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Health Benefits of Oil Pulling

Updated on May 4, 2007

What the Heck is Oil Pulling and Will it Pull Toxins from the Body?

O.K. this health practice seems a little strange at the outset. But many of its adherents make extravagant claims for it.

A Ukrainian physician, Dr F. Karach, presented what he called a remarkable treatment at a conference of the all Ukranische-Union of the Oncologists (specialists for tumor diseases) and Bacteriologists, a part of the Academy of Sciences of UDSSR. His talk involved a super simple healing process for the human body which he called Oil Pulling and which he said involved sunflower oil.

Per Dr. Karach the results are astonishing and thus fraught with skepticism, but by experimenting with the oil therapy everybody can see the results in his own body and become convinced.

It is more than surprising that with this totally harmless biological healing method one could achieve such success and healting results. It is hard to find anything to compare to it, says Dr. Karach, and he says further that most illnesses could be cured by this simple method without resorting to surgeries and prescription drugs. Dr. Karach even says it effects the duration of life with current man living only half of the time he could live. With this technique he could become 140 or 150 years old the Dr. says.

So how do you do it?: O.K. here it is:

In the morning before breakfast on an empty stomach you take one tablespoon in the mouth but do not swallow it. Move Oil Slowly in the mouth as rinsing or swishing and Dr Karach puts it as ' sip, suck and pull through the teeth' for fifteen to twenty minutes. This process makes the oil to be thoroughly mixed with saliva. Swishing activates the enzymes and the enzymes draw toxins out of the blood. The oil must not be swallowed, for it has become toxic. As the process continues, the oil gets thinner and white. If the oil is still yellow, it has not been pulled long enough. It is then spit from the mouth , the oral cavity must be thoroughly rinsed and mouth must be washed thoroughly. Just use normal tap water or any mouth wash.

This has in effect pulled toxins and poisons out through the mucous membranes of the mouth to be expelled down the drain.

It is important to understand that during the oil-pulling/swishing process one's metabolism is intensified. This leads to improved health. One of the most striking results of this process is the fastening of loose teeth, the elimination of bleeding gums and the visible whitening of the teeth.

The oil pulling /swishing is done best before breakfast. To accelerate the healing process, it can be repeated three times a day, but always before meals on an empty stomach.

Do not swallow. The oil should be spat out. But inadvertently if you swallow there is nothing to worry. It will go out through normal digestive process with no harm. Nothing is to be done.

If you are allergic to a particular brand of oil, change the brand of oil or oil itself to different oil. Sunflower and Sesame oil have been found to be equally effective in curing diseases. Other oils were not found to be as good, but could be used, for example peanut oil. Do not use unrefined oils.

According to Dr. Kurich, that this treatment will achieve remarkable results with illnesses like migraine headaches, bronchitis, diseased teeth, arterio thrombosis, chronic blood disorders such as leukemia, arthritis and related illnesses, neuro physiological paralysis, eczema, gastro enteritis, peritonitis, heart disease, kidney disease, meningitis, and women’s hormonal disorders are completely eliminated from the organism. The benefit of Dr. Karach's method is that the oil therapy heals the whole body in perpetuity. In terminal diseases such as cancer, aids and chronic infections this treatment method has been shown to achieve astonishing results.

My own skeptical results in trying this technique are here provided. I found sunflower oil at a health food store. I couldn't find it in ordinary supermarkets like WalMart. When I wasn't expecting to talk for about 15 minutes I half filled a shot glass which is about two tablespoons full, dunked it my mouth and started the swishing (while doing something at the computer). It is thick at first and you slowly work on it, back and forth, front and back, and through the teeth. The viscosity at first gives your gums a real massage and you feel it is strengthening them against gum disease, and the thick oil cleans between the teeth and below the gum lines and for any small particals that the toothbrush will not go to. Getting toward 10 minutes the oil starts to thin, perhaps from the breakdown of salava and its warming, and this is when it is supposed to have pulled toxins from the indocrines and other glands through the blood stream. When it is very thin after about 15 minutes you spit it out into a washroom sink or the commode. It will be white. Then wash the mouth out to get rid of the residue white stuff and supposed toxins in the mouth. A side benefit is that the mouth doesn't get as dry while asleep. And I found some benefits right off such as sleeping better and waking more alert. One of the problems is that you tend to forget doing it or you put it off. I tend to think it might be helpful if nothing else by absorbing some healthful refined vegetable oil. I want to keep doing it and keep up with others doing it. The internet has some souces that will provide new findings on this technique. It is likely worth watching.


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      Helen Amber 3 years ago

      I have been oil pulling almost every day for 3 years. I have been using sunflower oil and I can definitely say it has improved my overall health, but specifically I believe oil pulling has aided my gums and teeth. I have heard that using raw virgin coconut oil can help to remove plaque and whiten teeth so I am yet to try this but the sunflower oil has been beneficial nonetheless. If you go to I have written an article about oil pulling where I go into more detail - methods and different oils one can use as well as detox reactions that may occur for first time oil pulling. I will be adding more and more information on many different health topics and ways we can take control of our own health naturally. Thanks

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      Ritchie Mac Innis 4 years ago

      These are interesting reviews, I'm in Nova Scotia, Canada suffering from Osteoarthritis. We have the Micmac Indians here and I have personaly travelled and seen the River Denys and Denys Mountain in Cape Breton.

      My research has turned up a record from the early 1600's

      Check out page 1 and 3 , the question that comes to my mind is were the North American Indians of so long ago actually practicing oil pulling? It's a heck of a good read !!!

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      Sudipta 4 years ago

      Hello to all ,

      I am from India and doing OP from last 1month , wanted to share amazing result of OP on my cervical spondylosis problem , previously I have pain and friction sensation on my neck vertebra... now its gone amazingly :-)

      Thanks to Oil Pulling :-D

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      Igor Ledochowski Hypnosis 4 years ago

      I like the related oil pulling info and it gave me a full insight about health benefits.

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      E.R 5 years ago

      Interesting. I decided to try today with the only oil I have which is olive oil. Been meaning to try for awhile. I am into holistic health and natural cures but im thrown for a loop. After pulling for 25 minutes like everyone said the oil thinned out (taste not too bad) and even started to taste abit acidic. When it was time to spit I spit into the toilet it looked yellow and frothy..kinda thick in a dirty way. Almost like tiny bubbles were moving around weird. Amazingly I had a stomachache and felt lethargic prior too....both gone. And my mouth feels extra clean. Can't be coincidence. There may be something great to this. I will be doing an experimental regimen for 30 days. Thanks!

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      priya 5 years ago

      smeone said op should not be done more than two months, is that true,please i'd like to know that

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      PK 5 years ago

      What about dental fillings? Is it safe to do it with the fillings? I really want to start but I'm hesitant because of the risk of having issues. I currently don't have dental insurance so I have a reason to be a bit cautious:) If anyone have any insight on it please post!

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      Kari 5 years ago

      Well this is my third day of oil pulling. I have been using raw unrifined coconut oil from and the past two days I have also been adding a drop of healthy gum drops from living libations which I love and gives the coconut oil a slight minty taste. My mouth feels much cleaner, and I have noticed I am tasting food much better. I have also noticed that my gums are becoming a nice healthy pink. It may to early for me to notice a difference in my energy levels. But one weird thing is after doing it this morning and I still feel it this evening I have a funny feeling in the back of my throat. Like a kind of musky feeling and like there is mucus hangning out in there that doesn't want to come out yet? Not sure exactly how to describe it. Maybe it is candida die off that I have been hearing about?

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      Betty 5 years ago


      doing oilpulling for only two weeks now. Sinds my early childhood I've allways been very nervous and depressed. Have been having even more heavy healthproblems for six years now; allways tired, nervous, over-sensitive for sounds, immages, autism, and hypothyroidism, and my hair has been going unhealthy and really thin. My bones and muscles hurt all the time, and I can't allways walk becauce of the fact that my feet are hurting so much. I haven't been able to work, or to do much these last years. Really hope for results according to all these problems.

      What i noticed so far: my tongue has been thick and white for years; is becoming thinner/ more normal and pink! Sleep different; more 'heavy' and when i wake up Iseem to come from far away:) My gums are getting more healty allready (allready the first day I got rid of a gum- infection ). I felt more happy, no more depression!! And that's amazing!!!

      Love alle the comments and am hopefull! Hope that I will be able to function 'normal' in life again!!

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      Erik 5 years ago


      I just started OP'ing today. I don't know if it has or will have any great effects, I assume it will considering the oils are good for you either way. But I have noticed when I did it for the first time today that it got real thick as if it was absorbing all the gross stuff in my mouth which made my mouth feel much cleaner after I spit it out. I will definitely keep doing this.

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      michaelhoopson 5 years ago

      long time no see james if you are still in need of them here is there site

      filling address ,ring them for advice ,tell them m hoopson said you would sort him out

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      Peanut Butter 2 5 years ago


      My standard dentist had made my gum disease worse, so I went to a Holistic dentist here in London.

      He's advised :

      Hydrogen peroxide 6%\20vol to use with pixsters in-between my teeth

      Co-Enzyme tablets

      Hot salt water mouthwash

      Tongue scrapper

      And SESAME SEED OIL for OP, and rinsing after OP with alittle Bicarbonate of Soda with water afterwards.

      A good friend mentioned OraMD.

      which is Almond Oil, with Peppermint Oil and Spearmint Oil.

      The reviews of this product are impressive.

      Then my sister, who has GD too, found out that Oregano Oil and Cinnamin Oil are good for GD


      But this info on OP is revolutionary , I love it

      Keep it going! I will :))

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      Lauren 5 years ago

      I've been OP for only three days. I haven't felt this peaceful, energized, focused in probably 10 years. The tarter build up brushed off my teeth on day two! What a miraculous discovery my mother shared with me. Her age spots on her hands are disappearing. Good health and long lives for us all!

      I've been using EVOO once in the morning before eating. 15-20 minutes then spit in toilet. Brush afterwards and if you have a tounge scraper, use it.

      Good luck :)

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      Seema 5 years ago

      Just started...teeth are whiter ... Pain in legs decreased ....

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      Katy 5 years ago

      FOR NICK

      Nick if you haven't eaten any fats in the past 30 years I'm assuming you are vegan or vegetarian? Coconut oil will give you a yeast die off which is a good thing but makes you feel really bad. The fungal toxins that were living in your mouth and GI tract are dying and dead and need to be excreted. Feels kind of like a flu bug. Take what ever you normally use to move things through as in GET POOPING! You need to move the garbage out. You need to read about what it does to your GI tract to be eating grains and carbohydrates constantly. They don't break down and they feed the bad fungus and bacteria in your GI tract. There is always some pain in healing. You will feel better. Drink lots of filtered water and go slowly maybe short oil pulling sessions would be best. Hope this helps.


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      Jenn 5 years ago

      Have a tooth abscess and the dentist wants to do a root canal. I have been on antibiotics for a week and scheduled to go back in, started brushing with equal parts coconut oil and baking soda for the last three days and my gums are turning pink. Going to try the sunflower oil swishing tomorrow. I am going to just get the teeth removed since the teeth are abscessed but no more gum disease, Woo Hoo!

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      6 years ago

      Anyone knows if the Neem oil is good for OP?

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      Nick 6 years ago

      I haven't eaten saturated fats in over 30 years. I have just started coconut oil and I feel very sick, flushed and feel some strain in breathing.

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      breathe2travel 6 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      I have just started oil pulling and had googled "Oil Pulling Benefits" -- your hub was on the first page. I am quite delighted to read the positive reviews. Looking forward to the effects.

      Rated up & useful.

      Warmest regards~

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      Sumathi 6 years ago

      This is unbelievable! seriously......however as I do have some issues ..what the heck, I'll give it a go and see if it mouth just doesn't feel comfortable, a cracked tooth, a broken crown, many root canals, heel pain, obese, carbo cravings.

      I'll write back to let you know what have some virgin coconut oil.

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      Lizul 6 years ago

      I only started op yesterday once and twice today. My allergies hay fever symptoms sinus are chronic today. Peeing loads. I hope this is the detox working as its been miserable all day today. My teeth look whiter though and my mouth feels cleaner. I'm using coconut oil.

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      linsey 6 years ago

      i just started oil pulling a few days ago and already i have more energy and most of my achs and pains are gone, i've been using sunflower oil and i did find it at wal-mart

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      clara 6 years ago

      i want to thank Dr Shant Tami of who cast a spell for me to stop my menstruation, i menstruate twice a month and it have being affecting my due to that i was unable to get a child i i had a testimony about this spell caster who cast a powerful healing spell on me after the casting of the healing spell i menstruate once a month and i,m two months pregnant. i,m so happy the

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      Renu 6 years ago

      Hi all...Glad i saw this post...I tried this OP sometime back but in less than 5 mins i had to spit it out. I have very bad sinusitis and my nose is always blocked so i breath through my mouth most of the when i do OP i will have to stop coz i'll be out of breath...Is there any way to overcome my prob??

      Thanks loads..

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      sam 6 years ago

      After having my teeth scraped 3 times in 9 months with the last one being so agonising that I got out of the chair and refused to allow the dentist to continue, I am now resolved to use this remedy consistently.

      I did start doing it about 10 months ago, but like most things I started to lapse. It's important that this becomes a daily ritual.

      The teeth are definitely looking cleaner. Unfortunately on a couple of teeth I do have rather a large build up of calculus and I'm hoping that eventually this will slowly break down. If not I'm quite prepared to lose the teeth as my last visit to the dentist was so horrific that I'd rather lose my teeth than go through that experience again.

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      Paula 6 years ago

      Nicole - what oil are you using?

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      Nicole 6 years ago

      I have been oil pulling using coconut oil for a little under a week. I felt really horrible at first which may have been from detoxing from the oil pulling or might have been from detoxing after a naturopathic treatment for my allergies (maybe both?) but now I feel awesome. I have so much energy and I was so much more focused at school today than ever before. Also my skin feels super soft and I got compliments on my hair all day today. I hope to see more awesome improvements!

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      Optimistic 6 years ago

      I would like to add that most articles recommend that you drink 2 to 3 glasses of water after you finish the OPing process.

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      Optimistic 6 years ago

      I feel so blessed to have learned about OPing. I saw immediate benefits in my vision, my gums and teeth look great, my blood pressure is normalizing, and I feel fabulous. I have been OPing for approximately 2 weeks, twice a day, alternating with Olive Oil and Sesame Seed Oil.

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      arwa 6 years ago

      I have started oil-pulling a few months ago to cure my dry mouth (I would get up during the night to drink water). I also have too much yeast in my body.

      A week ago I develop a soreness on my bottom two teeth. It emanated from the chin into the teeth.I massaged the gum with my bottom lip. Swigged with salt water and did oil-pulling. Eventually, what seemed like a clot of blood moving up against the tooth. This blood clot dissipated and I am now left with a tinge of yellow running down from the bottom lip up to the gum line.

      Could it possibly be that the oil-pulling is bringing the toxins from the inside of gum for release?

      I will be seeing my dentist in the new year as I want to have my front bottom teeth crowned. ( I do have a receding um-line)

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      Flower 6 years ago

      I am 45 ,a woman and have some hormonal problems.I want to start oil pulling ,but i have ceramic teet in my mouth.Is it ok to start oil pulling for 5 minutes with olive oil? Is there good results for such a sfort time?Please if someone has good results to share ,I´m a bit desperate.Thanks

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      Sandeep 6 years ago

      Wow.. Oil Pulling is really amazing. I was suffered from GUM Decay with teeth problem but now, It is recovering very fast... It is amazing.. Everyone must use that.

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      Patty 6 years ago

      I would like to know if this could help me. I was using Abreva as a lip gloss had chapped lips and this burned my lips and also hurt my tongue. Wandering if this could help with my tongue. Thanks.

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      Atul 6 years ago

      Hi today my doctor told me that my upper teeth need to be removed because of bone loss, can I start OP and not go for it

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      DoctorPatricia 6 years ago

      I cannot begin to tell you all how OPing has changed my life. I used to take heavy narcotics for a miserable pain disorder. The nerve blocking meds made my teeth turn brown, my hair fall out and my fingernails became unrecognizable. All of this has changed thanks to oil pulling!

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      Sankar 6 years ago is the oldest and most informative website on oilpulling which I was following to see if any updates ever since 2007. I spoke to many who practice this and results seems to be vary. Still a mystery how this works.

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      Frankie 6 years ago

      Started op a few week ago but have not really kept up. Hoping it helps with sensitive and loose teeth. Will post again soon for results.

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      dmaria 6 years ago

      I have been oil pulling for over six months now. 1 to 3x's a day. I did not notice anything to significant until I stopped about a month ago due to a move. My gums are inflamed and starting to bleed. My teeth feel as though their is a film over them and my feet are very dry.

      I will be sure to start oil pulling again first thing in the morning!

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      dAP'r 6 years ago

      This was quite informative to me; I work for a natural food store chain in the vitamin department and one of our customers during a brief conversation told me about oil pulling and suggested that I look into it.

      Being an information hound / personal researcher here I am, all be it a month or so later, looking into it. It all sounds viable and I usually do a total body detox twice a year around January and June.

      Well since I've been soooooo busy of late I have not done my detox this year yet so I decided to give this a go. I am using extra virgin coconut oil since I already know of some of its other wonderful benefits.

      I'm on my 16th month or so of having braises, as those of you who have had them know, ones teeth tend to discolor more due to it being a challenge brushing and flossing with those wires running across the front of your teeth.

      WOW! they have definitely gotten a shade n a half brighter with just two oil pulling sessions. This is very very interesting; can't wait to see what else could happen.

      Thanks for listening....

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      Mauraine 6 years ago

      thanks for such valuable info. will be starting tomorrow. Hope it will work on a ganglia on my wrist,

      gum issues, and all the other bits and pieces i have as a 73 year old. dry skin, hair, aches, hoarseness, etc

      I will report back with results.

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      Vanessa 6 years ago

      I started oil pulling this morning using Sunflower Oil. Not organic but I thought it was better than nothing. My symptoms include bleeding gums, sensitive teeth, dry eyes (I wear contacts) and would love to see an improvement in eye sight, Also have inflamation in my left knee and a bad memory and low energy.

      I did the first oil pull wrong as I did it after breakfast and could only manage it for seven minutes and accidently swollowed some.

      Will try and do this twice a day - once before breakfast and once before lunch. Will keep you all informed.

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      Babs 6 years ago

      I started Pulling about four weeks ago, and I was amazed to see immediate and recognizable results. I did see the teeth whitening happen right away. I also saw my "chin waddle" dissapearing right before my eyes. I will continue this simple but extremely effective fix.

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      Caroline Thilagaraj 6 years ago

      Hi, I've started this oil pulling, well I would like to know, will it cure Acid reflection ? because I do have acid reflection all the time while having food, after every meal, while sleeping.. its really bad. also sometimes I have mild head ache too. so will this oil pulling work out well and cure this problem ? please reply am awaiting for your reply. thanks a million...

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      Caroline Thilagaraj 6 years ago

      Hi am very happy and impressed by reading this article of oil pulling.well oil pulling should be done in empty stomach, may be before 3 times of every meal in empty stomach but I've a doubt in the morning should we do oil pulling before brushing or after brushing ? pls help me with my doubt so that I can start doing this procedure. thank u...

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      Michelle 6 years ago

      I just started OP yesterday evening. I couldn't get over how clean my mouth feels. I am going to give it a try for a month to see what kind of results I get. Will keep every one posted. I'm 53 I have high BP, HC and TYPE II diabities. Hopeing OP will help level all of this out. I am using Safflower oil. I didn't have a lot of luck finding coconut oil.

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      sarahonweb 6 years ago

      I just read through the entire hub of yours and it was quite good. This is a great hub thanks for sharing this informative information.

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      roach 6 years ago

      This kind of blog was very informative..I like reading like this..Thanks for posting this again.


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      lola 6 years ago

      whao , all dis comments are so much encouraging,i have been so concerned about my bad breath, i was searching for solution before i stumbled into this awesome coments on OIL PULLING, i can't wait to start , i will be so much graeful if it culd help me regain fresh breath. i wuld definitely keep you all posted . thanks.

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      leftbanker 6 years ago

      I have started Op in hopes that it will strengthen my gums. I am an atheist, I don't believe in astrology or other hocus-pocus so let's just say that I have a healthy sense of skepticism regarding claims about alternative medicine. I have even more skepticism concerning traditional western medicine. I am hoping for the best, of course, and some of the claims for OP seem logical. However, I wish that people would refrain from making spurious contentions and exaggerating the effects they experienced from OP. This only clouds what may be its real benefits.

      Modern medicine has little to gain if OP actually does have beneficial results so don’t expect them to apply themselves to investigating this treatment. After all, a bottle of sunflower oil costs about 1€ where I live. I started only a few days ago and will refrain from making any claims until a at least the two week mark. Good luck with your health! Ride a bike and walk a lot every day are my recommendations.

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      Karen 6 years ago

      I Have fillings and a fake tooth in front..will OP hurt these? I just started yesterday with seseme oil.

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      naomi 6 years ago

      i am going to try oil pulling for the first time. my symptoms are an abscessed tooth (on inside of root-- dentist says i need a root canal), adult acne(pretty sure its tied to the tooth problem) and low energy/tiredness. what type of oil do you recommend? most people on hear say sunflower but other posts have said oregano oil and tea tree for dental issues.

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      altarielsaralonde 6 years ago

      @ Matthew Cornell...uhhh, yeah, this is not a new thing. They've used OP in India for centuries. But hey, you just go ahead and stick with your "new" western medicine that cures nothing and hands out a pill for everything

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      kimma 6 years ago

      I started oil swishing about 2 months ago. I am using Safflower Oil. I have had hypothyroidism for 15 years. My synthroid dose has only increased over the years but has remained the same for a few years now. I went to the Dr. about 3 weeks ago and had my 6 mo blood work check up. My levels were off and for the first time in years my dose was lowered. I also lost 9 pds which i believe is due to getting too much synthroid seeing that I have been the same exact weight for 10 yrs. I have been on my new dosage for about 2-3 wks and have been feeling a little restless and jumpy. I believe I my thyroid is working better and my dose will have to be lowered again. I have to have it checked in another 3 weeks. We will see. I started swishing just for basic health and removing toxins, I did not expect this. I totally believe it is helping my thyroid and overall health.. not to mention how much whiter my teeth are.

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      joseph 7 years ago

      i wish to know if the oil pulling does regenerate receding gums and regenerates gum line too.....pls post if someone noticed that his gumline grew and regenerated

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      Ambra 7 years ago

      Hello I'm from Croatia!! I have been using coconutoil for a month now and I love it. I use it on my skin after showering and to clear my face of make-up in the evening. It's so easy with coconutoil to clear mascara, i just wished I had known that before! Two days ago I started oilpulling and my teeth are whither already... so I'm very happy and I will continue doing this. Bye bye

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      Alan 7 years ago

      Why are you supposed to do this on an empty stomach? What does it matter?

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      Seattle2 7 years ago

      First morning of OP with sesame oil. Have many ailments seeking to be cured. Will keep posted.

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      Elaine 7 years ago

      I would like to know the efect of oil pulling and someone diagnosed with oral/tongue cancer.

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      Darlene 7 years ago

      i have an absessed tooth that's keeping me from closing my teeth completely. ive started the o.p. with cocnut oil. so far after 2 days, one thing i like is that it doesn't leave a nasty taste in my mouth. one concern is that the die off of possible candida symptoms will be aggravating. right now, my biggest concern is to get this tooth healed up.

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      Marion 7 years ago

      I would like to try oil pulling but i am just a bit worried about my ceramic fillings in my teeth in case the oil pulls them out. Is anybody doing the oil pulling who has ceramic fillings?

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      bobm288 7 years ago

      Hello bobm288~

      I was going to start oil pulling a few months ago but was informed that my capped teeth would leech too much metal during the process. Is this true? I would think that if it caused excessive leaching the toxic metal would be gone when I spit it out after the treatment. What do you think?



      Jan, I have never heard of this. What you will have to do is read the skeptical sites (some above in this blog)and do what makes sense to you. If you decide to do it, give it a month or two break after a few months. Then do it for a few weeks once a year, or if it helps you a lot do it more often. Dentists now have a prescription oily mix they can give you to swish in your mouth if you have gum problems, like receding gums. Ask your dentist about it. I am currently using it.


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      Mahesh Kumar 7 years ago

      One need to have a fist full of pearl millets seeds in the mouth in order to have that detoxification effect.

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      Mahesh Kumar 7 years ago

      I head about oil pulling recently. But I know of an instance where I knew about a similar procedure in India. As every summer, When I was on vacation at my uncles village. My uncle had a big farm and live stock are kept within the compound. As we were from city, villagers would tell us many interesting local or ancient things. One day we( me , siblings and all my cousins)were told that if a person puts "pearl millets" in the mouth before brushing and keeps it for a 10 to 20 mins in mouth and spits it out, it was know to remove toxins from the body. "Pearl Millet" is a staple diet in India(many states). They had told us that tis was very simple to verify. Put some "pearl millet in the mount , hold it for 10 or 20 mins and spit it out. The chickens which are frolicking in the compound would eat them and they would die even though "pearl millet" is part of chickens regular food there so they died of the toxin that are released from the body. At that time , down side/bad was killing the chickens unnecessarily. Many village folks would do this type detoxification as "peal Millet" is available in plenty in that part of the would.

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      kj 7 years ago

      I tried oil pulling several years ago for an intestinal yeast infection. That, along with a change of diet, was a slow but sure cure. Now I am starting to OP again due to an abscessed tooth. I just started this evening but on a full stomach because I had forgotten that empty is best. However, my tooth felt a little better within minutes. Not perfect but enough better that I did not take a pain reliever for it.

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      roma victor 7 years ago

      today march 16, 2011. been oil pulling for about 4 days now, teeth is definitely whiter and cleaner, sore gums gone, no more bleeding. much energized and better sleep. mind is clear too, not foggy.

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      Audrey 7 years ago

      After reading everybody's blog..I will start oil pulling for a better health and to clear my pimples.

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      sandra benjamin 7 years ago

      Teenie bopper

      Just heard about this oil pulling 3/12/11 - I have bleeding gums, i am overweght and have bad breath, in the mornngs my mouth is dry as I snore - will start tomorrow 3/14/11 and will keep you posted.

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      Roma Victor 7 years ago

      Just started today March 12, 2011 with organic unrefined sesame oil, we shall see what happens.

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      Tray 7 years ago

      Been oil pulling for 5 days (It rid my front tooth of a stubborn stain on the first pull!)

      But I must say, I started 2 tsp raw apple cider vinegr per day (in water) 3 weeks ago, and I honestly can tell you I've had GREAT results already! My skin is more clear, my energy is elevated, I sleep more soundly, my mood swings, anxiety and depression have been nowhere to be found lately, my spirits are upbeat, my hip pain is gone, a lipoma on my back (told to have it removed) opened up, drained and is all but gone...a drop of ACV and water in my ear caused a long time wort to fall off w/i 3 days...and I've only been doing the raw ACV (Apple cider vinegar) for 3 weeks! (Maybe 'an apple a day really DOES keep the doctor away" afterall? =o)

      I recommend researching it and reading the countless testmonials! Its very encouraging and really brings hope to think that simple, old time natural remedies might bring relief when nothing else had?

      I wish you all the best in your search for healing and rejuvination! =o)

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      Jesse 7 years ago


      I have been oil pulling with virgin coconut oil for the past week. I start in the morning when I get up before breakfast, I swish it in my mouth for 20 minutes, then I spit it in a cup. Then I go rinse with half water and hydrogen peroxide. My mouth feels much fresher, and I beleive it is helping in getting rid of the bags under my eyes(probably from free radicals and toxins). I have more energy, and feel better and whiter teeth. I also use the coconut oil on my face rather than a lotion, so I think it is helping my skin (combination). I notice I am urinating more frequently and it is clearer. Besides that, I drink white tea, and Turmeric tea, because there are many benefits to them as well. I will keep oil pulling!!!

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      seemasaiyom 7 years ago


      i just started oil pulling was easy and i am looking forward to improved oral health ...i have an area in my mouth that bleeds and the gum is swollen and discolored and also a ganglion cyst on my lleft wrist that i have had surgery on about 5 times..


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      Mibbi 7 years ago

      First of all - OP is an ancient Indian Auyurvedic practice, and the Ukranian doctor may have made it more popular in the west but he certainly did not originate it...

      OP should not be done if you have dental fillings as it can dislodge it. I have been using OP because of adult braces and it has removed debris, plaque as well as abrasions from my mouth - besides many other health benefits. I used coconut oil and it has been great. However - organic extra virgin cold pressed Coconut Oil is a waste of money for this procedure - I use instead the "Parachute" brand cooking coconut oil that I find in Indian grocery stores in the US for a few bucks. (use the kind made for cooking - not for using as hair oil). Coconut oil has monolaurin and Lauric acid in it which is essentially dissolving the outer layer (biofilm) of the bacteria, so that the bacteria and fungus etc die off. For consuming internaly I would recommend using only the extra virgin cold pressed variety of coconut oil (or else you will clog your arteries). I spit it out in my toilet pot - so that I do not clog the sink.

      Another thing - do this before you have breakfast on an empty stomach - but clean out your tounge with a tounge-cleaner before doing OP. Again buy the tounge cleaner from an Indian grocery store for a few bucks...

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      sheela 7 years ago

      good for all you people who have adopted the practice of oil pulling. did you all notice that not one person has reported anything negative about the practice. let me remind you all that this practice originated in india. india surely rocks! at the end of the day everyone has to come back to the remedies discovered by our forefathers! how can the 5000 year old wisdom go wrong. for all you young indians out there, realise this great truth. whether it is oil pulling or anything else, indians knew it way before anyone else. (the chinese are a close second). be proud to be indian-in any way you can help all those you can, share your knowledge, do all the good you can to all the people you can. happy oil pullling

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      tammy 7 years ago

      today is my first day with OP. I am using coconut oil. Right now I feel more awake and energized than I normally do even though I am a morning person. I can't wait to see what happens.

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      susan 7 years ago

      I have just gone off my antidepressants and have really bad pain in my neck and shoulders, apparantly withdrawls of the antidepressants - has anyone else been able to go off their antidepressants while oil pulling - has this helped

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      Annie 7 years ago

      Is anyone oil pulling with amalgam fillings? If so have the fillings been affected or your health and which oil is best to use.

      I have amalagam fillings and am thinking of oil pulling maybe for shorter time of 5 - 10 minutes a day. Please can anyone give feedback.

      Many Thanks

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      bonbon 7 years ago

      I just started OP yesterday, hope I see some good results like people have mentioned. Will post soon

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      Joe Farrugia 7 years ago

      Looking for answers....NEED HELP...

      I have been using eye drops known as COMBIGAN for Elevated

      Intraocular Pressure. I am looking for a natural remedy that would lower the eye pressure... I am wondering if there are any Microbiotic Practitioners to help me with this problem I read alot about Sesame Seed Oil and I am wondering if it would do the job. Many thanks....joe

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      susan 7 years ago

      Has anyone had any improvement with vertigo and dizziness

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      Gary Barnett 7 years ago

      You can brush your teeth before you pull, but you defineately need to brush right after pulling. Make sure you haven't eaten for 4 hrs. before you pull. 15-20 minutes per session. Spit it out in toilet, not sink. The spit out oil wll be white in color.

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      Emily 7 years ago

      I have read that you are supposed to do it before brushing and before you eat.

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      Sreekanth 7 years ago

      I started oil pulling (OP) about three weeks ago. I do OP after brushing my teeth. Is that right or should I do OP before brushing my teeth?

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      prashi 7 years ago


      i am taking eltroxin 100mg for i am an hypothyroid..

      is it fine if i stop the medication and continue oil pulling..plz help.. i am op since three days..i feel fresh..

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      Gaffneygirl 7 years ago

      Coconut oil has helped me tremendously and is definitely worth trying if other oils are not readily working for you. For me, the benefits were noticeable within a few days.

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      billie 7 years ago

      has anyone found any inprovement doing op if they have rheumatoid arthritis.

      i have started using sesame oil 6 days ago

      have noticed no improvement as yet but it has been only a short time, so i will keep on using

      mostly the comments have been positive re gum disease etc hopefully arthritis can be improved , us sesame the best or coconut or is sunflower the best??????

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      sreekanth 7 years ago

      I started oil pulling about ten days ago with sesame oil. So far I have not noticed any change. Of course ten days is not enough to bring about any change. Is oil pulling therapy really proven. Some people recommend coconut oil. Any suggestions?

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      Akthar 7 years ago

      I have been doing this for almost a year now(Sesame oil) !! Lots of benefits , the most beneficial being General dental/gums health.I am totally out of SINUS /Breathing related problems,

      I stopped brushing my teeth once finished with my OP I just rinse it with my regualr tooth paste(no brushing) that's it.. Great thing every human should do ..

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      Dan 7 years ago

      Just started today with Sesame oil. Nothing different noticed yet, but will report back after a couple weeks...

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      Zac 7 years ago


      I am 55 year old man, my cholestrol level is on the high side, can someone please tell me with this oil pulling therepy, will it increase my cholestrol level further?


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      BIPS 7 years ago