Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic procedure. It is highly beneficial for your health, especially oral health. Simply put, it involves using a vegetable oil as a mouthwash to pull out bacteria and toxins, and dissolve them in the liquid. When you finally spit out the oil, all the bacteria and toxins go with it into the trash!
It’s important to get rid of toxins because the body responds to the accumulation of toxins and other foreign invaders with inflammation, allergic reactions and other symptoms, thus overburdening the immune system.
Removing toxins helps reduce inflammation throughout your body and positively affects every aspect of your health, ranging from headaches to heart disease.
A lot of people swear by this traditional Ayurvedic remedy, although there have been only a few scientific studies that support it. Nevertheless, this therapy is gaining popularity as it is inexpensive, harmless and easy-to-follow.
Benefits of Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is excellent for oral health as it draws out bacteria and removes plaque, thus treating issues like bad breath, toothache, sensitivity and gum disease. It will also help brighten your teeth, heal mouth sores, prevent cavities and keep your gums healthy.
A 2013 Indian study analyzed and approved by the Institutional Review Board of Meenakshi University found this therapy to have a significant effect on plaque and gingivitis in participants suffering from plaque-induced gingivitis.
Scientists explain that the microorganisms in the mouth consist of a single cell that is covered with a fatty membrane. When they come in contact with oil, which is also a fat, they naturally adhere to each other.
Oral health is essential for overall health as well because certain diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease are linked with gum disease.
Studies suggest that germs from advanced gum disease or periodontal disease may enter the bloodstream, attach to the fatty plaques in arteries and contribute to the formation of clots that restrict blood flow and may lead to a heart attack.
Similarly, clogged arteries in the brain may lead to a stroke. Gum disease may also have an adverse effect on blood-sugar levels, making it harder to control diabetes.
Moreover, as already mentioned, oil pulling helps pull out bacteria and toxins, in turn reducing inflammation throughout your body and preventing the domino effect of chronic inflammation undermining your health.
There are several other health benefits as well, but the exact reason as to why or how it works in such cases is still not known.
In addition to the oral health benefits, here are some other health benefits of oil pulling.
- Relieves headaches and migraines
- Reduces eczema
- Treats arthritis and related illnesses
- Clears sinuses and reduces infections
- Improves the lymphatic system
- Stimulates metabolism
- Prevents heart disease
- Supports kidney function
- Alleviates allergies
- Regulates menstrual cycles and reduces PMS
- Promotes better sleep
Although oil pulling can benefit your health immensely, keep in mind that serious ailments require proper diagnosis and treatment. So, use it as an adjunct treatment along with the treatment suggested by a qualified healthcare professional.