How Each Dosha Benefits From Using An Ayurvedic Tongue Scraper
What is tongue scraping? Here’s everything you need to know about Ayurvedic tongue scraping and its benefits. As always with our Ayurvedic practices, our focus, intentions, and habits center around a set of tried and true tools that when combined, help us to reduce ama (toxins) and improve our overall well-being. If we continue to eat, sleep, breathe and go about our day incorrectly and imbalanced, will tongue scraping alone produce impressive results? Likely not. When we use it as part of a comprehensive yet manageable Ayurveda plan, it will benefit everyone who uses tongue scraping consistently.
Just as we sweep and clean the entryway of our home before guests arrive, we should clean our tongue daily. Removing ama on the tongue offers multitudes of beneficial effects for our overall health.
According to the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio–brush, floss, scrape! Indeed, studies suggest that “tongue scraping can remove bacteria and improve bad breath more than brushing.”
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What’s that white coating on my tongue?
If your tongue has a thick white coating on it, this is an indication of ama (toxins) in your body. The white coating is an indicator that ama or toxins are present.
“Yes, we want to clean the coating off the tongue and that supports good oral health, but more important is to recognize that ama on the tongue is showing us that ama is in the body. Think of of it this way–the tongue coating is the full trash bag that you take out to the bin every day, but it is not the end of the job. We need an effective, manageable plan to remove ama from the entire body and mind.” – Veena
Clean your tongue every morning with a tongue scraper to remove ama on the tongue and stimulates healthy digestion and elimination. Also, start your morning with a glass of hot water to help your body flush the toxins from your digestive system. To get to the root of the cause of the toxins, book your Wellness Consultation today and get going with your comprehensive Ayurveda plan.
In Ayurveda, we use tongue scraping to perform inner and outer cleansing or detox on a daily basis. Tongue scraping involves gently gliding a stainless steel or copper tongue scraper from the back of the tongue forward to remove the ama, toxins, basically, the gunk that has us say, “It must be aging” or “It’s ‘just’ stress”. Tongue scraping is a simple and effective way of detoxing every day.
Tongue Scraping Benefits
Tongue scraping supports our inner well-being and overall health. When you begin regular tongue scraping, you’ll see the benefits right away. When you look in the mirror upon rising, stick out your tongue, you’ll likely see a coating on it. Using a tongue scraper, you will slowly begin to remove that coating of ama. That’s pretty rewarding in and of itself. But how else do Vata, Pitta, and Kapha dosha benefit?
There is a map on the tongue that corresponds to key organs such as the lungs, heart, stomach, liver, spleen, GI tract, pancreas, etc. Using a tongue scraper, as part of an Ayurvedic daily routine, gently removes ama, or toxins, from the tongue while simultaneously massaging the internal organs. Tongue scraping directly supports overall health and healthy digestion, which begins in the mouth. Every dosha type benefits!
Keep in mind that ama on the tongue is not only indicating toxins in the oral cavity, it is also showing ama in various parts of the body. Tongue scraping removes ama on the tongue AND it helps remove ama from the whole of you.
Tongue Scraping Benefits
- In terms of oral health, people enjoy a fresh, clean, healthy mouth. Let’s face it, bad breath is a bit embarrassing.
- Tongue scraping removes bacteria, toxins, and dead cells from the oral cavity, which enhances the sense of taste. When the bacterial flora of the mouth is balanced, tongue scraping supports a healthy mouth.
- Tongue scraping also removes food debris which helps to keep bacteria at bay. It is bacteria that causes cavities, which also lead to other issues such as receding and bleeding gums.
- When the flora in the mouth is balanced, the mouth is fresh, and digestion benefits since what comes from the mouth flows downstream through the digestive tract.
- Tongue scraping provides a gentle massage of the internal organs.
With the practice of tongue scraping, our awareness of our overall health increases. How? Every morning we’ll notice our tongue, and by observing it, we’ll see what is happening on the tongue and what is happening on the inside of the body.
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