Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurveda technique where you put oil in your mouth, traditionally sesame or coconut or any of the herbal oils in the mouth and you swish or gargle for about 10 to 20 minutes. Studies have shown that it is actually great for plaque buildup. It gets rid of bacteria, it is good for your gums, for gingivitis and for oral mucosa. It supports the health of your mouth and it definitely promotes great oral hygiene. Now you may have heard of innumerable reports on the web about oil pulling curing different types of diseases. Back in the mid-90s a newspaper in India put out a survey and asked anybody who had any experience with oil pulling to write in and literally thousands of people wrote in telling their story about having healing benefits from oil pulling even with cancers and diabetes and heartburn and so many other conditions that it started an international buzz where people were reading about it and trying to learn more about it. And the good news is that a lot of research was done as a result of it proving that it’s really quite good for your oral mucosa. Whether it’s actually good for all these diseases hasn’t been proven, but there is actually some research that shows that when you take oil in the body it has a chelating and a pulling effect and it literally pulls toxins out of it. If you have ever tried this technique you can feel your sinuses begin to drain and definitely feel a pulling effect, there’s no question about that. Whether or not that pulling effect will cure the diseases, is yet to be determined. But there is more research that needs to be done but it’s something that is recommendable, and since we live in a world of a fat-soluble toxic exposure, our head and neck become some of the central depositing places for those fat soluble toxins, and now when we know of oil pulling and its positive results, and how it is great for the teeth and gums, why not give it a whirl?
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