There has been a buzz in the media around an odd technique known as oil pulling. Many have sworn by it and have included it in their daily wellness routines. While this may seem like a new fad, this technique goes back more years than you may think.
Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic health remedy that involves squishing oil in the mouth for about 10-20 minutes. The theory is that the oil draws out oil-based toxins from your body. This age-old technique has been growing in popularity and has many people curious to know if it really works.
There have been many claims that oil pulling can cure a whole host of ailments such as allergies, back pain, cancer, diabetes, etc. The truth is that there are no studies to back up those claims. However, there has been a study that found some oral benefits to oil pulling. Some of the benefits include:
– Reducing Plaque Buildup
– Removing bacteria in the mouth
– Promoting healthy gums
– Treating Gingivitis
While these studies have been limited to oral health, it cannot be definitively concluded that oil pulling does not help other areas of the body.
Ayurvedic oil pulling, along with other traditional herbs have been used for many years without the stamp of approval from the Western medicine community. Many of these herbs have been reported effective even though not clinically verified, while some even vindicated through studies many years later. Traditional methods of healing have not always been widely accepted by outside cultures, yet that does not hinder its efficacy to those that believe in it and use it.
In regards to the mechanics of oil pulling, it is important to note that any oil will not do the job, specific oils must be used. Those that practice oil pulling generally recommend using high quality oils such as coconut oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil, and olive oil. Some even believe that different oils benefits different conditions. While these claims are unfounded, many people still swear by it.
In short, oil pulling does work in promoting good oral health. While it may only be a mere natural alternative to Listerine, its purported benefits may indeed be found to be true in the future.