AYURVEDIC ORAL HYGIENE: THE COPPER TONGUE CLEANER AND ITS BENEFITS
Ayurveda encourages establishing our dinacharya (a consistent Ayurvedic wellness daily routine) which is based on the cycles of nature. Tongue scraping is the top hygienic practice in dinacharya for all dosha types.
Ideally, one should wake up before sunrise. Prayers and meditation follow, then personal hygiene.
Jihwa Prakshalana or better known these days as tongue cleaning or scraping is an Ayurvedic practice that dates back to ancient times in India. Hygiene never gets old! This is why it is still practiced now for its multiple oral and holistic benefits!
Brushing our teeth isn’t enough to completely cleanse and maintain our oral hygiene, so we need to scrape our tongue after brushing our teeth. This will help us remove plaque/coats from the tongue.
- improves sense of taste
- better appearance of tongue
- removes bacteria
- improves overall health
- prevents/reduces bad breath
- Make tongue cleaning/scraping a daily routine.
- Ayurveda experts advise it to be done in the morning upon rising on an empty stomach.
- How to do it properly: Hold the two edges of your tongue cleaner in both hands, and place it on your tongue's surface - extend your tongue and start cleaning from the far back area as far as is comfortable. Then, gently pull the cleaner forward so that it removes the Ama (toxins) or any unwanted coating on the tongue.
- Do this Ayurvedic practice to start your day with a fresh breath + enhanced oral health and hygiene!
Through the lens of Ayurvedic practice, tongue scraping should be performed on a daily basis. Physically, this ancient wellness tradition helps to stimulate our internal organs through vital energy connections within our body. It also improves digestion by increasing our sense of taste, and promotes oral hygiene by removing “Ama” or toxins and plaque on our tongue which causes bacteria to build up in our oral cavity.
Mentally, it enhances clarity of the mind by reducing the toxins within us especially from the head. When the physical and emotional aspects of our wellness are balanced, it lets us expand our spiritual energy and even leads to a more spiritual awakening experience.
Similar to reflexology, the tongue is the mirror to all the organs of the body; it corresponds to our internal health. Its colors, textures, bumps, and coatings say so much about our overall health. This is why it is advised by most wellness experts to regularly get a good look at the tongue if you want to have a general understanding of your health which is a good way to incorporate in your dinacharya before performing your Jihwa Prakshalana or tongue scraping.
If you observe a thick coating on your tongue surface, be guided that those are the accumulated Ama. By noting this, it gives you the opportunity to become more self-aware and make new, healthier choices.
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ABOUT CLEANING YOUR TONGUE CLEANER: Copper is naturally anti-microbial. Washing your tongue cleaner in boiled water is enough to regularly keep it clean. Do it repeatedly for 3-5 times after every use. For extra protection, you may wipe with alcohol from time to time; although it's not necessary on a daily basis.
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Over centuries, the practice of Ayurvedic wellness has proven to result in a more rejuvenated body, mind and spirit, thus nurturing mindfulness and stronger immunity.
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