Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique for detoxing that had been re-discovered by Dr. F. Karach, M.D.  He presented a paper before the All-Ukrainian Association. The attendants include the oncologists and bacteriologists from the Academy of Science of the USSR. Dr. Karach explained an unusual simple healing process using cold-pressed oils.

The appealing factor of this healing method is its simplicity. It consists of swishing cold pressed oil such as sesame oil and sunflower seed oil in the mouth. The healing process is accomplished by the human organism on its own.  The body itself gets rid of the toxic waste without disturbing the healthy microflora.  Dr. Karach suggested organic, cold pressed sunflower oil or sesame oil which were the oil prescribed in Ayurveda texts for oil pulling. Some people use other oils such as organic cold press olive oil or coconut oil with some success.

Oil pulling if practice daily, may help relieve tooth pain, bad breath and stop gum bleeding due to gum disease.  In some cases, it will help whiten the teeth.

It is critical to practice oil pulling three times a day before meals on an empty stomach.  Daily practice can heal acute diseases in two to four days.  In chronic illness, the healing time may be up to one year or more depending on the condition of ailment, age, habits, state of general health of the person.
1. In the morning before breakfast after brushing teeth, use a tongue scraper to remove the coating from your tongue, put one tablespoon of Sunflower or Sesame Oil in the mouth but do not swallow it. Switch the oil back and forth between all of your teeth and sides to sides across your gums. Let the oil hit the cheeks and soft palate everywhere over and over for 20 minutes. This practice is essential for the oil pulling to work. If swishing less than 20 minutes, it may not work. If swishing longer than 20 minutes, you run the risk of reabsorbing the bacteria and toxins back into your body.

Use organic, unrefined, cold pressed oil Sunflower or Sesame Oil as the first choice.

This process makes oil thoroughly mixed with saliva. Do not swallow the oil. In the end, oil should turn from clear and thick to a thin, white and milky consistency. If the oil is still yellow after spit out, re-do the process with new oil.

2. Rinse, gargle, and wash out the oil. Brush teeth and use tongue scraper thoroughly.

3. Drink plenty of water.

Stomach considered empty in this status:
  1. In the morning before drinking or eating, 
  2. One hour after drinking liquids like water, tea or coffee
  3. Four hours after meals

What not to do:

Do not gargle or swallow the oil. Taking a little will not harm you, but repeatedly swallowing the oil after you've swished with it means you will be ingesting thing that you're trying to remove. If you swallow inadvertently, undigested oil will be excreted.

What problems arise during oil pulling?

1. Oil does not become watery as expected.  This situation caused by inadequate salivation and dry mouth.
Solution: Drink few glasses of water, take a 30-40 minutes walk and do oil pulling again.

2. The nose becomes blocked during oil pulling.
Solution: Clean and blow your nose before starting oil pulling. Slowly blow out the nose to clear while holding the oil in the mouth. Repeat if necessary while continuing with the oil pulling.

3. Sneezing or coughing while doing oil pulling.
Solution: Practice oil pulling slowly in a relaxed state. Stop as sensation to sneeze is felt. You can sneeze or cough while holding oil in the mouth.

4. Phlegm comes into the mouth, making pulling inconvenient.
Solution: Spit and do pulling with fresh oil again.

Many people report improvement or cure from these conditions:
  • Mgraine headaches
  • Bronchitis
  • Tooth problems
  • Arterio thrombosis
  • Chronic blood disorders such as leukemia
  • Arthritis and related illnesses
  • Neuro physiological paralysis
  • Eczema
  • Gastro enteritis
  • Peritonitis
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Meningitis

  • HV Amith, Anil V Ankola, L Nagesh. Effect of Oil Pulling on Plaque and Gingivitis. Journal of Oral Health & Community Dentistry: 2007 ;1(1):Pages 12-18 http://www.johcd.org/pdf/Effect_of_Oil_Pulling_on_Plaque_and_Gingivitis....
  • S Asokan, J Rathan, MS Muthu, PV Rathna, P Emmadi, Raghuraman, Chamundeswari. Effect of oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans count in plaque and saliva using Dentocult SM Strip mutans test: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study. Journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry. 26(1):12-7, 2008 Mar. < http://www.jisppd.com/article.asp?issn=0970-4388;year=2008;volume=26;iss... >
  • TD Anand, C Pothiraj, RM Gopinath, et al. Effect of oil-pulling on dental caries causing bacteria. African Journal of Microbiology Research, Vol 2:3 pp 63-66, MAR 2008. < TD Anand, C Pothiraj, RM Gopinath, et al. Effect of oil-pulling on dental caries causing bacteria>

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