Impressive Health Benefits of Oil Pulling

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Posted by Modern Medicine Maiden (Victoria, Bc, Canada) on 12/28/2011
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I have discovered this website and after reading about oil pulling (and researching on other websites) I decided to try it.......... After two weeks I need to share my story.

I was diagnosed 10 years ago with a tumor/goiter on the right side of my thyroid that was noticeable in size. Oddly enough the left side is trying to compensate for it so my specialist and I decided to just leave it be and I would monitor its size and my well being (noticing any changes to my health) so after several years of blood tests etc.... I am now on yearly monitoring. Seems to be fine but the size has never changed. No matter what kind of cleanse or supplement I did. I just thought it was my little pet to carry around with me. Now I need to mention that I eat very healthy clean whole foods as I am sensitive to a lot of things (thanks goodness my body has a natural defense to all the bad stuff, makes it easier to say no! ). And then I decided to try oil pulling!!!!!!!!!!! The first day I had an awful metallic taste in the back of my throat. From the second day on I would expel a considerable amount of phlegm a few times after I had spit out the oil, IT'S SHRINKING!!!!! I have also had a slight breakout on my chin that happens to line up with my thyroid and only on the affected side so I know its pulling upwards. I honestly think that the doctor may even miss it if I had a routine check up. Not to mention my teeth are so much whiter! I am honestly telling everyone I love because this is so easy! I am fortunate to have seen direct results so I am absolutely convinced that this is another practice that I will incorporate into my daily regime for the rest of my life! Just try it..... Sesame oil, 2 tsp, empty tummy, 20 min and swish-n-spit away your potential future diseases down the drain!

Replied by Rachel
(Franklinville, Ny)

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?

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Posted by Clara (Salvador, Bahia, Brazil) on 12/23/2011

Dear Ted, I have been doing Oil Pulling for about 10 days and I would like to know which oil is more recommended to treat Candidiasis and Herpes Simplex. Also, should I use refined or unrefined oil? Since I live in the Tropics, I have easy access to Natural Coconut Oil which is more affordable than other Extra Virgin Vegetable Oils. Would you recommend doing OP with Natural Coconut Oil in my case? Also, I have had a radioactive treatment for my hyperthyroidism so I am now on Synthroid for the rest of my life. Any contrindication with that? Many thanks in advance!!!

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Posted by Brooke (Hammond, La, Usa) on 12/21/2011

Hi, I have been oil pulling with Sunflower oil for 6 days. I haven't seen any of the benefits yet, in fact I feel worse at the moment. I hope this will get better.

The question I have is what if a person wears dentures, will oil pulling help them? My mother has copd, congestive heart failure, back problems, high blood pressure and many more illnesses, but she wears dentures and I was wondering if oil pulling would benefit her.

Also, I take astaxanthin, krill oil and vitamin D3, is it okay to take this with oil pulling?

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Posted by Jane (Tenneesee, Usa) on 12/19/2011

I started doing this as per instructions found on this website. Upon doing further research, I found a different way. This site says to do the oil pulling after brushing teeth. The other site says to do it before brushing. So which way is the correct way? Does it matter?

I will say, among the many ailments I have, one is insomnia. I slept like a baby the first nite I started. Haven't noticed improvements of any other ailment as of yet.

Replied by Courtney
(Granite Bay, Ca)

To Jane from Tennessee - What oil are you pulling with? I suffer from insomnia as well, and am hoping that if I use the same oil as you do, I might benefit similarly.

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Posted by Nana (Rowlett, Texas, United States) on 11/27/2011

For the oil pulling what kind of sunflower oil, sesame oil do you use? Are you talking about just buying the oil that is 100% in the cooking aisle and /or some type of oil at health food store concentrated?

Replied by Stella
(Havelock, Ontario, Canada)
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The best type of Oil for Oil Pulling is Coconut Oil.

Bonnie in Canada

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Posted by Irene (Nyc, Ny) on 11/25/2011

I have a permanent mouth retainer in the back of my top front teeth (going across 6 front teeth in total) going on 15 years now. I've been reading here on the forums that some people had their fillings come out with this treatment, is there a possibility it could loosen my retainer? It's wired and dental glued so I want to make sure before continuing treatment. This is my second day on this OP using refined organic sunflower oil.

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Posted by Irene (Nyc, Ny) on 11/25/2011

I am using this treatment so it can clear up some dryness and tightness I'm experiencing on the inside of my mouth. It feels tight on the inside center of cheeks and where the inside corners of the mouth meet. I was using a new toothpaste last month and I think I was allergic to an ingredient so I stopped using it.

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Posted by Me (Central Nj, Nj) on 11/12/2011

I have been oil pulling since July 2011. I started because I have Lyme disease (diagnosed 4/2010) and am desperate to feel well again. I am currently on 2 different antibiotics and have tried various natural alternatives.

Although it has not helped with Lyme it has made a difference with 2 things. My lips had dark spots that are almost gone. I had them for about 10 years and doctors said they were just discoloration from sun exposure. The second thing is I have hemorrhoids that would bleed for about 2 weeks straight every month. This has happened only once, when I stopped oil pulling for about 2 weeks. I started again the bleeding stopped in about 2 days and has not happened again. Hopefully it will start to help in other areas also. I use cold pressed sesame oil.

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Posted by Veronica (Tyler, Texas, United States) on 11/12/2011

Has anyone tried oil pulling with organic red palm oil? I've been researching this oil and apparently its one of the healthiest oils to cook with and richest in tocotrienols which is the vitamin E thats is good for the heart not to mention strong anti-oxident, works much better and faster than tocopherol form of E. 1T. Daily supplies your daily requirement of vitamin E in its full spectrum, and A. Also contains many other carotenes, zinc co. Q10 and an array of other nutrients that work in a synergistic way, and gets easily used by the body. Great for skin health and hair. I personally can testify to that, but was wondering what it would do if you oil pull with it. I am new to this idea so I was wondering if anyone had used it this way.

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Posted by Patricia (Carmel, Ca) on 10/31/2011

I have been reading about OP, and wonder if it works to eliminate toxins in system from past chemotherapy & radiation treatments?

Replied by Jay
(Toronto, Ont, Canada)

To Patricia from Carmel, Ca. Oil Pulling detoxifies by absorbing bacteria and other organisms from the mouth only. This can help the immune system by taking on this workload and freeing the immune system to concentrate on other issues.

The 2 natural products that have been proven to remove toxins in your system from past chemotherapy & radiation treatments are chlorella and cilantro.

Replied by Debbie
(Melbourne, Australia)

Patricia you would be better off taking iodine (lugols) to detoxify from the chemo.

Also the chemotherapy will according to this article kill off the good bacteria in the gut causing candida to overgrow as a result. The iodine will kill off the candida. I recommend you read the article.

Replied by Gavin
(Manganui, Northland, New Zealand)

Don't forget an Australian study that claimed fish oil capsules, virtually eliminated the side effects of chemo, regarding hair loss etc.

Replied by Debbie
(Melbourne, Australia)

You will also need to repopulate the gut with good bacteria (probiotics, fermented foods). I wonder if the fish oil helped with chemo because of the iodine content in it?

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Posted by Dave (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 10/18/2011

I've been Oil Pulling off and on for about 4 years now. I always use organic sunflower oil. From reading all the posts here and my own experiences, clearly OP affects everyone differently.
To be honest, nowadays the only time I 'swish' is about 2 -3 weeks before a dentist appointment. For me, it definitely whitens my teeth and seems to tighten my gums slightly, but not much else. I have consistently observed that (for me) after about 3 days I actually start to sleep worse, unsettled and broken.

I am about 5 days into my vigorous routine as I write and last night had a quite a terrifying experience. Not sure if it was from OP or that it was just a coincidence, but while sleeping, I threw up, awoke and could not breathe, inhaled and all I got was stomach acid. Horrible. About 12 hours later, I can still taste it when I breathe. (Sorry to creep you out). Again, it could have been something I ate, but nothing like that has ever happened to me before. Bedtime is approaching.... but as of now, I do plan to continue with the OP.

Thanks for reading and best of luck to you all.

Replied by Bo
(Kern County, Ca)

To Dave from Toronto, Ontario, Canada...

That sounds like GERD. My S/O and a former mother-in-law use to have the exact same thing happen to them.

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Posted by Alethea (Singapore) on 10/18/2011
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

Hello, I've practised oil pulling with sunflower oil for about 2 weeks now, & I particularly loved the results on the 3rd day of the pulling: under eye puffiness/ dark circles almost gone, felt energetic for the whole day, no foggy mind... But I can't seem to feel the same effects now... Any reason why? Thanks EC!

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Posted by Jen (Canterbury, Uk) on 10/12/2011

Hi, I came across this thread recently and have been trying oil pulling with Extra Virgin Olive Oil for a few weeks. My teeth have definately felt cleaner but I was hoping that they would have gone whiter but no change yet and no other noticeable positive (or negative changes). I am wondering if I should try sesame or sunflower oil next.

Replied by Gail
(Defuniak Springs, Florida)
5 out of 5 stars

Try organic unrefined coconut oil.

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Posted by Looky1 (Vancouver, B.c) on 10/11/2011
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

I have been oil pulling since Mar of this year. I do this every day before I eat breakfast for 15 min. Lately my energy level has dropped off. I did not do this today, give myself a break. Any reason for this?

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Posted by Hasan Ali (Hyderabad, Andhara Pradesh, India) on 10/05/2011

1. Whether oil pulling can be done throughout the life? Please let me know limitations if any.

2. For better results what is the right time of oil-pulling?