Oil-pulling: Strange, effective health remedy
Oil-pulling? Whatever in God’s name could that possibly be? Though not a term most people have heard of for sure, oil-pulling has ironically been around for centuries and has its roots in an Ayurvedic practice called ‘oil-gargling’. Today oil-pulling has been claimed to cure anything from sinusitis and eczema to menstrual problems, bad breath and hormonal imbalances.
Oil-pulling was introduced by a Dr. F Karach, MD. in 1992. It involves the simple act of swishing, pushing and pulling vegetable oil in your mouth and drawing it through your teeth. This is done for five to 20 minutes either once or up to three times a day on an empty stomach. So first thing in the morning is best or just before a big meal.
Using himself as his own guinea pig, Dr. Karach practiced oil-pulling diligently and within just three days, cured himself of the severe arthritis that had often times left him bed-ridden. He also corrected a chronic blood disorder he was suffering from for 15 years.
The process of oil-pulling is simple…
Make sure your stomach is empty.
Take one tablespoon of vegetable oil (sesame, coconut, sunflower, safflower or olive oil) and pour it into your mouth.
Using your tongue, swish, pull and push the oil around in your mouth and through your teeth so it washes over your gums and teeth.
Do this for five to 20 minutes.
When you’re done swishing, spit out the opaque, milky-looking oil. DO NOT SWALLOW THE OIL.
Rinse your mouth with water and brush your teeth well.
In Ayurvedic medicine, the tongue is believed to be connected to all the vital systems in the body. Therefore, using your tongue to move the oil around in your mouth helps stimulate your organs so they function at their optimal levels.
What’s more the mucosal lining on the inside of the mouth contains thousands of capillaries that absorb toxins and bad bacteria. The belief is that swishing oil against these membranes draws out the offending toxins and bacteria thereby allowing your body to be thoroughly cleansed in the process.
When Dr. Karach examined the swished oil from his mouth under a microscope that magnified it 600 times, he detected live organisms in it. That is why one should never swallow the oil as it is chockfull of toxins, live bacteria, pus and mucous.
Author and nutraceutical researcher Jon Barron believes oil contains anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties. Therefore, the action of oil-pulling allows the oil to work its way into the gum pockets to draw out dangerous bacteria and pathogens that live there. This is an important aspect of oil-pulling as bacterial infections in the mouth can travel throughout one’s body causing or spreading disease. For instance, gum disease has been linked to heart trouble and strokes so it is reasonable to assume that better oral health from oil-pulling can result in better overall health.
The first thing most people notice after a short time of oil-pulling is how white their teeth becomes and how pink and healthy their gums look. If kept up for longer, the results from oil-pulling is more far reaching and varied – deeper and more restful sleep, increased appetite, better memory and more energy. Ever dark under-eye circles begin to fade.
As every individual’s responses vary, Dr. Karach says it takes anything from two days to a year to cure a persistent disease.
So the next time you find yourself at your wit’s end with a persistent problem that just won’t go away even with your doctor’s meds, why not give oil-pulling a go? It costs next to nothing and even if it doesn’t work, at least you’d have given your face a good workout!