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3/3/13 12:51 P

I tried it last night for the first time, using coconut oil. Very high pollen day yesterday so I was feeling lousy. I only lasted a couple of minutes, but I felt noticeably better afterward. So I did it again this morning and have more energy than I have in some time. Placebo effect? Maybe, but I'll keep at it if only for the proven oral health benefits found in the NIH studies referenced below.

ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
1/1/13 1:36 P

These abstracts of studies done on oil pulling mainly address gums and breath. There are a few more studies - use 'oil pulling' as the search argument, or 'oil pulling therapy.'

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1/1/13 12:31 P

I hope you are doing well MISSSVJS. I agree with much of the content of your posts.

FP4HLOSER Posts: 968
1/1/13 10:23 A

Jan--I am not convinced about oil pulling either but have friends who swear by it. They use coconut oil and mainly do it for "pulling" toxins and not necessarily weight loss but more for dental and mouth health.

Oh...and an Osteopath IS a real doctor. They have a little different training then MD's (sometimes MORE) but they are real doctors. :-) I prefer a DO to an MD personally. emoticon

JANAMP09 Posts: 357
1/1/13 8:29 A

Sorry - weighing in late but just and couple of question/comments. I was at a wedding last night and a friend of mine mentioned oil pulling - I had never heard of it before. This is not a stupid person and her husband is a osteopath so maybe not a medical practionioner but someone who every much keeps himself informed. I figured if they found benefit then I would look into and see what I thought.
I too was very surprised by the responses. The post was for information. I did not see anywhere where it was mentioned that it was for diet purpose - in fact the poster stated she was not sure that she was posting it in the right forum to get info. If you don't believe in the pratice I think you can state that without ridicule. If you know medically why something can't be true it is okay to state in an informed way not sarcastic. Am I 100 percent convinced that this works - no. Why not any type of organic oil. My friend stated that it had to be Sunflower or Sasame oil (I think those were the two types) Why not olive oil or another type of healthy oil?
Barbakoar, from you first post, you should have been doing it about 9 months now. What are some of the benefits you feel you have received from this practice?

8/17/12 3:14 P

I'm going to be honest, I would probably be dismissive (although not mean about it :]) about this if I hadn't tried it myself in a moment of desperation and had great results. I had severely congested sinuses for a couple days and was taking pretty strong doses of sinus meds but nothing was helping. I was going through tissues galore and I couldn't even tilt my head down at my desk to write without having to stuff tissues up my nose to keep from dripping all over whatever I was writing on. It was disgusting and I was miserable. Other people at work said they suffered through the same thing before going to the doctor and getting a prescription. I had read about oil pulling on a holistic site but disregarded it until the next day when I was so miserable I would try anything. I went to the store on my lunchbreak and bought some sesame oil and tried it out. I couldn't believe it actually worked; I wasn't cured or anything, my head was still stuffy but I could breathe through my nose and I wasn't all drippy. I stopped doing it after about a week because my sinuses were all clear so I never any benefits to my skin or hair.

I've never had sinus congestion that bad again, but when I start to get all stuffed up, instead of buying sinus meds, I'll do this for a couple days in a row and it always clears up. This is just anecdotal and of course not evidence that oil pulling is some great cure-all but it worked for me and it's not expensive or dangerous. Plus having sesame oil around is great, cooking fish in it instead of olive oil is delicious! :)

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8/16/12 3:49 P

I have been very interested in trying this, I am glad it has worked for you. I have read responses of people who have felt improvement in arthritis and other things. I am a bit skeptical because I think a lot of it is being properly hydrated as well. And one of the things I've read about with oil pulling is that it helps you not crave junk food. And maybe one of those side effects is craving water, so that might be helping also. I am very into holistic health, so maybe it is something I will have to try.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
5/5/12 3:25 P

I had to look it up, because I'd never heard of it.
I don't have 20 minutes first thing in the morning - my dog needs (no, wants) to be out and walked immediately upon my getting dressed; and then I need to get ready for work.

However, if you're happy with the results, good for you.

ARCSPARKS Posts: 369
5/5/12 12:18 P

It was good of you to post this subject, BARBAKOAR. It's a shame that people here who know nothing personally about oil pulling have decided to belittle it. I myself have been oil pulling with sunflower oil for a few months now, and IF the only benefit I derive from it is ***restored taste buds*** (which it has accomplished thank you very much) then that is the only benefit I needed to see from it and it's MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

For those calling it a 'scam', it's hardly that. Nobody makes money from promoting oil pulling per se. The only money I've spent on it is the $5.45 for the quart of oil which I can then use for 4 months. And besides money not being an issue, NOBODY can take away from me nor the OP the benefits that we've realized.

For those of you mature enough to handle the truths about holistic health and aren't lemmings to big pharma, here's a great website which endorses oil pulling as well as other treatments (and they are all user submitted with testimonies):

BARBAKOAR Posts: 328
4/9/12 7:27 A

thanks MISSSVJS Well said, I was almost shocked at some peoples ridiculous replies. Also I never stated it was a fad diet or weight loss solution, I only posted as it was new to me and wondered if anyone else had any experiences. I appreciate everyone else has different opinions but there is a way to communicate this and quite frankly some peoples responses are a disgrace, Like someone said before, If you have nothing nice to say dont bother. And for the record, still looking great, teeth hair and skin mostly, all since I started..Im still fat tho....haha

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4/3/12 6:21 P

I loved the last paragraph 3Norns

3NORNS Posts: 351
4/3/12 6:15 P

oil pulling - the *actual* ancient ayurvedic technique - has nothing to do with "detoxing". it's simply a method of maintaining/improving oral hygiene and treating gingivitus.

that's it.

it doesn't "pull toxins from your system through the saliva" - that would be a westerner's idea of making money off an ancient technique and not bothering to actually read up on what it does. it won't improve your skin, bowel function, intestinal fortitude or anything else.

and if i sound a bit rabid when it comes to diets scams and fads, it's because i have more than one friend and relative - some of them very elderly and on pensions - who've been victimized by them.

there are far too many verified, solid techniques and methods to improve health and lose weight to need snake oil. the problem is nobody wants to listen to "eat less, eat clean, move more". they want the magic bullet that will allow them to continue their unhealthy lifestyles and habits but get the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Edited by: 3NORNS at: 4/3/2012 (18:17)
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4/3/12 5:08 P

No scientific evidence. Just words.

Use "ancient" and other attractive words to get attention, then sell your snake oil tactic. Sorry, we do not buy this.

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4/3/12 4:38 P

First of all, oil pulling is not a "fad diet" nor is it a scam - it's not a diet at all; it has nothing to do with weight loss. It's a very old Ayurvedic (ancient Hindu science of health and medicine, based on maintaining balance among the five elements earth, air, fire, water and ether) belief/custom, etc. Trust me, we could all learn a lot from these old natural health care options if people would give them a chance or, at the very least, attempt to educate themselves about other cultures and ideas. Too many people believe their MD's are the end all, know all when it comes to our health - trust me, they are not! Most allopathic physicians know very little about nutrition other than to tell you to lose weight and here's a pill to lower your cholesterol!

Secondly, I don't care if it were a "fad diet", there's a way to constructively and respectively criticize something without ridiculing it or the person asking. People come here to learn, not to be denegrated for the questions they ask.

LIMONADE34 Posts: 925
4/3/12 4:22 P

MISSVJS- If you come here asking what people think of a fad diet, you are going to be ridiculed. The body is made to clean itself; things like cleanses are unnecessary and can even be harmful. If you look at some more posts here, you will see SP team members reminding posters that if it sounds too good to be true, chances are it is.

SP is about healthy weight loss, not scams.

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4/3/12 3:04 P

I haven't been on SparkPeople for very long, but in the short time I have been I have been appalled at the lack of respect shown by some people in some of these message boards. Barbakoar came to this forum to discuss something she had recently learned about and is now implementing in her life and seeing visible results! Others have come on here and belittled what she is doing--calling it snake oil, calling it a joke, etc. It's fine to have an adult conversation, including individual views about the subject, but to denegrade it simply because it sounds odd and it may be something you personally don't believe in is down right disrespectful. I've done some of my own research on oil pulling, and I know it is a age old Ayurveda process; it is very simple, completely harmless, and inexpensive. (see So if Barbakoar can see improvement as a result of it, who are you to dismiss that!

As my mother says, if you can't say something nice, just don't say anything at all.

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4/3/12 1:12 P

Crap is handled by our intestines and the system works fine. This is a commercial crap that should be taken out from our wallets. Not from our mouth.

OPUSEVA Posts: 1,334
4/3/12 1:02 P

That placebo response is AMAZING!!

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4/3/12 12:54 P

Pulling snake oil or pulling my legs?

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4/3/12 12:24 P

Barbakoar - good for you! I've done oil pulling in the past but never kept it up long enough to notice any definite health benefits, other than my mouth and teeth feeling amazing. I get a bit weary of the naysayers on here that debunk anything that they don't think is proven science. I try to have a very open mind but I will rely on natural remedies over pharmaceutical remedies any day. I have done my level best to eliminate toxins from my body, my home and my life. My husband spent over 2 years detoxing from heavy metal toxicity due to the amalgam/mercury fillings in his teeth - fillings that the American Dental Association, FDA and many, many dentists will tell you are perfectly safe. No they aren't - they are toxic and deadly! As a result of the heavy metals in his body he also developed chemical sensitivities which was my primary reason for eliminating as many chemicals as possible from our home and our lives, but the end result is we are happier and healthier without them. Anyway, I'm happy you are having good results with the oil pulling. I should definitely give it another try! I hope you continue to post your results.

BARBAKOAR Posts: 328
4/3/12 10:27 A

up date on the pulling...Feeling great and the main thing Ive noticed other than my teeth looking amazing is my skin...It looks radiant, I normally have really un even skin tone but people have been commenting on how great I look has also benefitted...Coincidence, Im not sure, but will continue to pull as long as I benefit x

3NORNS Posts: 351
3/22/12 8:29 P

as someone so fabulously and accurately pointed out elsewhere on this forum, "you body isn't a toilet - it doesn't need flushing".

that "study" was not a study - asking a bunch of ppl "did it work for you?" is not a study of any kind. if you did something that was a bit off the beaten track, are you honestly going to say "uh, yeah, i did it for two years and nothing happened"? most ppl would feel a bit of a tool.

and no - your body does not expel toxins through your mucous - the point of mucous is to trap toxins and prevent them from getting into the body. all that snot in your nose? it's the world's best HEPA filter for your lungs. the mucous in your stomach? stops your digestive acid from digesting your own body from the inside out. vaginal mucous? it's a delivery system for little squirmers and also keeps things springtime fresh "down there" by keeping inimical flora in check and allowing the beneficial flora to populate (this is also why douching is really horrible to do).

BARBAKOAR Posts: 328
3/22/12 6:22 P

Well the proof is in the they say...Im gonna keep it up....So lets see how it pans out !

SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,229
3/22/12 4:01 P

If toxins were that vulnerable to being pulled out they would come out every time we ate anything with oil in it. Sorry to slam down - but it just doesn't make sense.

OPUSEVA Posts: 1,334
3/22/12 3:28 P

Puh-leeeze! The best "evidence" is a non-randomized SURVEY??
This is a joke.

BARBAKOAR Posts: 328
3/22/12 3:27 P

Ok, everyone is focusing on the Mucus, It obviously only takes the excess..that the body doesnt need and the point is, the mucas is the vehicle for removing all the crap....Chill out guys

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3/22/12 2:24 P

Mucus is poison? I'm a nursing student, and this just made me shudder.

Give me a double blind, peer reviewed study and I might take you seriously.

SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,229
3/22/12 12:18 P

On the mucus side, although it's gross and especially yucky when sick, it does serve a purpose.

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3/22/12 11:46 A

At least the snake oil is tastier.

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3/22/12 11:41 A

Pulling toxins from saliva?

That's really kinda silly. Our body already has mechanisms in place to deal with this stuff.

So how does it know which bacteria to "pull" from your body? Which toxins is it pulling?

Your kidneys, immune system, and liver already do all of that. And mucous? That's just silly. Mucous is a necessary part of your body's function. You don't want it pulled out.

No one can cure the common cold. If they could, this stuff would already be in everyone's cabinet. A self-reported study of a thousand people is too small and not compelling evidence at all.

No thanks. If you want to throw money away, why not just donate it to a worthy non-profit? At least then your money's doing good in the world.

SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,229
3/22/12 10:32 A

Wow - sesame instead of snake oil? Same thing to my mind. NO scientific studies, all reports are from people who benefited...

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BARBAKOAR Posts: 328
3/22/12 9:42 A

In 1996, two and half years after starting the publication of Oil Pulling in Andhra Jyoti, a survey was advertised and conducted by the paper to find out the types of diseases cured and its effectiveness. Practitioners were requested to give their personal data along with duration of practice and the types of diseases cured. 1041 people who practiced OP responded and wrote letters of their experience. 927 (89%) people reported cure of one disease or more. 114 (11%) people did not report any cure.

Analysis of 1041 testimonies indicates cure of the following types of diseases: -

Common diseases like allergies, common cold and cough, dental caries, gum diseases, infections in the mouth, ear, nose, throat, eyes, and pains like headache, migraine, tooth pain, neck pain, back pain etc, allergic sneezing, lip cracking, fevers, irritability etc cured. 758 cases cured. All felt energetic, active and well.

Common Diseases
like allergies, cold, headache etc 758
Allergy and respiratory problems of lungs
like asthma, bronchitis etc 191
Skin problems like pigmentation,
itching, rashes, scars, eczema, etc 171
Digestive system 155
Constipation 110
Arthritis and joint pains 091
Heart disease and Blood Pressure 074
Diabetes 056
Piles 027
Diseases pertaining to female
reproductive system reported by women 021

BARBAKOAR Posts: 328
3/22/12 9:40 A

The oil pulls all mucous, bacteria and toxins from your body through your saliva. According to Ayurvedic medicine, mucous is a poison that must be removed.

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3/22/12 8:57 A

Interesting concept. I like a lot of natural alternative health cures. I guess if nothing else it would be good for oral hygiene. Virgin coconut oil has a lot of health benefits as well as aids in weight loss, hair and nail growth and it helps your skin. I might have to give this a try. I guess I'm still trying to wrap my mind around how it would help anything other than oral hygiene due to the fact that you are spitting it out?

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BARBAKOAR Posts: 328
3/22/12 7:02 A

Hi there, I also had not heard of it until my hubby stumbled on it by mistake, II am also very compelled by it, I find it amazing...Im doing it for general wellbeing and to release toxins, but I have gum disease so am secretly hoping this will help...Its not as bad as it sounds.

KENDALL68 Posts: 72
3/22/12 5:50 A

I've never heard of it but just went to a website dedicacted to it. I'm a strong believer in holistic and folk remedies and I find it compelling.

I'm not quite understanding how it works to pull impurities out of the body and just thinking about the process makes me gag. I'll be anxious to see how it works for you-

If you don't mind me asking, is there a specific condition you suffer from or results you are seeking?

BARBAKOAR Posts: 328
3/22/12 5:04 A

Not really sure this is in the right place but wondered if anyone has any stories / experiences of Oil Pulling with Organic sesame oil...Many great benefits for health, Ive been doing for only 2 days and have read mixed reviews, so thought I would ask here. Not noticed anything major after 2 days of course except teeth and mouth feel amazing.

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