Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic ritual introduced to the modern world in 1992 by Dr. F. Karach, MD claiming that oil pulling can help detoxify, and produce great oral health. I have come across this remedy several times over the years when reading my health and wellness books and researching online. I know that oil pulling has been put into play with people healing disease naturally with programs such as Gerson Therapy.
I started to practice this ritual in April of this year and have been doing it faithfully every morning since then. I started out using coconut oil and have since switched to sesame oil. My most recent trip to the dentist has made me more confident that there is merit to this practice. The dentist checked my teeth and gums and said that they were really healthy. On previous trips to the dentist I was told I had deep pockets and the early signs of receding gums. Not this time…and that is only six months of daily oil pulling. So I will continue.
Now what is it….you may be asking. It is the process of swishing about 1 tablespoon of edible oil around your mouth first thing in the morning and then spitting it out before brushing. You swish this oil around for at least 10 minutes but even better for 20 minutes. Many people from many cultures do oil pulling and according to writings about this, there isn’t any condition that oil pulling won’t help…even if just a little.
I’m sure you’ve heard the theory that all disease starts in the mouth. This statement is true and has been proven by many researchers. A study was done in 2008 by the Indian Society of Periodontics and Preventive Dentistry to test oil pullings ability to remove Streptococcus mutans which is the bacterium that promotes tooth decay. I won’t go into the details of the study but the results showed that the bacteria was reduced in the study patients. The study proved that oil pulling with Sesame oil can be used as a preventative therapy at home to maintain good oral hygiene. Similar studies have been done since then and continually prove the validity of this ritual.
Oil pulling is also effective at killing organisms related to bad breath (halitosis)..
The oral benefits are: overall strengthening of the teeth and gums, prevention of gingivitis and cavities, help for bad breath, prevention of dry mouth, good exercise for the jaw and possible treatment for TMJ.
Beyond the mouth benefits, oil pulling is believed to support good lymphatic action.
Other possible health benefits include:
– Migraine headache relief
– Inflammation reduction in arthritis
– Reduced insomnia
– Reduced hangover symptoms from too much alcohol consumption
– Correcting hormone balance
– Supports kidney function
– Reduces sinus congestion
– Pain reduction
– Detoxification of heavy metals
– Reduction of eczema
– Better complexion
– Brighter teeth
Wow….all that. It is worth the effort. I will continue this little morning ritual. It is working for me according to my dentist.