It sounds miraculous that an early-morning oil swish can eliminate so many bodily disorders.
If somebody were to tell you many of your health ailments, especially dental problems, would be greatly relieved by an early-morning oil swish, you would shake your head in disbelief. Another miracle cure; oh,no!! Please suspend your disbelief for a while, read on, and then decide.
The oil swish method is called ‘oil pulling therapy’ and has its benefits listed in Indian Ayurvedic texts. All you have to do is to take a tablespoon (or a mouthful) of minimally processed sesame oil and swish it in the mouth for 10-15 minutes and then spit it out. ‘Swishing’ would mean pulling and pushing the oil through your teeth. With your tongue, you can gently rake the debris collected overnight on your palates, tongue and teeth, and as the muck dissolves in the oil it gets thicker and thicker, and finally after about 10 minutes, you feel it turning watery and thin. At this stage, you can spit it out, wash your mouth and then brush your teeth as usual.
This method gets rid of the millions of bacteria and the associated toxins that resides in the mouth without disturbing the healthy microflora. It is claimed that the swishing activates enzymes and heals body’s cells and prevents their damage by their antioxidant action. As outrageous as it may sound, its supporters claim that “diseases like migraine headaches, bronchitis, diseased teeth, arterio thrombosis, chronic blood disorders such as leukemia, arthritis and related illnesses, neuro physiological paralysis, eczema, gastro enteritis, peritonitis, heart disease, kidney disease, meningitis, and women’s hormonal disorders are completely eliminated from the organism” (http://alobar.livejournal.com/2961593.html).
If oil pulling cleans the mouth, would a mouth wash do? Personally, I feel “more clean and fresh” with an oil swish than with a mouth wash, but there are other reasons as well. Mouthwashes contain acids and frequent swigs of mouthwash can leave the mouth sore and make the teeth sensitive. Moreover, the all-natural sesame oil has antioxidant properties that a mouthwash cannot match.
How Does Oil Pulling Work?
Sufficient research has been done on the efficacy of this method for reducing dental plaques, alleviating gingivitis and strengthening shaky teeth. Our mouths are the home to billions of bacteria. Candida and Streptococcus mutans are common residents in our mouths and a significant contributor to tooth decay. Researchers found that the oil pulling group had a reduction in Streptococcus counts in both plaque and saliva.