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Benefits of Tongue Scraping

Tongue Scrapping

Overnight, as the body processes what we digested that day, Ama (toxins) can form, first visible as a coating on the tongue. This coating appears as white/grey, brown, or yellow. Depending on the digestion imbalance and improper food combinations or choices, it can be light, medium, or heavy. The formation of small amounts of Ama is a normal part of the digestive process, but when not eliminated, it is believed to be the root cause of the disease.

According to Ayurveda, using a tongue scraper first thing in the morning is a simple way of removing toxicity (Ama) from your physiology. Its use improves the ability to taste foods, benefits the body's signaling molecules (phytonutrients) that contact the tongue's receptors and clears mind-opening communications with the body's organs.

Additionally, Keratin is a protective layer of cells on the tongue. Under normal circumstances, the amount of Keratin produced and released is balanced with a proper diet. When the diet is too soft, without appropriate fiber and roughage, keratin builds up. As it accumulates, it coats the taste buds, and bacteria or fungi can form, affecting oral health and microbes' balance in the digestive tract.

The Charaka Samhita (one of the oldest Ayurvedic medical books) states that tongue scrapers should be made of gold, silver, copper, or brass. But stainless steel is widely available and effective. Ideally, a tongue scraper is used on an empty stomach daily, early in the morning.


1. Hold the two ends of the tongue scraper in both hands.

2. Extend the tongue and place the tongue scraper on the back of the tongue.

3. Gently pull the tongue scraper forward, removing the unwanted coating.

4. Repeat seven times (cleanses the seven tissues of the body), then rinse off.

5. Drink 2 cups of warm water, informing the body it is time to go.

While using a tongue scraper may initially trigger the gag reflex for some, it becomes easier and more comfortable with practice. Remember, the key is to relax and exhale during use to avoid this discomfort. It's also crucial to be mindful of the pressure applied using gentle strokes.

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