Impressive Health Benefits of Oil Pulling

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Posted by Erin (Chino Hills, California) on 12/05/2012

I love my gums and my teeth and am very proud of them... But for some reason all of a sudden my gums felt like they were receding and because of my smoking habit seemed to be losing their brightness. So I started to look into natural cures instead of going to the dentist; I never could stand the dentist... I felt that whenever he would stick his pick in my teeth and then yank on each of them, then trying to create a deeper crevice in it, I knew there was something not right about this being the only method of keeping our teeth healthy.

Anyhoo, so I started to oil pull sporatically when I had the chance. I work night shift every night so my sleeping habits are all backwards, not to mention eat candy to keep me awake in the night.

I bought safflower oil from the grocery store, and the first effect I noticed, or more like my friends noticed, was how great my skin looked within 1 DAY! I have had horrible acne for about 6 years due to starting meth as a teen but even after I stopped using for some time my face felt horrible. Next effect was actually scary until I realized what it was due to. I started to sleep non-stop. I felt like I should go to the doctor or something or I had hypersomnia. Then I read a couple messages on a few boards and saw that oil-pulling can cause the body to detox/make you sleepy. PHEW... So I'm guessing my body really needed it.

THIS IS THE SCARY PART! So as I was swishing the oil one night, I actually fell asleep with the oil in my mouth! Next thing I know I felt myself swallow and realized suddenly that I had swallowed all of the toxins back down again! I don't even know how long I left the oil just sitting in my mouth for. I quickly tried to spit it out and rinsed with water.

Since that one incident, my gums have receded so dramatically I almost burst into tears every time I see them bleed. I can't even smile anymore and I'm so self conscious and uncomfortable around everyone. Can someone help me please? I don't know if that was the reason for this and if there is a way I can strengthen and remineralise???

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Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky, Usa) on 12/04/2012 2084 posts

Oilpuller: I Oil Pull for whole body detox, which requires some additional cleaning as a result. I use otc mouthwash before and Hydrogen Peroxide after O. P. Also I experience symptoms of Esophagitis that causes extreme fatigue; treatment for this is burst Vit-A or Vit-E softgel in mouth and slowly swallow fallowed by Zinc Lozenge.

It appears you need any level of detox, but to stay specific, I personally do a Baking Soda/Sea Salt buffer, wait 15 min. take one grm Vit-C, Oil Pull, H2O2 wash, take 2 grm MSM.

https://www.earthclinic.com/cures/detoxification.html


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Posted by Oilpuller (Toronto, On,canada) on 12/03/2012
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I have done oil pulling in the past, but never was a regular oil puller... I have been in good health, with no major complaints and had excellent immune system.

Since beginning of this year... Life has kind of been on roller coaster ride, fractured bone, death of family member, a miscarriage... Kind of have taken over my health and to add to that, something I kept ignoring until last week, white discharge from gums from couple of places... I was hoping it will go away on own.. but it persisted.

After visit to dentist... He said, most likely one of the lower front tooth will have to come out and I did not like hearing that, Came home and started oil pulling with coconut oil with few drops of oil of oregano... Feel my gums are bit better but the infection is still there, going to dentist tomorrow for cleaning (after 3 long years) and hope he will see some improvement.. plan to pull after the cleaning.

The biggest concern now is... I woke up today and felt like I was hit by a bus... Extreme fatigue.. Forced myself to work... Not able to concentrate... Want to sleep. With a toddler at home, hard to get any rest until its time to hit the bed... I had flu last week... And the cough and cold are still there. Should I switch the oils or continue and hope things will improve...

I want to know if someone had similar symptoms which subsided and got benefits...

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Posted by Heysue (Hillsville, Va) on 11/17/2012

Two 10 minute sessions is every bit as good as 1 20 minute session (maybe better).


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Posted by Effleurage1 (Aurora, Co, Arapahoe) on 11/17/2012
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Hi! LOVE this site! Just wanted to share that I have been oil pulling, sunflower oil, for a week now to help with my dental pain and it has REALY helped me. Im so greatfull! Thanks again for this great site - Aurora Co


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Posted by Lorrie (Sebastopol, California, Usa) on 11/03/2012

I was doing oil pulling for a couple of years. Then I became homeless. I now have a home again, but I've forgotten how to do oil pulling. Is there somewhere on this site that has some simple directions? I do remember that one person recommended a flush of the mouth with baking soda in water after oil pulling. Where can I find this reference?

EC: https://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/oil_pulling.html


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Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 11/02/2012

Nk, if it's temporary, you can wait untill a permanent one is put on. No harm done and you won't undo the good of oil pulling till now.


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Posted by Nk (Tournon, France) on 11/02/2012

Hi there, does anyone know if you can do oil pulling with a temporary crown? My dentist said it shouldn't be a problem because it's not alcohol based, but she doesn't know anything about oil pulling. What are you experiences? I don't want to stop because I've had great results with op, but I don't want my crown to fall off either.

Instructions and Theories
Posted by Mikeggg (Albany, Ny) on 11/01/2012

I think you're right on in your assessment of what is going on when doing OP.

I would add that the emulsifying effect of the oil being broken down into tinier globules is probably also trapping any loosened material (food particles, bacteria, sugars, dead cells, etc... ) so it is removing a lot of the non-mucous membrane matter from your mouth. This also includes good bacteria, but by lowering the overall population of all types of bacteria, I think it levels the playing field allowing the good bacteria a chance to take hold to maintain the necessary balance for a healthy environment.

I also think that the body may be much more specific in which EFAs it absorbs there so it could pull just the ones it needs instead of everything that passes through the digestive track. These EFAs are also pure and not first acted upon by stomach acids or other digestive processes.


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Posted by T (Oshawa, Ontario Canada) on 10/23/2012
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Love this website. Very grateful for all the drug-free tips.

I've tried oil pulling for the last 3 months and I have only seen benefits. I have noticed my energy has soared and my breath is better, teeth are whiter and no more bleeding gums. I don't feel the need to smoke as much nowadays. Suppressed appetite, and I'm able sleep better and much deeper. I will now and forever keep oil pulling.


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Posted by Sharon (Loveland, Ohio (oh)) on 10/22/2012

I too have suffered from sleep deprivation. I have tried to get off caffeine and though I have achieved that, I don't drink past 7 at night and still get up every two hours to use bathroom. I heard that could be borderline diabetic. I have been oil pulling for two years. But does oil pulling with black molasses help. I am dying for a good nights sleep. This has been going on for 40 years. Thank you. Sharon...mysharona1107(at)gmail.com.


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Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky, Usa) on 10/20/2012 2084 posts

I thought it may be of some worth to post my barbaric method of teeth mineralization as opposed to dr recommended. In times past, when experiencing teeth pain or sensitivity I would occasionally swish a small amount of my livestock grade micronized major/trace minerals in water (the micronize dissolve very well and are ready for absorption). Careful attention is needed to use "just a pinch" as too much can be abrasive and result in tender gums. As my overall health condition worsened in the recent past, I was quickened to graduate from my once or twice daily foot mineral bath to whole body. As some of you may see where this is going, well, it seems to be working very well, just swishing the mineral water while bathing. I also add extra Boric Acid, Magnesium, Sodium Bicarbonate, and Iodine (Povidone), plus DMSO as carrier. I also pre-dose Taurine to help w/ mineral utilization. Every once-in-a-while I add couple drops Ionic Trace Minerals to a 1/4 cup of water for swishing with good results.


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Posted by Lisa (Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa) on 10/19/2012

Hi Smile, I know you were asking about oil pulling to re-mineralize teeth but I thought you might like this audio interview with Nadine Artemis who is working to educate people on re-mineralizing teeth through natural means. I had posted it awhile back and others enjoyed it. I always learn a lot from her and thought what she has to say may be of interest to you.

Best to you, Lisa


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Posted by Smile (Phoenix, Az) on 10/19/2012

Hi, I was wondering which type of oil would be best for the purpose of remineralizing teeth. I've read that several people have had success stories, and even cured cavities, but I can not seem to find exactly which type of oil works best for this purpose. Also, how long before you had noticed results? How many times a day did you pull? Thank you!

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Posted by Summer (Hong Kong) on 10/19/2012
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Better But With Side Effects

Hello all, I have been oil pulling for a week, once in every morning with EVOO first then switched to cold pressed sesame oil. My skin glows after my first trial, however I'm unable to sleep since day one of oil pulling, thoughts keep flashing through while lying on bed, even if I finally fell asleep, I'll have dreams non-stop.

While using EVOO, I can still feel quite calm and happier mood during the day even I have trouble sleeping. But after switching to sesame oil, I started to feel anxious during daytime.

Is it a sign of detoxification? or the oil I've used does not suit me? Shall I switch of cold-pressed Sunflower oil for a mild detoxification?

Many thanks. Summer

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Posted by Emily (Arcadia, California) on 10/19/2012

Hi my name is emily. I read about oil pulling on a korean website. It said that the people who have amalgam can't do oil pulling for more than 5 minutes because it is very toxic. One time ive tried it for 5 minutes and it was still thick and not thin as it was supposed to be. id like to know if it is true that I can't do it for more than 5 minutes.


Instructions and Theories
Posted by Cyd (Phila Area, Nj) on 10/17/2012

is there a particular reason this is done in the morning? can it be done before bed?


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Posted by Rachel (Franklinville, Ny) on 10/17/2012

I am hoping to start oil pulling with sesame oil tomorrow. I'm reading a lot of great reviews on this but am wondering if anyone out there has reversed bulgy vericose veins by oil pulling?


Oil Pulling and Medication
Posted by Lisa (Atlanta, Usa) on 10/15/2012

I currently take synthroid. I oil pull first thing in the morning and then take the synthroid. Wait thirty minutes and then eat. I feel that by ridding my body of toxins first makes the synthroid more effective.


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Posted by Mike (Logan, Al) on 10/04/2012
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I read for several hours about OP and then drove 20 minutes to town to fetch "OILS"... I have a sinus infection and was very uncomfortable and needed some relief. Sunflower oil for 20 minutes and my nose opened up and the sinus pressure is gone. I intend to continue with OP to see if the claims of better stomach health are true. It was not easy at first... There is a gag reflex, and I must admit that my mouth feels really fresh and clean. The baking soda brushing felt great also... Drink plenty of water and I am sure your experience will be just as good. I am amazed!


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Posted by Earl (Middleton, Wi. Us) on 09/27/2012

To the person coughing up phlem etc after performing OP. It is quite natural for this to happen because OP causes you to detox. It is not a bad thing but a good thing. People must realize when you do this and obtain a "detox" result, it is working. How can you expect to "detox without detoxing?"


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Posted by Kay (In The Valley, Ca) on 09/14/2012

I have to agree with Sophie, it sounds like an infection. Until you can get to a dentist, I would use some fresh garlic. If you slice it and apply it to the area that is painful, it should help. I leave it between my cheek and gum, with the cut side facing the gum, overnight while I sleep. It's works miracles. Read up on it on EC, many people have had much success. I wish you luck.


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Posted by Sophie (Dayton, Ohio, Usa) on 09/12/2012

Victoria, I hate to say this, but I seriously think you have an infection in your jaw! This is NOT a typical detox reaction!! It is the infection causing the soreness in your jaw. If you have pressure in your head, especially when upside-down, it is likely the infection has spread into your sinuses, and that is also causing the decaying smell. Infections smell gross, they have a rotten smell! Do not mess around, you need to get an antibiotic treatment. Infections, especially in your head, can go terribly wrong very fast. Please go see a doctor or dentist right away. Antibiotics are very cheap now! Usually they are only $4. If you have a very kind doctor or dentist they may be able to call in the prescription without an office visit, if you explain your situation. Most doctors/dentist also will discount their price if you ask and do not have insurance. Don't cause yourself more harm by waiting. Infections in your head or bone are very serious.


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Posted by Victoria (San Diego, Ca) on 09/12/2012

Hello. I started oil pulling one week ago, mainly due to a massive toothache I had. I've had work done in the area, but with no insurance, a trip to the dentist was definitely not happening. So I looked for everything. I'm happy to say that I no longer have the sharp pain in that side of the mouth. But the area, my jaw, and my mouth in general still feels sore, almost like when I got my wisdom teeth pulled. I've also been experiencing general fatigue and body aches that I assumed were just detox symptoms. But aren't they supposed to last just for a few days? I feel like I've been sick for a week.

Another curious thing is anytime my head is upside down (I practice yoga), I feel pressure at the top of my nose and smell a strong scent that reminds me of tooth decay. I know this is disgusting, but it seriously reminds me of when I got my last root canal... The smell when the endodontist was removing the decay. What can be causing this? I do, unfortunately, have a mouth full of amalgam fillings. I've read about the concerns about pulling with these, but I've also read the arguments. Like wouldn't you want to draw out the mercury if you're able to spit it out? And if your fillings do fall out, oil pulled the decay from under it, and it's time to get them refilled anyhow. I don't know how true any of this is. I've read everything online, but there definitely isn't much on the topic. I pull for 20 minutes in the morning every day and some days in the afternoon a second time. I started with coconut oil since that's what we had but have bought sesame oil to use instead now. Should I continue pulling? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks!

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Posted by Marilyn (Victoria, Bc) on 09/07/2012

Please read this article about root canals:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/11/16/why-you-should-avoid-root-canals-like-the-plague.aspx

I would keep doing the oil pulling if I were you. I think inflammation and bacteria from the root canals is definitely connected to arthritis, which arises from inflammation. Get the root canalled teeth pulled as soon as you can afford it.


Oil Pulling and Medication
Posted by Nicole (Wilmington, De) on 09/04/2012

I take an anti depressant where the side effects from not taking are dizziness. I tried OP after I took the medication and awoke to my side effects.. that makes me believe that you should take your medications AFTER you OP.


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Posted by Curious (Glendale, Ca) on 09/04/2012

If you start oil pulling for whatever time is comfortable, you can slowly work up to 15 or 20 minutes. According to Ted from Bangkok, 1-5 minutes is enough as long as you brush your teeth before and after. The part I haven't worked up to is using a whole tablespoon of oil. Maybe that's why my results aren't as strong as others.


Instructions and Theories
Posted by Faddist (Gibraltar) on 09/03/2012

My tinnitus is caused by too many heavy metals - in my case from my teeth from crowns- I am trying the pulling therapy - but so far it has not improved my tinnitus. I think it should and maybe I am not doing it for long enough.

I detox metals by juicing greens and occasional liver cleanses.


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Posted by Lisa (Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa) on 08/29/2012

Hi Lynne, There are a couple of things you can do. Sodium thiosulfate will take care of removing these. Also, if you can take a far infrared sauna. I go to a place here in town that has far infrared saunas and take one at least once a week to detox. Chlorella will also help. If you do a search for sodium thiosulfate here on earth clinic, you'll learn all about it. I use it about once a month now. In the beginning, I did it everyday. Hope this helps, Lisa


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Posted by Lynne (Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina,) on 08/29/2012

I have had problems with heavy metals for years-arsenic, mercury-right now I am dealing with chromium and cobalt. Any ideas on how to get these out of me?


Instructions and Theories
Posted by Jim (Syracuse Ind., Indiana) on 08/20/2012

is there any help for tinnitus?..... Ringing of the ears?

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Posted by Funmilicious (Lagos, Nigeria) on 08/10/2012
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I have been oil pulling with coconut oil for over 6 months now and I have had amazing results in two areas: my sinuses and my breath, I guess the two were related.

I have had terrible sinuses since I was a kid, hereditary, my father was always pulling mucous and spitting out (gross) several times every single day. Mine sinuses were not that bad, but was bad enough.

First I tried nasal rinsing with neti pots and then the sinus wash bottle. It worked great by getting rid of my tonsil stones and I still do sinus rinse occasionally.

Oil pulling does a great job of pulling out excess mucous from the sinuses a d cleaning out the nasal passages.

I have not had a cold in several months, my sinuses are clear and I have great breath. Thank you earth clinic.


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Posted by Renate (Kenosha, Wisconsin) on 08/10/2012

I have heard about oil pulling through my cousin who uses sunflower oil and works wonders for her. I am presently in chemo for breast cancer but have had a double masectomy with reconstruction just 6 months ago, I am only being given Herseptin and want to try the sunflower oil. Before I try this I need to know if anyone out there does this while going through the treatments as I was just informed a couple of days ago that I will be going through Herceptin for the next year & half.............. Please get back to me as soon as you can my body feels terrible I gained 50lbs. Have no energy and my mouth feels awful.. Desperately seeking answers.


Instructions and Theories
Posted by Tracie (Charleston, Sc) on 08/07/2012

I read somewhere that you should detox with ACV for a week or two before beginning. I drink tons of water each day, more like a gallon or more. I started adding ACV to my water and my queestion is, is there a limit to the amount of ACV that I can have each day and still be healthy? i'm trying to begin a habit of putting in a tablespoon per 24oz. and if it is ok for me to have that much is it ok that I am doing the oil pulling at the same time? Is there a limit to ACV while oil pulling?


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Posted by Stella (New York) on 08/07/2012
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Better But With Side Effects

I started oil pulling with organic VCO. I followed the procedure and even did the 5 minutes ted recommended instead of 20. My skin looked great and my gums started to improve but about a week after, I noticed that my teeth were sensitive. It was as if my fillings were loosening. I had to chew slowing and avoid sugar, even xyitol. After I stopped pulling, most of the sensitivity went away. Has anyone else experienced this? I'd like to continue but not if my fillings are going to loosen.


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Posted by Kathy (Henrico, Virginia) on 08/01/2012

I keep seeing this term that I am totally unfamiliar with and different oils being used. Would someone please tell me exactly what it is or how to do it? I am having some difficulty and cannot continue to sit here trying to look up things.

EC: Here's the oil pulling section: https://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/oil_pulling.html



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