Oil Pulling Facts, Myths, Studies, Ayurveda References, and Does It Work
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Oil Pulling Facts, Myths, Studies, Ayurveda References, and Does It Work


It’s 21 centuries now on single click we get all information in our hands just we need the internet and that’s all we need to understand a new concept, and in this era, it’s becoming so easy to get famous and sell more product by calming the things are ancient.

The same thing is going on with oil pulling its claimed to be a great remedy to detox any freaking disease that you can encounter.

So, in this article, you will find all details regarding the oil pulling and it will be updated as studies go ahead on this topic.

The approach will be balanced in both ways like what modern science and ancient Ayurveda say about concepts and researches carried out by respective domains.

Who Invented This Word Oil Pulling?

As this word or concept of oil pulling is becoming popular day by day everyone wants to know the origin of this concept.

Some people say its ancient technique of India called Ayurveda there are many books that clams this thing was done at that time.

As going to all the Ayurveda text we have not got a single line saying about oil pulling in ayurvedic textbooks but Ayurveda has the same concept called kaval and gandusha that are later manipulated and claimed as ancient concept of detoxification.

So where does it came from the word oil pulling this concept was introduce by a Russian who was practicing his medical in Ukraine so it’s always referred to as a Ukrainian doctor.

    Claims that are done on behalf of oil pulling:

    You may find hundreds of articles videos on this concept of oil pulling that claims it as a life-saving remedy.

    Above is the disease that is claimed to be cured by doing oil pulling.

    1. Common Diseases like allergies cold, headache.
    2. Allergy and respiratory problems of lungs like asthma, bronchitis.
    3. Skin problems like pigmentation, itching, rashes, scars, eczema.
    4. Digestive system Constipation.
    5. Arthritis and joint pains.
    6. Heart disease and Blood Pressure Diabetes Piles.
    7. Diseases about the female reproductive system reported by women.

    This study or claim we found on a website called oilpulling.org


    As far now there is no research proving it right or claim that it cures all conditions.

    Also, as a health professional, in my opinion, just oil pulling can’t help you with all these serious conditions.

      Studies That support Oil Pulling

      1.Reduces Bad Breath

      There are various causes of bad breath in individuals.

      Halitosis is also commonly known as bad breath, and it has been seen it is found in 40-50% of the population.

      There are various reasons for bad breath some of them are infection, gum disease, poor oral and tongue hygiene.

      Studies show that brushing teeth regularly and using mouth wash can reduce the bacteria present in the mouth.

      So there was a study carried out on 20 students having problems with bad breath some of them were using chlorhexidine and some of them used sesame oil or coconut oil and the result was shocking the both worked the same.

      Thus this research is proving that oil pulling helps in reducing bad breath we can say oil pulling is effective for reducing bad breath.

      2.Kills Harmful Bacteria

      There is a study that claims that in our mouth almost 700 types of bacteria can survive, from that 300 – 350 bacteria’s may found in our mouth.

      From these several bacteria’s, some of the bacteria’s can become a big headache for oral health and can cause tooth decay and gum disease.

      There was a study done on 20 students who use to do oil pulling for 10 minutes daily and the researchers found that doing oil pulling daily can reduce bacteria from your saliva.

      And a 2016 study was done on 60 participants some of them were using mouth wash and some of them were using coconut oil and as a result, all people who participated in the study found to have less harmful or no bacteria in saliva.

      So this study proves that it supports oral hygiene and kills harmful bacteria so we can say oil pulling is effective for killing bacteria’s.

      3.Cheap and Easy to Use

      As everyone knows mouth wash is pretty much costly compared to cold press oils and if not so we may found harmful chemicals in mouth wash.

      Also, it’s very simple to use just we have to use one tablespoon of cold press oil and perform gargling.

      It’s simple to add to our daily lifestyle and it just requires 10 to 20 minutes.

      4.Prevents Cavities

      Cavities are one of the common problems that can lead to tooth decay.

      Eating too much sugar and junk food can lead to cavities, These things build up bacteria and again it leads to cavities.

      Several studies have found that oil pulling can help you reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth and helps to prevent tooth decay.

      Coconut oil and Sesame oil have micro-bacterial properties that kill bacteria’s.

        Ayurveda References

        This is the reference present in vagbhat ashtang hrdayam sutrahastana (Section Of general principle)

        Nasya ( nasal medication ) should not be administered to those who are less than seven years and more than eighty years of age; dhürna ( inhalation of the smoke of drugs ) for those who are less than eighteen years; Kavala ( mouth gargle ) for those who are less than five years; iodhana ( purificatory therapies like emesis, purgation, etc. ) for those less than ten years and more than seventy years of age. 30-31.

        Filling the mouth ( with liquids ) fully not permitting any movement inside is gandusha whereas kavaja is otherwise ( allowing the movement of liquid inside ( gargling ).

        Kavala—( mouth gargles )

        As you can see above description of shlokas has proved that in Ayurveda there is no such thing called oil pulling but the same procedure as oil pulling was conducted at that time and it was known as Kavala and gandusha.

        Kavala means a mouth gargle,

        And gandusha means keeping oil in the mouth.

        And to prove this point Ayush ministry also claims the same thing.

        Ayush Ministry Link

        How To Do Oil Pulling

        Oil pulling is easy to do with few simple steps.

        Here are the 4 simple steps to do oil pulling:

        1. Measure one tablespoon of oil, such as coconut, sesame, or olive oil.
        2. Gargle it around in your mouth for 15–20 minutes, be careful not to swallow any.
        3. Spit the oil into a trash can once you’re done.
        4. Rinse your mouth well using water before eating or drinking anything.


        Avoid spitting it into the sink or toilet, as this can cause a buildup of oil, which may lead to clogging.

        Buy Oil for Oil Pulling:

        1.Can buy local cold press oil coconut oil or sesame oil are good to go.

        2.By Coconut Oil

        3.By Sesame Oil

        References and Links:-

        Composition and development of oral bacterial communities

        Tooth decay: Overview

        Oral malodour (halitosis)


        Effect of oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans count in plaque and saliva using Dentocult SM Strip mutans test: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study

        The Effect of Coconut Oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans Count in Saliva in Comparison with Chlorhexidine Mouthwash

        Halitosis: From diagnosis to management

        Halitosis: the multidisciplinary approach

        Effect of oil pulling on halitosis and microorganisms causing halitosis: a randomized controlled pilot trial

        Gingivitis and periodontitis: Overview

        Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antipyretic activities of virgin coconut oil

        Effect of coconut oil in plaque related gingivitis – A preliminary report

        Effect of oil pulling on plaque induced gingivitis: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study

        Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antipyretic activities of virgin coconut oil

        Effects of Olive Oil on Markers of Inflammation and Endothelial Function—A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

        Tooth brushing, oil pulling and tissue regeneration: A review of holistic approaches to oral health

        Oil pulling for maintaining oral hygiene – A review

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