Ayurvedic literature describes oil pulling as capable of both improving oral health and treating serious and systemic diseases, such as diabetes mellitus and asthma. According to Dr. F. Karach, M.D, oil pulling is a simple, completely harmless, and inexpensive therapy that heals headaches, bronchitis, tooth pain, thrombosis, eczema, ulcers and diseases of the stomach, intestines, heart, blood, kidney, liver, lungs and women’s organs. It heals diseases of nerves, paralysis, and encephalitis. It prevents the growth of malignant tumours, cuts and heals them.
Compared to other forms of detoxification it is relatively effortless. It doesn’t require dieting, fasting, or consuming unpleasant mixes of herbs and pills. And it is completely harmless. All you are doing is rinsing your mouth out with an oil–a food. You’re not even swallowing the oil. What can be more benign than that? Nearly anyone can do it, regardless of his/her level of health.
The oil is “worked” in the mouth by pushing, pulling, and drawing it through the teeth for a period of 15 to 20 minutes. It is done one to three times a day on an empty stomach. The best time is in the morning before eating breakfast, but it can be done before any meal. The used oil is discarded in the toilet and the mouth rinsed with water. The oil is never swallowed, because it is loaded with bacteria, toxins, pus, and mucous.
We recommend coconut oil. It is the most pleasant inside the mouth, and many suggest the most effective.
First thing in the morning, on an empty stomach and before drinking any liquids (including water), pour one tablespoon of coconut oil into your mouth. Children can also do this with less quantity of oil, provided they have control and practice not to swallow the oil.
Swish the oil around in your mouth without swallowing it. Move it around in your mouth and through your teeth, as if it was mouthwash (DON’T tilt your head back to gargle). You’ll find that the oil will start to get watery as your saliva mixes with it. Keep swishing. If your jaw muscles get sore while swishing, you’re putting too much into it. Relax your jaw muscles and use your tongue to help move the liquid around the inside of your mouth. When you do this correctly, you’ll feel comfortable.
There is no right way or wrong way to swish and pull oil. Don’t focus on doing it right. Do it with very natural movement. Do this gently, not vigorously, in a relaxed way for 15-20 minutes.
If you have the unbearable urge to swallow, or if it becomes too unpleasant, spit out and try again. It can be a bit unpleasant at first when you’re not used to it, but soon you will get used to it, like brushing your teeth.
When the oil has become saturated with the toxins it has pulled out, it may become whitish and a thinner, milky consistency, depending on the type of oil used. Each time you oil pull, it can take a different amount of time to get to that point, so 15-20 minutes is a rule of thumb. You can experiment with this.
As the end of the oil pulling session approaches, spit the oil out, then rinse the mouth with warm salt water. Salt water rinsing isn’t absolutely necessary, but is helpful as an antimicrobial, and to soothe any inflammation. It is also proven to be effective in rinsing out any toxins which may be left in the mouth.
The process works better in the early morning, but you can do this on an empty stomach at any time.
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