So some of the common benefits of oil pulling derived through my readings across the web include:
- whitens teeth
- prevents bad breath
- strengthens teeth, gums, jaw
- prevent diseases (bronchitis, chronic blood disorders, eczema, gastro enteritis, periotonitis, kidney disease, meningitis, women hormonal diseases)
- increases overall oral health
- relieves headaches
- supports kidney functions
- reduces insomnia
- supports general detoxification
- relieves hangover
- improves skin complexion
The thing about reading up on all these supposedly positive effects as well as doing oil pulling at the same time always creates a pseudo placebo effect. When you think that if it is suppose to whiten teeth, you will skew your observations towards looking attentively at your teeth and perhaps trick your mind into thinking that there are changes. Even if there are indeed positive changes, it will also be skewed because its my subjective inference. If only there are light meters for me to use…hmm…
Thoughts after Day 1:
Yesterday, I oil pulled once after lunch. What was weird was that I fell super sleepy after dinner and slept from about 10pm to 1.30 am and woke up. This was weird because I am usually very active after dinner and wouldn’t be able to fall asleep so quickly after dinner. My usual bedtime was about 2 am.
Is this because of the oil pulling? I doubt so. There were so many things I did that could have made me tired. Perhaps it was the short weights training session. Perhaps it was the dinner. Perhaps it was the long walk after the dinner. Perhaps it was the apple+yakult juice that I drank after dinner. But it was non-routine for me to sleep so early.
So I woke up and did some work till 3+ am, did another oil pulling before I went to sleep.
Woke up at 10 am, my usual timing and oil pulled the first thing in the morning.
Initial thoughts after just 1 day:
It doesn’t really feel that oily, despite the term of this technique. With coconut oil in liquid form (at room temperature of about 25 deg C), it is same as swishing a normal liquid in your mouth.
The oily-ness came at the moment you put it into your mouth, and the moment you spit it out. I always did a quick brush with normal toothpaste after that, and it feels strangely refreshing post oil pulling.
Thought that sums it up: My teeth feels cleaner and smoother, already.
Subjective? Highly. Objective? None at all.
Again, I’ll let time determine how effective this is.