Oil Pulling – an Ancient Practice of Ayurveda
Oil pulling is not a new invention but an ancient practice of Ayurveda. The Charaka Samhita states that it can cure about 30 systemic diseases.
The benefits of this technique were described by Ayurveda thousands of years ago and have been supported by many modern studies.
This process, in which you swish a small amount of plant-based oil around in your mouth, is known as kavala or gandusha in Sanskrit, meaning “gargling” or “holding liquid in the mouth.”
Oil is an adsorbent in this purification that binds all that is unnecessary and harmful to the body.
In this way, a kind of filtration and purification of the blood occurs. Oil, like a sponge, absorbs toxins.
Cleansing of the salivary glands is compared to liver cleansing. The same effect occurs, but, naturally, in a smaller volume and without drastic impact on liver.
Take in the mouth about 1 tbsp. of vegetable-based oil (sesame, olive, coconut, sunflower or some blend of them).
Keep the oil in the front of the mouth and start sucking it like a candy, rolling under the tongue. The goal is to create active contact with the mucous membrane under the tongue. Do it without stress, freely.
With some practice you will be able to do some chores during this procedure.
Keep gurgling for 15-20 minutes.Time is chosen empirically and depends on the intensity of pulling and the number of toxins in the blood and lymph. The process is considered complete when the oil becomes white and liquid like water.
After 10-20 minutes the contents of the mouth must be spat out. Spilled liquid may contain pathogenic microbes, therefore it should NOT be spilled into the sink where you wash your dishes. I spit it out into a trashcan or toilet. After that, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water and spit out this water too.
When to swish.
This procedure is recommended in the morning on an empty stomach before brushing the teeth or in the evening before bedtime. If you do it several times a day, the benefits of pulling oil will increase.
Ayurveda says that oil pulling may be helpful in such conditions as:
Chronic blood diseases,
Diseases of the stomach,intestines, heart, lungs,
Modern studies report even more benefits.
Cavity and gingivitis prevention,
Better breath (halitosis suffers also reported greatly improved morning breath),
Stronger teeth and gums,
Less jaw pain (TMJ sufferers noted great improvement),
Skin issues (reports have shown improvement in acne, psoriasis and eczema).
Cheerfulness in the body,
Stronger immune system.
Complications and side effects.
It should be kept in mind that the application of this method can cause temporary complications, especially in people with many diseases, when a lot of toxins are released at a time. The harm is minimal, but you have to be prepared for possible discomfort such as mild headache in the first days.
Oil is a food product. If you don’t have an individual intolerance to some particular oil – use without restrictions.
For some, the presence of oil in the mouth causes a gag reflex. Do not force yourself. This is not your way.
Oil pulling is contraindicated in case of intensive treatment with medicines, especially when the level of a certain medicine needs to be maintained in the blood.
Where to put the used oil?
After applying, the oil should be spilled into the sewer, toilet, etc. places. Used oil is a hotbed of germs and toxins. After the procedure, thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm, then cold water. Never swallow saliva before rinsing the mouth.
Oil need to be applied not only for signs of ill health. It should be a regular routine the way you wash and brush your teeth in the morning. You will get rid of extra pounds of belly fat, while your body and mind will move faster than before.