The mouth is considered as the mirror of the general health of the human body. The oral cavity harbors billions of microorganisms, some of these contribute to the development or progression of systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, etc. Oral health and general health are interrelated. So it is very important to maintain oral health. Antibiotic resistance, adverse effects, and toxicity to modern medicines have prompted scientists to research natural products. Oil pulling is claimed to improve oral health. It came into the limelight and popularity by Dr. F Karach.
Oil pulling is an ancient ayurvedic therapy for maintaining oral hygiene. Oils for oil pulling are easily available in households. Oil pulling is mentioned in the ayurvedic text Charak Samhita and Sushruta Samhita as ‘Kavala Graha’ or ‘Kavala Gandoosha’. In Gandoosha mouth is completely filled with oil such that gargling is impossible whereas in Kavala Graha comfortable lesser quantities of oil are used such that gargling is possible. Read more.
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