What does oil pulling do?

To read some claims, oil pulling does everything but cook you breakfast in the morning.  Oilpulling.com lists the following conditions on their “Diseases Cured” page as most frequently responding to oil pulling:
  • Acne
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Bad Breath
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Colitis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Constipation
  • Dental Cavities
  • Dermatitis
  • Diabetes
  • Eczema
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hypertension
  • Insomnia
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Mucous Congestion
  • Peptic Ulcers
  • PMS
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Bleeding Gums
  • Sinusitis
  • Tooth Abscess
They also list a slew of others that may be helped.  The Coconut Oil Research Center also endorses oil pulling.
Personally, I’ve found that it makes my teeth feel smooth and clean, and has lightened some of my teeth stains but not removed them.  (I’ve been using an herbal detox tooth powder and it stained my teeth quite a bit.)  I notice that it helps clear out sinus congestion.  After pulling for a while, the crud will literally work loose from my nose and throat area, and I can spit it all out when I spit out the oil.


Scientific Studies that Show Oil Pulling is Useful

I found several scientific studies verifying that oil pulling is helpful for oral health.  I think other claims would be very hard to measure.
Oil pulling reduces plaque and gingivitis – Effect of Oil Pulling on Plaque and Gingivitis (full results) and Effect of oil pulling on plaque induced gingivitis: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study (summary)
Oil pulling can help reduce cavities – Effect of oil-pulling on dental caries causing bacteria
Oil pulling reduces harmful bacteria in the mouth – Effect of oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans count in plaque and saliva using Dentocult SM Strip mutans test: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study.
Sesame and sunflower oils on their own do not fight mouth bacteria, but the action of oil pulling changes them (enzyme action and emulsification action) so that they can lift contaminants from teeth – Mechanism of oil-pulling therapy – in vitro study.
Oil pulling with coconut oil reduces mouth bacteria
Oil pulling may also be a good way to get EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids) into the body subligually (under the tongue) – Detailed discussion of this on Curezone.org
Oil Pulling for Detox? – maybe, maybe not.  I suspect more will be found to show that the detox claims have some validity.

Is Oil Pulling Dangerous?

I have read some accounts of people who have experienced mouth irritation from oil pulling.  If this happens, discontinue, try a different oil or pull less frequently.  Don’t swallow the oil, because it looks like it will be filled with dead bacteria and other things that are better out than in – not a yummy. Previous Page

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