Our tongue is a map of our internal body. If reflects what is happening inside with your main organs and digestive tract. When you look at your tongue everyday, you can make better decisions to support an evolution and maintenance of your healthier digestive system, and the entire body.
Cleaning your tongue with a tongue scraper dates back to ancient times in Ayurveda, and this practice is now gaining more and more interest here in the West too.
Also – the sensory ability to taste is an incredibly important part of eating and staying healthy. The tongue wants to communicate to the body information about what’s being eaten, so your mind can then make an intelligent decision as to whether or not that is the best food for you. Also, after scraping all the coating (ama) from the surface of your tongue, you’ll discover that you can suddenly feel all sorts of nuances in the taste you couldn’t even dream of! It’s great to be able to really taste your food!
A tongue with a film or coating (which can range in color from clear to white, yellow, or green), has blocked taste buds. It can’t function to its fullest and decipher exactly what you’re putting into your mouth, leading to bad or unintelligent decisions.
How to Scrape Your Tongue:
Buy a metal tongue scrapper, like this one, from Amazon or at a local health food shop. It can be either copper or a stainless steel one, it’s entirely up to you.
Each morning as you get up, and just before you brush your teeth, look at your tongue. Notice the areas covered with coating. What’s going on? You can refer to the tongue chart below. Start noticing that what, when, and how you eat affects your digestion and is reflected on your tongue.
Then, holding the scrapper, place the scraper as far back on the tongue as comfortable. Relaxing the tongue so that your scraper contacts maximum surface area, gently yet firmly, scrape the entire surface from back to front.
Rinse the scraper well with hot water after each use.
Repeat this process 7 times, until your tongue looks clean, and pinkish or red in color. We tend to scrape minimum of seven times to ignite the agni (digestive fire) in each of our seven tissues.
And enjoy your next meal!
Chart from “Ayurveda, The Science of Healing” by Dr. Vasant Lad