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Old 16-08-2018, 12:45 PM
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Oil pulling is not really Ayurvedic, but I have tried it using coconut oil. Unfortunately it was so disgusting that I spat it out immediately and then spent the rest of the day feeling sorry for myself because I was so grossed out! Does anyone have any idea how to do oil pulling without these negative side effects, and does it actually work?
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Old 24-08-2018, 02:29 AM
Empowers Empowers is offline
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I was researching oil pulling for someone and could not find any empirical data on it.

However, I found one anecdotal story from someone in a forum who said they started oil pulling and their hair went back to their natural color... from grey!

Well, I immediately started using it :-)

I am happy to report that I also lost my grey, to a point. I was about 15% and was about 5% when I finished. Had I kept it up, maybe it would have continued.

In fact, maybe I'll try it again, now that I'm more settled.

Many people use a vegetable type oil because it's cheap. But I also researched the benefits of coconut oil -which had quite a bit of peer-reviewed studies- so I had plenty of it in the house. You definitely get used to the taste. I actually miss it... just the taste.
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Old 12-05-2019, 03:44 PM
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This is an old thread, but I just wanna share my praise of oil pulling.

AND a couple criticisms.

First of all, I use coconut oil. Which is technically a vegetable oil, as it comes from a plant, but unlike sesame oil or sunflower oil, is a saturated fat. I haven't tried any unsaturated fats for oil pulling, nor do I really want to; coconut oil is anti-inflammatory and absolutely heavenly smelling. The process of swishing it around my mouth is almost meditative.

I can't speak for any other health benefits, but coconut oil is wonderful for oral health. And poor oral health can indeed cause other systemic issues. Perhaps, by extension, oil pulling can alleviate disease elsewhere in the body. I don't know, I just do it for my teeth and gums, Those who say brushing your teeth is "better" than oil pulling are sadly mistaken. Oil pulling does not replace brushing, and brushing does not replace oil pulling; think of the oil as being more of a mouthwash. But we also require abrasive action from a toothbrush to clean our teeth. This is why other animals chew on sticks and bones, as way of scrubbing their teeth so they can better eat us. :)

My only complaint about oil pulling?

The name.

Oil "pulling" means pulling the oil throughout your mouth by the action of swishing it around. Yet most people don't know this, and when I mention oil pulling for dental health, they think I mean pulling out their teeth. This in incorrect. Why not call it "oil rinsing" or something else less ambiguous? But this is just a semantics issue, minor nitpick that confuses people away from an otherwise good practice.
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