7 Health Benefits Of Tongue Scraping
Ayurvedic tongue scraping is the practice of removing toxins and bacteria from the tongue. The tongue scraper is one of the most powerful tools you can add to your daily wellness routine. The practice of tongue scraping originates from the science of Ayurveda, and is used for oral hygiene and stimulating digestion. Used very first thing in the morning before oil pulling or brushing your teeth, tongue scraping clears ama (toxin) accumulation and bacteria from the surface of the tongue, eliminates undigested food particles, and gently stimulates the internal organs and digestive system. Tongue scraping improves your sense of taste and heightens the taste buds, which helps you to become more receptive to your body’s response to cravings and intuitive with it’s nutritional needs. The tongue is the mirror to our internal health, and should be checked-in with daily so you can be aware of your current state of wellbeing. The dosha which is out of balance can be identified by the type of toxin coating, colour and location on the tongue.
what happens when i don’t tongue scrape?
When you don’t tongue scrape to remove the coating of toxins that has been expelled by your body, you swallow and reabsorb the bacteria and toxins the body was trying to remove straight back into your gastrointestinal tract. The reabsorption of toxins causes a weakened digestive fire, which causes imbalances in the mind and body ranging from acne, bloating, constipation, gas, headaches, mood swings, anxiety, depression, heart palpitations and more. Having a clean tongue allows your body, taste buds and digestion to work in balance. Digestion begins at the moment you taste your food, and when you have a clean tongue your body is able to detect the enzymes it needs to produce to start breaking down your food and the nutrients you need efficiently. If there is always a layer of accumulated toxins on the tongue, you are not going to be able to taste your food properly and are getting in the way of your bodies intuitive digestive process. Your taste buds are also able to detect the six rasas (tastes) from your meal, and is able to send signals if any tastes are missing so you can experience the full spectrum of health through nutrition and food. Having a daily routine is central to Ayurveda for grounding the nervous system and maintaining good health, and if you are going to add just one simple Ayurvedic wellness habit to your routine make it tongue scraping for the optimum health and detoxification benefits.
7 health BENEFITS of tongue scraping
Clears toxins (ama), bacteria and debris from the tongue
Removes the coating that leads to bad breath
Enhances sense of taste
Gently stimulates internal organs
Increases self-awareness about current state of health
Detoxifies the body
how to use a tongue scraper
Use first thing in the morning on a empty stomach, before brushing your teeth, oil pulling or drinking any fluids.
Hold the tongue scraper in both hands, extend the tongue and place the scraper on the surface of the tongue as far back as comfortable.
Gently pull the tongue scraper forward, removing the layer of white coating on the surface of the tongue. Repeat this 10 times.
Rinse out your mouth and notice how clean your mouth feels!
+ This should be a pleasant part of your routine, so be sure to be gentle when tongue scraping. Do not scrape so far back that you gag, and remember that strokes should be gentle and pain free.