|Purpose: What is Tongue Scraping?
Jihwa Prakshalana, or the Ayurvedic self-care ritual known as tongue scraping, is an an oral hygiene practice that removes bacteria, fungi, toxins, and dead cells from the surface of the tongue. When we sleep, our digestive system remains awake, removing toxins from our body by depositing them onto the surface of our tongue. If we don’t scrape away these toxins, they get reabsorbed by the body and can lead to respiratory difficulties, digestive problems, and a compromised immune system. Modern research shows that the posterior area of the dorsum of the tongue is often the location of the microbial activity associated with bad breath and the dental researchers have concluded that a tongue scraper is more effective at removing toxins and bacteria from the tongue than a toothbrush.