Now that I am an author, how can I mention which of the problems below I have been helped with?
Oil Pulling ("OP") is reported to cure: Mouth & Gum Disease; Bad breath, Stiff Joints; Allergies; Asthma; High Blood Sugar; Constipation; Migraines; Bronchitis; Eczema; Heart, Kidney, Lung Diseases; Leukemia; Arthritis; Meningitis; Insomnia; Menopause (hormonal issues); Cancer; AIDS; Chronic Infections; Varicose Veins; High Blood Pressure; Diabetes; Polio; Cracked Heels.
Having read this list once more, I realize that one of my health problems (that I have overcome in the last three months of oil pulling) is not mentioned in it. Knee pain. I hope you are listening, MM?
Until now, I have convinced only one other person to pull oil. And he does it to remove the awful taste and feel in the mouth due to eating gutkha!
Here is the most interesting part of the article:
First thing in the morning, before brushing your teeth, eating or drinking, take 1 TBSP of either sesame or sunflower oil. Put the oil in your mouth, tilt your chin up and slowly swish, suck, chomp and pull through the teeth. Do this for at least 10 minutes. 15 - 20 minutes is better. You want the oil to become a thin, white foam when you finally spit it out. If it's still yellow, you haven't done it long enough.
You can do this 2 more times during the day if you want to detox faster. Make sure you do it on an empty stomach, however. Spit it out in the toilet when your mouth is full and rinse your mouth out well.
Follow by drinking 2 - 3 glasses of water.
DO NOT SWALLOW THE OIL.
It now contains parasites and bacteria!
DO NOT GARGLE IN THE THROAT -- THE OIL IS MEANT TO BE SWISHED IN THE MOUTH ONLY.
DO IT SLOWLY.
HOW IT WORKS:
The oil pulls all mucous, bacteria and toxins from your body through your saliva. According to Ayurvedic medicine, mucous is a poison that must be removed.
Keeping the chin tilted up makes sure the oil gets to the back molars.
The old school says that only sesame and sunflower oils produce favorable results. However, our readers report success using other oils too.
If after meals, wait at least 4 hours before you Oil Pull. After drinking, wait 1 hour.
A worsening of symptoms is an excellent indication that the disease/ailment is being cured.
Do not stop Oil Pulling if you feel aggravated symptoms or heightened side effects after a day or two. Your body is healing.
Will your dental fillings fall out? It's possible but highly unlikely unless there is pre-existing damage or loose fillings.
The oil will start to thin out after a few minutes because saliva is constantly being mixed in and swished about.
Excellent Oil Pulling Links for More Information:
(updated March 2, 2009)
I was introduced to oil pulling by a fellow devotee of Swami Nithyananda. Later I read of it in the book, Living Enlightenment. Swamiji says that without our awareness, the tongue is constantly moving, even as we dream, due to the inner chattering. Oil pulling massages the tongue and brings to awareness its subtle movements. Consequently, our inner chatter is reduced.
And so, the oil pulling method suggested by Swamiji has an added input: Do not multitask while pulling. Do not watch TV, check your mail, cook your kids lunch or make tea. Sit in one place, chin up, look at a blank wall and pull oil. First thing in the morning.
Do not open the door or your neighbor will say Good Morning and you will only nod and go mmmm.