There are several benefits of tongue scraping to improve overall health. Benefits range from eliminating bad breath to boosting your immunity. You may have never heard of tongue scraping. I will share what it is, the type of tool you need, and the may benefits of tongue scraping with you.
I was unsure of tongue scraping at first but am so glad that I added it to my daily self-care practices. Just like dry-brushing my skin, I had no idea what it was at first but once I discovered it I can’t imagine not doing it!e
What is Tongue Scraping?
Tongue Scraping is an Ayurvedic self-care ritual.
In the Charaka Samhita, an early Ayurvedic text, it says that by cleaning the tongue, “(this) removes foul smell, tastelessness … and by taking out dirt coated on the tongue, teeth and mouth brings relish immediately.”
A tongue scraper is an oral hygiene device that is designed to clean the bacteria build-up, food debris, fungi, and dead cells from the surface of the tongue. The bacteria on fungi that grown on the tongue are related to many common oral care and general health problems.
Benefits of Tongue Scraping
Oral hygiene and fresh breath are important to most people. People often think that killing all bacteria in the mouth is a good thing but it isn’t. This bacteria is a necessary part of our natural flora that needs to be kept in balance. This bacteria helps to protect against other potential issues. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene without wrecking havoc on our natural flora.
These are many benefits of tongue scraping:
- Clears toxins & bacteria from the tongue
- Helps remove coating on the tongue that leads to bad breath
- Helps eliminate undigested food particles from the tongue
- Enhances the sense of taste
- Promotes overall oral & digestive health
- Gently stimulates the internal organs
- Increases your awareness of your state of health
How to Use a Tongue Scraper
I recommend using a tongue scraper every day. It is best to do this in the morning on an empty stomach.
Simply hold the two ends of the tongue scraper in both hands, extend your tongue, and place the tongue scraper on the surface of the tongue as far back as is comfortable. Gently pull the tongue scraper down the tongue. It will remove the unwanted coating on your tongue. Rinse the scraper and repeat. I do this around 7 times each morning.
Remember to be gentle so that you do not cause damage your tongue or taste buds!
What Kind of Tongue Scraper to Use
There are many types of tongue scrapers available. I use a copper tongue scraper.
The Charaka Samhita states that “tongue scrapers should be made of gold, silver, copper, tin and brass and should be non-sharp and curved, so as not to injure the tongue
Copper may be the best metal to be used for tongue scraping because the mouth is loaded with both good and not-so-good bacteria. Copper not only seems to be toxic to the bad bacteria, it also provides important enzymes that are needed for the healthy microbes in the mouth to survive. –lifespa.com
I purchase my tongue scrapers online here.
I hope that you enjoy the benefits of tongue scraping as much as I do!
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