- Oil pulling is an ancient practice which has been used for cleansing and detoxifying for a long time.
- This practice involves swishing a tablespoon of oil around in your mouth for about 15 to 20 minutes in the morning empty stomach. This Oil pulls bacteria and toxins from your teeth and gums, and then you spit this oil out and brush your teeth. It is claimed that the swishing activates the enzymes of salivary glands and draws toxins out of the blood. You should not swallow the oil as it contains toxins and
- Oil pulling not just support your body in detoxing, improve your dental health, but also speed up the body’s recovery from a number of major diseases and also promote longevity. The practice of Oil pulling also helps to maintain the balance of body and mind.
- Oil pulling is a part of the natural healing process described in ancient Ayurvedic texts “Charka Samhita “, is also known as Kavala Graha or Gandusha
- In Gandusha, the mouth is completely filled with oil, while in Kavala Graha, only a comfortable amount is kept in the mouth, which is and held in the mouth for three to five minutes, then gargled and spit out.
Traditional Oils used for Pulling
- Sesame Oil
- Sunflower oil
- Coconut Oil
- Nirgundi Oil
Reported Benefits of Oil Pulling
- According to a latest article Oil Pulling is also found to be beneficial in curing many other diseases other than Mouth and gum problems like Allergies, Stiff Joints, Constipation, Migraine, Diabetes, Bronchitis, Eczema, Heart, lung and kidney diseases, Leukemia, Arthritis, Varicose Veins, Chronic Infections, Leukemia, Meningitis, Insomnia, Hormonal problems like Menopause, Cancer, AIDS, Hypertension, Polio, Cracked Heels,
- Now the question is how oral bacteria can lead to so many diseases in the body?
- Bacteria usually find shelter breeding ground in the pockets that are present around our teeth, also can proliferate exponentially to rest of your body. Human Saliva contains thousands of bacteria and when we swallow this saliva these bacteria can travel within our body to different organs. These bacteria produce exotoxins and endotoxins as a byproduct. These toxins sometimes, are not destroyed by the acids present in our stomach and even our body’s immune system is unable to neutralize them.
- Sometimes these bacteria can enter directly into the bloodstream as they are absorbed sublingually through the capillaries present in our
Oil Pulling with Nirgundi Oil
History of Nirgundi
Reference: Bhaishajya Ratnavali Galagandadi Chikitsa 44/77, Sharangdhara Samhita Madhyamakhanda 9/198 “Nishkasya Vyaadhinam Gundayathi Sareeram Rakshatiti” (Prakash L.H.). 
Nirgundi is a Sanskrit word which means ‘that protects the body from diseases. Nirgundi cures many diseases and protects the body. This herb is mentioned in almost all of the Ayurvedic Samhita’s. There are mainly two varieties of Nirgundi, one bearing white flowers (shwetapushpi), called sindhuvar, and the other having blue flowers (pushpanilika).
- Botanical Name: VITEX NEGUNDO
- Sanskrit Name: NIRGUNDI, NEELMANJARI, SINDHUVARA
Hindi Name: NIRGANDI, SAUBHALU
- English Name: FIVE LEAVED CHASTE TREE
- Family: VERBINACE
- Rasa /Taste: Katu And Tikta (Pungent and Bitter)
- Guna /Qualities: Laghu And Ruksha (Light and Dry)
- Virya / Potency: Ushna (Hot)
- Vipaka / Effects After Digestion: Katu (Pungent)
Effect on Tridoshas
Nirgundi/Five leaved chaste is an amazing and miraculous herb for all kind of pains.
It balances Vata and Kapha in the body. It is an extraordinary medicinal herb for Vata related problems.
Parts of Nirgundi Which are Used
Root, leaves, flowers, fruits, bark.
Nirgundi (Vitex negundo) is a deciduous shrub and is used in all systems of medicine such as “Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy, and Allopathy. In Ayurveda, it is referred to as SINDHUVARA and NIRGUNDI have been used as medicine since ancient times. The whole plant is useful but mainly leaves, oil, roots, fruits, and seeds are used, both internally and externally. However, the leaves, roots, and bark are the most important parts of Nirgundi. According to recent researches, the Nirgundi plant exhibit many properties like enzyme inhibiting, anti-cancer and anti-bacterial, acts as a CNS depressant and Nirgundi extract is also used as an antidote for snake poisoning.
Pharmacological Properties and Uses of Nirgundi Oil
Nirgundi Oil is mostly extracted from the leaves which contain resins, fragrant and volatile oil. Nirgundi Oil is prepared mainly with sesame seed oil. It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antihelmintic and anti-toxin properties. It is the richest source of Vitamin C.
1. Anti – Inflammatory
Different parts of Nirgundi plant like leaves, roots, fruits, and seeds possess anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, Nirgundi is the drug of choice for Tonsillitis, Pharyngitis, endometriosis and even orchitic.
2. Insecticidal Activity
Oil of Nirgundi plant possesses many insecticidal and repellent action activities against stored product pests, mosquito larvae, house flies and tobacco leaf-eating larvae. Leaves of V. negundo are kept in the poultry farm to control lice.
3. Nirgundi Oil is very helpful in reducing congestion, inflammation, and pain and is used to treat anal fistulas. It is very effective in cases of piles and fissures as it tones the area by correcting the poor blood circulation.
4. Nirgundi also helps to cure indigestion, fever (brings the temperature down) and mainly used in TYPHOID.
5. Leaves of Nirgundi plant help to cure headache, fever, sprain, acidity, toothache, asthma, cough, ulcers, boils, and wounds.
Oil Pulling with Nirgundi Oil
- “Ayurveda advises oil garglingto purify the entire system; as it holds that our tongue is connected to our other body organs like kidneys, lungs, liver, heart, small intestine, stomach, large intestine, and spine.”
- Nirgundi Oil possesses anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. It is easily absorbed by the oral mucosa, mixed with other carrieroils is used to treat vascular headache and migraine.
- Nirgundi Oil promotes a healthy immune response and helps to maintain a healthy lifestyle regimen. It may support overall wellness and Longevity.
- Uses of Nirgundi Oil are indicated in curing the problem of sinuses and premature graying of hair.
- PLANET AYURVEDA provides the best quality Nirgundi Oil for Oil Pulling.
- Nirgundi oil is processed with herbs like Manjishtha, Haridra, Kalihari. It is usually prepared with sesame seed oil.
Dosage For Oil Pulling
Start with one teaspoonful in the beginning and then gradually increase it up to one tablespoonful. Oil pulling can be done for 3-5 minutes and gradually increase up to 15-20 minutes.