Lips, mouth, and teeth

Our lips, mouth, and teeth are not just organs and physical elements of our body but a comprehensive system that influences not only our physical health but also the energetic balance of the organism. It is here, in the oral cavity, that not only the process of digestion begins but also where we establish contact with various energetic areas.

In the yogic approach, the lips are understood as an energetic gateway through which energy flows between the external and internal worlds. Lips collaborate with the third, fifth, and sixth chakras: Manipura, Ajna, and Vishudi, responsible for functions such as speech, communication, and intuition. Additionally, the tongue plays a crucial role in mechanical digestion, guided by Manipura. Yogic exercises, such as Simhasana or Khechari Mudra, utilize the tongue to direct Manipura’s energy into various areas of life. In yoga practices, special breathing techniques engage the lips, associated with the fifth and sixth chakras. Lips are also connected to the Vyoma chakra, also known as the space chakra. This center, where our words and sounds influence the energetic space around us, affects the people surrounding us. Vyoma opens us to transcendental aspects of life, enabling spiritual development in diverse ways. Developing awareness of this chakra contributes to harmony and understanding the impact of our individual expressions on the entire community.

In Chinese medicine, the oral cavity serves as an indicator of health. Observing the color, moisture, and structure of the tongue provides information about the internal organs’ condition. Lips are also perceived as a place where Qi and blood energy are visible. Ayurveda emphasizes that the lips serve as a gateway to the body. Oral hygiene is crucial, and changes in the color, moisture, and structure of the tongue can provide information about the body’s health.

Language: Key to Energetic Harmony

Yoga: Language, associated with Manipura, plays a crucial role in mechanical digestion. Yogic exercises direct the energy of this chakra, guiding it into various areas of life. For example, in the Simhasana (Lion) pose, practitioners extend the tongue maximally, combining the practice with visibility, ego, and voluntary skills. In yoga practices, special breathing techniques involve the lips, associated with the fifth and sixth chakras, responsible for communication and intuition.

Language in Chinese medicine is an important health indicator. Its color, moisture, and structure provide information about internal organs and overall Qi balance. The tongue is a significant diagnostic tool in Ayurveda. Observing its color and structure allows recognition of toxin accumulation or irregularities in the body. The tongue’s color can provide valuable information about the state of the digestive system. Pay attention to any digestive disorders, such as bloating or a feeling of heaviness.

White or Yellow Coating: Indicates the accumulation of toxins called “Ama.” It may result from an unhealthy diet, improper eating habits, or digestive issues. An excess of Kapha dosha may manifest as a white, slimy coating on the tongue.

Red Tongue: May indicate an excess of heat in the body, associated with an excessive amount of Pitta dosha, especially if accompanied by other symptoms of heat excess, such as heartburn or skin irritation.

Dark or Purple Tongue: This color may be associated with circulation problems and improper blood flow.

Detoxification: Dosha Balance: Maintaining dosha balance is crucial for overall health, and observing the tongue’s color can help identify potential imbalances.

Teeth: Reflection of Roots and Stability

Teeth, associated with the root chakra, symbolize stability and convey information from ancestors. Maintaining dental health influences balance in the Manipura and root chakra areas.

In Chinese medicine, teeth are linked to the energy meridians that conduct Qi (life energy) throughout the body. Problems with teeth may indicate energetic blockages in the corresponding meridians, affecting functions associated with that meridian. Dental issues such as cavities or gum inflammation may signal energetic imbalances that need to be addressed. Dry gums and teeth may indicate an excess of Vata dosha, while problems with gum inflammation may be associated with an excess of Pitta dosha. Both yoga and Ayurveda, as well as Chinese medicine, recommend oil pulling for maintaining oral health.

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