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Gandusha Kriya or what is popularly known as oil pulling is an ancient practice in Ayurveda. It is an ancient practice that helps keep your dental health better. In fact in Ayurveda, there is a whole dental care regimen that you should practice in the morning. The steps are as follows;
- Datun: Brushing your teeth with the bark of the trees
- Jiva Nirlekhan: Cleaning your tongue
- Oil pulling: Squishing and swirling edible oil in your mouth
- Dhumpan: Burning of Herbal plants and inhaling the smoke for internal purification
Even in Gandusha Kriya, there are two ways you can practice it;
- Gandush: Keeping the oil in the mouth for 2 to 3 minutes and spitting it out
- Kavala Graha: The oil is swirled and swished around the mouth for 15 to 20 minutes and squished out.
The oil generally used is sesame oil or mustard oil with a pinch of salt or turmeric. It can also be performed by boiling mulethi commonly known as liquorice in water instead of oil.
How does it work?
Over the past years, all the medical sciences have considered the tongue as an important diagnostic tool. Our mouth consists of 600 different types of bacteria. Many of these bacteria are essential for health. When these bacteria are attached to the fatty tissues they form plaque inside the mouth. This plaque is fat-soluble and hence helps remove it from between the teeth. Oil pulling is recommended by not only Ayurvedic Doctors but by western practitioners as well.
How to practice Gandusha Kriya?
Gandusha kriya is an easy and short practice that can help improve your oral health. The best time to practice is the first thing in the morning before brushing your teeth.
- Start by putting 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil (coconut or sesame) in your mouth
- Start by rotating the oil in your mouth. Swish it from right to left, front and back. Make sure to do it gently and not too vigorously
- Continue this for about 15 to 20 minutes. Wait until the oil turns white inside the mouth. It might be difficult to do it for 15 minutes initially so you can start by doing it for 5 minutes.
- DO NOT SWALLOW. Make sure you spit it out.
- Rinse the mouth with warm water post this process.
Here are some benefits of Gandusha Kriya that you didn’t know;
- Kill Bacteria in your mouth
Bacteria in your mouth can contribute to many different teeth problems like cavities, gum bleeding, and bad breath. Squishing and swirling good quality oil in your mouth can help the oil in the places that your brush cannot reach. Also, it acts as a natural mouthwash that not only helps kill germs but also helps smoothen the teeth.
- Strengthening your Gums
Gandusha Kriya not only helps gum problems it also helpsto strengthen your Gums. Strong Gums not only help in a better teeth health they also help in removing the plaque around the teeth.
- Can cure sore throat
Sore throat and cold often lead to swollen nostrils. This gives an experience of a blocked nose and causes difficulty in breathing. Oil pulling helps relax these muscles and clear nasal blockages. It can also heal the sinus by clearing out mucus from the throat.
- Strengthen Facial muscles.
Gandusha Kriya is said to reduce flabbiness around your cheeks and is said to shape your jaw. It can also significantly reduce the appearance of acne on the skin. As Gandusha Kriya is a way to release gut toxins, it can improve the condition of your gut by rinsing bacteria before they even reach your stomach. Sometimes the early signs of some diseases can be seen on the skin first, this method helps kill these disease-causing bacteria in the mouth itself.
- Lymph Drainage
While performing Gandusha Kriya you might experience sweating, water running from your nose, or eyes watering. If done properly you might experience this. This is a form of releasing toxins from the body. Gandusha Kriya promotes lymph drainage.
- A balanced routine
Most of us in the morning struggle to wake up. Even after waking up we struggle to feel fresh. We rely on coffee or tea to help us wake up.
Coffee or tea the first thing in the morning can be harmful for your gut as it can increase the acidity in your stomach.
When you do Gandusha Kriya the first thing in the morning, it stimulates your facial muscles. It freshens your mouth. It also helps your mouth remain fresh throughout the day.
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