Tongue cleaning, also known as tongue scraping, is an ancient Ayurvedic oral care remedy that rids the mouth of bacteria and build-up that contribute to poor oral ecology. Traditionally this practice is done with copper for its powerful antiseptic effects. Tongue cleaning eliminates the bacteria which causes bad breath, draws ama, or toxins, out of the body and improves digestion by stimulating the taste buds.
This daily ritual is best done first thing in the morning, prior to eating or drinking. Hold the tongue cleaner on either side. Extend the tongue out of the mouth and inspect for a coating. Place the tongue cleaner towards the back of the tongue and gently scrape the ama or film forward and out of the mouth. Wash the ama off of the tongue cleaner and repeat until the tongue is clean.