Impressive Health Benefits of Oil Pulling

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Posted by Mi (Solana Beach, Ca) on 10/17/2009




EC: Mi is referring to the instructions on OP found here:

Replied by Lisa
(Thousand Oaks, Ca, usa)

Hi Mi,

I read the instructions but don't really see where it says not to do anything else. I know you aren't supposed to eat before you do it. I have been oil pulling successfully now for almost 3 months on a daily basis. I can't do it without some other activity to keep my mind off it. I find if I focus on the oil it makes me want to gag and sometimes I have to run to spit it out! I know that's a little crazy but, if I distract myself with reading earth clinic while doing it or reading email or gardening, etc. I'm absolutely fine and even find myself at 1/2 hour when I'm really concentrated on something. I have not had any negative side effects from this only positive. Also, I noticed in the beginning my oil didn't thin out that much but now it does. Perhaps, it's part of the process. Not sure, just a thought. Give it a try again if you can and let us know if you see a change. You sound like you have it very together outside of the kidney issue. Good luck...

Replied by Summerhaunt
(Licking, Mo, United States)

When you first start oil pulling the oil may start out a little thin, then it will get thick as you swish it around (it varies each time as to how thick... Sometimes not much, sometimes alarmingly thick), then it may thin out. When it starts to thin out is when you want to spit it out. Many people believe that when it's getting thick is when it's "pulling" the bad stuff out, and when the thick oil then goes thin is when it's full of the bad stuff so it's time to stop swishing. I have noticed the days when I do have it get thicker is when I'm feeling more yucky and toxic, and I feel much better after my swishing and spitting it out.

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Posted by Mike (Ftl, Florida) on 09/26/2009

This site is like "treatment overload" I love it! I am sort of confused on a few things though as it pertains to oil pulling. I think I may be doing it wrong (simply because its too easy) and I havent experienced any of the difficulties that others have written about (I'm not referring to the "healing" reaction but the general difficulties in pulling for 10-15 mins that people are having) Dont you just move it around in your mouth for 10-15 mins? I dont understand...seems easy (no taste/ no fuss)

Next, can oil pulling be done while taking supplements and other remedies (specifically H2O2 Therapy & Urine Therapy) or will they have negative/harmful effects?

PS- Is Ted still around? I've sent several inquries w/ no response.

EC: Ted has only answered a handful of questions the past few months. He emailed that he is busy figuring out cures for tricky conditions that are "epidemic" in Thailand. Please send us your question and we'll forward it to him. Sometimes that helps, but not always!

Replied by Lisa
(Thousand Oaks, Ca)

Yes, oil pulling is that easy- just swish it all around for the time you wish. I actually do it for about 30 minutes. I have had amazing results as I have posted before. From all that I have read about it, it should not have any conflicts with the other things you've mentioned. I myself have tried both of the therapies you have mentioned for over a month and definitely had amazing results with H2O2 but not urine therapy. I was hoping for the miraculous results that I have read here and other places when googled but no such luck. Hope this helps.

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Posted by Angjoy (Jackson, Michigan, USA) on 08/21/2009

Oil Pulling and Brain Aneurysm:

Dear Ted, I have a question that may sound rather stupid to some but decided I needed to lay this to rest rather than worry about it any further. I started oil pulling about 3 weeks ago to re-mineralize my teeth and to pull toxins from my system. I do feel that I am realizing some positive effects already in just a short time. Here is my possibly stupid concern, but hopefully you will understand that it is a valid one for me; as I was happily swishing away yesterday, and thinking about how this procedure eliminates heavy metals from one's body to the point that some folks may lose a filling from time to time, horror struck me. I had a ruptured brain aneurysm in 2005 requiring platinum coiling and a titanium stent, (you probably see where I'm heading with this one). Would oil pulling cause this 'erector set' that I have in my head to shift in anyway? I have sat here and tried to reason with myself that it would not, and yet there is this nagging little fear that finally told me to just ask and settle it once and for all. I know there is an herb that I should not take due to possibly shifting of this metal mess (though for the life of me, I don't remember what it was). I would very much like to continue with the oil pulling. Aside from the other benefits, I was hoping it would help with the nerve damage in my eye from 3rd cranial nerve palsy as a result of the aneurysm as well. I appreciate your patience with my question and thank you most kindly for all the help you have been to all of us here. Have a pleasant day ;)

EC: Ted has only answered a handful of questions in the past month, so hopefully one of our wise readers will be able to answer!

Replied by Beth
(Bensalem, Pa)

I have a similar concern about a titanium plate on my c-spine. Any feedback about possible side effects of OP with regard to this situation would be greatly appreciated. I am using sunflower oil once a day.

Replied by Gail
(Toronto, Nsw Australia)

I think the 'herb' you are concerned about is actually homeopathic silica (not a herb) it is great for helping expel foreign objects from your body. I stood on a sea urchin and the spines broke off in my foot - they were very deeply imbedded - but after taking the silica pillules for a few weeks all the spines miraculously came out. I would be very wary about using it if I had any type of clips etc in my body. Can't make any comment about the effect of OP though, which I have tried for the first time a couple of hours ago (1tsp VCO). I was thinking though that some of these really bad side effects might come about if you were to inadvertently swallow a bit of the oil you are swishing about in your mouth - I don't think that would be too good for you after 10 mins of swishing!

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Posted by Aziz (Istanbul, Turkey) on 08/18/2009

I have two porcelain veneer. can anyone tell me if oil pulling is safe. I might be lost two my porcelain veneer. I want to make oil pulling. But I don t want to lost my porcelain veneer. What can I do?

Replied by Sara
(The Beach, Canada)

i dont know if this is exactly the same. but i have several crowns in my mouth and i think they are pretty much the same thing. i oil pull with no problems.

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Posted by Mindy (London, England) on 08/13/2009
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Better But With Side Effects

I have just started OP and have found that on each occasion (first thing in the morning for 3 mornings now) I couldn't get past the 5 to 6 minute mark of 'swishing' before I would start gagging and have to spit out. What I have noticed is that the oil I'm swishing seems to change - we all know that it needs to thin out and goes white but it's as though the toxins are infusing the oil, taste absolutely vile and thereby make me want to puke. I'm guessing that as I continue with the OP, this will lessen. Has anyone else experienced anything similar.

I should also add that I have horrid allergies which seem to have significantly reduced even from day 1. I also feel alot more engergised in the morning after OP. So I'm definately feeling benefits which is why I'm keen to continue and indeed make this a part of my daily ablutions.

Thank U. Mx

EC: Thanks for the feedback. Can you tell us what oil you are using?

Replied by Villageofone
(Euless, Tx, USA)

I had the same result after using sesame seed oil by Dynasty - it was an amber color - tasted like liquid peanut butter - very heavy. I have switched to Sesame Oil - (without the word seed) - it is a light - see thru yellow color and it has worked better.

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Posted by Carlsbad (San Diego, Ca) on 08/09/2009
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Hi. This is my third week of oil pulling, and the oddest thing has happened. I've had ingrown hairs for years. Suddenly when I woke up this morning, those ingrown hairs were no longer hidden beneath my skin. I pulled them with no problem. What in the world does oil pulling have to do with ingrown hairs?

By the way, other results so fair: the whites of my eyes are particularly white. They're usually off-white, even yellow; mucous drains at the back of my throat when I pull (this just began happening a few days ago); my skin is suddenly baby-soft; and facial pockmarks are lightening up.

Oil pulling has become a very peaceful exercise for me. Love it! Thankfuk for the knowledge!

Replied by Beautyqueen
(New Haven, Ct)

Exactly what type of oil did you use? I have a problem with ingrown hairs (keratosis pilaris), and I'd like to use what you used for optimal results.


Replied by Summerhaunt
(Licking, Mo, United States)

Keratosis pilaris isn't ingrown hairs, but a buildup of proteins or keratin and looks like tiny hard white pimples (but aren't pimples). I've used several different oils, but coconut oil has worked best for me. Only 2 or 3 sessions of oil pulling smoothes out the bumps from the keratosis pilaris. It will take a bit longer for the red spots where the bumps were to heal up and fade away though. And I have noticed that if I don't oil pull the bumps will come back.

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Posted by Jericho (Baltimore, Md) on 08/06/2009

I just finished reading the thread for Oil Pulling and there is new info there which I appreciate. The break down of the effects the different oils has is amazing. But I remember reading a while ago about it on this site and there was also salt water used to clean the mouth and the sinus cavity. I didn't see any mention of it on the site this time, is that not necessary to do now or is that still part of OP?

EC: That sounds like something Ted would write about! Did you check the Q&A section?

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Posted by Tibby (New York, NY) on 07/29/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Oil Pulling And ACV. Stumbled upon your site searching for skin care products... Anyway spent a few days reading the feedback and decided to try ACV and Oil pulling. Only three days into it but my teeth are whiter from the oil pulling and I have noticed a significant loss of appetite for the ACV. Very interesting, I thought it was all BS lol.

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Posted by Crystal (Fairfield, Tx) on 07/02/2009

Had seen it suggested to combining 2 different oils, can you mix sunflower and sesame? i love the testimonials on both and would love the benefits of both. or would it be acceptable to use one in the morning and the other at night?

love this site, have directed all those dear to me here, and we are avidly searching your database!!

Replied by Linda
(Clinton, Iowa)

Thats funny because I was wondering the same thing.sometimes I pull with one oil then spit it out if I felt like it didn't do a good job and use another oil. I wanted to know is that okay too.

Replied by Earthling
(Dallas, Usa)

From what I was reading about OP on other sites, mixing oils is no problem.

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Posted by Sarah (Hackensack, NJ) on 07/01/2009
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Hi, My hubby's been Oil Pulling for the past one week and now his Uveitis seems to be getting worse. He hasn't had this kind of pain in the past 5 years. His eyes look red, inflamed and he is in pain and discomfort. Does Oil Pulling trigger Uveitis flare ups?

We started oil pulling around a week back, I am feeling really good, active and my complexion has also improved but my hubby's facing this problem. Please help.

Replied by Sarah
(Hackensack, NJ)

Thanks for the quick response, could you please share Ted's email address?

EC: Ted's email address can be found on our About Us page.

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Posted by Dewayne (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) on 06/30/2009

oil pulling contraindications: curious to know if oil pulling would interfere with a regimen that I'am doing for narrowing of my left descending blood vein in my heart. Now using lecithin, coq10, fish oil, taurine, and a plethora of other natural igredients. since lecithin is basically oil I thought I might be wasting my time. thanks in advance

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Posted by Emma (Budapest, Hungary) on 06/21/2009
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I've been oil pulling every morning for a couple of weeks and my sinus problems have totally cleared up. However, for the past 4 days, I've had a bloated, painful abdomen. I've eaten nothing out of the ordinary. Could this be an effect of the oil pulling? I swallow a couple of times while I'm doing the pulling, but only from the back of the throat.

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Posted by DJCue (Elk City, Oklahoma) on 06/19/2009

I have been oil pulling for about 2 days now, because i want my skin and acne to improve! NOw I have a question: I love to drink water do I still have to wait 1 hour after drinking water before I oil pull, or does it really matter?

Replied by Knute
(Sacramento, CA)

There are two "schools" on whether or not one can drink water before oil pulling. Personally, after quite a number of years of oil pulling, I have found that it's okay, and it can even be the preferred way. It's a good thing to be properly hydrated just before oil pulling. Also, note that, if we are somewhat relaxed about oil pulling in general, we are more likely to keep on doing it, and that will improve our overall health greatly in the long run: In my opinion, oil pulling should be - and is for many of us -just as natural as brushing our teeth in the morning.

Replied by Calico
(Chicago, Il)

I just started reading all this info and it will take a long time to read it all. I'm confused about when you brush your teeth with OP. Do you brush after or not? Or do you just rinse. Great info and a lot to take in at once. Thanks for any help.

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Posted by Dorett (Lima, Ohio) on 06/07/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I was searching on the web for more information about castor oil after reading Kaycee's book on The Oil That Heals when i came across oil pulling. i also wondered how oil pulling that would work. Anyway i decided to give it a try, because I was having problems with gum disease and other problems, I started oil pulling about two weeks ago, and i am truly seeing some changes in my mouth, first of all my breath is so fresh, my teeth has gotton three or so shades whiter.

When I was younger I was able to bite a piece of thread because my teeth was in great shape, but i got to the place that they began to shake, and i could'nt grit the top and bottom togather, My dentist wanted to extract some of them, i would bite the inside of my jaws and lips when i eat. But now my teeth is getting closer together so much that i am able to bite a thread and chew well without biting my lip and corner of my jaws. Oil Pulling is the bomb. I am going to continue this for the rest of my life. there are othe benifits I have notice and i am glad to find out about this site.

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Posted by Jcangelcat (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) on 06/06/2009

Someone just emailed me this site and I am wondering, since I have false teeth, do I keep them in or remove them to do the oil pulling. I would like the softer skin and to fix some of the other minor problems that come with age.

Replied by Diane
(Uniontown, PA)

Just remove them to do the oil pulling. See question #2, here:

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn)
509 posts

For Jcangelcat & others with dentures and oil pulling: Simply remove your dentures for oil pulling.

Replied by Doug
(Palmerston North, New Zealand)

My question is - if you have dentures should you remove them when you do oil pulling or should you leave them in? It seems to me that leaving them in restricts the process somewhat but removing them could mean that they contain bacteria that does not get removed with the OP. Thanks, Doug