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Posted by Adnama (Urbana, Il) on 08/07/2013

[YEA]  I first heard of oil pulling about a year ago when I was trying to find remedies for dark circles. I gave it a shot for about a month, ran out of coconut oil, and didn't pick it back up until about 3 weeks ago. Since then I've been doing it twice a day for 20 minutes, with maybe one or two days I just didn't have the time for it. I started it up again because of a mouth sore caused by a decaying tooth. Oil pulling + peroxide + gargling with salt water made the pain go away within the night.

I am 21 years old, 5' 3", and 203 pounds according to my scale today. Since oil pulling, my keratosis pilaris has cleared up considerably. I still have a few bumps but my skin all over has a nice glow and I no longer have the red bumps that gave my skin the 'chicken skin' look. But I did recently have a visit to the beach, and I've always known that salt water + sun calms down my keratosis pilaris too. When I first started oil pulling I had the same effects but it took longer, but with the combined 'treatments' my skin is very smooth.

I've always had a glow to my face since I use the Oil Cleansing Method, but the added effect of Oil Pulling certainly helps too. My stretchmarks have faded, but I've been using organic unrefined virgin coconut oil (used for pulling as well, I got a pound of it off Amazon for fourty bucks, it's lasted me over six months and I still have 1/4 of it left) everytime I get out of the shower for over a year. I'm not sure if it has helped my dark circles. They're hereditary and have always been dark, like I got punched in both my eyes. I suppose I have been using less concealer lately...

My teeth are cleaner, whiter, and stronger. I have a tooth that is beyond being fixed, but I don't have the money to get it extracted. Oil pulling definitely keeps the pain away and helps keep food particles out. My tongue is always pink, my breath never smells bad. But I also use baking soda and peroxide to brush my teeth and tongue. I have a slightly crooked jaw caused by me chewing mostly on my left side do to my decaying tooth on the right side. It doesn't hurt anymore and I'm pretty sure my jaw line has gotten more defined. My left side is also the side that has fillings and the pulling doesn't effect them at all.

I have more energy. I'm really not a morning person but with a new job I started I have to get up around 6:30 am. Without oil pulling I don't think I'd be able to drag myself out of bed.

And since oil pulling, I haven't wanted to smoke marijuana. I actually stopped completely a week and a half ago. I'm not sure if it's because I'm oil pulling or because I stopped smoking weed or both, but I eat less and people have told me my over all appearance looks tighter like I've been working out. I have been walking a lot more, that's for sure. Probably because my energy is up. Yay!

Also, my dreams are a lot more vivid and I can remember them when I wake up. Also might be a side effect of not smoking anymore, but I have oil pulled longer than I haven't been smoking and know for a fact that my dreams started when I began oil pulling. I've probably had more energy because I have been getting a deeper sleep, and I only need 8 hours as opposed to the 10 hours I've been used to!

All in all, I've had a positive outcome to oil pulling and I don't plan to stop. Even if it's just a placebo effect, I definitely feel better and healthier. :)

Replied by Hales
Los Angeles. California
Thank you so much for this forum, I've been wanting to start OP but I was worried that it would loosen my crown on my lower tooth or that it would have a bad effect on a decaying tooth I have, but after reading that others have the same issues as me and nothing bad has happened, I'm for sure all in. Thank you all so much
Replied by Hamm
Florida, US
I think real exercise would do you well. Play sports and if you can't do that, just run. 21 is tooooo young for health problems.

Posted by Baaarb (Sumter, Sc) on 07/20/2013

[SIDE EFFECTS]  My daughter and I started oil pulling about a week and a half ago. I have various health issues. Interstitial cystitis (aka painful bladder), heart disease, high BP and high cholesterol, allergies and arthritis, migraines. We use coconut oil to pull and I was hoping to feel better... Instead I have been really sick with the worst migraine ever and we both have this itchy rash. My daughter said she is stopping the oil pulling and I am wondering if I should do the same? My sinus did seem better, but now I have even more medicine to take (benedryl) because of the itching. Can you tell me what to do?

Replied by Tracy
San Augustine, Texas
With as many health problems as you seem to have, you need to be careful about how to correct them. A therapy such as oil-pulling may be too much for you to start off with, causing multiple reactions in your body that your system just cannot handle at one time. I would suggest you segregate your health problems & try some therapies that are specific to each health problem, for now. For instance, for bladder problems, try remedies such as parsley(tincture, extract, herb), cranberry, cornsilk tea & nettles. For high blood pressure, take aged garlic extract or garlic capsules to regulate, beet extract to lower bp, arginine & niacin, etc. For cholesterol, take flax seed (& oil caps), lecithin capsules, fenugreek extract, a weeklong juice diet, etc. For allergies, try Quercetin, local honey & bee pollen, alfalfa tablets, etc. For arthritis, try eating cherries, no white sugar or flour products, cat's claw herb, topical DMSO, etc. Migraines are often one of the ways your body is telling you that it needs cleansing, but they can also be caused by cleansing too fast. As you correct each of your health problems, you may have reactions to the cleansings or healings in the form of migraines, skin rashes, intestinal problems, etc. Two things that can help remove toxins from the body are Chorella & EDTA. Chlorella is a green algae. Spirulina is another algae that is similar to Chlorella. EDTA is much stronger & requires some studying to use properly for detoxifying the body. So, don't rush into anything. EDTA will also help with heart disease.
Replied by Diverguy1979
Lebanon, Indiana
[YEA]   I'm 34 y/o male and have been using this site for seven years, it is truly my go to for all my ailments. I feel what you may be experiencing is a sick like condition from the oil pushing out toxins. I read about this affect on the hydrogen peroxide treatment page. I urge you to read up on this and then decided for yourself to push through or discontinue. I wish you luck in your research!

Posted by Mictre (Sydney, Nsw, Australia) on 06/27/2013

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Two weeeks ago I commenced using coconut oil for 'oil pulling' and I'm just wondering if the bodily symptoms experienced since are related. After the first two days I contracted gastro-enteritis for a week (so did my 7yr old daugter who is not 'oil pulling'), so I'm thinking that was just bad luck.

On recovery I noticed a sore gland on left side of throat, so I reccommenced Oil Pulling.

Next day I woke with a dull bruised feeling on my left side above the hip and below the bottom rib. As the day wore on it got worse (never sharp). Sore gland still aching. Had two panadol mid afternoon and late that night couldnt sleep or lay on my side because of the discomfort. Wondered about likely hernia. So I got up in the middle of the night and opened up 'Earthclinic' for some self diagnosis. The pain in my side seemed to be in the Gallbladder/ kidney vicinity so after taking 2 more panadol I blended up some apples and mixed a glass with 2 tblspoons of ACV..... Slept very well and woke without pain. Have had same tonic once more today as well as baking soda H20 drinks (2).

Tonight gland still sore and dull side discomfort still present.

What do you think?

Will get GP to check me out tomorrow. Plan to keep going with alkalizing.

P.S 44 yrold overweight cofee/chocolate/cheese/toast/meat eating male.

Replied by Val
Birmingham, Uk
You may be allergic to coconut oil. Try with sunflower oil.

Posted by Sherbert (Houston, Tx) on 05/16/2013

[YEA]  I started pulling with olive oil on May 5th and didn't like a rancid background taste so I bought coconut oil and like it much better. I have to briefly warm it up to melt it and swoosh about 1 Tbls during my shower in the morning. I have already noticed a few changes in just this short period of time. Will get back with more details soon!

Replied by Ana
Homestead, Fl
To Sherbert from Houston, Tx: There is no need to melt the coconut oil before oil pulling, the coconut oil will naturally melt in your mouth as you oil pull.

Posted by Dani (Adelaide, Australia) on 04/03/2013

[YEA]  I have suffered with very sensitive teeth for years and avoided going to the dentist for fear of the pain that comes with a checkup and clean. That is until I started oil pulling with coconut oil. After a week of oil pulling for approx 10 mins a day 5 days a week all sensitivity was gone and I stopped using sensitive toothpaste. My teeth became whiter and most soreness went, I just had a very slight tenderness around the my bottom 4 front teeth. So I went to the dentist expecting cavities and was told that there were none and I was doing a good job cleaning my teeth despite avoiding the dentist for many years. After having a proper clean my teeth look and feel amazing. The oil pulling sorted out my sensitivity and improved my gums and oral health so that I didn't suffer pain or feel embarrassment at the dentist. I will continue to oil pull so that sensitivity doesn't return. Thanks again earth clinic

Posted by Sue M. (Worden, Il, Usa) on 12/08/2012

There was an excellent article on Dr. Mercola's website about VCO and oil pulling, so I'd thought I'd post for everyone to read:

Posted by Suzy (Eugene, Oregon) on 11/28/2012

I decided to try oil pulling as I have always had very yellow teeth. I am using coconut oil that I have warmed slightly. My experience was, as I was swishing and pulling I was salivating like crazy... The volume of the liquid increased to the point I had to spit and spit alot! Since I am obviously spitting out oil as well as saliva... Should I add more oil and start over? I managed about 10 minutes for the first time, but I am pretty sure the ratio of oil to saliva had shifted.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Suzy, it's fine. If you want to do the whole 20 minutes, just take more oil and continue. The spit helps along.
Replied by Wendy
Columbus, Oh/usa
You don't need a whole lot of coconut oil. I use just 1 tablespoon and never have a problem with "spillage", but I've read here on EC that some people use 1 teaspoon. Experiment with amount, and see what works best for you.

Posted by Nana (Florence, Al) on 11/04/2012

[YEA]  To all who have dental issues: four months ago I started a new morning ritual that is easy & cheap. Yesterday when I went to get a dental cleaning & check up (its been a year) the hygienist was amazed at my teeth! The first thing she said to me was, "your teeth are spotless! " Then after looking further in my mouth she said, "you don't have any plague! " While she was spraying that jet stream in my mouth that stings your gums she said, "my white latex gloves are next to your teeth & your teeth look bleach white! " Then when she was finished she said, "you didn't have one drop of blood! You have absolutely no infection or bacteria in your mouth! " She wanted to know what I'd been doing, and I said, OIL PULLING with organic coconut oil. (Also brushing with baking soda & flossing every morning). The dentist came in & looked around & said everything looks fine. My X-rays showed that the gums that had started receding the past few years seem to be covering the bottom of my teeth again in places. This was NOT a coincidence & I was extremely happy walking out of the office! Hope this helps somebody.

Replied by Mary
Toronto, Canada
Hi Nana, what brand of coconut oil are you using? I start a week ago op with Virgin Coconut Oil first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach and I see no improvement, I also take 1-2 teaspoons internally daily and I think I gained weight from it. I might consider changing the brand or the oil.
Replied by Nana
Florence, Al
Hi Mary, I use Organic Coconut Oil (refined) for oil pulling and use the Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (unrefined) when I take my 2 TBS daily. Good luck!
Replied by Earthy
Burbank, Ca
I've shifted between coconut oil and olive oil for oil pulling and never noticed a difference till now. I've had a problem with canker sores most of my life and recently started brushing them, after my sister told me brushing made hers go away. Brushing them turned out not to be as painful as I'd feared, and the canker sores would only last about a day after I brushed them. But as soon as the old one was gone, a new one would start.

I was oil pulling with coconut oil at that time. But I started to worry that my pulse was getting faster, something that I read on this site can be caused by coconut oil (even though I only oil pull for about 1-5 minutes, something Ted from Bangkok recommended). So I went back to olive oil. And, after a few days, I realized that I almost never have a canker sore, and if I do, I can barely feel it. So, for now, I'm voting for olive oil over coconut oil.

Replied by Om
Hope Bc Canada
However, the traditional and classical oil for oil pulling is sesame oil. Ayurveda states that other oils do not have the best effect. Om
Replied by Anne
Hello Nana,

Do you still oil pull and can you use regular toothpaste afterwards instead of baking soda, cause I have some sensitive teeth.

Posted by Vero (El Paso, Tx, Usa) on 08/22/2012

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I started OP just a few days ago to better my oral hygiene and also for help with my allergies. I'm starting with coconut oil because I am currently breastfeeding and wanted to start slowly with something mild then work up to the sesame/sunflower oil. What I've noticed these past few days is my teeth are whiter and my sinuses are draining but also I notice I'm experiencing panic attacks and feel a bit light headed at times. I'll continue to OP because I read a worsening of symptoms is a sign of being cured but are these symptoms "normal" or should I switch oils? Also I do feel completely drained and can't afford to with a toddler. Can I expect these symptoms to go away and if so, how soon? Thanks in advance.

Replied by Hope
Sacramento, Ca
I also experienced great teeth whitening with coconut oil, but it raised my blood pressure rather severely.

A year later I had forgotten about that and decided to oil pull with it again, as I was going to my dentist in a few weeks for a teeth cleaning and wanted to impress him with my whiter teeth.

Unfortunately, (or fortunately), the office was now taking blood pressure readings before doing the work and my BP was Extremely high and they would not clean my teeth as a result. I remembered about the VCO and have not used it from that day on.

I also do not go to the dentist anymore, as oil pulling with sesame oil, flossing, and using baking soda, keeps my teeth in very good health :-)

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Vero, it seems that sesame oil is milder for OP than coconut oil. Switch and experiment. Right now you cannot afford the "detox" stuff.

Posted by Nordlanding1 (Uniontown, Alabama) on 08/12/2012

[YEA]  I've been oil pulling with organic extra virgin coconut oil for about 2 months now. I literally ran from the dentist over a year ago when my hygienist cleaned my teeth and told me that I have gingivitis, bleeding gums and what not. When I brush my teeth, my gums would bleed. Almost immediately I started oil pulling, I noticed that my teeth felt tighter. When I brush, it doesn't bleed anymore so I scheduled me a dentist appointment. The same hygienist from a year ago asked where I had been and she remembered that my teeth were jacked up so to speak. So she asked have I been flossing everyday. Of course not was my response so to make a long story shorter, when she finished with my cleaning she was flabbergasted at how well my teeth are now compared to last year. I had a second cleaning a week later. She said, "Mr. Nord, your teeth are great, you've been doing something". that's when I told her about oil pulling.

Replied by Lwcath
Pawleys Island, Sc, Usa
[YEA]   I am also having great results with oil pulling with coconut oil for the last 3 weeks. I have also been doing a daily rinse with hydrogen peroxide. My lower cuspid teeth had horrible tartar that covered the bottom of the teeth. My gums were discolored and receding. Receding badly on the bottom. I never felt they were really clean after the most intense brushing. And I have intermittent issues of gum and tooth pain. My mouth felt better overall after just the 1st pull. 3 weeks later- Now, my upper gums have no signs of receding. My gums are pink and healthy looking. I had 2 troublesome, persistent swollen salivary glands on the floor of my mouth that are now non-existent. All tartar and plaque is gone, with the exeption of one tiny spot on one of the cuspids, and it is diminishing by the day. I told my friend who is a dental hygienist about it. She didn't believe me. So I drove over to her house, and she was amazed. Epecially in the great condition of my gums. My teeth feel so strong! I am a smoker, and my teeth are so much whiter. And when I rub my tongue over them it feels as if I have just left the dentist. Also, when I wake up, no bad breath! I was really scared I was going to ultimately lose some teeth, but now those fears are vanquished. Also, my skin is no longer dry, and my dry hair looks oily if I don't wash it every day. I also have noticed that I no longer have to use eyedrops and chapstick all day. My skin is just so nourished. I also think I am not grinding my teeth at night anymore. Thank you Earth Clinic!!!!! I have to be careful who I tell this story to because I sound like a wing nut. I would never believe it if I hadn't experienced it!

Posted by Melissa (Maine) on 07/24/2012

[YEA]  I just started this about one week ago, and have been doing it two or three times a day. The first three or four days I was exhausted in the afternoon and had to lay down and rest. I also got two big pimples on my face. Then I started taking a couple tbsp internally each day. Three days ago I started to put it on my upper arms that have really bad psoriasis.

Results so far:

-No bleeding at all when brushing teeth, even though I had to use a stiff toothbrush because I lost mine. This alone is amazing.

-the psoriasis on my arms is still red and obvious, but it is no longer flaking, etc. too early to tell if coconut oil will be a true solution, but it's encouraging and I could probably put some dermablend on and wear short sleeves in public (for the first time in years)!

-lastly, I have had a bump under my arm that was about lentil size several months ago, and it got to be about the size of a small gumball. I have no idea what it is. It is now still bigger than a lentil but smaller than it was. Hopefully it will be gone by the time I have a job and insurance!

Overall, these have been amazing results. I don't know how it works and I don't care! I know it sounds unbelievable, but I wanted to share my success story. It may not work for everyone, but my short term results have been practically miraculous.

Replied by Constance
Baumholder, Germany
I want to hear more about the bump under your arm. I have the same and am interested if you've seen any positive results with OP. My PCP know about it and says it nothing to worry about at this time. The mams are always clear and monthly exams prove normal for years. But, I'm curious nonetheless.
Replied by Ivonne
If you like how the coconut oil works on your skin, you will love coconut milk. Coconut milk is just as moisturizing, if not more, and it wont leave you all greased up. It is fantastic. I use an organic brand that does not have BPA. Hope it helps!

Posted by Jane (Mountain View, Ca) on 05/18/2012

[YEA]  I have been Oil Pulling with organic Coconut Oil for 17 days. Unbelievable. Nose runs a bit, while one TBS of slighted heated Coconut Oil with 3 drops of Melaleuca Alternifolia (optional) is swished around very consciously in my mouth for 20 minutes. Immediatley when oil is in mouth I have phlegm from throat slightly surfacing. Nose running. No problem. Results after 17 days: Gums and Teeth feel great, much whiter teeth, plaque has disappeared, infection is gone in one tooth, can now chew on side of mouth where new bridge was put in 3 months ago. Almost in one week I could start chewing. Soreness and sensitivity was entirely gone. Two of my teeth that dentist said to remove because of infection I am not going to remove. I wish that the oil pulling would grow bone. Anyone know about this? I have periodonal condition. My plaque has all disappeared. I spit out and rinse with [an oil] solution and gargle. I will write back when I see my hygienist July 5, 2012. Thank you all. Jane

Replied by Jowhitney
Portland, Or
On growing bone: see recommended diet by The dentist and researcher Weston A. Price watched post-depression malnourished kids grow secondary dentin in their cavity-ridden teeth. Many of us are much less-nourished than we think. Valuable foods like raw milk (see for info and local listings), homemade mineral-rich bone stock and dietary sources of all-important vitamins A & D have disappeared! You CAN re-grow bone. It's a matter of nutrition.

Posted by Sweetpea (Brewer, Me, Usa) on 04/25/2012

Hi. I just found this site last night, and first heard of oil pulling yesterday morning at the dentist's office. A patient in the room next to me said she works in a chiropractic office, and one of the clients told her about it. She's been doing it since February and her teeth are whiter.

Personally, I've been eating/drinking young, green Thai coconuts now for a couple months... About one a day, and also drink Zico, especially when the Thai coconuts aren't available in my area. It gives me a good afternoon "pep" and I experience a general well-being feeling afterward. Also, I've been using organic, virgin coconut oil in my cooking so I've been reading the benefits of coconuts for awhile now so surprised I hadn't heard of pulling before this.

Anyway, this morning, I tried it. I'm fortunate I found this site last night because there is a Ted on here who said to brush your teeth first, oil pull for only 5 minutes, and then brush again after. I felt better about 5 minutes than 20 since I know I'm toxic and I had a Nissen Fundoplication surgery (they wrap the top part of your stomach around your esophagus) and a side effect of that is I can't throw up... So I dry heave until I go to the hospital where they starve me for 6 days and stick horrible medications that throw me off through an IV... So I don't want to do that. It would take me away from trying this.

So far so good. I've had a tiny amount of mucus, most likely would be a lot more if I had done 20 minutes, but I do have a warm feeling in my sinuses and respiratory tract. Not a bad feeling, just a feeling that something is happening. I have nausea meds I can take if I start to feel nauseous... for me it really will have to go the other direction...

Thank you for this site. It's addicting, and I look forward to reading more posts of others experiences, etc.

Posted by Mg (New York, Ny) on 04/16/2012

Hi there, I have started oil pulling with coconut oil and I feel it makes a big difference for me with my teeth and with my sleep. I fall asleep much more easily and wake up feeling much more rested. My main question is this: Am I absorbing any of the medium-chain fats from the coconut oil while using it for pulling? When I'm done, the oil is much more watery. Does that mean the oil is moving through the membranes in my mouth... And being absorbed? I ask because I want my dad (who has Parkinson's) to start getting the medium-chain fats from coconut oil daily. I wonder how much, if any, of its benefits he can get just from oil pulling.

So - is it possible to absorb the medium-chain fats during the oil-pulling process? And how much of the fats from about a tablespoon or two in the mouth? All of them? Thank you.

Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx
I drink a TBSP of coconut oil in my hot tea a few times a week. It takes me 15-20 minutes to finish the cup. This always coats my mouth, teeth, throat and lips with coconut oil each time. Is this having the same effect as OP? or do I need to do it with cold CO and spit it out? I want to try OP with either this or olive oil, especially if it helps facial skin puffiness! Anyone had these benefits?

Posted by Earlygirl (Sacramento, California) on 03/15/2012

[YEA]  I started oil pulling with coconut oil about three weeks ago based on comments posted here on Earth Clinic. I had just had my semi-annual teeth cleaning at the dentist's office and the hygienist was really cranky with me because she was finding 4s. I must say that since I started oil pulling, (once a day in the morning on weekdays, weekends off) my gums are a much lighter pink color and they seem to be growing back. And when I floss, there is no blood. I am thrilled and looking forward to going back for my next cleaning and seeing the hygienist's reaction.

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