How Tongue Scraping Can Fight Off Acne, Bad Breath, and More

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For many, the tongue is an essential organ, enabling the daily processes of eating, taste, and speech. However, this important body part is also a site of toxin buildup—and without proper oral care, these toxins can lead to problems like acne, digestive issues, halitosis, and other bodily imbalances. 

Fortunately, these potential issues can often be combatted by employing good oral hygiene practices. But besides the basics of brushing and flossing, you can take your oral health one step further—through the practice of tongue scraping, or jihwa prakshalana

What is tongue scraping, and why is it important? 

In Ayurvedic tradition, tongue scraping is an extremely simple practice that has a major impact on our health: it removes the impurities on the tongue that might otherwise compound into more serious health problems. As we sleep, a combination of food, bacteria, fungi, and other toxins accumulate on our tongues. Without proper care, these impurities—or ama—can be reabsorbed into the body, leading to problems as varying as digestive issues, acne, or bad breath. Through tongue scraping, the negative effects of accumulation can be countered and prevented—as one study shows, this Ayurvedic practice improves bad breath and eliminates harmful coatings on the tongue. 

How to use a tongue scraper: 

Fortunately, a high-quality tongue scraper is an easy and accessible purchase. Our own Pure Palate Tongue Scraper is made of copper, which has antimicrobial and detoxifying characteristics. To use a tongue scraper, gently run the scraper across your tongue from back to front in the morning. Rinse off the scraper and repeat several times. When finished, you can wash the scraper with warm water and soap and store it in a dry place. Simple, right? What’s more, it only takes a minute of your day—a minute that can go a long way toward your health and well-being. 

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