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This Ayurvedic technique involves swishing oil in the mouth.


Gandusha or oil pulling involves retention of medicated oil or decoction in the mouth cavity for several minutes. The Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita mentions Kavala gandusha - Kavala refers to that which is related to the oral cavity and gandusha is a gargle.
Gandusha assists in the process of pulling out oral toxins. Just as the skin excretes body waste and toxins, the tongue eliminates toxins and harmful microbes from the body. The treatment involves putting 1 tablespoon of oil in your mouth and swishing it for about 15- 20 minutes. It is ideally done on an empty stomach, which is best to pull out all kinds of built-up toxins from the mouth and the body.

What happens during Oil Pulling?
Swishing activates the enzymes in the mouth. This enzyme activation draws toxins out of the blood into the oil. It is important to understand that during the oil-pulling/swishing process one’s metabolism is intensified. This leads to improved health. To accelerate the healing process, it can be repeated three times a day, but always before meals on an empty stomach.

  • Strong gums.
  • Prevents oral cavities.
  • No bleeding during teeth cleaning.
  • Fastening of loose teeth.
  • Whitening of teeth.
  • Improves strength of lower jaw and chin.
  • Improves quality of speech, voice.
  • Improves strength of face.
  • Increases liking towards food.
  • Improves senses of taste.
  • Useful in dry lips, thirst.

  • Headache.
  • Ear diseases.
  • Eye diseases.
  • Excessive salivation.
  • Throat problems.
  • Thirst.
  • Anorexia.
  • Chronic sinusitis.

Duration: 20 minutes



Kavalam is one of the daily morning routines practiced in Ayurveda, usually after brushing teeth to maintain good oral hygiene. The traditional choice is sesame oil, which has to be swirled gently inside the mouth for a specified period of time after which it is spat out when the oil becomes thicker in consistency. Each part of the tongue is mapped with meridians representing different internal organs. Kavalam soothes and stimulates these meridians that benefit the corresponding organ.


Kavalam improves the voice and brings a glow to the face. It is beneficial to ear, nose and throat, strengthens teeth, gums and jaws, and removes wrinkles. This therapy is highly effective for diseases of jaw, allergies, respiratory problems, indigestion, constipation, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.
Duration: 5 minutes