Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Instructions and Theories
- Avocado Oil
- Black Cumin Seed Oil
- Blend of Oils
- Canola Oil
- Castor Oil
- Cedar Nut Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Cod Liver Oil
- Dental Health
- Dental Issues
- Flaxseed Oil
- General Feedback
- Grape Seed Oil
- Health Benefits of Oil Pulling
- Hemp Oil
- Instructions and Theories
- Multiple Oils Tried
- Neem and Sesame Oils
- Oil Pulling after Tooth Extraction
- Oil Pulling and Medication
- Oil Pulling and Mercury Fillings
- Oil Pulling And Sublingual Medications
- Oil Pulling and Tooth Pain
- Oil Pulling During Pregnancy
- Oil Pulling Side Effects
- Oil Pulling Tips
- Olive Oil
- Oregano Oil
- Peanut Oil
- Pumpkin Seed Oil
- Sacha Inchi
- Safflower Oil
- Sesame Oil
- Sunflower Oil
- Ted's Feedback
- Vitamin E Added
- Walnut Oil
[SIDE EFFECTS] 12/31/2010: Flower from Newark, Vermont: "Hi Ted and all that read and respond to this site. Thank you for all this great information! I have been oil pulling for a week with sesame oil and I have been exeriencing dizziness, light headedness. Headaches and eye twitching. I believe this may be a healing crisis, but I want to make sure. Is this normal to feel worse and to feel dizzy and light headed? Is there anything else I should be doing. I began taking Apple Cider Vinegar and honey a couple of weeks ago, then started oil pulling with sesame oil a week ago, 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes before I go to sleep. Thank you for any help that you can give me. Sincerely, Flower"
12/30/2010: Michelle from San Francisco, Ca, Us: "Hello, I began oil pulling about 10 days ago. I do it about 2x's per day, once with sesame and once with coconut each session for 15 minutes. I have a chronic (for years) postnasal drip and loss of smell (2 years) about 4 days into op a huge (this is so gross, sorry) congealed mass of mucous came from somewhere deep in my sinuses. Followed by another and then some smaller ones. Then there was a more liquid-y stream flowing for a couple of days which turned into a pretty bad cold. That miraculously cleared up in a couple of days.
My head feels so clear now I can hardly believe it. This is Great!!! I am really wondering though, about the bags under my eyes. They seem more intense to me than usual. Does that make sense at all? Do I really have a chance to rid myself of these? I hope some of you have had real experience of this. If so, how much time should I give it to expect real results? If any of you have had more success with a particular oil for eye bags, I would love to know what worked for you. Thanks, Everyone"Replies
12/31/2010: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Eye bags sometimes have to do with kidneys. Make sure to drink lots of water."
01/22/2011: Dr Faith from Broken Arrow, Ok replies: "Sometimes bags under your eyes are from Adrenal fatigue, so herbs like ashwaganda or holy basil are helpful. Keep up the good work! "
[YEA] 04/20/2011: Annie from Las Vegas, Nv replies: "continuing with the oil-pulling may indeed reduce the bags under eyes. I have been pulling 3-5 times per week for about 9 months and one of the most noticeable benefits has been reduced under-eye puffiness. I mostly use coconut and olive oil and both seem to produce the same results. its such a bonus! I dont even use makeup to mask this area anymore : ))"
04/21/2011: Yellow from Laguna Hill, Ca replies: "Do you oil pull in the morning and evening..or?"
12/26/2010: Jen from Malvern, Pa: "I have a private holistic practice and over the past 25 years have had my sensitive clients start with 3 minutes per day the first week. 5 the second. 7 the third and then up to 10-15 depending on how they respond. I had one client stay at 3 minutes for 3 months before he could work up to 5. I think that some of the intense side effects are due to the dental component of the root canals, tmj joint and brain aspects releasing as we need to understand the cranial component of this method as well. An offering for more sensitive clients and to recognize the body isn't to be pushed but encouraged. Namaste, Jen"
12/21/2010: Mary from Chicago, Il, Usa: "I first tried oil pulling last January after having the swine flu for over 3 weeks. I had tried tons of doctor prescribed antibiotics, but I still had this horrible hacking dry cough. I first used 1 tbsp sesame oil and swished it around in my mouth for 20 minutes. While I was spitting out the oil, I noticed the congestion in my chest loosening and before I knew it I was hacking up tons of phlegm. I felt so much better and kept it up until I was fully recovered a couple days later. I also noticed my teeth were super white after oil pulling. I have since used coconut oil and it works just as well. I have found it's best to do this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach so I keep the oil in the bathroom and swish it around while I shower."
12/15/2010: Allison from Dallas, Texas: "I did oil pulling for the first time ever this morning. I was able to do about 10 minutes before I just couldn't hold the stuff in any longer. I plan to work up to the recommended 15 to 20 minutes. I have noticed some sinus drainage throughout the day. Nothing disgusting, just noticeable. My question is, has anyone else experienced excessive salivating after pulling?? I have had to gulp and swallow all day long! If so, any suggestions as to why this happens??"Replies
01/08/2011: Jane Buck from Portland, Oregon replies: "My thinking is the oil pulling re establishes proper moisture in our mouths. Over time (age) slows healthful production of saliva and it kicks it back into gear. My lips are also a lovely natural pink now and are fuller. Gotta love that!"
01/09/2011: Rob from Manhattan, Ny replies: "I haven't noticed any major improvement from oil pulling other than whiter teeth. Also I need to stop after a week as my teeth become too sensitive.. So I do it off and on.. I wonder at times if the health benefit is the mind body, meditative (placebo) effect. You do this mouth closed breathing through your nose, saying to yourself, I am doing something healthy... That in itself will have a positive effect by focusing on mind & body and breath. The fatty acids could be absorbed... Or not.. Toxin pulled.. Perhaps... no proof of this...yet."
12/12/2010: Irene from Falmouth, Cornwall Uk: "Hi,
How many oil pulls can you do consecutively in a row at one time?
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 03/09/2011: Katie from Albany, Ny replies: "Hi Irene, in my experience you can oil pull until you develop teeth sensitivity.
I caught a pretty nasty cold within a week of oil pulling. Not being sure if it was a cold or some nasty detox coming up through a sore throat and wet cough, I decided to take the Saturday off for oil pulling as much as I could for a sort of hyper internal cleaning. I would oil pull 20 min with coconut oil, rince well, 20 min sesame oil, salt water gargle and nose wash, then drink a warm mug of water with apple cider vinegar and honey. Then set the timer for an hour, and after that repeat. I managed to do this 5 times total that day, with no side effects. That's a total of 10 oil pulls.
My teeth started getting a lot whiter at the edges, in some teeth more obviously than others. The main battle was to not sneeze or cough while oil pulling usually about 5-7 min that always went away and the rest of the time it would be fine.
Where I messed up the next day was adding Oregano oil to help even more as I was getting impatient. I overdid it and my teeth started to feel sensitive. I stopped oregano, and will never add more than one drop.
It's been a few days after my marathon of oil pulling, and while I still have the cold it's nowhere near as bad as what a couple of my friends at school were going through recently.
After all that, I believe the first symptoms of too much oil pulling will be right there in how your teeth feel."
[YEA] 12/03/2010: Dibraccio from New Brunswick, New Jersey: "I was suffering from severe burnout. My health was failing. For the past 3 months, I had shooting pains all over my body, I had dizzy spells, pains in my lower back and lower right abdomen. I started oil pulling and the symptoms started to fade the first day I did the oil pulling routine. Within 4 days ALL of the symptoms vanished!!! It seems like miracle!!! This experience has caused a profound paradigm shift in my consciousness and has caused me to reevaluate many of my beliefs about health care and healing. I am thankful there is an internet where one can obtain vital information like this."
11/30/2010: Kiran from Birmingham, United Kingdm: "I have two receding front teeth. Which makes me very upset. I want to do something about them without going to the dentist. Could please tell me if I start doing oil pulling, if this would reverse or regrow my gums?"Replies
11/30/2010: Andrea C from Cardiff, Wales Uk replies: "Hi kiran x as much as you want to avoid going to the dentist, oil pulling won't correct the dental prob you have. Its a wonderful remedy for many ailment's but I'm afriad if I'm right, this won't be the answer to your particular problem. I hope you don't mind me asking, but do you have a phobia of dentist? Or maybe was your last dental connection, something that went wrong, and was a bad experience which put you off dentist for good? Or please don't think I'm being rude or prying, is it on financial grounds? As we all unfortunately, in the uk can't find an nhs dentist, and can't afford the rip off charges that a private dentist charges? I'm asking you these questions, as I found myself in this position, and had to pay mega bucks to have some dental work privatly. And by the time I found a private dentist (as even a lot of them are not taking on no more patients in the uk as they are also snowed under with patients).
If its not any of these reasons, you need to see a dentist to have your problem sorted out, there are dentist who offer sedation for nervous patients, or if its finacially out of your reach to pay for your problem to be sorted out, what I did was got on the patient list at a local nhs training hospital, with a dental training hospital attached to it. Thank goodness! It took a bit of time to get an appointment, but there's always a dental consultant with the trainees, and I must admit, I found the treament I recived there even better than the private dental treatment I payed silly money for, they're brilliant, and also will be helpful if your phobic about dentists. Or you may find you have to travel as nhs dentits are rarerer than the do-do bird these days.
But at the end of the day, even if you do have to travel outside your local area some help is better than no help at all. I hope this has been some help to you, and if not, I'm sure one of the "EC" Family, will impart whatever knowledge to help you. Stay safe, and have faith if you keep searching, your sure to find the answer to your problem. IT MAY TAKE SOME TIME BUT KEEP SEARCHING!! We all need a bit of time to find the answers we seek. God bless, and I hope you find the help you need soon. Love hugs and may you get help soon. Love andrea c x x x"
11/30/2010: Aurora from Mason City, Ia replies: "Have you read the section on dental problems? on Earth Clinic. I think you'll find a lot of information there and maybe a solution. Hope you find help here, greetings."
11/30/2010: Tom from Regina, Sk replies: "Kiran:
If you're in no hurry, try finding a copy of the 1997 book by Dr. Gerard Judd "Good Teeth Birth To Death". It's practically blacklisted! Here are just a few choice excerpts re: receding gums:
Receding gums are nothing but gum pockets caused by toothpaste and especially fluoride, which severs all proteins because of its highly negative character. Fluoride is the smallest negative ion on earth, and consequently is the most intensely negative particle on earth. As such, fluoride breaks the positive hydrogen bonds, which hold the coils together, in proteins and enzymes. "Receding gum" surgery will end when the GUM POCKETS cease. The very mention of the procedure, which involves transferring flesh from the roof of the mouth to the excised area of the gums, is a heinous and useless procedure which ought to pass into oblivion. Stated above, THE GUMS CAN BE RECONNECTED TO THE TEETH BY TAKING VITAMIN C (ASCORBIC ACID) (1 tsp) with Arm and Hammer baking soda (1/2 tsp) in 1 inch of water, letting it fizz and then diluting to 1/2 to 1 cup with water, then drinking. The resulting SODIUM ASCORBATE is non-acid, very pure and a thousand times more soluble than vitamin C. SODIUM ASCORBATE IS MORE REACTIVE THAN ASCORBIC ACID (C) in building connective tissue and antibody structures and more effective in killing some viruses and bacteria... Now you know why!"
12/01/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi Tom, thanks for your advice but unfortunately the book you talk about seems to be awfully expensive. I will keep trying to find it still I wanted to say that after wearing braces for many months my gums were a lot better (I am 53) still, recently all of a sudden they started receding and getting inflamed. At the time I was using a natural tooth paste with salt and no fluoride but it did coincide with the finishing of the vitamin C I was taking (3 or 4g). When the pills finished I changed to Acerola which I think only contains 170mg of Vitamin C. Could that have been the reason I had problems?"
05/11/2011: Patricia from Kingston Ontario, Canada replies: "I downloaded the book free online after a bit of a search after reading here."
[YEA] 11/24/2010: Laurie from Moriarty, New Mexico: "Ran into the phrase oil pulling while looking up natural ways to treat bursitis and arthritis. I was having severe pain in my right shoulder and arm, would hurt like crazy all day and get so much worse at night, I was about ready to go see about getting a shot for it. I knew that was not a great thing either, so went to the internet to see what else there was. Decided to give the oil a try. For the first time in months I am almost pain free, and this after only a few weeks of doing the oil pulling. I will never not do this again!! Am glad I ran into this sight, and I would recommend that everyone at least give this a good try and see what good things might come about. I use coconut oil, am going to try switching back and forth. Happy pulling! Laurie B"
11/23/2010: Mychelle from Pacific Northwest, Wa: "Hi, I am 44 years old and have severe allergies (corn, wheat, gluten, peanut, trees, molds, dust mites, ibuprofen, aspirin, nsaids and the list goes on) I had an allergic reaction in mid Sept 2010 to an antibiotic after a gum graft surgery. I ended up in the ER twice and have now developed chronic hives. I went to a new allergist who was highly recommended and although I really liked her, she prescribed several medications that my insurance held up with red tape. So, I was at home, miserable and nothing was helping.
I got online and found http://earthclinic.com and Oil Pulling. I was desperate and even though I have a very sensitive gag reflex, I got the oil (cold pressed sesame) and it has been a little over one week since I have been swishing 1 tbsp each morning. The very first time I swished, my nasal passages opened up while I was doing it. I thought NO WAY, are you SERIOUS?! Yep. Then, by day 2, I was coughing a productive cough and spitting up all this gunk. This is a good thing. My sinuses are now opened enough that I can use my neti pot again, something I could not do before unless I was on prednisone for the crisis my body was in. I loathed taking prednisone and now I know I will not have to take it again for clogged nasal sinuses. My husband reported that I am no longer snoring at night (another thing that happens when I am blocked with inflammation. )
I am still having hives but they are getting less and less each day and part of that is I believe because I am on a restrictive diet that does not include (corn/peanut/gluten/wheat). I have also noticed after just one week that I can chew on both sides of my mouth now because hot/cold does not bother me anymore. I love the way my mouth feels after I OP and brush. I feel like I have just stepped out of the dentist for a cleaning. Oh yeah, my gum graft does not bleed anymore when I floss now (which has little to no plaque since OP). So, I share all this to say, OP is working for my sinusitis and I am enjoying sleeping better because of it. I must admit, I do have a spit bucket because I am still coughing up gunk and I am not sure how long that will last! ? My mucous is thinning and white in color compared to the green/yellow it was before OP. I can't wait to see my doctor on the 29th of Nov. I am not going to tell her what I have taken or NOT taken until after her examination of me. My asthma is still not on track and I researching other remedies to help with that along with my inhaler. Any suggestions anyone??"Replies
12/01/2010: Mary from Southern Alberta, Alberta, Canada replies: "To Mychelle, from Pacific Northwest: a liquid menthol called "White Flower" used as a few drops on a tissue, put in a paper bag, and inhaled/sniffed can really help open airways. Most good Healthfood stores, or Chinese pharmacies carry White Flower."
07/12/2012: Farmgirl from Northern, Mn replies: "I have had asthma for years and tried all kinds of herbal remedies but nothing really helped until I started taking a Tablespoon of good quality fish oil, a Tablespoon of organic flax oil and several scoops of probiotics in a morning smoothy. After two weeks of a daily smoothy I noticed that I didn't need my rescue inhaler. I had been taking it every day for years. It was allergy season also. Previously I would have an asthma attack every time I sneezed, but after taking the above mentioned in the smoothy I noticed significant improvement of allergy symptoms as well. I went for three months without having to use my rescue inhaler but twice, then I ran out of ingredients and got lazy about making the smoothy. I actually stumbled on the concoction so I didn't put two and two together right away. It only worked for me when taken together not separately. I also was drinking a green drink during that time."
11/17/2010: Peter from Folkestone, Kent, England: "First of all a big thank you to the founders of this site and to all the contributors. What a great example of people coming together to help each other. I believe that's the reason we are here. I hope that there are other sites springing up in all the non english speaking countries, then we shall have a true World Health Organization based on people sharing natural healing knowledge and not as the marketing department for the pharmaceutical industry. Anyway, back to oil pulling. In Bharat Savur's article, he suggests swishing for twenty minutes, but to avoid swallowing because it is poison. I have tried this a couple of times now and I am sure that I must have swallowed some. Would it not be better to do a ten minute session, spit out the poison, then do another to reduce this risk, rather than one continuous twenty minute session? I work on the premise that if it can happen to me then its happened to someone else. Maybe some of those who had side effects swallowed some of the poison? Is there any good reason why two ten minute sessions would be less effective than one of twenty minutes? Thank you to someone out there."Replies
11/17/2012: Heysue from Hillsville, Va replies: "Two 10 minute sessions is every bit as good as 1 20 minute session (maybe better)."
11/14/2010: Jim from Paris, France: "Hi, I ' ve been doing the oil pulling for 8 days now. I started to have a stomach burning since yesterday. I also have often gas after eating or even drinking water for a while now. So I don't know what could this be. I know that morning I ate eggs and butter, maybe eggs which is high sulphur plus the oil pulling caused a candida die off ? The stomach burning is accompanied by smelling gas and abdomen dystension. I 'm wondering also it it is not linked to bile acid that are secreted in exagerated way ?
I didn't eat irritant food recently, well actually lots of bread (wheat) drink regularly uht milk during the OP but I don't know what to conclude. Thank you in advance for any help."
11/17/2010: Kallu from Omaha, Ne replies: "Oil Pulling should not give you any side effects. Drink lots of water after oil pulling. Wait for a bit before you eat solids. Go real easy on the bread and milk. Keep oil pulling, try eating lots of veggies. Drink lots of water. Good luck."
12/12/2011: Zul Tania from Singapore replies: "Hi,
Could anyone explain to me how Dr. Karach cured leukemia by oil pulling? It is known that he has cured a leukemia patient. I would really like to find out as I was diagnosed with Chrinic Myeloid Leukemia two years ago. I'm currently on a drug called Imatinib which keeps it in check. I just started oil pulling and found out about Dr. Karach's success with his leukemia patient. I would like to find out his therapy regiment and cure myself (God Willing). Any info would be great... Thanks. Zul Tania"
11/05/2010: Rick S from Long Beach, California, Usa: "I started oil pulling 3 weeks ago. After 5 days of OP twice a day I experienced having a terrible knee pains mostly on my left knee and my hands were painful like arthritic pain. A year and a half ago I had a complete knee replacement done. I knew and expecting to experience some sort of healing pains as the major side effects of oil pulling. Since I was not sure whether my artificial knee metal part may have loosened up due to oil pulling invading the glue that was used to bond the metal part to my knee bone or the knee metal parts have loosened due to abuse, I was not sure. My knee was painful the way it used to be before I had the replacement. I was almost in panic. I made an appointment to see an orthopedic doctor in USC, L.A. immediately. The earliest appointment that was available was 25 days from the day I called them.
After a week I noticed that all the pains were gone. In fact my left knee feels almost like a natural knee. I canceled the appointment and I decided to OP again. It has been 4 days now and my knees and hands are fine, no unusual pain."Replies
06/09/2013: Coregon from San Diego, Ca replies: "The symptoms you describe were probably "detoxing effects" from the oil pulling. I had symptoms similar to yours and I believe it was from all the medications I was on before and after surgery leaving my body.
Your artificial joint likely had no "glue" or "cement". Newer joint replacement surgeries today use pegs and screws and eventually bone tissue grows over the new joint making it even more stable. Glue and cement are rarely used anymore. There is no way coconut oil could get into your joint from your mouth and loosen something in your leg. I asked my surgeon how sturdy the joint with the bolts was and he said "nothing.. short of severe trauma (car accident, etc. will loosen it". Here's a description of how joint surgeries are done now.. to relieve your concerns:
"In a non-cemented procedure, components of the implant have a roughened porous surface designed to allow bone to grow into it, eliminating the need for cement.
"The implants are "press fit" against the bony surfaces that are precisely cut through the use of multiple cutting jigs. Faultless positioning is necessary for bony attachment to occur with initial fixation by metal pegs and screws of the implant to bone. Since this implant relies on the bone to hold it in place, this procedure requires good bone to be successful."
10/31/2010: Karen from Salem, Or: "I have a question. How do you keep from swallowing for 10-15 minutes? I can't imagine. Thank you."Replies
09/04/2012: Curious from Glendale, Ca replies: "If you start oil pulling for whatever time is comfortable, you can slowly work up to 15 or 20 minutes. According to Ted from Bangkok, 1-5 minutes is enough as long as you brush your teeth before and after. The part I haven't worked up to is using a whole tablespoon of oil. Maybe that's why my results aren't as strong as others."
10/28/2010: Daniel from Christchurch, Nz: "Regarding oil pulling, If you leave water, or any other liquid in your mouth, without spitting it out for 20 minutes you- will end up with a mouth full of mucus. Just try it with any oil or liquid"Replies
11/21/2010: 818poochie from Grand Rapids, Mi replies: "This afternoon I oil pulled for the first time with about 1 tsp of EVCO and had an experience that I did not expect including a lot of mucus. This evening I read your post. You said that any water, oil or other liquid held in your mouth for twenty minutes would result in a mouth full of mucus. Because I do not like to be "fooled" about things I decided to test this before spending a lot of time oil pulling and fooling myself into thinking that the oil pulling was doing something special. My personal result is that after twenty minutes with a mouth full of water, all I ended up with was a mouth full of water and saliva. No other reaction even close to oil pulling with EVCO."
11/22/2010: Jamie from Lakeworth , Fl. replies: "Poochie, in the last week I had the same thought as you. Why cant you use water, wouldn't it be the same? There is an expense involved with good organic oil, then another dilemma. What to do with the swished oil? I have a septic system and really don't want to spit it down the drain every day. The trash can is another option, but I don't want an oily mess in the bathroom trash. Then I was thinking about using water, would that draw out the toxins. Thinking the action is what pulls the poisons out. Thanks for doing the research for me, I guess its not the same."