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Oral Therapy for the Mouth & beyond
"It is mentioned in the Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita, where it is called Kavala Gandoosha or Kavala Graha. Ayurvedic literature describes describes oil pulling as capable of both improving oral health and treating systemic diseases such as diabetes, mellitus or asthma. While Scientific evidence is lacking to support any systemic benefits of oil pulling, some studies have suggested that it may reduce oral plaque, halitosis, and gingivitis."The systemic benefits evidence as mentioned is lacking, but there is Scientific Studies to back up the oral hygiene claims. At the bottom of the post I'll submit several studies and other references for your further reading and decision making. I'll also post a couple of the videos and you can decide. Basically any vegetable oil will do but it appears Sunflower is the easiest to take as it has no strong taste, possibly almost neutral.
Some links for sufferers of IBS and effects of Oil Pulling
Further Reading References:
Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
Journal of International Oral Health
Effect of oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans count in plaque and saliva using Dentocult SM Strip mutans test: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study.
US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health
Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
Effect of oil pulling on halitosis and microorganisms causing halitosis: A randomized controlled pilot trial
Effect of oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans count in plaque and saliva using Dentocult SM Strip mutans test: A randomized, controlled, triple-blind study
Indian Journal of dental Research
Asia Journal of Public Health