Oil Pulling: Safe, Simple and Effective!

Last Modified on Dec 13, 2014

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Posted by Bitterbrew (Amherst, Wisconsin, United States) on 02/24/2011

I had a question that I haven't seen asked or answered yet. I was wondering if medication had any effect on the results of oil pulling. If oil pulling is a type of detox, then wouldn't it be fighting against your medication in trying to rid your body of it? When I was oil pulling I did it first thing in the morning then took my meds and vitamins after. But I just hoped that my medication didn't counteract the possible results. I am taking 70mg of vyvanse. In case that information is important. Does anybody have an answer for this?

Posted by Coco:) (Toronto, On) on 02/20/2011

Why the wait of 1 hour after drinking or 3/4 after eating? What will happen if done right after a meal or snack? Coco

Replied by Harmonious1
Alamogordo, Nm
I personally would hurl if I tried to pull oil on a full stomach! Hate hate hate puking!
Replied by Pam
Kansas City, Mo
[YEA]   I don't have the exact answer to your question of why it is recommended to wait after eating or drinking before you oil pull, but one possible theory is if you pull with a full stomach, the oil will have double duty. It will be pulling toxins from the food in your stomach as well as other parts of your system. I enjoy oil pulling and I can tell the difference in my congestion problems immediately afterwards.
Replied by Amy
San Francisco, Ca, Usa
I've been wondering the same.... I'm actually wondering if we won't produce as much saliva after we've eaten.... And I think I read that it helps to digest the oil... So better when we're a little hungry.

Posted by Birayi (Arlington, Va) on 02/10/2011

I started Oil Pulling last week. Then I just held some wine in my mouth for few minutes. When I spitted it I saw so much debris! Is this from my mouth or from the wine? I could even see some chemical reaction in the sink when I was flushing hot water to clean the debris.

Posted by Kim (Winston Salem, Nc, Usa) on 01/22/2011

I am currently on antibiotics for a sinus and ear infection and just found out about oil pulling. Should I wait to start doing it until all the antibiotics are finished?

Posted by Tamara (Phoenix, Az, Usa) on 01/14/2011

I saw on Dr. Oz tonight that Walnut oil helps with belly fat, I was wondering if this oil can be used for the OP??
Brand new to this I just found this so any help would be great, I need to go buy some oil tomorrow. Thanks to everyone for their great input. I am very interested in trying this, hopefully my teeth problems are taken care of.

Posted by Nasrin Jiwan (Mombasa, Kenya) on 01/03/2011

I have been OP for a month now. The concern is I am having a funny sensation in my tongue. Could this be due to some kind of deficiency or OP.

Posted by Flower (Newark, Vermont) on 12/31/2010

[SIDE EFFECTS]  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

Posted by Michelle (San Francisco, Ca, Us) on 12/30/2010

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

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Eye bags sometimes have to do with kidneys. Make sure to drink lots of water.
Replied by Dr Faith
Broken Arrow, Ok
Sometimes bags under your eyes are from Adrenal fatigue, so herbs like ashwaganda or holy basil are helpful. Keep up the good work!
Replied by Annie
Las Vegas, Nv
[YEA]   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 : ))
Replied by Yellow
Laguna Hill, Ca
Do you oil pull in the morning and evening..or?

Posted by Jen (Malvern, Pa) on 12/26/2010

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

Posted by Mary (Chicago, Il, Usa) on 12/21/2010

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.

Posted by Allison (Dallas, Texas) on 12/15/2010

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??

Replied by Jane Buck
Portland, Oregon
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!
Replied by Rob
Manhattan, Ny
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.

Posted by Irene (Falmouth, Cornwall Uk) on 12/12/2010

How many oil pulls can you do consecutively in a row at one time?
Thanks, Irene.

Replied by Katie
Albany, Ny
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]   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.

Posted by Dibraccio (New Brunswick, New Jersey) on 12/03/2010

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Kiran (Birmingham, United Kingdm) on 11/30/2010

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?

Replied by Andrea C
Cardiff, Wales Uk
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

Replied by Aurora
Mason City, Ia
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.
Replied by Tom
Regina, Sk
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!

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
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?
Replied by Patricia
Kingston Ontario, Canada
I downloaded the book free online after a bit of a search after reading here.

Posted by Laurie (Moriarty, New Mexico) on 11/24/2010

[YEA]  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

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