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Oil Pulling: One of the the oldest forms of health care in the world.

Updated: Feb 3, 2019

Have you ever wondered how ancient civilizations like the Egyptians maintained oral health before the toothbrush or dental care? Think about the simple yet effective health care hack of oil pulling. Oil pulling is a Ayurvedic natural remedy technique not only for oral health but overall health in general. It has tremendous health benefits for your internal organs, skin, teeth and gums.

According to, “Dr. F. Karach reports of unprecedented success with the method of oil pulling on the following diseases: Headaches, bronchitis, thrombosis, chronic blood disorders, arthritis and other rheumatic diseases, eczema, stomach ulcers, chronic intestinal diseases, heart and Nierenbe complaints, gynecological illnesses, neurological diseases and liver diseases. Preventively at the same time the hen-interference suppression of life-threatening growths (cancer) is prevented. Oil pulling has its roots in Ayurveda, which dates back an estimated 5,000-10,000 years and is widely considered to be the oldest form of health care in the world. The knowledge of Ayurveda spread out from India and influenced the ancient Chinese system, Unani medicine, and the humoral medicine practiced by Hippocrates in Greece.”

Oil Pulling is simply the act of swishing oil in the mouth for about ten to twenty minutes in order to improve oral and overall health by removing toxins that reside in the oral cavity.

The main idea of this practice is for a short time each day this simple change in one’s routine can help improve oral health as oil is able to remove toxins without harming

the teeth or gums and cut through plaque as well.

The concept of oil pulling is fairly simple. A person will swish a couple teaspoons of a vegetable-based oil - usually coconut, sesame, or olive - in the mouth for ten to twenty minutes and then spits it out and rinses well after, this practice is usually better to do in the morning before eating or drinking anything. Oil pulling is in no way harmful and has no adverse effects. You should never swallow the oil after you have completed your oil pulling session though. The oil contains toxins and you don't want that stuff in your belly. Although some may be skeptical that it’s beneficial, there's no harm in trying it for a month and see how you feel. There’s no harm in trying something that has been in practice for thousands of years with tremendous upside at little cost to you.

Now for the oils that should be used for pulling it all depends on a person’s preference and the goal the have for oil pulling. If the goal for someone is to whiten their teeth, coconut oil is most effective if so. Coconut oil is also more effective when it comes to removing certain bacteria from the mouth, for example the Streptococcus mutans bacteria which is commonly known for causing dental caries. It also has teeth whitening benefits. Sesame oil is also a recommended oil by most as and it is also the most studied if one is a little unsure on which oil to use. Coconut Oil is a personal favorite.

There are few things that are so simple and cost effective for health care these days, so give oil pulling a try for a month and see what health benefits you experience.

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