Posted 31 July 2010 - 07:25 PM
From the link it looks like people use regular cooking oil, not some special kind, at least for now. :)Here is a wiki entry on it. I hadn't heard of it before, and the main historical treatment (regardless of any it cures everything from allergies to AIDS claims) is for dental/oral health. If you swish oil in the mouth long enough with the alkaline saliva it does become a kind of soap and that could get the plaque bacteria loosened up. Poor dental health can make some other diseases worse, but I've never heard of good gums curing anything else.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_pulling
I have oil pulled for about 4 months. I have not been strict with the empty stomach restrictions. I usually do the oil pulling about 3 hours after eating. I have often drunk water in that intervening time and I often have taken a couple of supplements in pill form in that intervening time. I tested the oil pulling solely for reasons of oral hygiene. I would love to have had all my gut issues cured. But they were not, nor did they improve.For the 1st 3 weeks, I used olive oil, because I had a lot of it lying around. It made my teeth more yellow. Then I switched to coconut oil. It noticeably whitened my teeth. At my visit to the dentist's office 2 weeks ago, my dentist said that my gums were among the 5 best in his entire practice. I am not attributing this all to oil pulling, since I do a lot to maintain my dental health including using an Conair Interplak toothbrush, flossing, and the use of a rubber tip. As Kathleen said, there is some evidence that poor dental health can make some other diseases worse. It is not a stretch that improving one's oral health can improve some diseases, even if they are not cured. I abhor a lot of the hype that is associated with oil pulling. It is truly excessive. On the flip side, there seems to be an equally unenlightened rejection of it by those who see themselves as protecting the scientific method as it is attacked by know-nothings.It strikes me that the truth lies in between. As far as I know there is one study on oil pulling done in India. There were no controls, so the results are merely suggestive. But, oil pulling costs next to nothing and the risks are infinitesimal. Given that the real costs are tiny and the potential benefit is significant (I don't have dental insurance), it strikes me as fully rational to test it. I have tested a lot of things my dentist has suggested. Some worked; others did not. I found out about oil pulling not from my dentist, but from the internet. Like I said, some of the explanations and claims for oil pulling are clearly overhyped. But the basic concept--swish oil around your teeth for 15 minutes/day to reduce the bacteria that cause plaque, gingivitis, and periodontal disease--is quite easily tested by anyone. By some "revealing solution" (which dyes dental bacteria) and see how oil pulling compares to water pulling, beer pulling, milk pulling, honey pulling, or anything else you want to pull.Some people seem to think that the scientific method is only for scientists. I am not a professional scientist. But I do try to live my life in accordance with scientific values. As a rational person with IBS, I know no other way. Whatever improvements I have made in my IBS condition have come from testing and observing. Test oil pulling and observe.