Ever Heard of Oil Pulling?

Written by on May 31, 2012 in Health - No comments | Print this page


Ever Heard of Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling may be an odd phrase for some. These odd phrases do come up from time to time and sometimes we  have no idea what they mean. Oil pulling? Is it anything like taffy pulling? But wait . . . how do you pull oil?

Oil pulling (or swishing) is actually a healing therapy of the ancient Ayurveda Indians. It was popularized in Russia in the early 1990s by Dr. F. Karach and many health-conscience individuals regularly practice it as part of an overall health program.

Yes, but what is it specifically? What does it do? How do you implement it?

The Nuts and Bolts of Oil Pulling

Oil pulling entails swishing specific edible oils in the mouth for a designated amount of time. Swishing activates certain enzymes in the body that draw toxins out of the blood. According to the African Journal of Microbiology Research, this procedure cleanses the mouth cavity and defends it against the bacteria associated with tooth decay. Other studies report that oil pulling helps with bleeding gum and teeth whitening. It also strengthens the gums and helps to secure loose teeth.

Although any edible oil can be used for oil pulling, oil pulling experts recommend organic, cold-pressed sunflower or sesame oils. These are high quality oils that do not contain chemical residues. After all, the idea is to remove toxins from the body not put more in.

Swishing the oil is just a matter of taking a tablespoon into the mouth and swishing it around for at least 15 to 20 minutes as if you were rinsing your mouth. The best time to do the pulling is first thing in the morning before you even brush your teeth. The oil will become thin and white when it is ready to be expelled from the mouth. Do not swallow the oil because it has become toxic at this point. After expulsion, cleanse the mouth thoroughly with warm salt water.

Benefits of Oil Pulling

Dr. Karach put great stock into oil pulling, hailing it as a preventative as well as a curative. It is a safe, effective therapy that only costs as much as a bottle of good quality, cold-pressed oil. In addition to correcting mouth disorders, Dr. Karach used oil pulling successfully to treat the following ailments:

  • Headaches
  • Bronchitis
  • Thrombosis
  • Blood diseases
  • Paralysis
  • Gastric ulcer
  • Intestinal disorders
  • Heart and kidney ailments
  • Arthosis
  • Nervous disorders
  • Female disorders

Although Dr. Karach had great results with oil pulling and many use it successfully every day, remember to consult with your primary physician if you have a chronic illness you wish to treat with this therapy. You can learn more about oil pulling from this interview with Dr. Bruce Fife.

Have you had experience with oil pulling? Feel free to share below.


About the Author

Loraine R. Dégraff

Loraine is a passionate health and wellness writer and is particularly interested in working with the body through diet and nutrition. She currently lives in Queens, NY with her husband and 5 children and would love to talk "health" with you. View all posts with Health Tips.