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Posted by Ellen (Norwich, Ct) on 06/16/2011

[YEA]  I have had an excessive salt taste constantly in my mouth for the past 2 years. Checked with my Family Physician, Endocrinoligist, and Dentist. None of which could give me a reason or solution to the salt taste. I have been OP with Coconut Oil for about 3 weeks and about a week after OP I realized the salt taste was gone. I have also noticed dark circles and puffiness under my eyes have diminished. I also see an improvement in the color of my teeth and gums. I will definitely continue with the OP and perhaps try another oil as well.

Posted by Kate (Orange , Nsw, Australia) on 05/05/2011

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  I got an email from a wise old lady who I respect suggesting I may be able to help my sinusitus with oil pulling with coconut oil. Having suffered from this for about 6 years (started when I moved into a mouldy house.. But this may just have been a trigger or coincidence) I was pretty desperate. My instincts told me this could be the one so I hooned down to the health food shop and bought some coconut oil (it wasn't the brand my wise friend had recommended but it was all they had.

I took it straight away (about 5pm) .. Immediately I experienced mucous cascading into my mouth and a few minutes later I vomited. I perserved with more oil and did the 20 minutes feeling very very nauseous. That night I spent a very very disturbed night of mucous action (eek gross.. ended up blowing my nose into an old sarong and spitting into a bucket all night). after 3 more treatments I had the most amazing clearing of my sinuses in my forehead. 3 days later I was full of severe joint aches and blocked ears to the extent that I took to my bed thinking I had malaria (which I had had 3 months prior to this).

I then had blocked ears (like I was losing altitude in a plane) for the next 3 weeks but lessening mucous action.

Now a month later.. Better than ever before.. not cured but I think I will be as I continue.

Other good side effects seem to be increased energy levels. Downside was when I ran out of this brand of oil and tried some others while travelling and they were gross (tasted rancid). Hasn't as yet made my teeth whiter but I do live in hope.

Another huge plus was finding this site when researching oil pulling. WOW.. You guys rock! Thanks!

Replied by Bill
Ithaca, Ny
Kate, Glad you are as impressed with EC as I am. It really is awsome. I'm writing to let you know that malaria can lie dormant in the liver and reoccur needing medication. Wikipedia malaria and then investigate 'MMS'. It's the only perminent solution to malaria on the planet. There's no way for the parasite to develope resistance to 'MMS'. Google Jim Humble and Good luck!
Replied by Hannah
New York, Ny
My dentist said an infection is being caused by bone loss around an implant. I've had so many surgeries and implants already. When it started I didn't remember about oil pulling but today I did. Meanwhile, I've had to go on antiobiotics again. I put about three drops of Neem oil in coconut oil. Gratefully, I have no adverse reaction to the oil in my mouth. I'd be grateful for any comments about periodontal disease - if you have this and/or implants, how often do you do it? Thanks!
Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
Hi Hannah, Recently there has been a lot here on EC regarding this issue and some holistic thoughts on periodontal care. Here is a link to the info I put up here a couple months ago:


Also, Blake from Greenfield, Wisconsin just put up a post earlier and it's here on the Latest Post page. Scroll down to find it because his post is very informative and the audio is awesome. I listened to it and it is well worth listening to. I'm sure you will learn a lot on our living teeth and how to restore their health.

Hope this info helps! Lisa

Posted by Marissa (Atlanta, Ga) on 03/27/2011

[YEA]  low energy: I've been oil pulling with extra virgin Coconut Oil for about 4 days now. I am sleeping through the night, I have an easier time getting out of bed in the morning. My skin is glowing so much and the little fine lines are disappearing. I still have dark circles under my eyes though. Also, I am having more bowel movements.

Posted by Rob (Dayton, Ohio) on 03/08/2011

My massage therapist recently recommended OP using coconut oil to clear up terrible and chronic post nasal drip. Any advice as to quantity, frequency, before meals/after meals, possible side-effects, etc, would be appreciated.

Replied by Jz
Buena Park, Ca
I use unrefined extra virgin coconut oil (CO) 1 teaspoon melted. If CO is solid put in microwave for 10 seconds. more if needed. It only takes a few seconds to melt it. Put solid CO in pyrex shot glass.
Replied by Nybe
La, Usa
advice: do not microwave ANYTHING you put into your body.
Replied by Katherine
Les Laurentides, Quebec
[WARNING!]   Absolutely agreed on do not put anything into your body that is microwaved. Also, it would be really unnecessary to microwave the coconut oil. It melts at 70F / 21C, so it basically melts the second you put it into your mouth.
Replied by Cooldoey
Montreal, Quebec (canada)
you do not need to melt it - it will melt the moment it hits your mouth
Replied by Maryjo122
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
I have a powerpack type of thing that is the power source to my laptop, my bedroom flatscreen tv has same thing.. I put my virgin coconut oil on that and it melts within 5 minutes. I keep my coconut oil in a small glass bowl and refill it as necessary.. Therefore ensuring no rancid oil. I make sure to wash the bowl between filings also. I am just now starting to use Oil pulling, see if it helps w/ my various ailments? here's to hoping......
Replied by Deborah
Macclesfield, Cheshire
Don't heat anything that you put in body on a power source (laptop battery etc) they emit radiation...

Posted by Abby (Chicago, Il) on 02/24/2011

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I have oil pulled about 2 years ago with sesame oil, after a few days to a week of it I started getting diareah. I kept oil pulling every morning for 20 min. Then rinsed my mouth. Following all the directions. I realized that it must have been doing it's job and detoxing my body. I experienced terrible headaches as well. Unfortunately I had to stop due to a very important weekend, that I didn't want to be sick for. So I didn't get to see the other side of the detox.

I recently started oil pulling again with Coconut oil. I did it for about 2 and half weeks. I only stopped because I ran out. I love it as a lotion! Although with oil pulling every morning for about 20 minutes, after 2 weeks I didn't notice anything. No changes. I have heard that Coconut oil is good for candida. I know I probably have bad candida because I am always craving sugar, and need to change my diet. But it seemed to make me hungrier and crave more sweets. I am also a vegetarian and haven't touched meat in 4 years, and I craved and couldn't stop myself from tasting a few bites of chicken and beef! Should I start again? Or is there a way to tell what oil might be the best for me?

Replied by Justafriend
Miami, Fl
I was a vegan for a good while, until I did more research. Red meats are actually good for you, especially the organic red meats and the animals are taken care of and allowed to roam freely. The health benefits from eating meat along with low carb vegatables is great. I still love my vegatables but I also like healthy meats just the same. And trust me when I saw this you will fuction better if you taken everything that is of a organic nature of course their are a few exceptions on certain plants and other things that I stay away from such as soy, corn, wheat, yeast and milk.
Replied by Joe
Detrot, Michigan, Usa
I made the switch from Sesame & Olive to Virgin CC oil; what a difference. For me, EVCO was much stronger detox than the others; so much I had to quit after about 8 days to recoop. It sounds to me like you are experiencing a "healing crisis". Your body retains things from the past; as you detox you peal away the layers last in first out, thus you experience symptoms of a point in time much longer ago; interesting that you crave meat...
Replied by Jaki
Fremantle, Western Australia
If you are vegetarian, chances are you eat a fair amount of dairy - better to eat a small amount of fish, veges, nuts and whole grains - organic, fermented tofu and tempeh are vastly different from "soy products" too. Meat, especially chicken, and dairy creates high inflammation in the body.

Posted by Suthernbellatl (Atlanta, Ga) on 01/23/2011

[YEA]  I have just began OP and have read some of the side effects many are having, many very unfortunate. But what I have noticed within myself that after starting slow, once a day on an empty stomach, my saliva flow is very active and I keep a cup around for about an extra hour, because the way I see it, your body has not completely ended the pulling process just because you spit out the oil. So to keep from poisoning myself, I keep a cup around and didnt incur any side effects whatsoever.

Replied by Mst
Dubai, Uae
I have been doing oil pulling for more than two months now. First I have used extra virgin olive oil, then sesame seed oil and now organic coconut oil. Olive oil is fine, sesame is bitter, but coconut feels just right, mellow and easy to swish. But I haven't felt any improvement to my health yet (lower abdominal pain, knee pain and general fatigue). Should I first use ACV for a while? Is it ok to do both, oil pulling and then drink water with ACV?
Replied by Crissy
Longview, Washington
Such a good question, did you find an answer? I want to try op but am reluctant, as I hate being sick and am afraid of dramatic side effects. I have menieres disease and do not want to wake that beast for ANY reason.

Posted by Robanatta (London, Ontario) on 12/16/2010

I was experiencing mild conjunctavitis in my left eye -not red but burning, itching, and mucous discharging. After my first OP with the coconut oil it was almost completely gone! I also felt lighter and had more energy, as well as my sinuses felt clearer. I hadn't noticed that my sinuses were congested, but they're just... Clearer?! ?

Then I did a OP with safflower oil several hours later. I'm finding that my throat is releasing toxins now. I'm starting to hack-up crap from my lungs -I'm an ex-smoker for 5 months now- and they feel like they are REALLY starting to clean out. I do have a mild head-ache, and a mild soar throat (only on the right side (weird! )), but I still feel healthy... I'm going to use the extra virgin coconut oil in the morning -I like the natural anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties of the oil as well as the MC-triglicerides- for a power cleanse in the morning. And then, I'll use the safflower oil with oregano for the other two treatments in before lunch and dinner. I might even try hemp oil before going to bed, as I've read that it makes one sleepy after using it. (I don't have trouble sleeping as it is, but any extra help might be good). GLTA... I'm glad to have heard about OP and this web-site...

Replied by Njs
Ontario, Canada
Can pregnant women do oil pulling? Will it affect the baby? I am 32 weeks along and suffering constipation, bad breath and other things from pregnancy. Natalie
Replied by English Rose
Cornwall, England
I did coconut oil OP when pregnant/nursing with no issues.. Only benefits!

Posted by Cassie (Boston, Ma) on 10/20/2010

[YEA]  I tried this for 3 weeks before I had to go to the dentist on a lark because I hadn't been flossing and I was dreading the blood, pain, and lectures I'm used to at the dentist. I oil swish coconut oil while I'm showering every morning for about 10-15 minutes. Just got back from the dentist yesterday--she said, "Wow. You have really been trying hard! " She said there was virtually no plaque. Plus, when she flossed for me and cleaned and scraped what little plaque there was there was no pain and no bleeding! I'm never stopping! First pleasant trip to the dentist ever.

Posted by Iris (Los Angeles, Ca, U.s.) on 08/20/2010

[YEA]  I have been using coconut for oil pullin for 2 days. Today is 8/20/2010.

I was looking for a way to avoid root canals. I had pain in my teeth on both sides of my mouth and just did not want any more root canals. I read in a book written by a dentist that root canals allow bacteria to set up as soon as 24 hours after they are done. And that the bacteria can spread to other parts of your body and cause pain and disease that the medical doctor won't make the connection that the problem is stemming from a root canal whether it was done years ago or just recently. I am happy I found this site. My goodness how can swossing oil around your mouth have such power and allow you to reap such benefits? Here are some of mine:

The first night I found out about oil pulling I just used a cotton swab to massage my gums and teeth with olive oil. The next morning my gums were so sore. I wonder if the oil stirred up the bacteria in my gums. I started oil pulling that morning with coconut oil as I read it killed bacteria. Over a period of some time, my teeth had become yellow, I do not know why as they used to be white, white, white. I oil pulled for 20 minutes. Immediatly I saw that my teeth lightened up tremendously. I was elated. I had used tooth bleach but the procedure would have to be repeated). Mucous began to released as I was doing the oil pulling and continued afterward for probably over an hour (I didn't time it). My teeth are so smooth now (and whiter), only after 2 days of this. When I drink water now, I feel so hydrated and the water taste good just hitting my mouth. This is something I had never even thought of. I didn't know what I was missing until now. The pain in my teeth has lessened. I can still feel a little bit. But it is leaving.

I had pain, first in my right hip, then got tremendous pain in my left hip. Now both areas are almost pain free. Also, I had pain in my neck and shoulders, it is gone. I am feeling twinges of pain I believe in my lung area. I used to wake up practically craving junk food and would have to force myself to eat the healthy organic foods that I always buy. The cravings seem to be gone for the time being. Now I feel stable and want the healthy organic vegetables with no problem. I woke up this morning with a lot of energy and couldn't wait to get out for my morning job. I had gotten to the place where I felt exercise was something I "had to do". Now I am back to the pleasure of taking care of my body. And not only that, my joy of doing things and new ideas are returning. The feeling I have now is: What can I do today. I love this. The relief of these symptoms tells me that bacteria can cast a dreary veil over your life. I am thankful for the founders of this site. Oh, one other thing. My doctor said, I have high sugar but not high enough to be on medication. Sugar is an environment where bacteria can flourish. I believe the cocunut oil pulling has killed a lot of bacteria in internal environment.

Replied by Reefkeeper
As, Ore, usa
I am not sure what this is about there seems to be no empirical proof of this, so like the nurse that I am, I saved the rements, took it to my favorite lab tech, they checked it and found a few normal oral flora and epithelas, so what are these toxins other than in people's mind. Mine and a few friends did not even have electrolyte changes???
Replied by Jan
Harper Woods, Mi
Your reply is a bit confusing, maybe explain what your lab results were.

I too have tried oil pulling in the past, I used Sunflower oil since it had a very mild flavor and it seemed less strong in taste then the sesame seed oil did. I didn't stay with it long enough to experience results. But after reading through many of these posts I have decided to give it another try. I chose to use Coconut oil this time, since the taste is milder. I'm on day 2 now, and will commit to doing it twice a day for 20 minutes. I have gum issues with my teeth and have a continous bad taste in my mouth, so I'm hoping the oil pulling will resolve this.

Replied by 2bconscious
West Des Moines, Iowa
[YEA]   I have been using Coconut oil to Oil Pull every morning now for 6 days. The first day I had pain in my left shoulder, arm and upper back. The pain and concern caused me to go to the Urgent Care Center. The doctor diagnosis was inflammation, prescribed pain pills. I never took the pills. The next morning the pain was gone! I noticed my gums are getting pinker in places where they were dark in color. I also notice my energy level is higher!! I did also start walking on the treadmill every morning for 30 min. 1 1/2, 5 days ago!! I also use Coconut oil for my toothpaste and deodorant!! I love it!! Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil is a winner!!

Posted by Ibiza (New York, Ny) on 07/20/2010

[WARNING!]  I've been oil pulling for almost two weeks now. I use 1 Tbls. Of Virgin unrefined VCO. I do it first thing in the morning after I clean my teeth but before any food. I read about it here and also read several people's testimonies about cleansing crises. I didn't think I would have one because, prior to oil pulling, I had been on a simple cleansing diet for two months, composed only of organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and beans, teas and water. However, I have started a crisis. Let me say that, after about 5 days of doing it, I started to have slight pain while urinating. It felt like the beginning of a bladder infection. It cleared up in about 3 days without doing anything special. Afterward, I also noticed that my urine felt "heavy, " and maybe slightly darker. Mind you, I was drinking a lot of water. I just felt like toxins were being eliminated. Yesterday, during yoga class, I noticed that my perspiration tasted different. It actually burned my tongue a little and I had to wipe my mouth! I also attribute this to toxins being eliminated. I take a lot of yoga classes and sweat sometimes gets in my mouth. It's normally slightly salty and not gross at all. But the biggest thing that happened is that my heat sensitivity issue shot through the roof. I had several sweating spells when I just could not stop sweating almost all over my body. It felt like a seizure almost. (I've never had a seizure but I imagine you feel very much out of control). I was working in a tight space and it was awful! I'm lucky to have found a great natural deodorant that worked fantastically but it was still a nightmare. Before I realized that it was a healing crisis, I was so depressed, thinking that I was going backwards. I have been dealing with hormone disruption for over two years due to exposure to toxins that stopped my period, caused hot flashes, which turned into heat sensitivity. Now that I know what the crisis is, and that my body is really cleansing a lot, I feel much better about it. Still, I am going to have to slow the cleansing down. I just can't have sweating episodes. I'm going to not do the OP two days a week when I have to go into work. I also just started alkalizing my water with drops. I imagine that my system is very acidic from the toxins. Becoming more alkaline must help. I am also going to switch to sesame oil, the traditional oil used for OP. I did a lot of reading and I think it's the one I need, even though I like the VCO.

I also started taking a tsp of VCO in the evening. I read that it is really good for high cholesterol and thyroid issues. My theory is that my immune system has been compromised by allergens, both natural and artificial. As a result, my liver is working too hard and my endocrine system has been challenged. I know that my hormones are completely crazy. My inner barometer is broken. I feel like my heat sensitivity is due to that and is also a response to allergens which are not being dealt with efficiently because my liver is overworked. I know that thyroid and cholesterol issues run on both sides of my family. This bad smelling and toxic sweat, I believe, is really a secretion brought about by high cholesterol. Lipids are being excreted through my skin and they contain toxins that are being carried out of the body. The sesame oil will help internally and also externally as a nightly massage. I am going to try scrubbing my skin periodically with baking soda because it actually itches a little (I guess from the toxins) even though I use a peppermint castile soap. The liver produces cholesterol when it can't get it from dietary sources. I'm not sure but maybe VCO and sesame oil ease the production of these lipids by the liver. Eventually, I will also take a tsp of sesame oil daily too. I will report back about the progress!

Replied by Ck
Houston, Tx
So what has happened with your OP? Have you seen a reduction in thyroid/hot flash issues? I suffer with these too and would love to hear your feedback...
Replied by Lainey
New Paris, Ohio
Hi, I've been using Evening Primerose Oil to prevent hot flashes!!! It does the job almost immediately! If by the second night you haven't found complete relief, up the dosage! You might try muscle testing to set the dosage... I've been using this for YEARS! Give a holler at me if you have any other questions regarding this.... Blessings!!! Laineyisat[at]gmail[dot]com
Replied by Julie5510
Baltimore, Maryland
I've never heard of using oil pulling for hot flashes, but if it's like 'killing two birds with one stone' then it's with trying. I have done OP in the past but never with coconut oil. But I'll start tomorrow morning... I wanted to suggest what I use for hot flashes, 1 tbsp. Apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp. Honey, 1/2 cup. Hot water. I drink it every evening and my hot flashes have disappeared.
Replied by Mrc
Louisville, Kentucky, Usa
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]   My holistic practitioner suggested I learn about and do some oil pulling to help with my fibromyalgia pain. I read everything I could find and figured what the heck - how could it hurt? I began 9 days ago. The first morning seemed odd simply having the stuff in my mouth for so long. It definitely got foamy and white. (The coconut oil simply melts in your mouth in a matter of moments). I op for 15 minutes each morning, for 5 days in a row. My hair got so soft it felt like silk. My skin was also incredibly soft and beginning to glow. My teeth were whiter, my mouth felt clean and silky.

Then the 6th morning I spit out a couple of metal fillings from my teeth along with the foamy white stuff. I was so surprized! I have stopped oil pulling until I get to the dentist and get my teeth fixed. And my aches and pains do feel better. Although after I stopped I woke up two days later with a very painful sore throat and stuffy head. But it only lasted a day. On to the dentist and I will give this more thought as to if I will proceed.

Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
Mrc, my personal experience w/ O. P. (Canola Oil) was positive as whole body functions go, but after about 1 mo my teeth were showing signs of hurried decay and my breath (after pulling) got bad. Fortunately I didn't loose any fillings as was your case. So now I swish Colloidal Silver once daily or before pull, and always rinse mouth w/ commercial otc mouthwash fallowing pull. If the body is toxic w/ pathogens one gets the foamy oil condition. As an adjunct, I would recommend some herbal antibiotics like Neem, Olive Leaf, Grapefruit seed, Pau De' Arco. Immune boosters like Echinacea, Cordyceps, Reishi, Maitake. Shark Liver Oil, Bee Propolis, Raw Thymus Glandular are good immune boosters. I like to use any combination of these prior to pulling so as to absorb the die-off toxins from the pathogens.

Hope this helps and good luck.

Replied by Meg
Jacksonville, Oregon
I probably would only stick with coconut oil for pulling (read Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife). CO has so many heal properties! I would continue to use it especially if a filling came out - prevent any bacteria from getting to that area before the dentist can. I do not recommend any over the counter mouth wish -- just "google" each ingredient and you'll understand why NOT to use it....

Posted by Swanny (Swansea, West Glamorgan, United Kingdom) on 05/08/2010

[YEA]  Oil pulling with virgin coconut oil cured my ganglion cyst - I was oil pulling to help my receding gumline...the ganglion cyst (which I have had for many years and was very unsightly) was a complete and unexpected bonus.

Replied by Karla
Windsor, Ontario
How long did it take to heal your receeding gum line by using Coconut Oil pulling?
Replied by Gingermegs
Sydney, Nsw, Australia
I have a ganglion cyst on knuckle, but haven't been OP long enough to see any improvement. But I have been OP with VCO a few times and it never goes thin. Today I was sitting over the computer for longer than 30 minutes and the VCO did go thin for the first time. I also have Sjogrens, so have less saliva and may have less enzymes in it.

Is it important for the oil to turn thin and watery to be of use?

Thanks, D

Replied by Sara
Newport Beach, Ca
[YEA]   I'm SHOCKED at my results from oil pulling using coconut oil. I have veneers, 5 on top they were VERY expensive purchased at a time when I had much more money than I do now, they were in dire need of replacing due top unsightly grey decay at the top. I started oil pulling about 3 months ago the GREY discoloration that was decay is GONE, my veneers & all my teeth look brand new. I thought I may be imagining it but went to the dentist today & he said my veneers don't need replacing anymore. He said I had very clean teeth & no plaque.

I have however NOT noticed the oil pulling fixing my psoriasis or my acne, but oh well it fixed my plaque, teeth issues & saved me over $10,000. :) I also don't notice any increase in energy. However it also COMPLETLY FIXED any and all sinus/allergies issues I had.

Posted by Swanny (Swansea, West Glamorgan, United Kingdom) on 05/08/2010

[YEA]  I started Oil pulling with coconut oil about three weeks ago, mainly for receding gums. I haven't actually noticed any improvement yet there, although my teeth are now really white and my gums do look nice and pink, but the main thing I wanted to say was that my unsightly ganglion cyst (with which I have suffered for many,many years) has vanished. Previously I had been bashing it with a bible to get rid (I've also tried red clay mud and huge quantities of ACV with tumeric that made me quite ill).I have been putting cocnut oil in my daily porridge instead of butter (only about 1 tsp per day), and it's obviously done the business.

Well pleased.

Posted by Chattvol (Cos, Colorado) on 04/27/2010

I've been Oil pulling for about 5 weeks with coconut oil. I use about 2 teaspoons in the morning and let it melt in my mouth. I've worked my way up to 17 minutes in the mouth. The most immediate change is I no longer suffer from almost daily sinus headaches. My teeth feel cleaner but unsure if they are actually whiter. My skin feels not as dry. Just the change in my sinuses is enough for me to continue. Do you guys change your oil every few months and do you oil pull more than 1x per day? Thanks

Posted by Calmfire (New York, Ny, Usa) on 03/30/2010


I have been oil pulling for about 2 weeks now. Two times a day, a tablespoon at a time. I have been using virgin coconut oil. My teeth do feel cleaner, they don't look whiter yet, but I'm hoping that that will come. My gums no longer bleed when I floss, yay! I have experienced some side effects. I developed a sore on my gums about two days into it, but it went away. And then about a week into it, I developed a really bumpy, tender and itchy rash on my forearms. It didn't occur to me that this might be from oil pulling because I am using new bed sheets, but I thought to google it tonight and apparently I'm not the only one who has developed the same type of rash from pulling with virgin coconut oil...I think that it's called Keratosis Pilaris. Their thoughts are that it might be yeast being pushed out of the body. I'm treating the rash on my arms with coconut oil and cortizone right now...will update if anything else happens.

Replied by Savya
Toronto, On, Canada
[YEA]   Hi Guys, I am using coconut oil for OP since three days, I so happy with three days result, now my teeths are more whiter than ever and i am feeling good. I guess OP is working on my body. I will post my latest status from now on. I would say this website is god send gift for me. I will definately send this link to all of my friends.

God belss you all.... Keep smiling , keep Pulling.

Replied by Shannon
South Park, Pa
Hey, they same thing happened to my forearms but I never connected it. I just started oil pulling with organic coconut oil (3 times so far) and I have had a very itchy throat.... It feels like I am on the verge of losing it. I am oil pulling with my 6 year old daughter who suffers from severe sinusitis. She is a trooper and has made it up to 15 minutes.... Lots of drainage, but still a lot of congestion. I am hoping for good results! I have a few metal fillings in my back teeth... Should I be worried these are going to fall out?

Posted by Kate (Glasgow, Scotland) on 03/30/2010


I have been oil pulling with virgin coconut oil for just over 4 weeks, to try to address the chronic allergic rhinitis and CFS that I have had for the last 10 years. (I have tried unrefined sesame and sunflower oils with no results in the past). I have been using one teaspoon of oil (if I use one tablespoon, I have to spit out constantly as my mouth gets so full of saliva) and using wild oil of oregano on a 2 week on 2 week off basis, and OPing 2-3 times/ day. Ever since I started, my symptoms of chronic sinus pain/ headache and general exhaustion/ aching limbs have worsened considerably. I have the odd flash of exhilaration and huge energy but this is quickly replaced with having to slog through exhaustion and sinus pain again. After about 4 days the symptoms were so bad that I had to stay in bed for several days before I could function again. After 26 days I have now developed a severe head cold, with a huge, constant downpour of clear mucous, sore throat, swollen glands, and, of course, aching limbs and sinus pain, with continual fits of violent sneezing. I am on my 6th day of these symptoms. This is the first cold I have had in 16 months, and I was beginning to feel quite smug about how well my immune system was holding up while everyone else was getting sick.

I did not expect chronic problems to be resolved quickly. After all, I have had these problems for 10 years, so why would they disappear overnight? However, I am beginning to wonder if it is normal to have quite such an extended healing crisis. Has anyone else experienced anything quite so prolonged?

Any advice or shared experience gratefully received.

Replied by Alex
Mumbai, India
Kate, I think after a month you have made a point that coconut OP is not working for you. It's not working for me either but since I had only used it for a week I was looking for people who had been on it for a longer time to validate my observations. I feel more tired, dark circles around my eyes are getting worse, my skin is drier and crackling, sinus are swelling back after being cleared for a while, my whole body is stiffer but what alarms me the most is that my skin is loosing color! I have to admit though that I've been using coconut oil exclusively since one week not just for OP but in food as well. I wanted to know what was the exact effect of that oil on me. Following blood type diet, O type should avoid coconut products. I'm O type but I wanted to see for myself. One other thing that I find disturbing is that sticky feeling I get in my mouth and throat after using coconut oil. No other oil does that. I used olive oil and sesame oil successfuly in the past weeks for OP so I suggest you switch to those. OP can get you through some pretty harsh detox effects sometimes but even during that time you should see you general level of energy and positivity increase dramaticaly. If it doesn't happen then it's not detox and it's not working. For example, you won't stay tired all day, you can get extremely tired and will fall into deep sleep as soon as you lay down but feel rested afterwards, the need for extra sleep might go on for days and days but not slugginess, unless of course you don't listen to your body and stay up all night. I love the taste of coconut oil more than any other oil but since I got heart palpitations yesterday at the gym, I think I'll switch back to other oils. I might be saturated with saturated fats!
Replied by Karen
Henderson, Nv
Hi, I just now found out about OP and after reading some of the posts of those using coconut oil and getting some pretty strong reactions the first thing I thought of was that you may have had a yeast reaction. Coconut oil contains caprylic acid which is a known yeast antifungal. Just google it and you can read about it. I think you are having a die off reaction to the yeast dying off especially those taking it also in food. You need to go slower. Look up candida and the spit test to check to see if you have candida and then do everything you can to cure it cause systemic candida is deadly. Good luck.

Caprylic Acid (or Octanoid Acid) is an anti-fungal agent found naturally in coconuts and breast milk. In the commercial world, it is found not only in Candida cures but also dyes and perfumes. http://www.fungusfocus.com/html/caprylic_acid.htm

Replied by Tammy
Seattle, Wa
Have the people that are having such strong bad reactions considered allergy to coconut or nuts in general?
Replied by Ali
Swansea, Wales, Uk
These reactions are perfectly normal detoxing reactions.

When we get a rash or feel nauseous, vomit or have diarrhea, we assume it is something bad, but these are all ways the body uses to expel toxins.

The body will 'grab' a cold virus (or in some cases, even 'make' one) to enable the body to detox. All colds are usually accompanied by lots of mucous and discharges. Even coughing helps the body to expel toxins from the lungs.

Many people, when they start to detox - and detox properly and more deeply, will get a 'detox' cold. Don't try to suppress it, just let the body do what it needs to do.

We don't always give our bodies the credit for being able to heal - always interfering and throwing drugs down our throats, which just ends up adding to the toxic burden.

Things like coconut oil are potent detoxers. It is better to start gently with it and gradually increase the dosage - both in oil pulling, and when ingested. People who start throwing the stuff down their throats will often get quite a major reaction and get frightened - it's not an allergy, it's a heavy detox reaction.

As with any food that encourages detoxing it is always better to start gently and let the body detox slowly, otherwise the toxins can flood and overwhelm the body and make people even sicker. They need to be disposed of gradually - safely.

We speak of 'die-off' reactions, but are they die-off, or are they really detox....?

For more information on slow detoxing, please check out 'Healing Naturally by Bee'.

Replied by Tee Tee
Kingston, Jamaica
[YEA]   I did some oil pulling today with coconut oil. Though I could only do it for 2-3 minutes I still felt the effect. I feel lighter, freeer, more energized, definitely more healthy. I have been fighting a cold/infection for a while and after OP, alot of phlegm has been coming up and each time I feel better and better. My chest is completely clear now, all congestion is gone. My sinses are clear too, no more congestion. My mind too feels more at peace.
Replied by Old Hippie
Baton Rouge, La
[NAY]   I tried coconut oil pellets approximately 2 years ago for one week. During that time, I had more energy and my appetite seemed to curb a little but... I broke out in maybe 30 itchy little rashes all over my body. The dark scars are still there. And no, I was not going to continue to use it to see if it got better. I was running out of skin room for more rashes.
Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
Is there a thumbs down arrow? I meant to click that I didn't like the comment but it came up as an up arrow meaning I agreed with the comment and I didn't.

EC: Sorry, we (EC management and EC contributors) decided against having a thumbs down button. Will find out from the programmers if it's possible to remove it!

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