Trial Run of Oil-Pulling

Hey all,

Recently two of my very good friends  embarked on the latest alternative medical/dental treatment: Oil Pulling. Its pretty inexpensive, a little weird at first but it  gets great reviews from both of my friends and others. Here’s a little background

What is it?

OP is a safe, simple, cheap and gentle ‘do it yourself home remedy’ . It cures and prevents diseases and extends your healthy life and requires no specialized training. You can start practice immediately, in the comfort of home and continue practice through out life with benefit.Its  been a part of Indian Ayurvedic culture since the Charaka Samhita, which has been dated back to the Gupta period, 300-500 CE

How to do it?

You wake up in the morning, and before you do anything like drink water, brush your teeth, or eat, take a tablespoon of pure Sesame or Sunflower oil and swish it around your mouth for 20 minutes. Then you spit the gross substance out, rinse your mouth out, and brush your teeth.

Benefits?

The most prominent benefit of oil-pulling is the natural whitening of teeth but there are several other dental gains, such as stronger gums and teeth, less bleeding of the gums, pinker tongue, and elimination of bad breath. But it doesn’t stop there, oil-pulling is said to detoxify the body and can thereby cure/treat other aliments like:

  • Relieving cramp symptoms
  • Acne
  • Increasing Energy
  • Better Sleep
  • Headaches
  • Eczema
  • Arthritis

Yeah I know you’re probably making the same face I was making like ‘Really? This doesn’t sound at all plausible’. In fact when I told my dad I was trying it, he laughed over the phone and asked if I wanted to buy some snake oil potion next. So yes it sounds too good to be true. But after talking with my friends they did see some whitening in the teeth and an ease of brushing. Also one swore its reduced cramps. One thing they did mention was the weirdness of swishing around oil in the mouth but it wasn’t that bad for me.

So when I saw some Sunflower Oil in Walmart the other day I just went ahead and bought it and decided to do a post documenting my experiment with oil-pulling. I took some before pictures and I plan on doing it for a couple of weeks to see what all benefits I can really experience.
Here are some other websites and videos if you want to learn more
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