Oil Pulling Therapy

Effective natural detoxification and prevention of diseases incl. cancer?

Information summarized, partially excerpted and/or translated from various sources, particularly, Copyright © 2006 & 2007 Healing Cancer Naturally

The practice of oil pulling apparently is a time-honoured tradition in some parts of the world. Oil pulling therapy simply consists in thoroughly sloshing certain types of commonly found cooking oil in the mouth for up to twenty minutes (for details see Instructions: how oil pulling is done).

This practice is said to draw toxins & destroy natural mouth germs while stimulating the body's eliminatory system and increasing metabolism, thus leading to improved health and the conquering of disease.

In fact, thanks to this double action, oil pulling therapy is claimed (according to Dr. Karach MD as well as others) to have healed illnesses and complaints as diverse as bronchitis, tooth pain, diseased teeth, headaches and migraines, eczema, thrombosis, chronic sleeplessness, arthritis and related illnesses, diseases of stomach & intestines (such as ulcers, gastro-enteritis, peritonitis), kidney, liver, lung and heart disease, blood disorders (such as chronic blood diseases like leukemia), women’s diseases & hormonal disorders and diseases affecting the nervous system (such as encephalitis, meningitis, and neuro-physiological paralysis).

Oil pulling is also said to prevent the growth of malignant tumors, to cut and heal them, to be a heart attack preventative, to cure diseases brought on by toxic drugs, and oil pulling is even credited with the cure of diabetes.

Dr. Karach himself claims to have cured his own chronic blood disease of fifteen years standing using the oil therapy and that the same method healed an “acute arthrosis” (which had made him bedridden) within three days.[1] Added benefits reported concern the fastening of loose teeth, the healing of bleeding gums and the visible whitening of teeth.
For detailed information on tooth and gum benefits of oil pulling, see Oil pulling for dental health and healing.

In other words, oil therapy is claimed (according to Dr. Karach MD and others) to be some kind of panacea of both curative and preventative power with the added bonus of potentially doubling the presently observed average human lifespan.

Additionally, “in terminal diseases such as cancer, Aids and chronic infections, this treatment method has been shown to successfully replace all others. ... a wide variety of symptoms have unquestionably disappeared without any side effects. ... diseases which would normally be treated by an operation or by powerful or potent drugs, usually with significant side effects.”

Interestingly, oil pulling is also part of the daily morning routine prescribed in conventional and alternative cancer treatment researcher Lothar Hirneise’s new cancer treatment center in Germany.

While it seems that noone so far has done any placebo-controlled double-blind studies on the possible or actual benefits of oil pulling for health[2], so any healing reports so far published could be easily dismissed as simple anecdotes based on the powerful placebo effect, the simplicity, apparent harmlessness as well as inexpensiveness of application of this biological healing/detoxification method (see Instructions) and the possible rewards concerning internal detoxification to be reaped make it seem advisable to at least give oil pulling a thorough try.

Perhaps, as Dr. Karach claims, oil therapy is indeed able to help heal the human organism in its entirety, to effectively treat all types of diseases and “in some cases enabling one to avoid surgical intervention and the taking of medications that can have harmful side effects”.

Some laboratory results however — a world-first

The German book Die Heilkunst von Morgen [The Healing Art of Tomorrow] by Erika Herbst contains the very impressive results of a man who had his saliva tested for eight industrial toxins in the laboratory after oil pulling with sunflower oil.

While the sunflower oil itself (before oil pulling) contained infinitesimal amounts of environmental toxins such as Lindan, PCB 138, PCB 153, PCB 180, HCB, DDE etc., the saliva-cum-oil-mix contained up to 27 times as much and even contained toxins that had no detectable levels in the oil prior to pulling. In other words, the body had indeed excreted these toxins in the process of oil pulling.

Water pulling instead of oil pulling

According to the book quoted above, pulling with water (or herbal tea) will have the same detoxifying effect as pulling with oil while of course taking a burden from the waste water purification system. You may also wish to experiment with different healing herbs. If you do use oil, to protect the environment spit out into a paper towel.

Meanwhile (since 28 October 2013) we also have the results of a first trial study comparing the effectiveness of water pulling with that of oil pulling in reducing oral bacteria and plaque counts (both were shown to be massive).

Why oil pulling works

According to the independent German popular science magazine "Der Naturarzt" devoted to subjects surrounding naturopathy (founded around 1882), oil (or water) pulling has the following effects:

It activates lymphatic flow and thus increases detoxification and the elimination of metabolic acids. The suction movement activates the thymus gland (the motor of metabolism and "awakener" of vital energy). Finally the mouth's acupuncture points are stimulated.

Personally I suspect another major reason behind oil pulling's apparent ability to improve or actually heal various conditions: a number of pioneer dentists and researchers have found a direct link between "hidden" dental infections (such as jawbone cavitations[3]) as well as so-called interference fields[4] in the oral cavity, and a wide variety of complaints ranging all the way from skin issues to psychosis.[5]

Now regular oil (or water) pulling both measurably reduces bacterial load AND mechanically stimulates local blood and lymphatic circulation which is likely to have a deeper-reaching effect, i.e. to be able to positively influence (and conceivably reduce or eliminate and thus "cure") deeper-lying infections and diseased tissues in the mouth as well. And as the latter are erased, the conditions formerly arising from them would also cease.

This deeper healing effect may be most pronounced in those who use olive oil. Erudite naturopath Father Thomas Häberle noted that he reaped great successes using olive oil for diseases of the bones and head since "olive oil is able to penetrate even the hardest bones and bring healing where it is needed".[6]

Which oils to use (if you don't want to use water)

Recommended oils to use for oil pulling are sunflower and sesame oil, both of which have been found to be equally effective in healing diseases. Also mentioned are peanut oil and “distal oil”, the latter possibly being a mistranslation from the German Distelöl (safflower oil). Quote:

“Other oils were not found to be as good / We have observed that any oil other than SUNFLOWER or SESAME may not be effective. Do not blame oil pulling by practicing with other oils.”

Apparently, normal refined sunflower oil as found in supermarkets has proved to be effective with numerous people. (A friend commented that "some people said they used cheap old peanut and other cheap oils and were getting great results too, and we have tried both and plain old cheap peanut oil seems to have been working plenty well enough".)

But “Our experience with thousands of people across the globe says USE COLD-PRESSED OIL as first choice, if it is not available use REFINED OIL.”

For patients following the Budwig diet & protocol, it is however imperative to exclusively go for organic cold-pressed oils. Even for the general reader, Healing Cancer Naturally recommends to always, if possible, choose the best possible quality in foodstuffs, both in the interest of one’s own health and the environment.

Instructions: how oil (or water) pulling is done

In the morning before breakfast (i.e. on an empty stomach), start by cleaning your mouth with water and clean your tongue with a toothbrush or spoon. Then take one tablespoon of oil or water into the mouth (don’t swallow it). Move the fluid slowly around your mouth, as you would when rinsing your teeth.

While keeping your mouth closed, slosh the fluid around your oral cavity, pulling it through your teeth, sucking it etc. Do this for fifteen to twenty minutes. “Chewing” in this manner draws a lot of saliva and gradually dilutes the oil which becomes thoroughly mixed with saliva in the process.

Swishing is said to activate the enzymes, with the enzymes drawing toxins out of the blood. As you continue this process, the oil-saliva mix gradually becomes more and more liquid and thin and acquires a whitish look (if the oil remains yellowish, it has not been pulled long enough).

Spitting and cleansing

The watery oil/saliva mix is then spat out. It must not be swallowed, for the liquid has become toxic from poisons being drawn from the circulation through the mucous membranes of the mouth.

After spitting the oil, the oral cavity must be thoroughly rinsed and washed with water a number of times. Cleanse your teeth with a toothbrush or use your fingers; if you spat oil into the sink (rather than a paper towel), also properly clean the sink, because the oily liquid expelled contains large amounts of bacteria and other harmful/toxic bodily waste (apparently, a microscopic review would reveal microbes in their first stage of development in this liquid). “Pulling Oil pulls out disease elements from the system (body) and restores health.”

Those who prefer visual demonstrations will find numerous videos online demonstrating this very simple technique.

When to do oil pulling — is there a best time to practice?

The best time to do the oil pulling routine is said to be in the morning before breakfast (where it can easily be integrated into the rest of one’s morning routine).

The ancient Ayurveda healing system advises to do oil pulling in the morning after brushing your teeth and cleaning your tongue and on an empty stomach. Similarly Dr Karach advises oil pulling before breakfast on an empty stomach (one hour after drinking water, tea, coffee or other liquids in the morning, but before breakfast.

Generally, the best time for oil pulling would be when you do not feel well (for any health problem make sure to do oil pulling on an empty stomach).

Recommended frequency of oil pulling states that to enhance the claimed healing process, oil pulling can be repeated three times a day (always before meals on an empty stomach) but it also says that only the patient himself can answer this question depending on how he feels which tells him if he needs more or less applications of the oil pulling routine.

How long to do the oil pulling advises to keep up the practice until one has recovered one’s original strength and freshness, enjoys good appetite and memory and regularly wakes up refreshed, after a restful sleep, “without black circles under your eyes”.

When initial worsening of symptoms is observed

Patients suffering from more than one disease can experience a worsening of their symptoms in the beginning. Dr. Karach — like other naturopaths — believes that an apparent worsening of one’s state of health is a propitious sign (often referred to as healing crisis) indicating that your disease is disappearing. This includes healing fever.

He advises not to interrupt the treatment when one’s state seems to be worsening. In fact he believes that by discontinuing the oil pulling, one also interrupts the healing activities stimulated by the oil pulling.

Claimed time requirements to achieve healing/cure claims that oil pulling will speedily cure acute diseases in two to four days, while chronic diseases usually require more time, sometimes even an entire year, and advises persistence in application.

Oil pulling caveats & precautions

(a) Don’t swallow the oil after completion of the process but spit it out. Do not worry, however, about any oil accidentally swallowed. It will simply be discarded through the normal elimination channels.

(b) If you are allergic to a particular brand of oil, change the brand or type of oil to a different one. Or as mentioned above, simply use the (environmentally preferable) water pulling method.

(c) One author I have seen warns people who carry amalgam fillings against oil pulling and claims that even more mercury than “normal” would/could be released by this practice.

User experiences & results of oil pulling:
On diseases reportedly cured by oil pulling

One of many impressive results reported is that of a 90 year old German woman who after suffering for years from neurodermatitis virtually eliminated it by oil pulling.

In 1996, an Indian daily (Andhra Jyoti) conducted a survey among its readers on the effects of oil pulling on various diseases. 1041 readers responded, 927 (89%) of which reported healing effects (curing one or more diseases). 114 or 11% did not report any disappearance of symptoms/illnesses. The chronic diseases reportedly cured were the following:

  • Diseases like polio, cancer, leprosy, polycystic kidney, neural fibroma, paralysis etc.: 72 cases
  • Diseases pertaining to the female reproductive system: 21 cases
  • Piles: 27 cases
  • Diabetes: 56 cases
  • Heart disease and blood pressure: 74 cases
  • Arthritis and joint pains: 91 cases
  • Constipation: 110 cases
  • Digestive system: 155 cases
  • Skin problems such as pigmentation, itching, scars, black patches, eczema etc.: 171 cases
  • Allergy and respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis etc.: 191 cases
  • Physical pains and problems with the neck & head area: 758 cases

In addition to the above-cited case of neurodermatitis, Erika Herbst in her book "Die Heilkunst von Morgen" reports a number of other healings achieved via oil pulling.

These include one or more cases of tinnitus, colitis, sleeplessness, excess mucus, blood in urine, tiredness incl. after meals, arthritic stiffness, major pain in hands, a leg that had already turned blue from diabetes, headaches, coughing, bronchitis, chronic sinusitis, head cleared, firmer skin, hot flashes gone, initial worsening of symptoms followed by healing, no more colds or flu, better evacuation, better sleep, acne gone, glaucoma improved, migraine gone, no more hayfever, general rejuvenation, prostatitis healed, diarrhea, nausea, lack of appetite, even varicose veins disappearing after oil pulling.

Cancer & joint pains: sample healing testimonies of chronic diseases

A homeopathic physician from India reports three cancer cases, two of which concern a “schirrus type of carcinoma of the uterus” (confirmed by biopsy report). Within two months of oil pulling, the bleeding was reduced, the general condition improved and both uterus carcinoma patients feel confident that their disease will be vanquished. “You know confidence/faith contributes to cure more than medicine.”
Compare Healing Cancer & Your Mind.

The third case involves a woman who developed a malignant tumor larger than a tennis ball on her jawbone (this patient is also on homeopathic medicines). After a month of oil pulling, pus was discharged from a hole that formed in the tumor on the jawbone.

Three weeks later, the flow of pus stopped, the hole closed and the tumor reduced in size to almost undetectable. “In these cases, my medicines must have given temporary relief. I am hoping they will totally heal.” The same physician adds this observation: “In case of joint pains the improvement that would have resulted in eight months with my medicines, have come within two months of oil pulling.”

Personal testimonial: Diabetes — Pregnancy — Childbirth
(female, 41) "I am a diabetic patient with no children. After doing OP [oil pulling] for three months, I became pregnant. At the time of pregnancy, my blood sugar increased. I stopped [oil pulling] for about a month thinking it was aggravating my problem. Having come to know that aggravation is a sign of cure, I started [oil pulling] again. The sugar level came down and I continued [oil pulling] throughout my pregnancy.

After a caesarian operation, I gave birth to a baby. The doctors checked for sugar, both for the baby and me. We both were free from sugar. The wound healed well and stitches removed on the seventh day. Doctor was astonished at this. I found OP benefited me in the following ways:

[Oil pulling] reduced sugar gradually and diabetes cured. The skin became clear and shining and the spots on the body disappeared.
The body became strong, teeth firm; gums healthy and the hair turned black and stopped becoming white or gray."
Mrs AVL Umamaheswari, Commercial Tax Dept, Eluru, A.P.

Personal testimonial: Diabetes
"At the advanced age of 74, it is unjust to expect miraculous result from any kind of therapy. Yet I must say that what I have experienced through [oil pulling] therapy is almost a miracle and quite unbelievable.

Diabetes has been troubling me for the past 13 years. Now my blood sugar level is normal, though I do not take any medicine. I have discontinued all medication including vitamins, enzymes etc."
Swami Swarupanand Bharati, (K.R.K.Chetty, IPS, D.I.G. [Retd.]), Hyderabad
© Copyright 2005-2006 writes that “additional research concerning Oil Therapy has now been thoroughly documented, especially with regard to physiological similarities between individuals.”

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1 writes in another place that “Dr. Karach has successfully healed a chronic leukemia patient with 15 years of harsh treatment methods behind him. Acute arthritis in 1 patient who was totally bedridden was removed from his body in 3 days with no inflammation apparent.”

2 Update July 2010: To date, apart from impressive successful scientific studies into oil pulling's dental health benefits carried out in Indian research facilities, there indeed seems to be no scientific research that has looked into oil pulling as a cure for disease or as a detoxification method (this may simply be another case of "follow the money", of course).

3 See Dental cavitations and cavitation infections (ischemic osteonecrosis): dangerous hidey-holes in the jawbone.

4 An "interference field" exerts its influence via neural, galvanic/electric and/or meridian pathways.

5 One example of several can be read under Psychosis healed instantly by removing dental interference field.

6 See On using olive oil for oil pulling.

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