Scalloped Tongue In Childrenaccording to TCM

What is Scalloped Tongue in Children?

Scalloped tongue in children, often referred to as indented or lotus flower tongue, is characterized by the edges of the tongue having a rippled or wavy appearance, marked by teeth imprints. This condition can arise from various factors, including habitual pressing of the tongue against teeth or underlying health conditions. In children, while it's typically not a cause for alarm, it can sometimes signal deeper health issues. The condition is easily identifiable by the unique scalloped or rippled patterns along the tongue's sides.

How does TCM view Scalloped Tongue in Children?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approaches a scalloped tongue in children as an indicator of internal imbalances, particularly concerning Heat and Yin Deficiency. In TCM, the tongue's appearance is a critical diagnostic element, reflecting internal organ health and the state of Qi (vital energy).

A scalloped tongue often points to excessive Heat in the body or a Deficiency in Yin, leading to a swollen, indented tongue. This condition may also suggest an imbalance of fluids and energies within the body. TCM practitioners use these tongue signs to gain insights into the child’s overall health and to identify specific internal disharmonies.

Acupoints for Scalloped Tongue In Children

In TCM, addressing a scalloped tongue in children often involves selecting specific acupoints that help to balance the body's Heat and Yin energies. For instance, the Haiquan EX-HN-11 acupoint, located below the tongue in the center of the frenulum, is considered effective. Stimulating Haiquan is thought to alleviate Heat, support fluid generation, and directly benefit the tongue.

This TCM approach is holistic, focusing not just on the visible symptom of a scalloped tongue but also on underlying issues related to Heat and Yin Deficiency, thereby promoting overall health and balance in the child’s body.

See more details below about Haiquan EX-HN-11, an acupoint used to address scalloped tongue in children.

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  • Extra Points: Head and Neck (EX-HN)