Oil Pulling for a Brighter Smile and
by Bruce Fife
“That sounds ridiculous,” exclaimed Rick in
disbelief. “It will never work. How could it? It doesn’t make any
sense.” Rick suffered from chronic sinusitis. At night when lying down,
his nose would stop up, making it difficult for him to breathe and to
sleep. The congestion also caused him to experience frequent headaches.
The therapy I was telling him about was
oil pulling. Although oil pulling has its origins in Ayurvedic
medicine, which dates back thousands of years, this modern version is
relatively new, at least in the United States. Oil pulling is very
simple. Basically all you do is rinse your mouth out with vegetable oil,
much like you would with a mouthwash. As simple as it sounds, if done
correctly it has a very powerful cleansing and healing affect not only
on the mouth and sinuses, but the entire body.
A few days later, Rick called me on the
phone. “Wow! This oil pulling stuff really works,” he exclaimed. “My
sinuses began to drain immediately. I expelled a lot of dark yellow,
gross looking mucous. I’m breathing easier and sleeping better and my
headaches are gone!”
I wasn’t surprised with Rick’s success. I
hear many similar responses from others with various health problems. “I
was skeptical at first,” says Cynthia. “I couldn’t see how swishing oil
in my mouth could help with my arthritis. After eight days I noticed the
pain in my hands diminished considerably. There was also marked
improvement in my neck and I could move my head from side to side
without any pain. I was amazed at how quickly I got results. I haven’t
felt this good in along time!”
Some people think I’m crazy when I tell them
that oil pulling can help those with asthma, allergies, chronic fatigue,
diabetes, migraine headaches, PMS, and chronic skin problems. Oil
pulling works by detoxifying or cleansing the body. In this way, disease
promoting toxins are removed, thus allowing the body to heal itself. As
a consequence, health problems of all types improve.
“I’ve suffered for several years with joint
and lower back pain,” says Anna. “Every morning it was difficult getting
out of bed because the pain. After two months of oil pulling the pain is
all but gone. I’m amazed. Although I began oil pulling to relieve the
joint pain, a few other things happened that I didn’t expect. I’m
surprised to see that the eczema on my arm and hand disappearing and my
skin becoming smoother and softer. Nothing I had tried before had
helped. I sleep better at night too, so I have more energy during the
day. I no longer need my mid-day naps. I have so much energy I almost
feel like a teenager again. My periods have become more regular with
less cramping and less mood swings. Also, my teeth, gums, and tongue are
cleaner than they’ve ever been.”
The first thing that most people notice when
they start oil pulling is an improvement in their oral health. Teeth
become whiter, breath becomes fresher, and the tongue and gums take on a
healthy pink color. Even problems such as bleeding gums, tooth
decay, and gum disease are greatly diminished or completely healed.
“I had a really bad infection in my mouth,”
says Brittany. “It was so painful that I could not sleep. Pain
medication helped temporarily. I was sure that I needed another root
canal. After hearing about oil pulling I decided to give it a try before
going to the dentist. I began oil pulling three times a day. By the very
next day the pain was gone! No soreness, nothing. I was shocked. I
continue to oil pull and my teeth are whiter and healthier looking then
they have ever been. My gums have stopped bleeding, they used to bleed
after every brushing. They are no longer receding and my teeth feel
tighter. On my last visit to the dentist he was amazed at how much
better my teeth and gums looked. He told me to continue to do whatever I
Oil pulling traces it roots to oil
gargling practiced in Ayurvedic medicine. Oil pulling as we know it
today, was introduced in 1992 by Dr. F. Karach, MD. Dr. Karach claimed
that oil pulling could cure a variety of illnesses ranging from heart
disease and digestive troubles to hormonal disorders. He said it cured
him of a chronic blood disorder of 15 years duration and within three
days it cured his arthritis, which at times was so painful he was bed
ridden. He used the method in his medical practice with great success.
Dr. Karach’s method of oil pulling consists
of swishing, not gargling, vegetable oil in the mouth. The oil is
“worked” in the mouth by pushing, pulling, and drawing it through the
teeth for a period of 15 to 20 minutes. It is done one to three times a
day on an empty stomach. The best time is in the morning before eating
breakfast, but can be done before any meal. The used oil is discarded
and the mouth rinsed out with water. The oil is never swallowed because
it is loaded with bacteria, toxins, pus, and mucous.
Sunflower and sesame seed oils are the most
commonly used for oil pulling, but any vegetable oil will work. People
have had success with olive, coconut, almond, and other oils. I prefer
to use coconut oil because of its many health benefits. If you use a
mild flavored coconut oil it is very pleasant in the mouth. Some oils,
such as extra virgin olive oil, are so strong flavored that many people
find them difficult to use.
The oil acts like a cleanser. When you put it
in your mouth and work it around your teeth and gums it “pulls” out
bacteria and other debris. It acts much like the oil you put in your car
engine. The oil picks up dirt and grime. When you drain the oil, it
pulls out the dirt and grime with it, leaving the engine relatively
clean. Consequently, the engine runs smoother and lasts longer.
Likewise, when we expel harmful substances from our bodies our health is
improved and we run smoother and last longer.
As simple as it is, oil pulling has a very
powerful detoxifying effect. Our mouths are the home to billions of
bacteria, viruses, fungi and other parasites and their toxins. Candida
and Streptococcus are common residents in our mouths. It is these types
of germs and their toxic waste products that cause gum disease and tooth
decay and contribute to many other health problems including arthritis
and heart disease. Our immune system is constantly fighting these
troublemakers. If our immune system becomes overloaded or burdened by
excessive stress, poor diet, environmental toxins and such, these
organisms can spread throughout the body causing secondary infections
and chronic inflammation, leading to any number of health problems.
Oil pulling is one of the most remarkable
methods of detoxification and healing I have ever experienced in my
career as a naturopathic physician. It helped me overcome a chronic skin
problem that other forms of detoxification, including numerous juice
fasts lasting up to 30 days, were unable to cure.
Oil pulling can work its magic almost
instantly. Some people report relief from certain conditions after doing
it only once. Minor problems often clear up within a few days. More
serious, chronic problems may require a few weeks or several months or
more depending on lifestyle issues.
Toxins are pulled from the body the very
first time you try it. One of the first cleansing symptoms you will
experience is an increased flow of mucous from your throat and sinuses.
Mucous drainage is one of the body’s methods of removing toxins. While
you are pulling, mucous may build in the back of your throat. You may
even have to expel the oil and clear the mucous from your throat before
reaching a full 20 minutes. That’s okay, take another spoonful of oil
and continue until you’ve pulled for a total of 15-20 minutes. You may
also experience a little nausea and perhaps even need to vomit as your
body expels toxic waste. Other symptoms may also arise temporarily.
These symptoms will subside as your body becomes cleaner and you become
more comfortable with oil pulling. Unlike other methods of
detoxification that last for only a short time, oil pulling should
become a regular part of your daily schedule, like brushing your teeth.
Oil pulling is incredibly effective in
brightening teeth, healing gums, preventing bad breath, quenching
inflammation, and healing oral infections. It is also effective in
treating many systemic conditions throughout the body.
As good as it is, the simple oil pulling
method described in this article isn’t always enough. Some people and
some conditions require a little extra care. For this reason, I took oil
pulling and developed it into a more complete, more effective method
that I call Oil Pulling Therapy. This program incorporates medicated
coconut oil (which you can make yourself), diet, select nutrients, oral
pH balancing procedures, and, for those who have amalgam (mercury)
fillings or metal crowns, a detox procedure designed specifically for
removing heavy metals, all of which combine to greatly enhance the
effects and healing properties of oil pulling. The details of this
program are covered in my new book Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying
and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing.
"Coconut oil is the healthiest oil on
earth."-Bruce Fife, N.D.
"Coconut oil is the healthiest oil
you can use."-Joseph Mercola, D.O.
Coconut oil is the world's only
natural low-calorie fat.
Why has coconut oil had a bad
reputation in the past? It's not what you might think. The reason has
nothing to do with science or with health.