Oil pulling is a traditional medicine native to the Indian Subcontinent and has since been adopted by people in the West for its alleged health benefits. In the oil pulling procedure, someone takes a small amount of a neutral, unrefined oil and swishes it back and forth in the mouth for 20 minutes before rinsing well and drinking several glasses of water. It is important not to swallow any of the oil because it will be very toxic and these toxins can be seen and assessed if the waste is placed under a microscope. Dr Campbell McBride suggests using cold pressed extra virgin olive oil for an oil pull after going to the dentist to rid of any impurities and toxins used during dental treatment.
If performed on a regular basis, oil pulling is supposed to promote oral health as well as general physical health, although sceptics have pointed out that oil pulling has not been supported by any controlled scientific studies.
According to Dr Karach, oil pulling, is supposed to pull toxins out of the body. They claim that as the oil is swished in the mouth, it removes toxins from the veins and gums, turning white and foamy. This practice, also known as oil swishing, is supposed to be performed on an empty stomach, ideally in the morning. Some practitioners promote brushing the teeth with a fluoride free tooth brush after oil pulling to remove the slick texture of the oil. Drinking water after the procedure is also important, according to practitioners. The following extract has been taken from an article written by Dr. F Karach who explains simple healing process using cold-pressed oils (http://www.oilpulling.com/index.htm).
The Oil-therapy heals totally headaches, bronchitis, tooth pain, thrombosis, eczema, ulcers, intestinal diseases, heart and kidney diseases, encephalitis and woman’s diseases. Preventively the growth of malignant tumors is cut and healed. Chronic blood diseases, paralysis, diseases of nerves, stomach, lungs and liver and sleeplessness are cured.
Step1: First thing in the morning on an empty stomach and before drinking any liquids (including water), pour exactly one tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil into your mouth.
Step 2: Swish the oil around in your mouth without swallowing it. Move it around in your mouthand through your teeth, as if it was mouthwash (don’t tilt your head back to gargle though). You’ll find that the oil will start to get watery as your saliva mixes with it. Relax your jaw muscles and use your tongue to help move the liquid around the inside of your mouth. Also rest the oil just inside your mouth in front of your teeth and lips and around the gums.
Step3: As the end of the oil pulling session approaches, you may notice the oil/saliva mixture in your mouth has become thicker. This is quite normal, since it is pulling out toxins from your body. When 10 – 20 minutes is up, spit out the oil. Don’t be alarmed if it has changed colour–this is also normal.
Step4: Rinse out your mouth a couple of times with warm water and spit.