Oil Pulling or Oil Swishing: Benefits, How To Do, Type of Oil to Use

Oil Pulling, also known as Oil Swishing is a traditional Ayurvedic process that is perhaps making its headline in the healing science because of its remarkable results seen in enhancing the oral and systemic health. Practitioners of Oil Pulling or Oil Swishing claim that this is actually an extremely simple, inexpensive and a harmless Ayurvedic method that works real great as a powerful therapy for absolute dental hygiene as well as for treating various conditions of illness like headache, migraine etc. To know more about this wonderful process of detoxification and healing, please go through the current article and check out if such a process of traditional healing can work out anything fine for any of your health conditions.

What Is Oil Pulling Or Oil Swishing?

As mentioned above it is a simple and harmless traditional Ayurvedic process of detoxification which helps wonderfully in healing various health issues like skin problems, migraines, headaches, diabetes etc. Though oil pulling therapy or oil swishing is known for its benefits in various conditions, its prime most benefit comes with its remarkable role in improving the oral or dental health. The sole concept here is that the oil pulling helps in literally pulling the toxins, bacteria, virus etc from the mouth and also from the entire body and thus assist in cleansing of blood. In this process of detoxification, the toxins also called ama in Ayurveda are literally pulled out and thus reduce the inflammation. This process of detoxification actually involves the oil to be swished or to be held in the mouth.

How To Do Oil Pulling Or Oil Swishing?

Wondering how to do Oil pulling? Well! As simple as the process, let us list down the steps for pulling oil in a simple and clear manner in this section. Before we start explaining the steps let you be made aware that here in this process all you need to do is pull out the toxins from your blood and freshen your breath. Healing is easy when treatment goes simple! Check out the quick easy steps of oil pulling or oil swishing below.

How To Do Oil Pulling Or Oil Swishing

  • Select a quality vegetable oil to do the oil pulling
  • Soon after getting up from the bed drink a glass of water and allow your saliva to flow.
  • Now immediately take one tablespoon of oil into your mouth and swish it around for at least a minimum of 5 minutes to about 20 minutes inside the mouth.
  • After you are done with this much, spit out the oil and make sure not to swallow in.
  • Wash your mouth properly and start with your day.

Please note that oil pulling or oil swishing can be done once, twice or thrice as per your conditions. Make sure you are doing oil pulling before your meal.

Some Precautions And Expert Tips For Oil Pulling Or Oil Swishing:

  • Do not swallow the oil while doing oil pulling or oil swishing. In case you accidentally swallowed, it is fine not to worry because it will come out through feces.
  • Take good quality and branded oil for oil pulling
  • Avoid the oils you are allergic to. There are a number of oils you can do the oil pulling with (We will discuss in the later part of the article). Try out the one which does not irritates you or does not get any allergic reactions.
  • It must be noted not to stop the usual dental hygiene. Do not stop brushing, tongue cleaning or mouth cleaning.
  • Start oil pulling for at least five minutes at first and this can be continued till 15-20 minutes later.

Types Of Oil To Use For Oil Pulling:

Now if you have been growing up with the interest of oil pulling, then it is for sure by now you must be looking for the types of oil to be used for oil pulling. So below mentioned are some of the oils which can be used to do oil pulling.

  1. Edible oil like Sesame oil
  2. Edible oil like Sunflower Oil
  3. Edible oil like Coconut Oil
  4. Essential oil like Tea tree oil
  5. Enzyme modified coconut oil.

Sesame oil, Sunflower oil and some other edible oils are known for their essential benefits in oil pulling. Apart from the edible oil, the essential oil like Tea tree oil also proves to be essential for reducing gingivitis, tooth plaque etc. Though traditionally Sesame oil, Sunflower oil etc have been traditionally proposed for oil pulling or oil swishing; yet research shows that coconut oil works better in case of tooth decay because it contain anti bacterial and anti oxidant property which fight against the inflammation in a better manner and reduces decaying of teeth. Apart from this, the Sesame oil comprises a much greater percentage of omega-6 oils which can create an imbalance in the sensitive omega-6 fats ratio, i.e. 3:6. So, coconut oil proves superior here for oil pulling or oil swishing. Coconut oils are also combined with the enzymes and termed enzyme-modified coconut oil for improving the power of coconut oil in fighting against various tooth infections.

Benefits Of Enzyme Modified Coconut Oil Over Coconut Oil For Oil Pulling Or Oil Swishing:

Enzyme modified coconut oil is the coconut oil which is treated with the enzymes that work even better in fighting against bacterial infection by inhibiting the growth of many acid producing bacterial strains including the Streptococcus mutans which results in tooth decay. Thus such kind of enzyme modified coconut oils are tested to be more beneficial than the plain coconut oil while oil pulling or oil swishing.
When treated with the enzymes, the fats present in the coconut oil breaks down into powerful acids which are harmful to certain bacteria causing various infections in teeth. Such enzyme modified coconut oils are also found to be toxic to the yeasts causing thrush.
So, it can be rightly said that when enzyme modified coconut oil is compared with the plain coconut oil for oil pulling or oil swishing, it is for sure the former one takes the supreme position.

Benefits Of Oil Pulling Or Oil Swishing

Oil pulling or Oil Swishing practiced since ages, especially in Ayurveda, has some real essential benefits to health, especially the oral health. It is claimed in many ancient texts from Ayurveda that such a process of oil pulling can treat about 30 systemic diseases and thus is considered as one of the effective therapy beneficial for better health. As reported by the Indian Journal of Dental Research, this process is greatly used by Indian folks following the traditional mode of treatment since ages for strengthening teeth and jaws and also to protect against tooth decay, bleeding gums, cracked lips and dry throat. As mentioned earlier, it is not just about the dental health rather it is also about the whole body health which is taken care of by this excellent process of detoxification and healing called Oil Pulling or Oil Swishing. Among various other therapeutic uses of oil pulling lays the treatment for migraine, headaches, bronchitis along with various blood disorders like leukemia, diabetes mellitus, arthritis etc. Oil pulling therapy is also beneficial in various heart diseases, kidney diseases, meningitis, gastroenteritis, condition in women causing hormonal imbalances etc.

Final Note On Oil Pulling Or Oil Swishing:

As the saying goes, “Man is made by his belief. As he believes so he is.” It is true that people who practice natural healing science or those who have experienced the benefits of traditional healing science will surely go for this remarkable process of Oil pulling that involves detoxification and healing in oral and various systemic diseases. But for those who have never seen the miracles coming, Ayurvedic treatment will not keep any interest in such a traditional method and instead look for the advanced medical treatments in case of tooth decay or any other health issues. However, there is no issue in trying out this method of detoxification and healing called Oil pulling or Oil Swishing, especially when tried with Sesame oil, Sunflower oil or Coconut oil; as there is no harm or side effect of this natural process. But it must be noted not to avoid the regular oral hygiene like brushing, mouth washing etc.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:February 15, 2019

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