Thursday, February 19, 2015

Oil Pulling: A simple Healing Technique For Good Health

 Oil Pulling is a age old Ayurveda process, it works on the root cause and helps body in its healing process, hence takes some amount of time in giving you the desired results. The time it takes depends on an individual. Hence please don't expect a miracle overnight.
I was introduced to this technique  more than 20 years ago. Two elderly people had been  invited to give a lecture on this technique.  They seemed to be very healthy and fit for their age. They had been practicing it for many years, and apparently the man had been cured of some extra lump like growth on his back, he was free from cough, cold, age related problems and so on. The other person, that  is his wife too had experienced a lot of positive results through regular Oil Pulling. 
They both had healthy teeth, no gum problems, no bad breath, and practically no dental problem at all.
They went on to explain the technique in detail. We were all  awestruck  listening to the lecture.
Now how it works: 
It all started  with Dr. F. Karach, M.D., who is responsible in bringing it to the notice of the whole western world. He presented a paper before the All-Ukrainian Association. The meeting was attended by oncologists and bacteriologists belonging to the Academy of Science of the USSR.
 Dr. Karach explained an unusual simple healing process using cold-pressed oils.
Ah! our age old Ayurveda and its different secrets to good health was, now known to the whole world.
The results of this therapy invoked astonishment and doubt concerning the contents of his report. However, after further examining the workings of the oil pulling therapy, one has but to then test it on oneself to prove its validity and effectiveness. It is most astonishing that such results can be achieved with this absolutely harmless biological healing method. This simple method makes it possible to effectively treat the most varied diseases, in some cases enabling one to avoid surgical intervention and the taking of medications that can have harmful side effects.

It consists of swishing or pulling cold-pressed oil in the mouth (Sunflower or Sesame, please note you don't have to go for organic oils only, a normal refined sunflower oil bought from any supermarket has been found to be effective in many people). The healing process is accomplished by the human organism on its own. In this way it is possible to heal cells, tissue and all organs simultaneously, the body itself gets rid of toxic waste without disturbing the healthy microflora. Isn't it interesting?

Now for the method:
In the morning, before breakfast on an empty stomach you take one tablespoon of oil(sesame, sunflower or coconut oil) in the mouth but do not swallow it. Move Oil slowly in the mouth as rinsing or swishing for fifteen to twenty minutes. This process mixes the oil thoroughly with saliva. Swishing activates the enzymes and the enzymes draw toxins out of the blood. The oil must not be swallowed, for it has become toxic. As the process continues, the oil gets thinner and white. If the oil is still yellow, it has not been pulled long enough.
After 15- 20 minutes, the oil that has become very watery and milky white is spit from the mouth , the oral cavity must be thoroughly rinsed and mouth must be washed thoroughly with ordinary salt and warm water. ( now don't say where to go for hot water and salt, you only have to switch the heater on and keep a bottle of table salt in your bathroom).

Doing it first thing in the morning ensures that you have got rid of the toxins lingering in our mouth.
In the beginning it would definitely be tough to keep the oil in the mouth  and swish, but you will notice that within minutes or so it becomes easier to swish the oil, and by the time it is 10 - 15 minutes it becomes much more easier, as the  oil becomes very watery, do it for another 5  minutes and then you are done for the day, As you spit out the oil you would see it has turned into a white watery milky solution.

 Where to spit:
Obviously  you don't want a clogged sink or a clogged toilet, so the best way to do it is to spit it into some waste plastic bags (like empty bread bags, or empty, grocery bags, which you would  otherwise throw). Close the bag with a small rubber band and dispose it  along with other plastic garbage.

How many times in a day you can do: 
That depends on you. For a beginner doing it once, first thing in the morning is good enough.
As you become comfortable with this therapy, you can do it 3 times a day, but always on an empty stomach.
There should be minimum of 4 hours gap  after  BF and before any other meal.
Just before having lunch you can do it again, and after 4 hours, before having dinner  you can do it for the last time.
There are no hard and fast rules, if you can only do it once, it is fine, if you have the time to do it once again either before lunch or before dinner that too  is fine. But doing it first thing  in the morning is most beneficial and also easy to remember. Other times it depends on you. Some people do it twice a day and some people manage to do thrice a day. Doing it more than one time, only accelerates the healing process. People have found relief within 2 - 3 days itself, however, you have to be consistent  in your practice to see results in  other chronic problems. Surely you would find a great amount of relief in all your major / minor physical problems.

What oil to be used:
Sunflower, Coconut, and Sesame oil have been found to be equally effective in curing diseases. Do not blame oil pulling by practising with other oils. You can also interchange the use of these oils, or stick to any one oil of your choice.
Personally, I use both coconut and sesame oil (of course separately), somehow I never liked swishing  with sunflower oil.

By means of this Oil Pulling treatment, diseases like migraine headaches, bronchitis, diseased teeth, arterio thrombosis, chronic blood disorders such as leukemia, arthritis and related illnesses, neuro physiological paralysis, eczema, gastro enteritis, peritonitis, heart disease, kidney disease, meningitis, and women’s hormonal disorders are completely eliminated from the organism. You will depend less and less on medicines and surgeries. This is not some joke, it is very effective.
In terminal diseases such as cancer, Aids and chronic infections this treatment method has been shown to successfully replace all others. It is simple, cheap, the tools are there in our kitchen shelf, and is absolutely beneficial for our over all health. That is the beauty of Ayurveda, simple and effective.
People may say that there is not enough proof, but to get the proof do it
, and see for yourself the proof.
The oil acts like a cleanser. When you put it in your mouth and work it around your teeth and gums it “pulls” out bacteria and other debris. It acts much like the oil you put in your car engine. The oil picks up dirt and grime. When you drain the oil, it pulls out the dirt and grime with it, leaving the engine relatively clean. Consequently, the engine runs smoother and lasts longer. Likewise, when we expel harmful substances from our bodies our health is improved and we run smoother and last longer.

                                                                     Whiter teeth (My teeth)
Our mouths are the home to billions of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other parasites and their toxins. Candida and Streptococcus are common residents in our mouths. It is these types of germs and their toxic waste products that cause gum disease and tooth decay and contribute to many other health problems including arthritis and heart disease. Our immune system is constantly fighting these troublemakers. If our immune system becomes overloaded or burdened by excessive stress, poor diet, environmental toxins and such, these organisms can spread throughout the body causing secondary infections and chronic inflammation, leading to any number of health problems.

Another advantage of doing oil pulling two to three times a day  is that, you would become conscious of what you eat, and how many times you munch some junk food, for you have to have the gap between food and oil  pulling sessions. So no more eating at odd times, and the result is weight loss automatically. 
It gives you a glowing skin, white shiny teeth, healthy gums, no plaque, no loosening of teeth, good thick hair etc.  And think of the exercise your jaw gets everyday, even if you do just once a day, no more double chin .
How cool can it be?
Of course you can drink water, your daily quota of minimum 2- 3 liters, healthy juices. (no Cola or Soda).

Unlike other methods of detoxification that last for only a short time, oil pulling should become a regular part of your daily schedule, like brushing your teeth.
It doesn’t require dieting, fasting, or consuming unpleasant, and often bowel loosening, mixes of herbs and pills. And it is completely harmless. All you are doing is rinsing your mouth out with vegetable oil: a food.

What do I do while I am swishing oil in my mouth:
Well, you can go about doing all the things that you normally do, like make the bed while  you swishing, work on your computer, read the news paper, you will find 20 minutes just flying away. 
If you have health issues, don’t let the simplicity of oil pulling deter you from trying it. Sometimes the simplest procedures produce the greatest results.

For more information google it.

So are you willing to give Oil pulling a try?


  1. Wow! That's one unique technique i have read, and it seems really worth a try!

  2. This seems a very effective and simple way to heal.Thanks for the informative post.

    1. Thanks,I am glad you found it very. Please do give it a try.

  3. I am going ot use that and do it myself and see how it goes .. so much info mam

    thank you.


    1. Good Bikram, I will be looking forward to your own experience with oil pulling.

  4. It is truly astonishing that something so simple is so effective!

    1. Yes sit is indeed very simple and also effective. Thanks John.

  5. When Idayam nallennai started campaigning for 'oil pulling' many years back, we started doing it. I think we did it for a long time and then laziness took over. I know that this is good for health. I have to start it again, now, after reading your informative post, Rama!

    1. Idayam, came with this idea quite late, they must have come across such a news , and thought of a unique way to sell their Sesame seed oil, that too in individual right size sachet.
      Do start this Sandhya, it really worth the effort.

  6. Great information, you never leave any stone unturned to keep inspiring me for a healthier me!

    1. Thanks you padmaja, I really feel you should give a try. Sometimes it aggravates the existing problem, but that should not deter you, as that is the sign that the body is healing itself.

  7. Thanks for this post. I have heard about this before. But I thought it is only for clean teeth and mouth. I did not know it has much more medicinal value. Thanks Rama.

    1. Thanks SG, now that you know, it can almost heal everything , you should give it a try and share your experience with all of us.

  8. An informative post! I have heard about oil pulling and practiced it for two days some years back but in the early morning melee completely forgot this. There was an article on oil pulling & it came as a complimentary booklet and was used for promotion of Idhayam nallenaii. (gingelly oil)

  9. Yes, Idayam people hit upon this idea pretty late, but as soon as they knew the uses of the oil, they started to market it, but i don't think it has really helped . Now a days you don't see their advertisement for this particular reason on the TV.
    Two days is hardly enough to see any result. Do read more about it in the net and then start when you are ready. one can do ones morning routine without any disturbance, along with oil pulling, only thing is you won't be able to talk for 20 minutes, and why not, that is also a good practice of mouna vridham.

  10. Hello Rama,

    Fantastic post. Very informative and very useful. Ayurveda is superb and simple. Your detailed writing makes everything very clear and easy to follow. I will give it a try.

    Best wishes.

  11. This is really fascinating! I had never heard of it. I don't know if I have that kind of time to do it, and the time to wait before having breakfast. Maybe when the kids aren't in school, and I have more time in the morning, I'll give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

  12. A lovely post Rama! I am already a follower of Ayurveda and Naturopathy:)

  13. A senior in my gym was telling me about oil pulling and I tried it for about a week and then left it. But now that I understand what it does and how it benefits, I'm really looking to take it up as a morning routine.

    Thanks for the informative article :-)

  14. Yes.. I am willing to give it a try...
    I had heard the term before but never really knew what it meant...
    Thanks :)

  15. i have been eager to know about oil pulling and its healing properties...awesome all what i wanted to know. thanks for the new year wishes on my blog which i saw just now!

  16. just heard about it never tried , just doing it with hot water and salt will also help

  17. Have seen my niece doing it. Never tried it myself.

  18. Wonderful post ,Rama. Much useful too.In Malayalam we say 'muttaththe muullakku manamilla' means we do not realize the fragrance of jasmine in our own compound. How invaluable is Ayurveda! we have to learn from others.

  19. This is such a great blog, Rama. Pretty sure that there will be a lot of people will find it useful for their health benefits. For me, the best oil pulling product gives more effective treatment for our minor diseases, most especially to our gum problem.