Stephen (London, UK) on 11/16/2009I am really confused, i have been oil pulling for almost 10 months now, once a day i morning mostly sunflower and recently a few with olive oil. About 5 months ago every time i spat out, i did one big cough and bought up phlegm, directly after spitting one big cough. Then about two months ago the cough developed to an hour, once after spittiong out, then later in the day for an hour. That has since got more regular, not worst, but just coughing a lot up.
Also shortly since starting op, i've got some swellings on neck under jaw, no pain just slight swelling.
I am a smoker (been smoking packet a day for 30 yrs), but i'd never been a cougher till recently. i went to the dr. with my 2 months coughing, quick chest examination they said probably a virus. Seemed nothing wrong with lungs. I think it is the op'ing bringing up and clearing my mucus. is that possible.?
I also daily have a salad dressing which has ACV and Turmeric and Cayenne.
Sophienam (Geneva, Switzerland) on 08/16/2009Hello, I started oil pulling some weeks ago now but after two weeks I got a crippling pain in my hip. I switched oils from sunflower to olive but this made no difference. I stopped the oil pulling for two weeks and the pain stopped. I restarted the oil pulling again yesterday and immediately the pain came back. I've never had this pain before and it's so bad I've started to walk with a limp. Has anyone else experienced this pain? Should I stop? Continue? I was doing so much good for the pain. Help..
Tonya R (Okinawa, Japan) on 11/10/2008Hi, My husband and I just started OP and have been doing it for about 3 days now. The first night I did it something very strange happened. When I woke up the next morning my pillow case which is usually hunter green, had turned yellow! It was as if it had been bleached by amonia coming out of my pores! My shirt had even changed colors like it had been bleached as well and when I washed them, it did not come out. The sheets set is now ruined and has to be replaced. My husband did not experience this at all. Is this normal? Is this just my body's way of detoxing? Has anyone else experienced this? In the morning I use Peanut Oil and at night I use Saaflower Oil. My husband and I both have noticed that we feel better overall, it seems to give us a boost of energy and I've noticed that our teeth are getting whiter. I originally started this because I've been having acne problems, but honestly I haven't noticed much of a change in my skin from OP. I've heard all these stories of other people ending up with beautifu skin from OP and I'm hoping that will happen to me. My acne is not that bad, but I am willing to do anything to get rid of what I do have. Meanwhile, I've been using Hydrogen Peroxide and an Apricot Face scrub along with Clearasil cream and that seems to be helping. My husband and I also drink ACV 3 times a day and I'm hoping that along with the OP will help my acne as well. If anyone has any other suggestions please feel free to email me. I am all ears and will take ANY advice! I love Earthclinic! This site has been wonderful! Good luck to all! ~Tonya and Bobby
Patti (Huntsville, AL) on 05/06/2008I've been oil pulling for about 6-7 weeks. I started using Safflower Oil at night and could only swish for a few minutes. Gradually, though, I learned to relax and look forward to the time. After about 2 weeks, I started using Sesame Oil at night & Safflower Oil in the mornings. Immediately I noticed the difference in my mouth, of course, but also I found that I slept more deeply after swishing. Once I began swishing in the mornings as well, it seemed that I lost my cravings...not my appetite. I still got hungry and enjoyed meals, but I didn't wanted from pantry to refrigerator looking for something to eat between times. My concern right now, though, is that my blood pressure has gone out of sight. I mentioned the Oil Pulling to my doctor & she said she didn't see how it could correlate, but it's the only things I'm doing differently. I noticed one other poster mentioned that possibility or I may not have given it another thought. I've stopped pulling, I hope temporarily, to see if it makes a difference. I believe that it's a wonderful practice that I could do forever IF I can convince myself that it isn't causing the BP spike.
Jane (London) on 01/04/2007I been oil pulling for a month. I feel good, skin looks better, sleep better more engery. the one down side I have been getting a swollen gland causing a bit of discomfort. My ear has been blocked for months cause this be a herx. I have recently added peppermint to the oil which is either olive or sunflower oil. Thanks for your feedback.