue including purple spots under tongue, bumps and purple veins beneath your tongue, they could be as a result of trauma or injuries, inflamed salivary glands, lack of vitamin B12, smoking, weak immunity (such as of HIV victims), infections (bacterial and viral infections), canker sores, cold sores, too much stress as well as changes in body hormones. Although many people often fear it could be oral cancer or salivary glands cancer when they have dark purple under tongue. The truth is that unless you have reddish, bluish or purple lump on tongue or ulcer that does not go away, and other cancer symptoms such as numbness in mouth that does not go away, persistent sore throat, tongue pain, difficulties in eating, etc.
However, if the cause is specific to a certain underlying disease or condition, ensure the underlying cause is also treated. Purple spots under tongue If you have purple spots under tongue ( they could be deep purple, black or dark purple) there are many possible causes which include terminal end of blood vessels (which is normal), some allergic reactions, blood clot, benign innocuous lesions, injuries, salivary glands problems, smoking, infections, among other causes already mentioned. I have purple veins under tongue is it normal Purple veins under my tongue Sometimes, the purple under tongue is due to purple veins. There is nothing wrong with you and it is normal to have them unless they are swollen or painful. When to see a doctor for diagnosis If your purplish tongue problem is related to circulation problem as in the case of chronic bronchitis or it is accompanied with some life threatening symptoms such as breathe shortness, numbness, fever, chills, tingling feeling, etc. Green Tongue Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis Next Red Spots on Tongue, Under, Back, Tip of Tongue Related Articles What Causes Orange Tongue, How is This Coating or Film Cured?



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