The science of Ayurveda sees the tongue as a reflection of the internal health of the body. Many practitioners use tongue diagnosis as a window to the fitness of the inner systems of the body. Various parts of the tongue correspond with the lungs, heart, liver, stomach, spleen, kidneys and intestines.
A tongue scraper gently sloughs off toxins on the tongue while stimulating and cleansing the associated organs at the same time. As we sleep, our tongue becomes coated in a slimy film(AMA) that is teeming with bacteria and toxins. Ayurveda claims that this film is a major cause of disease in the body. Toothbrushes and mouthwash aren’t nearly as efficient at clearing this toxin as the tongue scraper.
Along with cleansing disease causing bacteria, tongue scraping has a multitude of benefits such as:
- Removes bad breath and prevents halitosis
- Improves digestion by unblocking the saliva receptors on the tongue
- Improves sense of taste
- Supports a healthier relationship with food
- Boosts the immune system
Tongue scraping is an important daily practice for anyone living an Ayurvedic lifestyle. Once you try this practice, it will inevitably make its way into your daily routine and provide impressive benefits for your overall health!