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Oil pulling, a swish a day keeps the doctor away?

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Oil pulling is an ancient art that not only promotes good oral health, but it is said to detox the body of certain toxins. This technique is gaining popularity and while oil pulling sounds as if it may be a hard task to accomplish, it is not much more than swishing oil around in your mouth, according to Fox News on March 24.

Oils used for oil pulling include coconut or sesame. You simply swish this around in your mouth so the oil traps the toxins. When you spit out the oil in the end, the toxins go with it, so says the theory. The downside to this oil pulling is that you need to swish this oil in your mouth for 10 minutes a day.

While 10 minutes is no time at all for a ride in the car or when making a cup of tea, swishing oil for 10 minutes can feel like an eternity. This tradition comes from Ayurveda, which is an alternate system of medicine native to India.

The oil pulling is believed to help cure diseases, over 25 of the diseases seen today. They include headaches, migraines, tension, asthma, bronchitis and osteoarthritis. Apparently a little oil in your mouth can go a long way.

For oral health, oil pulling has shown it does help in preventing tooth decay, bad breath, bleeding gums, dryness or hoarseness of the throat. It also works at strengthening the teeth and gums, according to an expert in this alternate medical treatment, Dr. Scott Gerson. He is the medical director of the Ayureveda MD in Brewster N.Y.

He claims the oil pulling is used to treat certain cases of anorexia. It is also used along with other treatments to treat impaired vision and used “extensively in people with far sightedness.” This technique runs the medicinal gambit!

The only way this oil pulling will work if it is done consistently every day. It coats the mouth to guard against toxins, it captures toxins and disposes of them. It takes away pain and tension, what more could you want!

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