Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Instructions and Theories
- Sandy's Oil Pulling Compilation
- 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
- Hemp Oil
- Multiple Oils Tried
- Oil Pulling and Medication
- Oil Pulling and Mercury Fillings
- Oil Pulling And Sublingual Medications
- Oil Pulling and Tooth Pain
- Olive Oil
- Oregano Oil
- Peanut Oil
- Pumpkin Seed Oil
- Safflower Oil
- Sesame Oil
- Sunflower Oil
- Ted's Feedback
- Vitamin E Added
- Walnut Oil
09/14/2012: Kay from In The Valley, Ca: "I have to agree with Sophie, it sounds like an infection. Until you can get to a dentist, I would use some fresh garlic. If you slice it and apply it to the area that is painful, it should help. I leave it between my..."
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|General Feedback||122 YEAS|
|Sesame Oil||74 YEAS|
|Sunflower Oil||42 YEAS|
|Multiple Oils Tried||42 YEAS|
|Olive Oil||41 YEAS|
|Coconut Oil||40 YEAS|
|Safflower Oil||7 YEAS|
09/12/2012: Victoria from San Diego, Ca: "Hello. I started oil pulling one week ago, mainly due to a massive toothache I had. I've had work done in the area, but with no insurance, a trip to the dentist was definitely not happening. So I looked for everything. I'm happy to say that I no longer have the sharp pain in that side of the mouth. But the area, my jaw, and my mouth in general still feels sore, almost like when I got my wisdom teeth pulled. I've also been experiencing general fatigue and body aches that I assumed were just detox symptoms. But aren't they supposed to last just for a few days? I feel like I've been sick for a week.
Another curious thing is anytime my head is upside down (I practice yoga), I feel pressure at the top of my nose and smell a strong scent that reminds me of tooth decay. I know this is disgusting, but it seriously reminds me of when I got my last root canal... The smell when the endodontist was removing the decay. What can be causing this? I do, unfortunately, have a mouth full of amalgam fillings. I've read about the concerns about pulling with these, but I've also read the arguments. Like wouldn't you want to draw out the mercury if you're able to spit it out? And if your fillings do fall out, oil pulled the decay from under it, and it's time to get them refilled anyhow. I don't know how true any of this is. I've read everything online, but there definitely isn't much on the topic. I pull for 20 minutes in the morning every day and some days in the afternoon a second time. I started with coconut oil since that's what we had but have bought sesame oil to use instead now. Should I continue pulling? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks!"Replies
09/12/2012: Sophie from Dayton, Ohio, Usa replies: "Victoria, I hate to say this, but I seriously think you have an infection in your jaw! This is NOT a typical detox reaction!! It is the infection causing the soreness in your jaw. If you have pressure in your head, especially when upside-down, it is likely the infection has spread into your sinuses, and that is also causing the decaying smell. Infections smell gross, they have a rotten smell! Do not mess around, you need to get an antibiotic treatment. Infections, especially in your head, can go terribly wrong very fast. Please go see a doctor or dentist right away. Antibiotics are very cheap now! Usually they are only $4. If you have a very kind doctor or dentist they may be able to call in the prescription without an office visit, if you explain your situation. Most doctors/dentist also will discount their price if you ask and do not have insurance. Don't cause yourself more harm by waiting. Infections in your head or bone are very serious."
09/14/2012: Kay from In The Valley, Ca replies: "I have to agree with Sophie, it sounds like an infection. Until you can get to a dentist, I would use some fresh garlic. If you slice it and apply it to the area that is painful, it should help. I leave it between my cheek and gum, with the cut side facing the gum, overnight while I sleep. It's works miracles. Read up on it on EC, many people have had much success. I wish you luck."
08/10/2012: Renate from Kenosha, Wisconsin: "I have heard about oil pulling through my cousin who uses sunflower oil and works wonders for her. I am presently in chemo for breast cancer but have had a double masectomy with reconstruction just 6 months ago, I am only being given Herseptin and want to try the sunflower oil. Before I try this I need to know if anyone out there does this while going through the treatments as I was just informed a couple of days ago that I will be going through Herceptin for the next year & half.............. Please get back to me as soon as you can my body feels terrible I gained 50lbs. Have no energy and my mouth feels awful.. Desperately seeking answers."
[YEA] 08/10/2012: Funmilicious from Lagos, Nigeria: "I have been oil pulling with coconut oil for over 6 months now and I have had amazing results in two areas: my sinuses and my breath, I guess the two were related.
I have had terrible sinuses since I was a kid, hereditary, my father was always pulling mucous and spitting out (gross) several times every single day. Mine sinuses were not that bad, but was bad enough.
First I tried nasal rinsing with neti pots and then the sinus wash bottle. It worked great by getting rid of my tonsil stones and I still do sinus rinse occasionally.
Oil pulling does a great job of pulling out excess mucous from the sinuses a d cleaning out the nasal passages.
I have not had a cold in several months, my sinuses are clear and I have great breath. Thank you earth clinic."
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 08/07/2012: Stella from New York: "I started oil pulling with organic VCO. I followed the procedure and even did the 5 minutes ted recommended instead of 20. My skin looked great and my gums started to improve but about a week after, I noticed that my teeth were sensitive. It was as if my fillings were loosening. I had to chew slowing and avoid sugar, even xyitol. After I stopped pulling, most of the sensitivity went away. Has anyone else experienced this? I'd like to continue but not if my fillings are going to loosen."
08/01/2012: Kathy from Henrico, Virginia: "I keep seeing this term that I am totally unfamiliar with and different oils being used. Would someone please tell me exactly what it is or how to do it? I am having some difficulty and cannot continue to sit here trying to look up things."
EC: Here's the oil pulling section: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/oil_pulling.html
07/02/2012: Dorit from Palm Springs, Ca: "I saw the discussion regarding mouth wash vs. using Baking Soda after the oil pulling. It is really important, if you use baking soda (I do) to use one without Aluminum. Red Mill for example, makes Baking Soda that states on the package that it is Aluminum Free. Personally, I also mix in salt with the baking soda. I use Celtic Sea Salt.
All the best, Dorit"
06/20/2012: Nicole from Toronto, Ontario, Canada: "I have a question about oil pulling, preferably with coconut oil, which I would use to improve my general oral health.
I was born with hip dysplasia and when I was about 3 or 4 years old, I had pins and screws inserted into each of my hips to hold things in place. I am now 19. Now this might be a silly question, but will oil pulling affect these metal screws and pins at all? Will it damage them or make them weaker?"
05/26/2012: Donna from St. Clements, Manitoba, Canada: "Hi Ted: I'm curious what your opinion is on my situation. I started oil pulling a week ago, and have not noticed any significant changes. I have 7 root canals and 14 crowns. I suffer from osteoarthritis of the knees and shoulders mostly, but also fatigue and depression. I eat gluten free, sugar free and very low starch, mostly organic; no packaged food, pop or even juice. Just quinoa, flax and chia seed, organic vegetables, and some local fish, and free range chicken with an apple here and there. I am wondering if the op is going to remove the bacteria at the base of the root canals, and as I have read recently, could be the cause of my arthritis. I'm thinking of having all the root canals pulled, but I can't afford all the bridge work to replace them. Any advice from you would be appreciated.
Thank you so much for your time, Donna"Replies
09/07/2012: Marilyn from Victoria, Bc replies: "Please read this article about root canals:
I would keep doing the oil pulling if I were you. I think inflammation and bacteria from the root canals is definitely connected to arthritis, which arises from inflammation. Get the root canalled teeth pulled as soon as you can afford it."
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 05/23/2012: Betsy from Northampton, Northants, England: "I am on my fourth day of OP with Coconut oil and since day 3 I have had a really dry mouth. This is not something I have ever suffered from before. I am drinking about 4 litres of water a day. I am ok when I eat something but about an hour later I am really dry again. Has anyone else suffered from this because I have read a lot of posts and not come across this side effect. I have also come out with a very spotty face which I am hoping is just my body detoxing. On the plus side I have much less hunger and don't crave any sweet food at all, most unlike me."Replies
05/23/2012: Mgws from Dover, New Hampshire, Usa replies: "I tried it for awhile and found the same dry mouth thing and took it for a "yes, I should be drinking more water" phenomenon. I stopped OP because it was inconvenient--shame on me? I only personally knew of one person doing it and I suppose I needed more encouragement/confirmation."
05/24/2012: Tony from Church Hill, Tn, Usa replies: "This is a reply to Lily from Australia. Where did you get that 4 litres of water is too much intake? I'm not a health professional at all but when you detox the body you're supposed to drink as much water as possible. Just look up other responses about detoxifying the body on here. Bill & Ted both will say in wouldn't hurt to drink a gallon of water a day. Of course, that would be purified water only. We need to rid the body of these toxins so flushing them out with plenty of water is the way to go. Thanks!"
05/24/2012: Lily from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia replies: "Hi Betsy, you are drinking too much water and washing away your minerals eg: potassium and magnesium. If you cut back your water intake your thirst will eventually go away but you have to persevere. The recommended amount of water is 2 litres a day. 4 is far too much. I take in less than 2 litres in the winter. You may need to supplement with magnesium tablets to stop your thirst faster. Potassium is in many foods, you can look up potassium rich foods on the net. Hope this helps. Lily."
05/29/2012: Betsy from Northampton, Northants, England replies: "Just wanted to update you. My dry mouth has stopped without me making any changes, so it must just have been my body getting used to the oil pulling. I maybe should have mentioned I exercise a lot with respect to the amount of water I drink, twice a day most days so I need to keep hydrated. I also take multivitamins because of the goodness I lose in my sweat as recommended by a fitness trainer.
My spots on my face seem to be going and my skin is looking nice. I still have a decreased appetite and don't crave sugar at all."
05/21/2012: Patsy from Stockton-on-tees, Uk: "I have been using Rice Bran oil for about 4 weeks now. I have seen no other comments about the use of this oil so would like confirmation that it is ok to use (all I had in the store cupboard when I began). It seems to have cured my gum problem - I can safely rinse my mouth with cold water without pain - something impossible to do before. There doesn't seem to be any other improvements so far, however I think I have a cleaner tongue. How long does one keep going with this?"
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 05/06/2012: Wendy from Haddon, Australia: "Hi I have been oil pulling for two weeks, in the first week I felt energised and my mouth felt wonderful, my blocked ear and nose became clear after a year of trying every thing for this, however in the second week I feel very tierd to the point of not wanting to get out of bed my bags under my eyes have doubled and I have had pain in my shoulders and elbows that I have never had I am wondering is this normal or should I stop oil pulling. I thank you for taking the time for reading my question. Kindess Regards Wendy"Replies
05/07/2012: Zilverb from Seabrook, Tx, United States replies: "I do not think it is the oil pulling. It could be a health crisis but it should not have lasted so long. I have been oil pulling for some months and it has been all good and improving all the time."
05/28/2012: Cindy from Albany, Ny replies: "Everything I've read on OP says to keep doing it through the difficulties, and the situation will improve."
[YEA] 04/09/2012: Lee from Boone, North Carolina: "I just started oil pulling 3 days ago. My main desire is to cure joint pain, but one thing I noticed after only 3 times is that my mouth feels great. I was having a lot of pain in a tooth that has had a root canal & another tooth with a cavity. I was getting ready to get a dentist appt. But the pain is completely gone after the oil pulling. I hope it works that well on my joints."
04/04/2012: Giveitagojones from Edinburgh, Uk: "I have been using Coconut oil for about 6 months now.
I stopped during a period of dental treatment (I had a wisdom tooth removed that was more filling than tooth, I strongly believed it was the cause of a strange cough I had had since the filling was done, the cough was difficult to describe, but it would disappear if I didn't brush my teeth???), I opted to have the tooth removed. A few days after the extraction and still not back to oil pulling, I suffered what can only be described as hell, my blood pressure shot up and I experienced palpitations like never before. The inflammation and discharge at the wound in my gum had allowed an infection to spread throughout my body.
The advice from my Doctor "go and see the Dentist", the advice from my Dentist "That's normal, just use some some salt water to clean the area", the advice from the emergency room I quickly visited shortly after that same day "It's not a heart attack, try to exercise more and stop smoking", the advice from a Consultant after I had completely lost my patience (and mind) five minutes later, "Take this Amoxicillin (Penicillin), and go and see your Doctor if it doesn't improve".
Anyway, to cut a long story short, I didn't bother with the antibiotics and went back to oil pulling, 3 days later, all was well (I did go crazy on my "cure all" Ginger as well), in hindsight, I should have just stuck with the oil pulling and sucking on a cut piece of Ginger root after the extraction, and when I get trouble with my teeth again (as we all will), I don't intend pausing the oil pulling.
Has anybody ever had a bad reaction to Coconut or Ginger when used together or alone, in any form?
(I should add with respect to the coughing situation above, the cough disappeared within a day or so after the tooth removal, and the only other way I could stop it was by oil pulling, but this would only last for about two hours or so).
This is an excellent site by the way and was the source of my original discovery of oil pulling.
As for the saturated fat issue with Coconuts, I don't sell Coconuts or have any interests in the Coconut industry, I personally feel that they are doing me no harm, your experience may be different, good luck and God bless to all (I hope this helps someone)."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 03/31/2012: Dorothy from San Francisco, Ca: "I've been oil pulling for five months, and I've noticed an increasing heart rate, which got up to around 95 bpm at the most. Usually my heart rate is around 65-72 bpm. I've felt increased energy and have lost weight, even more than I would like. After my heart rate shot up, I quit OPing altogether for a about a week and a half and am now OPing every few days. I realize that I could be going through a healing crisis, but how long do these crises usually last? I've had difficulty sleeping and feel very fidgety frequently. I don't understand it. Can anyone shed light on this? I want to continue OPing, but I don't want my heart rate to be out of control. I'm nearing 60 years of age. Thanks for any feedback!"
EC: Hi Dorothy, what type of oil are you using?
03/31/2012: Dane from Portland, Or replies: "I have a similar question, I'm a 26 year old male in very good health, but ever since moving back to Portland, OR (cloudy wet and rainy) 3 years ago I have had sinus congestion and seasonal allergies pretty badly (I struggled with these issues as a child here as well throughout the grey winters and into spring). I started oil pulling and am now on day 7, the first four days I had really red eyes and heavier bags than usual every morning, which I assumed were detox symptoms and now the past three days I have had an increased heart rate with palpitations upon any activity, restlessness and minor abdominal pains. I have been taking some organic food-based vitamins with probiotics and making sure to drink plenty of fluids and electrolytes, but don't want to overconsume any minerals. Are these normal symptoms?
I have been alternating sunflower and EVCO every morning.
I feel great every year by the end of summer so I think there may be some sort of seasonal deficiency that I suffer from, but I wanted to get on top of this if I am going to live here any longer. Should I keep OPing? Are symptoms I am experiencing very unusual?"
04/01/2012: Dorothy from San Francisco, CA replies: "Hi Dane, I have the same problem, an increased heart rate with OPing. I haven't found much info on it. I use ________ organic coconut oil, and I'm wondering if I ought to use another one. I'm afraid that my blood pressure has also gone up, although I haven't taken it. I've had to cut way down on OPing. I used to OP daily, each morning for five months, but I had to stop for awhile, and now I'm only doing it twice a week. My heart rate actually went up to around 95, and it's usually in the 60-72 range. I'm also having heart palpitations. I keep researching for answers. I don't want to stop OPing as it does give me increased energy and is a mood enhancer, but I don't like having a rapid heart rate."
04/02/2012: Dorothy from San Francisco, Ca replies: "Hi EC, Thanks for responding to my post! I've been using ____ Organic Coconut Oil."
04/02/2012: Hope from Sacramento, California replies: "Hi Dorothy -You may want to try sesame or sunflower oil for pulling. More than once, when I pulled with coconut oil, my blood pressure went sky high. Although it made my teeth much whiter than op-ing with other oils, it did not agree with my heart.....
I still, after more than a year, pull only with sesame and sunflower oil without side effects."
04/04/2012: Dorothy from San Francisco, Ca replies: "Thank you, Hope, for your suggestion! I did buy some sesame oil to oil pull with originally, then opted for coconut oil. I wonder what it is about the coconut oil that causes rapid heart rate and sky-high blood pressure? I didn't take my blood pressure as it scared me just having a 95 bpm heart rate."
04/04/2012: Mvo from Johannesburg, South Africa replies: "Please google "the pulse test" you may find the answer to your question."
05/12/2012: Seeker from Tampa, Fl replies: "95 heartbeat is nothing. I was put on heart monitor for a day because of the stress and palpatations I was getting. My heart rate was shooting up over 160 several times a day. No wonder it felt uncomfortable. I am only in my 30s."