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Ayurveda Organ Locations on the Tongue

Updated: 3 days ago

Your tongue is a powerful and primary diagnostic tool in determining your state of health. . A non-invasive peek at your insides. Open up and let's look inside!

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Ayurveda Organ Locations on the Tongue


The tongue is a powerful and primary diagnostic tool in determining one's state of health. According to Ayurveda, when digestion is working well, it influences all aspects of one's health.

By observing the shape, color, cracks, coating, and more, assessments can be made about overall health. Looking at the corresponding organ locations on the tongue provides specific details. For example, a discoloration or change in texture on the tongue, may indicate a disorder in that corresponding organ.


If you’re like most people, you probably overlook the appearance of your tongue and think nothing of it. After all, western medicine largely ignores the tongue, but with Ayurveda's wisdom, insights into the insides can be gained.

Fortunately for you, from today onward you will never look at your tongue the same way. Instead, you will have a newfound appreciation for this incredible organ and the corresponding organs on it!

Using Ayurvedic tongue diagnosis, we can learn how to use the tongue as a resource to imbalances.


How Do I Know If I Have a Dosha Imbalance?

Peruse these comprehensive and convenient lists of signs and symptoms of dosha imbalances.


As we are all comprised of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, there can be an imbalance in any of the doshas, or a combination of dosha imbalances. Read all three lists and see if anything looks familiar.

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To learn more Ayurvedic tongue diagnosis, please read: What Your Tongue Says About Your Health (According to Ayurvedic Wisdom) See what your tongue is trying to tell you.



What is Ayurvedic Tongue Scraping?


Many of us are taught as children to brush our tongue. Nope! Stop and here's why. Picture the carpeting in your house. To clean it, one uses a vacuum to suck up the debris. The tongue's surface is not so different. The body works out to push up and out bacterial debris and toxins (ama)--we don't want to push it back into the body!


What we want to do, is to gently scrap the coating of gunk off.


Just as we sweep and clean the entryway of our home before guests arrive, we should clean our tongue daily. Removing ama on the tongue offers multitudes of beneficial effects for our overall health.


According to the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio--brush, floss, scrape! Indeed, studies suggest that "tongue scraping can remove bacteria and improve bad breath more than brushing."


Check us out in Everyday Health magazine.


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Clean your tongue every morning with a tongue scraper to remove ama and to gently stimulate all the internal organs. Also, start your morning with a glass of hot water to help your body flush the toxins from your digestive system.


Tongue Scraping is an Inner and Outer Ayurveda Cleanse

In Ayurveda, we use tongue scraping to perform inner and outer cleansing or detox on a daily basis. Tongue scraping involves gently gliding a stainless steel or copper tongue scraper from the back of the tongue forward to remove the ama, toxins, basically the gunk. Tongue scraping is a simple and effective way of detoxing every day.


How To Do Ayurvedic Tongue Scraping

  1. Scrape your tongue in the morning.

  2. Gently hold the tongue scraper between your fingers and thumb.

  3. Relax, breath.

  4. Gently, very gently, draw the tongue scraper from the back of the tongue forward.

  5. Go back only as far as it is comfortable.

  6. You'll see the ama coming off and building up on the tongue scraper. (Adios bacteria!)

  7. Rinse off your scraper and repeat until your tongue looks clean or at least cleaner. Don't overdo it and irritate the tongue.

To learn more about this Ayurvedic tongue scraping and its benefits, read Each Dosha Benefits from Using an Ayurvedic Tongue Scraper. Ayurveda Organ Locations on the Tongue may provide insights into your insides.


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