Kavala – Oil Pulling
AS PER AYURVEDA:
Kavala is of four types:
Which one are you doing?
Lubricating with oils and fats (snigda)– for Vata imbalance disorder. It is done by the use of oil processed with herbs of sweet, sour and salt tastes. Not cold and heavy coconut oil.
Palliative (shamana) for Pitta imbalance disorder. It is done by herbs of bitter, astringent and sweet tastes.
Cleansing / detoxing (shodana) – for Kapha imbalance disorder. It is with herbs of bitter, pungent, sour, salt tastes and possessing hot property. Not cold and heavy and sweet coconut oil.
Healing (ropana) – It is done with herbs of astringent and bitter taste.
How is each treatment done?
Different substances are used in kavala in Ayurveda:
Fats – sesame oil, ghee
Honey with water
Urine of animals such as cow urine (yep, really)
Dhanyamla – Sour fermented grain liquid, like beer almost
And then of course medicines which are blend of substances for specific purposes
For daily use, oil pulling should be used with sesame oil or meat soup
“Benefits of oil pulling with sesame oil daily: Sesame oil gargling is beneficial for the strength of jaws, depth of voice, flabbiness of face, excellent gustatory sensation and good taste for food. One will never get dryness of throat, nor does his lips ever get cracked; his teeth will never develop caries and will be deep-rooted; he will not have any toothache nor will his teeth set on edge by sour intake; his teeth can chew even the hardest eatables” Reference: (Charaka Samhita Sutrasthana 5…. that is the main Ayurvedic text)
The proper use of the treatment (what of the above 4 types is being done) depends upon what it is being used for the person and their imbalance state and the disease.
The person should sit in a place devoid of breeze but in mild sunlight. At the right time of day as per the dosha.
It is never done when the sky is overcast or it is raining.
His shoulders and neck should be massaged with the proper oil and then fomented depending upon the treatment and why it is being given. (for it to be detoxing by Ayurvedic methods this must be done)
After fomentation then treatment of Gandusha or Kavala is done
Keeping the face slightly lifted up, one should hold the liquid in their mouth or swish/gargle the oil till the mouth gets filled with Kapha (sputum / slimy liquid / mucus) and till the nose and eyes start secreting liquid. Not 20 minutes. Each individual will be different and this is the sign that it is done completely as this is what it is being used for.
Then the contents of the mouth are spit out.
Then smoking of herbs (dhumapan) is done. Not as per Western idea of smoking. (no this makes no sense to the western paradigm but does in Ayurveda and from and India paradigm)
Then tambula is chewed.
This is real Ayurveda.
The treatment will vary as per the person and what they are using it for.
There is no pulling of toxins/detoxifying except when it is used as a shodana treatment. At best what is written in all the mass ezines and blogs out there can kind of be said to be a palliative treatment, but in even that coconut oil would never be used as it is opposite qualities as per Ayurveda.
Kavala is used for neck, jaw, eyes, nose, throat, gum, teeth, sinus problems when used properly but can easily create diseases of the same when used improperly.
Most importantly, it is to never be used in cases when someone has aama (if you look at your tongue and it has a white film or thick plague, it is signs of toxicity and lack of digestion), poisoning, fainting disease, alcoholism, depletion, TB, bleeding diseases, low clotting factor, inflammation of the eyes, constipation, depletion of wastes and other contraindications.
no, alkaline water from your water purifier is not what is meant in the 8th verse.