Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic therapy which has recently undergone a surge in interest from the general public. Some people claim that not only does it whiten the teeth and protect the gums, but it also has the ability to detox the entire body and cure disease. Hailed as a magical cure-all by devotees, just how effective is this treatment, and does it live up to these sensational claims?
How to Practice Oil Pulling
Oil pulling involves swishing a tablespoon of oil around your teeth and gums for 15 to 20 minutes every morning. Experts on the subject say that the intention is to push, pull, and suck the oil through the teeth as you would dental floss to remove any bacteria and food debris. The most effective oils to use are sunflower or sesame oil, although many claim that coconut oil works better for them. After you’ve swished the oil through your mouth for the desired length of time in turns white, which indicates that it has absorbed bacteria and toxins from your mouth and gums. This is the time to spit it out and rinse your mouth thoroughly. It is also advisable to do this on an empty stomach, so most people will practice this in the morning.
Although oil pulling has been a part of Indian medicine for centuries, it was introduced to America by Dr F Karach MD, in 1992. Claiming that it had healed him of arthritis and a chronic blood disorder, Dr Karach spoke of how the process could cure virtually anything including heart disease, cancer, skin conditions, digestive discomfort, and even auto-immune disease. There are few studies on the effects of oil pulling, and it is impossible to say how much scientific exists to Dr Karach’s claims; however, a quick Google search reveals hundreds of personal testimonies, success stories and anecdotal evidence from people who claim to have healed all sorts of complaints through oil pulling.
Before attempting any kind of alternative treatment it is advisable to seek medical advice from a natural health practitioner. It is also important to be wary of the scam websites which try to sell books and courses about oil pulling, as there really is nothing more to the process than what is available for free. Even if the only benefits are whiter teeth, it is a lot cheaper and healthier than tooth whitening kits which often contain toxic ingredients.
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