11 Natural Treatments for White Tongue

11 Natural Treatments for White Tongue

Hey guys, Dr. Josh Axe here. Welcome to Ancient Medicine Today. Today we will be talking about 11 Natural
Treatments for a White Tongue, and did you know that having a white coating on your tongue
could be indicative of a lot of health problems, from adrenal fatigue, to a microbiome problem
in your gut such as leaky gut, or even low energy levels called low Qi in the body in
Chinese medicine. There are all different types of factors that
can be causing a white tongue, so on today’s episode I’m going to be going over what causes
a white tongue and the natural remedies, herbs, the essential oils, and things that can help
you get rid of it and take control of your health. And by the way, help me spread the word right
now that food is medicine. Take a minute, punch that share button and
click that like button. Millions of people are suffering with conditions
related to a white tongue, and don’t know how to overcome this. Let’s first talk about what can cause a white
tongue. Number one, dehydration. If somebody is not hydrated, it can cause
them to have a white tongue. So of course getting more fluids and not just
water but electrolytes in the diet on a daily basis. Electrolytes are going to be potassium, sodium,
magnesium, calcium, and even chloride. These are electrolytes that keep the body
hydrated. So again, dehydration is a cause of white
tongue, so make sure you’re drinking plenty of fluids, especially warm fluids like warm
tea, and then vegetable juices can help with hydration. The next thing would be poor oral hygiene. Of course if somebody isn’t oil pulling, brushing
their teeth, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, actually green apples, and carrots, and celery,
those actually help with good oral hygiene as does brushing your teeth. And so again, poor oral hygiene can be causing
these issues as well. An illness or infection can cause a white
tongue. So if somebody gets very rundown, gets a cold,
or flu, or has another sort of disease that’s especially affecting the body’s immune system,
or spleen, or digestive system, this can happen as well. A dry mouth, again, oftentimes correlated
with dehydration, making sure you’re getting plenty of healthy, healthy liquids in your
diet is great as well. A few other causes is sugar, this is a big
one. When you start to get a white coating on your
tongue . . . by the way, there are different causes of white tongue. Either your tongue itself can be pale and
that can show that whiteness, or it can actually be a coating on your tongue and if it’s the
full tongue or back of the tongue, all of those are different conditions that we’ll
get into here in just a minute. But sugar, if there’s yeast in the body,
that can cause a white tongue. Especially if you’ve just eaten sugar and
go look at your tongue, oftentimes it’s more white right afterwards. Reaction to medications, you know, medications
can leach nutrients from your body and actually cause yeast overgrowth. In fact, birth control pills are one of the
top medications that have serious, serious side effects when it comes to causing major
yeast overgrowth in your body. Also having a candida infection in your body,
so candida, a type of candida yeast infection will absolutely cause that white coating on
your tongue. Smoking and tobacco use is another one. Over use of alcohol, that will typically not
cause that coating on your tongue. It will typically cause a paleness because
of all the stress it puts on the liver. Also worry and emotional stress, this is a
big one that will cause a white coating on your tongue. In fact, what will cause just as much of a
yeast or candida overgrowth as sugar consumption is a lot of stress and worry. In fact, that really wears down the spleen,
according to Chinese medicine, which can then cause yeast overgrowth, and congenital heart
disease. If somebody struggling with a heart disease,
that’s another factor. And let’s move right into one of my favorite
topics, and that’s Chinese medicine. When you get a coating on your tongue in Chinese
medicine or depending on the coating, it’s indicative of certain health problems. Let me give an example. If somebody has a coating, and by the way,
go and look at your tongue, stick out your tongue, “ah.” Look in the mirror, your bathroom mirror. If you have a coating on your tongue but it’s
mostly on the back of your tongue, that’s correlated with adrenal fatigue and low what’s
called kidney Qi but that means you have adrenal fatigue or you have kidney issues right there
if you have more of a coating on the back or the posterior part of your tongue according
to Chinese medicine. So you can self diagnose by simply looking
at your tongue in the mirror. Another thing that can be causing a white
coating on your tongue is a spleen deficiency. If you stick out your entire tongue and there’s
a coating on your entire tongue, that’s indicative of what’s called a spleen deficiency and that
typically means that your body, especially your blood cells, things aren’t sticking together. So your spleen is responsible for making things
stick together. Especially if you’re a person who has a
loose stool, loose bowel movements, not well-formed, having some basic digestive issues, and a
white coating on your tongue, that’s indicative of a spleen deficiency. One of the things that can cause spleen deficiencies
are worry and stress. Other things are consuming too much sugar
or refined grains. The other thing is consuming too many damp
food such as dairy products, or eggs, or wheat products, or bananas, or sugar, all of these
things cause dampness to accumulate in the body. So a spleen deficiency is typically just,
your body’s too damp which makes you susceptible to yeast and candida overgrowth in your body
which can show up on your tongue as a coating of a white tongue. Another thing here is a Qi deficiency, and
that is where your kidneys get very worn out in Chinese medicine. Now, the way you know that you have a Qi efficiency
is not if you have a coating on your tongue but if your tongue is pale. Your tongue should actually be a nice bright
pink color, okay, when you stick it out and look at it in the mirror. So if it’s pink it looks good. If it’s like a light pink or even becomes
like a pale, a very pale pink, that’s a warning sign that you have a Qi efficiency and that
your energy is depleted. And your kidney, in Chinese medicine, is responsible
for bringing up your energy, and here’s another way you know if somebody has low Qi. You know, sometimes they would say in Chinese
medicine that person has a glow about them or bright eyes. So if you have this energy, your eyes are
bright, you’re very, you feel really good like you just feel good, you know, you feel
good, you’re energetic. They would say in Chinese medicine that person
has high Qi, that person has really high energy fullness in their body. If somebody’s energy becomes low, their kidneys
aren’t working as strong, their lungs, their liver, these organs become deficient. People is tend to start to struggle with motivation,
say they feel lack . . . not as motivated and they feel energy depleted as the day goes
on. They start feeling, not really serious clinical
depression but oftentimes there’s a modest depression, they can get down some days. But there is just this overall lack of life,
and energy, and a glow about the person. If somebody has the lack of that, that’s low
Qi in Chinese medicine and typically that can also be correlated with a pale tongue,
so not a coating but a pale tongue there as well. And I’m going to talk about how to help
improve some of these things here as well, and a likely gut imbalance. If somebody has a white coating on their tongue,
typically they have too much bad bacteria and yeast in their system and they have a
lack of soil-based probiotics and good bacteria and probiotics in their system, which is affecting
their overall immune system. So this is how they would diagnose or deal
with some things in Chinese medicine. Now let’s talk about those remedies that help
the body overcome a white tongue. By the way, if you’re enjoying this live training,
take a minute right now, punch that share button, click that love button. Help me spread the word right now on how to
use food as medicine and overcome these chronic deficiencies that so many people are struggling
with today. Number one remedy, probiotics. We know probiotics help with a number of things,
but the number one thing, the right type of probiotics will do, probiotics will crowd
out the bad yeast and candida and support the growth or help replenish those good bacteria
in probiotics that your body is so deficient in. And so again, probiotics really help with
that microbiome imbalance in the body. Now, another thing that can also help a white
tongue is baking soda. Baking soda is very alkaline in nature and
so that can actually help. A lot of times when our bodies become too
acidic in terms of the foods we are eating on the regular basis, and if we have things
like reflex to where things are coming up, we want to dry things down. Baking soda can help with that. Coconut oil pulling, we know oil pulling. Coconut oil is very high in medium chain fatty
acids which are antimicrobial which help balance out the good and bad bacteria ratios in the
body. So oil pulling is where you’re going to put,
like take a tablespoon of coconut oil, swish it around in your mouth from between 5 minutes
and up to 20 minutes ideally. And a great time to do that when you’re in
the shower, you know, you put in a tablespoon of coconut oil, you shower and keep in your
mouth and then you spit it out in a paper towel and throw it away afterwards. That’s great time to do oil pulling there
as well. By the way, if you’ve ever done oil pulling,
I would love to hear from you right now here on Facebook Live or Youtube Live. Let us know if you’ve done oil pulling and
seeing benefits with that. Sea salt, now sea salt especially good types
of truffle salt that are found in things like the bed of the Pacific Ocean, they are very
high in not just sodium but they have good amounts of trace minerals as well. And actually a little bit of sea salt or minerals
is actually good to support the adrenals, so we talked about one of those conditions
causing a pale tongue or the white coating in the back of the tongue is a lack of electrolytes
or hydration, so sea salt with lots of water is actually very, very good. And again, you don’t want to do a lot of sea
salt but I’m talking about you know, a quarter of a teaspoon and water, drinking that down
very, very good at supporting the adrenal health there as well, just sprinkling some
on your food. Astragalus, this is the chief urban Chinese
medicine that is nourishing to the spleen, very good for dampness in the body, strengthen
these organs as well. So if you have that white coating on the full
of your tongue, you absolutely want to take astragalus up to six months at a time, very
beneficial for the body. They’re one of my favorite herbs, also act
as an adaptogenic herb, helping your body better deal with stress. Colloidal silver has antimicrobial benefits. This is especially good if you have a cold
or flu. Again, I know there are, some people that
worried about colloidal silver. It’s completely safe if you’re doing about
a teaspoon a day, or a teaspoon multiple times a day if you have an illness. But again, colloidal silver can be very beneficial
or just plain silver is good as well. Garlic, now garlic contains allicin, an antimicrobial
that is also an antivirus, anti-yeast, can kill off these bad bacteria in your system. So adding garlic to your diet on a daily basis
can prove beneficial when it comes to getting rid of that white tongue. Now probably the most powerful natural antibiotic
in the world today is oil of oregano via oregano oil. And oregano oil contains a compound called
carvacrol and even some level of thymol and both of these compounds in oregano oil kill
off bad bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungal, infections. So oregano oil, very powerful. Now, I don’t recommend taking a regular oil
more than 10 to 14 days in a row internally. So you can add oregano to your meals, to burger
meat, to chicken, add it just as a leaf to your meals on a regular basis. But if you’re going to go through a candida
cleanse, and really cleanse your body of bad bacteria. oftentimes people will do oregano oil about
one to three drops, three times a day with food for about 10 days as well as eating a
lot of probiotics during the day as well when you’re doing a candida cleanse like that. And Pau d’Arco tea, they actually believe
if somebody is stricken with candida and that’s the cause of their white tongue, Pau d’Arco
is the most powerful tea anyone can consume. I recommend one cup three times daily of Pau
d’Arco tea, and this is very cooling to the body and helps eliminate any type of fungal
or candida issue there as well. Bone broth, you know one of the things I did
for my patients in the past when they struggled with candida or white tongue, I would have
them do a bone broth cleanse where they drink bone broth, they drink Pau d’Arco tea and
then they consume loads of probiotics and they do that for three days in a row. Then after three days for breakfast and lunch
they drink bone broth all day along with Pau d’Arco tea and probiotics and for dinner
they’ll do a big salad meal, meat, lots of veggies, maybe a whole grain, that type of
thing. But that’s a perfect diet for getting rid
of the white tongue. And of course, good oral hygiene, brushing
your teeth, good for getting rid of a white tongue. But all of these things in combination, great
natural remedies for getting over white tongue. I want to highlight a few. I would say the best are probiotics, astragalus,
oil of oregano, Pau d’Arco, and bone broth, the most powerful natural remedies at getting
rid of a white tongue. So I hope you’ve enjoyed this live training. If you have been enjoyed it click the like
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in-depth articles for you to read on my website draxe.com as well. Thanks for watching, this is been me, Dr.
Josh Axe, with Ancient Medicine Today.

100 Replies to “11 Natural Treatments for White Tongue”

  1. Dear Dr Axe, I love your programs and watch them regularly. I have had such a bad digestive system since 2005 that I am under constant and regular treatments. I even visited CTM in Beijing. That's how extreme my condition is. I agree with the last four remedies you mentioned at the end to heal the white tongue , but about many things we have to be careful specially for many people like me who can be extremely allergic to most tropical fruits as they can increase heat inside your body based on Chinese medicine including coconut, papaya, banana, mango…….?

  2. i have done oil pulling with good results. i have aplastic anaemia. my doctors are concerned about virus , fungus and bacteria ..i refused the prescription antifungals and antibacterials and did oil pulling mornings and evenings.

  3. Hello, Dr. Josh Axe. I really thank you for all your videos. I have health issue please help me what should I need to do. My daughter and I have been struggling about my white and cracked tongue almost for two month. I have fissured tongue with pain but, my daughter has slight mid-line crack. I got sinus surgery 5 month ago and my daughter got sinus surgery 4month ago and after I had hard time to digest food.

  4. I get reflux does it cause white tongue on a vegan diet now 2months eat healthy exercise too heart OK blood pressure good back tongue white do not drink smoke have reflux some times taking papaya enzymes vitamins fruit veges no meat dairy

  5. take some of these things drink greens garlic I eat in all meals take oregano oil do pulling tongue still whitest back and pale in front

  6. I know what causes white tongue! Eating 8 toxic wastes at once! That's how I got it and I easily got it away just picked it off and the bit I didn't manage to get off just disappeared after a day the real reason I got it is cuz the toxic wastes made my taste buds spread out and dead skin cells and stuff get in between them

  7. why the clown make-up, lupus or too much sun ? did not use coconut as natural sun protector, doctor ?
    he seem to reply 0 times to questions
    making one video after the other in the hope someone will click on the ads ?
    marketing for new clients?

  8. Hi there i got a problem in april i started noticing that i had a white tongue at times it looks yellow and thick i brush my teeth everyday and have tried to use a tongue scraper but it goes away and comes back heres my diet of what i eat eggs dairy products i consume lots of sugar because if my body lacks sugar i start to feel dizzy and feels like i am going to faint i have a very weak immune system and have since birth where it takes my body along time to fight off any illness that is occurring what do u recommend

  9. Did coconut oil pulling 2 days ago and maybe I overdid it (5 times in 2 days) or maybe my system is severely overgrown with candida–idk–but I am having a major die off reaction. I suspect years of candida in my sinus and today I have a red rash all over my face as if it is coming out of my skin. I feel like I got hit by a truck. My joints are severely swollen and I feel like I am foggy–have a headache and am coming down with flu-like symptoms. Hoping this passes soon.

  10. Help I have white liquid coming out of my eyes and is very itchy, my tongue is super white, i have weird dust i scratch out of my ears, really really bad dandruff that never goes away and my throat gets an infection every once in awhile that lasted like a week. What is wrong with me!!!!!!!!HHHHEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. hi dr josh i recently have been experiencing white coating on the tongue i recently had to get medicine and i believe that the medicine that i was given it had that as a side effect i went to the doctor three times because this have been going on for 6 months almost the doctor said that i had fungal infection and was given medicine so i took that for 5 days and then i had to go back the second time and he gave me another medicine actually it was a oral rinse needless to say in september now i still have the same issue where half of the time stuff looks like it is getting stuck on the tongue i have tried tongue scraping i brush threee times a day i have the same issue it seems like no matter what i take at this point doesnt seem to be helping with the issue i did drink lots of sugar drinks during that time and gave it up for a month at this point in time should i avoid sugar altogether and dairy basically i will describe my tongue to u it looks like cheese on top well not exactly cheese but white on top of the tongue from the beginning of the tongue to the back of the tongue i am almost out of my mind because i just dont know what to be doing at this point i notice this more when i wake up in the morning and on top of that am now experiencing on and off cracks on the side of my mouth what should i be doing in a case like this i mean i dont think that fungal infection would last 6 months another doctor thought that by me telling him my symptoms that i had either celiac disease or gastrointestional problems

  12. Please anyone should tell me what to do. I have white tongue and my gums shipt too, it makes me feel shy. What will i use to get rid of it. Please someone should tell me thanks.

  13. Docter my tongue and chiks is so white after i remove my one teeth with in 2 days.
    Now i cant eting food.
    Please help me. What is the reson

    Sorry my english is not so good. I am from india

  14. I started doing oil pulling, after seeing one other of your videos. I had a white tongue and had a sensitive tooth and now I dont, since I started oil pulling. Can that be?

  15. so for 3 days straight just drink bone broth and pau darco tea + a salad to get rid of candida?

    Can I do this for long term?

  16. I do coconut oil pulling and it is wonderful. Helps with oral thrush . Baking soda and sea salt also work great for thrush. Apple cider vinegar 2 tbsp with water drank twice daily helps keep candida overgrowth at bay.

  17. Hi Dr Axe, how can I contact you I have been on a detoxing diet but so far no improvement. I wanted to get your opinion to see if I can change my diet and get better. THANK YOU!

  18. Thank you Dr. Axe and everyone's advice. I started pulling just yesterday and have noticed a difference already! I live in AZ and have severe allergies as well as super dry eyes. After pulling my mouth felt lubricated and my sinuses are feeling better!!

  19. I’m only 12 and for as long as I can remember I’ve had a white tongue. My teeth were pure yellow last year but I started brushing them everyday and using teeth whitener. My tongue is still white. (I brush my tongue aswell) I eat garlic a lot because I love the taste of it. I’m going to try sea salt later.

  20. Hello Dr. Josh! Would this be the same as Thrush on your tongue, as babies always get from the milk formula while drinking it without diluted it with plain water to drinking. As can you give me a natural remedy for Colic and Heat Rash of a newborn infant. 12/30/18
    *Thank You For Every Remedy/Recipe You Shared With Everyone To Keeping/Staying Healthy and Of Good Health! Happy New Year 2019! : )

  21. I have this right now Nystatin can't even be found because the pharmacies don't have it right now so I'm gonna give this a try.

  22. I have a bit of that from depression. It's bit better today so light now. I had much nerves stress, and when I had water finally it wasn't enough go replace what I lost. I had 1 bottle a day with apple cider vinegar and lots honey, so a combo of all this, my insides not well and oral hygiene not best, and tummy not well, cuz of all this for had bit bad milk so that created the tounge thing and tummy, not eating well at right times. This lady on YouTube said that it's nasty. She rather use organic wheat grass.

  23. I'm curious just getting over the flu – a bad case of it. I'm in my 70s. Don't remember seeing a white tongue before, but now I"m concerned because I have it as described by MySharon below. I will try the coconut oil solution.

  24. I do all the remedies, my tongue is still White. How do we optimize spleen Health? We always hear about the liver, but what about the spleen?

  25. Thank you for your channel. I love this presentation. It gave me so many real life and simple options. Definitely a follower

  26. I think I have a cold sore inside the roof of my mouth. I’ve been diagnosed with it before & have same symptoms. I woke up this morning with white tongue coating. I have been stressed and feeling run down lately. Anybody else with similar? I don’t know anybody who relates to this.

  27. Doc could you tell me what could be causing sore dry tongue an it's not vit b prob I can't taste or smell help needed thanks

  28. please make a video about dumpness of body and dump foods
    I need to know more about it
    My body is so dump and I have Candida

  29. I’m sorry, but you don’t know what your talking about. Let the Medical doctors handle it. I followed your advice a few times and had no improvement in anything mentioned.

  30. He listed every possible symmptom…..well it has to be one of those……….doctors are such morons…..

  31. When ever i put a like on ur video . My phone gets hacked . But i must admit u are the best dr indeed . Stay blessed

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