Oil Pulling Side Effects: Does Oil Pulling Really Work?

Dec 11 2016

Oil pulling

Oil pulling has been extensively used, researched and verified in CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine).

Oil pulling was first mentioned in the Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita where it is called Kavala or Gandusha, and is claimed to cure about 30 systemic diseases ranging from headache, migraine to diabetes and asthma.

The earliest mentions were some 3,000 years ago.

More recently, in the last decade, more than 15 clinical trials or research papers have been written on this subject.

Every naturopath, integrative doctor and biological dentist recommends oil pulling.

Oil pulling has been used extensively as a traditional Indian folk remedy for many years to prevent decay, oral malodor, bleeding gums, dryness of throat, cracked lips and for strengthening teeth, gums and the jaw.[,]

Oil pulling therapy in India was originally performed typically using oils like sunflower oil or sesame oil. Coconut trees do not grow throughout India and the oil is harder to extract than sunflower and sesame oil, which are two reasons why coconut oil was not originally used for oil pulling.


According to Ayurvedic practice, brushing is contra-indicated (not recommended) in the cases of mouth ulcer, fever, indigestion, those who have tendency to vomit, asthma, cough, thirst.[] Oil pulling can be used to clean the oral cavity in all these cases.

Oil pulling is described as a simple rejuvenating treatment, which, when done routinely, "enhances the senses, maintains clarity, brings about a feeling of freshness, and invigorates the mind. These oral cleansing techniques can also benefit bad breath, dry face, dull senses, exhaustion, anorexia, loss of taste, impaired vision, sore throat, and all kapha related imbalances."

A study was conducted by Asokan S et al (2009) to evaluate the effect of oil pulling on plaque-induced gingivitis, and to compare its efficacy with chlorhexidine mouthwash.[] A total of 20 age-matched adolescent boys with plaque-induced gingivitis were selected for this study. They were divided randomly into the study or oil pulling group (Group I) and the control or chlorhexidine group (Group II) with 10 subjects in each group. Plaque index and modified gingival index scores were recorded for the 20 subjects and baseline plaque samples were also collected. There was a statistically significant reduction of the pre- and post-values of the plaque and modified gingival index scores in both the study and control groups (p < 0.001 in both). The oil pulling therapy showed a reduction in the plaque index, modified gingival scores, and total colony count of aerobic microorganisms in the plaque of adolescents with plaque-induced gingivitis.

Oil pulling is a powerful detoxifying Ayurvedic technique that has recently become very popular as a CAM remedy for many different health ailments. this method, surgery or medication could be prevented for a number of chronic illnesses. The oil therapy is preventative as well as curative. The exciting aspect of this healing method is its simplicity. Ayurveda advises oil gargling to purify the entire system; as it holds that each section of the tongue is connected to

It is said that using this method, surgery or medication could be prevented for a number of chronic illnesses. The oil therapy is preventative as well as curative. The exciting aspect of this healing method is its simplicity. Ayurveda advises oil gargling to purify the entire system; as it holds that each section of the tongue is connected to different organ such as to the kidneys, lungs, liver, heart, small intestines, stomach, colon, and spine, similarly to reflexology and TCM.[]

With no reported significant side effects - unlike chemical conventional tooth care - and more than 15 recent scientific studies, no wonder oil pulling is rapidly becoming mainstream.

Dr Bruce Fife in his seminal book "Oil Pulling Therapy" says that all disease starts in the mouth and that toxins are pulled from your body the very first time you try it. 

"Oil pulling is one of the most remarkable methods of detoxification and healing I have ever experienced in my career as a naturopathic physician."

Dr Fife goes on to say that oil pulling can work it's magic almost instantly and that coconut oil is the healthiest oil on earth.

Integrative Doctors, Holistic and Biological Dentists, Naturopaths, all recommend oil pulling as the cornerstone to relaiming health. Reported benefits include whiter teeth by removing plaque and staining, relief from bad breath, mouth ulcers, cankers or sores, fatigue, inflammation and many health ailments. 

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