What is Oil Pulling? How it Works and Its Various Health Benefits

Written by: Denice Arthurton

If you have never heard of oil pulling therapy, you are not alone – neither had I before I researched for this article. Oil pulling is said to have its roots in Ayurvedic practices, the ancient Indian folk medicine system. Advocates of oil pulling claim that by way of pulling disease invoking toxins from the body many conditions can be cured, including many potential fatal illnesses.

How Does Oil Pulling Work?

Oil pulling could otherwise be called mouth rinsing and is actually a very simple process.

It needs to be done on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning before having eaten or drunk any liquids.

Place one tablespoon of oil in the mouth and move it around the entire mouth as if you were using a mouth wash. This rinsing needs to be done for twenty minutes before spitting out the oil and further rinsing the mouth with warm water.

It is said that initially you will feel the oil thin as it mixes with saliva and then begin to thicken as it draws out toxins.

Oil pulling users claim that acute illnesses will be relieved in a few days but chronic illnesses may take up to a year to respond.

What is the Best Oil for Oil Pulling?

The best oil for oil pulling is said to be cold pressed Sesame oil or alternatively Sunflower oil, replacing these choices with refined oils if they can’t be obtained in cold pressed form. Other oils, such as Olive oil, tea tree oils can be used but are said to be less effective.

What is Oil Pulling Good For?

The following conditions are said to benefit from oil pulling –

  • Tooth pain and gum disease
  • Insomnia
  • Eczema
  • Diseases of the heart, lungs, kidney and liver
  • Menopause
  • Arthritis
  • Intestinal disorders
  • Bronchitis
  • Paralysis
  • Ulcers
  • High blood pressure
  • Prevention of malignant tumour growth
  • Encephalitis
  • Cancer

Does Oil Pulling Work?

The credit for the modern popularity of oil pulling is an Ukrainian doctor called Dr. F. Karach (sometimes written as Karsch) who brought it into the public’s eye in 1992.

I have been unable to find any medical evidence of the efficacy of oil pulling or any basis for claims of research having been done. The rather vague explanations of how oil pulling works and the vast variety of benefits does raise many questions. In addition I have been unable to find any further information on Dr Karach other than where his name is given in pro oil pulling literature.

However, as anybody knows who has tried highly effective natural remedies, scientific evidence is often absent in these areas which in itself doesn’t negate claims. Medical research is expensive and where alternative remedies are concerned the normal channels for funding are not forthcoming. As humans we feel we must completely understand how something works to believe that it does.

The claims for the benefits of oil pulling do appear fantastical but who knows. There are many, many alternative and natural remedies that were once upon a time debunked by the scientific communities but have since gained credibility as studies start to provide concrete evidence of efficacy.

There is no doubt that there are many advocates of oil pulling, many of them with nothing to gain and many of whom claim that oil pulling has eradicated acute and chronic diseases.

Oil pulling is absolutely harmless and without side effects so there can be no health reason for not trying it should you so wish.

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For many years of my life my major passions were all types of sport but particularly gymnastics. After finishing my own competitive career I became a coach, eventually converting an old industrial unit into a training facility to accommodate my 200 gymnasts. It was while coaching that I developed my interest in nutrition and how certain foods and herbs both fuel and heal the body. It was also during this time that I discovered surfing and became somewhat addicted even though I began in the handicapped position of some-one with a severe phobia of water. ...  visit author page.


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