The tongue is the entry way to the digestive system. In fact, it is the only part of the digestive tract that is easily accessible and observable. Most of us don’t generally think much about it, but there is much information that can be gained from examining the tongue. Each morning, soon after arising, get in the habit of inspecting your tongue. Does it have a
coating on it? This is ama, or incompletely digested food, and it can lead to problems if not removed. To remove it, use a tongue scraper, which are commonly available at health food stores, drug stores, and online (but don’t use a toothbrush; it can actually drive the toxins deeper into the tongue). Scrape from the back of the tongue to the front, applying a gentle but firm pressure. Scrape about 5 to 10 times, wash the tongue scraper, dry and store with your toothbrush.
Tongue cleaning has been a recommended practice in Ayurveda for over 5,000 years. Daily tongue scraping removes ama (toxins), freshens the breath, and improves agni (digestive fire). An extraordinarily simple practice which can have important, far-reaching effects upon your health!