According to Wikipedia, “Oil pulling or oil swishing is a traditional folk remedy that involves swishing oil in the mouth.” It is mentioned as early as some of the Hindu writings!
The publication “Cancer Defeated Newsletter” has an article about oil pulling. This procedure is a detoxification. The oral benefits include a reduction of oral plaque, improvement of halitosis and gingivitis. Beyond that there are testimonials claiming that pulling can help practically every part of the body.
The general technique involves placing 1 tablespoon of oil, usually coconut, in your mouth and swishing it around for 15-20 minutes. (Don’t gargle.) During this time bacteria and toxins are pulled out of your mouth. Then, VERY IMPORTANT, you must spit the oil out. This oil is polluted with all the bad stuff, so you definitely don’t want to swallow it.
What are the benefits?
This is an inexpensive way to address oral diseases. This should be considered an adjunct therapy, not replacing brushing and flossing. If this works for you, it is a very inexpensive way to handle oral diseases with other benefits which you might not even notice (like an organ that is in trouble but asymptomatic).
How long do you do it?
15-20 minutes daily for 2 months is the minimum amount of recommended time.
You can run into a problem if your detox creates a healing crisis. In this case you are healing but the body may have a problem with the speed of detoxing. In this case you can detox every other day.
I plan on starting this on a 3-4 times a week schedule. I keep coconut oil at home, so I don’t even have to go out and get any! I’ll let you know how it goes.