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Oil pulling, an Ayurvedic boon

Updated on December 5, 2010
The tongue chart with the vital organs.
The tongue chart with the vital organs.
The swirling of oil in the mouth.
The swirling of oil in the mouth.
The whitening of teeth after prolonged practice of oil pulling
The whitening of teeth after prolonged practice of oil pulling

The Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita has reference to Kavala Gandusha or Kavala graha as procedures in oil pulling therapy practised in ancient India.

Kavala refers to that which is related to the oral cavity and gandusha is a gargle. Kavala graha is a medicine that can be held in the oral cavity.

An Ayurvedic physician in the olden times was adept at diagnosing disease merely by looking at a patient's tongue.

In tongue examination, the central groove on the tongue indicated the condition of the spine of the patient. If the groove of the tongue was crooked then the patient suffered from backaches and pains. The ultimate perfection in health was the tongue of a cat -pink, flat and clean, which also explains why felines have such flexible spines.

All the pressure points of the vital digestive organs are located on the tongue. A coated tongue is a sign of ill-health.

Oil pulling or oil swishing is kavala gandusha which is the technique that assists in the process of pulling out oral toxins.

Just as the skin excretes body wastes and toxins, the tongue eliminates

toxins and harmful microbes from the body.

Ayurvedic science maps the tongue with organ-locations. Each section of the tongue is connected to the kidneys, lungs, spleen, liver, heart, pancreas,small intestines, stomach, colon, and spine. Oil pulling

eliminates toxins from the whole body through the tongue.

Dr. Karach first highlighted this Ayurvedic technique 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.

Practicing the method of oil pulling -

The procedure for Oil Pulling is simple and easy to follow. Take a table spoon of any edible cooking oil, although Sunflower oil or Sesame oil are reccommended. Place the oil in your mouth and pull and swirl the oil in your mouth through your teeth for 5 minutes to twenty minutes. Gargle the mouth with the oil without swallowing it in a controlled swirling manner.Kavala gandusha should be done first thing in the morning,  before eating or drinking. When the viscosity of the oil decreases due to its uniform mixing with the saliva of the mouth, be ready to spit it out .

The oil should appear milky white. If it is yellow it indicates insufficient swishing.

Rinse your mouth well and brush your teeth.

Drinking a cup of warm water completes the procedure.

How does oil pulling work?

The oil lubricates the inner lining of the mouth. Oil, through the process of selective solvent extraction,  extracts out all the toxic wastes from the mouth into the oil. All harmful toxins, microorganisms, viruses are oil soluble. Pathogens cannot grow in an oily medium. The swishing activates enzymes and draws toxins from the oral cavity lining through the saliva.

The swirling of the tongue activates all the vital organs mapped on the tongue and thus improves their functioning.

How do you know that oil pulling is working for you?

  1. The first thing you would notice is that it gets rid of bad breath.

  2. Bowel movements improve.

  3. In the beginning you will notice certain symptoms like headache, excessive drowsiness, feverishness, runny nose, stomach ache, etc. Do not stop it is an indication that the oil pulling is working.

Oil-pulling therapy mitigates headaches, bronchitis, tooth pain, root canal, thrombosis, eczema, ulcers, intestinal diseases, heart and kidney diseases, encephalitis and women’s diseases.

Within two weeks of oil pulling you will notice an improvement in your strength and vitality. You will feel refreshed and will sleep calmly. Aches and pains from the body will disappear.

You will notice an improvement in a lot of your physical attributes. Let me not spoil the fun for you. Try it three times a day on an empty stomach for two weeks and notice the difference yourself.

It is done on an empty stomach as in case you feel like throwing up your stomach is empty and also to allow space for that glass of warm water to be consumed after the 'kavala gandusha'. Give it a try and experience the magic-it really works!


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      Mara 5 years ago

      No, the teeth are identical- if I were going to cast a glance askance at it, it'd be for potentially having a photoshop tint to the before picture. But I've been doing the oil pulling- and on day five, my teeth are nearly that white. So I buy it.

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      Tash 6 years ago

      That picture is obviously veneers in the after photo.... :(

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      justom 7 years ago from 41042

      It's always interesting to hear about old remedies for healing. I think we in the U.S. are much too dependent on synthetic poison to cure our ills instead of exploring old tried and true natural solutions. Thanks for this most interesting hub, I might just have to give it a try! Peace!! Tom