The Ancient Indian Health system Ayurvedic Medicine, mentions using vegetable oil as a mouthwash to cleanse the mouth. Sunflower Oil healing has taken a modern twist and is now known as "OP" or Oil Pulling. OP is amethod of swishing Sunflower Oil in and around the teeth and gums.
A retired military man in India has revised the old Ayurvedic technique and is creating quite a stir with his anecdotal testimonials regarding the healing benefits of "Oil Pulling" Here is a quote from the Oil Pulling site. a link will be provided at the end of this article
"Lt. Col. T.K.Rao of Bangalore popularized OP in South India. Endowed with an investigative bent of mind, he tried this simple therapy on himself and his wife. After the cure of his chronic asthma of three decades, and his wife's varicose veins on both legs of twenty-five years, he decided to help others. With his humane instinct, conviction and commitment, dedication and devotion, and concern for the human community, with a spirit of selfless service he distributed OP literature freely and addressed a large number of meetings in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Publication of a number articles, in the Sunday edition of Andhra Jyothi, a popular Telugu daily under the caption “Adbhuta Chikitsa-OP” followed. These articles reflected the efficacy of OP and enthusiasm of the people who practiced OP. His lectures gave a great momentum to this concept of curing diseases with this simple treatment. He is in the process of writing a book."
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A Dr F Karach MD has presented papers in Europe before his Medical colleagues in the USSR and indicates...(from the Oil Pulling site)
" It is most astonishing that such results can be achieved with this absolutely harmless biological healing method. This simple method makes it possible to effectively treat the most varied diseases, in some cases enabling one to avoid surgical intervention and the taking of medications that can have harmful side effects.The exciting factor of this healing method is its simplicity. It consists of swishing cold-pressed oil in the mouth( Sunflower or Seasme, Pl. note you don't need to go for organic oils only, A normal refined sunflower oil bought from any supermarket proven to be effective in many people). The healing process is accomplished by the human organism on its own. In this way it is possible to heal cells, tissue and all organs simultaneously; the body itself gets rid of toxic waste without disturbing the healthy microflora."
For more information regarding this treatment go to http://www.oilpulling.com/index.htm