Raw Remedies: Ayurvedic Oil Pulling


oil pulling Ayurvedic Medicine

“Ayurvedic medicine, also called Ayurveda, originated in India
several thousand years ago. The term "Ayurveda" combines
the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge).
Thus, Ayurveda means "the science of life.”

Ayurveda: Ancient Medicine

Oil pulling may sound odd if you’ve never heard of it and don’t know exactly what the process entails; however, oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic tradition that is believed to help numerous health problems. Curious yet? Good.

Here’s an excerpt from the Introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine:

“Ayurvedic medicine (also called Ayurveda) is one of the world's oldest medical systems. It originated in India and has evolved there over thousands of years. In the United States, Ayurvedic medicine is considered complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)—more specifically, a CAM whole medical system. Many therapies used in Ayurvedic medicine are also used on their own as CAM—for example, herbs, massage, and specialized diets.” (Source: The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

Health Issues Oil Pulling Might Help

Although oil pulling does promote dental health (which makes sense), that isn’t the only reason it’s good for you. By drawing the toxins out of your body through oil pulling (aka swishing), you can also assist your body in improving the following health conditions.

•    Bad breath
•    Bleeding gums
•    Toothaches
•    Cavities
•    Whitening teeth
•    Alleviate Dark circles under eyes
•    Metabolism
•    Inflammation
•    Diabetes
•    Migraines
•    Asthma
•    Other chronic illnesses

How To Do Oil Pulling

Although oil pulling may be new to you, it’s easy enough to try—and it won’t cost you but a little cold-pressed oil and some of your time.

You can do the following up to three times a day.


•    A teaspoon to a tablespoon of oil (organic, cold-pressed coconut oil is a good option)


•    Take the oil in your mouth.
•    Begin swishing it around like you would mouthwash.
•    Continue to do this up and down and back and forth for up to 20 minutes.
•    Spit it out.

You’ll notice it doesn’t look like it did when you put it in your mouth—it will have a white, frothy consistency. It is believed that it looks this way because it’s filled with the toxins and bacteria that swishing the oil pulled from your body.

Like any other remedy or medicine, be patient and consistent and allow a few weeks for  improvements.

Ayurveda: A Holistic Approach

The wonderful thing about Ayurvedic Medicine is that every aspect of your life is treated. Unlike what you’re accustomed to (e.g., being given prescription medications to mask the symptoms), Ayurvedic Medicine approaches you holistically—body, mind, and soul.

Ayurveda guides a person to unfold their spiritual, whole-life vision by addressing
personal, social, environmental, educational, political, and spiritual areas of life. (…)
The essence of Ayurveda’s teachings is that, within us, we each have an inexhaustible
well of creativity, energy, and wealth that can be used to create any and all devotional,
miraculous things to help make this a better world for all.
—Swami Sadashiva Tirtha

And… who doesn’t want to help make our world a better place?

Copyright 2009 Michele L. Tune All Rights Reserved

These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration.  The preceding information and/or products are for educational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes or before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using this information or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.


NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine): Ayurvedic Medicine: An Introduction
Tirtha, Swami Sadashiva. The Ayurveda Encyclopedia: Natural Secrets to Healing, Prevention, & Longevity, Sat Yuga Press, 2007

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