Some call it oil pulling, while others refer to it as oil swishing. What was once a folk remedy, practiced in ancient India is suddenly new again. Based upon traditional Ayurvedic medicine practiced some 3000 to 5000 years ago, oil swishing has become the new Internet sensation. Oil pulling has been hyped as a preventive cure for cavities and gum disease as well as an alternative method of teeth whitening. Whatever you want to call it, this ancient Indian practice has received more than its fair share of attention. Even Hollywood actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow have admitted to trying this, as well as Shailene Woodley, star of the film Divergent, who explained this ancient method in an interview in a popular beauty blog Into the Gloss.
Behind the Hype of Oil Pulling
Current advocates of holistic medicine are quick to promote this natural remedy for a list of ailments including migraines, allergies and sinus pressure, and that’s just the beginning. We know there is an association between oral health and chronic disease but some advocates have gone so far as to claim oil pulling can prevent cancer and heart disease. If you were to do an Internet search on “oil pulling” you would find over 2 million results and growing. Even a New York natural living blogger, Francheska Medina, posted a Youtube video in December of her oil pulling, and it received over 100,000 subscribers. [Read more…]