Dr Tung's Oil Pulling Concentrate Review
Posted on 20 July 2016 by Leonie Satori
Taking oil pulling to a whole new level is Dr Tung's Oil Pulling Concentrate. As one of the most interesting new products around, it is a pleasure to review and share my experiences of this Ayurvedic product.
For those unfamiliar to oil pulling, I suggest you read another article Oil Pulling With Organic Black Sesame Oil, this will give you a better understanding of this ancient Ayurvedic therapy.
As with many Ayurvedic oils, Dr Tung's Oil Pulling Concentrate is made from a blend of medicinal herbs in an organic black sesame oil base. The major difference with Dr Tung's Oil Pulling Concentrate is that instead of just using an oil, say for example black sesame or coconut oil as a drawing agent for toxins, the botanical extracts and Ayurvedic herbs within this formula make it more of a herbal medicinal oil to use for oil pulling.
While I have used many types of Ayurvedic herbal oils before, I have never used one like this for oil pulling. The ingredients in this oil pulling formula are predominantly wild harvested herbs, which means they are harvested in their natural environment - for some this is considered to be better than certified organic herbs.
A majority of the Ayurvedic herbs, including the wild Himalayan cherry, Banyan tree and Khadira are selected for their tonifying and astringent qualities, the addition of these herbs promotes the release of toxins and helps to strengthen the gums. Other herbs in this oil pulling concentrate, including lemongrass, nutmeg, and cinnamon are well known for their antimicrobial qualities.
On the packaging, Dr Tung's suggests using this oil pulling concentrate either neat or combined with a carrier oil such as organic black sesame oil, so I experimented with using it both ways.
The first thing that I noticed when I opened the bottle was the familiar herbal oil smell that you get with all Ayurvedic herbal oils, but with a dominant smell of cardamom. As I am very fond of cardamom both as a culinary and a medicinal herb, I found this very appealing. The next outstanding feature is the yellow colour, this may be due to the turmeric alone, or the combination of herbs with the turmeric extract, either way this can make clean up very messy - do your oil pulling with care.
Using Dr Tung's Oil Pulling Concentrate for the first time
My first try of Dr Tung's Oil Pulling Concentrate was just neat, on it's own, and I must admit that owing to my penny-pinching caution I used only 7.5mL rather than the 20mL suggested quantity. As a little bit of a veteran oil puller, I was quite surprised at the immediately noticeable difference with using this oil pulling concentrate as opposed to a single oil. The astringency of the Ayurvedic herbs in this oil pulling concentrate promoted saliva production and I could feel the drawing affects of the oil, something that I have previously only experienced after oil pulling religiously for several weeks.
Another surprising difference with using this oil is when you spit it out, the colour is quite cloudy. While many may not think this as significant, but with my experience with oil pulling I will explain my surprise. When I was studying Ayurvedic medicine and first trying oil pulling, my teacher taught me that cloudiness in the oil indicates that the toxins are being released into the oils, however, generally this will take some time of regular oil pulling to achieve. I quickly realised that the cloudy colour of this oil pulling concentrate is due to the saponin content of the herbs in this formula, especially the turmeric. Saponins can make a solution turn cloudy when agitated, so it makes sense that some of the cloudiness when spitting out Dr Tung's Oil Pulling Concentrate could be attributed to the herbal extracts.
Further noticeable differences were apparent after I had spat out the oil. For some time I could feel a sensation in my sinuses that was cleansing and drawing. This sensation occurred for several minutes after I ceased oil pulling and is not a sensation that I would commonly associate with oil pulling with a single oil. This sensation indicates to me the real therapeutic value of this herbal oil pulling concentrate, far beyond using a plain oil for oil pulling.
The second time I used Dr Tung's Oil Pulling Concentrate, I diluted it with organic black sesame oil at a 1:3 ratio as per the directions on the packaging. So, I used 5mL of Dr Tung's Oil Pulling Concentrate with 15mL of organic black sesame oil. After my first attempt with this oil neat, I was anticipating a similar response. In hindsight, it may have been better if I used the oil diluted first and then tried it neat. As you would expect, the strong drawing affect of the Ayurvedic herbs was not as noticeable, but this combination was more effective than using a single oil.
My conclusions on Dr Tung's Oil Pulling Concentrate
I have since finished the whole bottle of Dr Tung's Oil Pulling Concentrate and used the contents undiluted. As I tend to sinus issues, I have personally found this Ayurvedic Oil very beneficial for cleansing and detoxifying my sinuses. I have used other Ayurvedic therapies for cleansing the sinuses and some were not nearly as pleasant as using this oil pulling concentrate.
As a herbalist and naturopath I see this herbal oil as a valuable addition to a regular cleansing routine for anyone with sinus complaints, headaches, gum disease or anyone looking to improve their overall health and vitality. My only major gripe with this particular product is the size of the bottle and therefore the price. To improve cost effectiveness of this oil pulling concentrate, I suggest using Dr Tung's Oil Pulling Concentrate alternately with oil pulling with organic black sesame oil. However, those with more chronic health conditions, using this oil pulling concentrate intensively (daily) for 4-6 weeks and then following with alternating days may be necessary to provide the required therapeutic result from this Ayurvedic herbal oil.
I look forward to the day when Dr Tung's Oil Pulling Concentrate is available in Australia in 500mL bottles, at a reasonable price, however, until then, these precious little 50mL bottles of Dr Tung's Oil Pulling Concentrate will have to suffice.
About the Author
Leonie is a Naturopath & Medical Herbalist with a passion for good food, healthy living and of course, herbal medicine. When she is not consulting in her wellness clinic in Lismore or blogging about nutrition, Ayurvedic Medicine or natural health, she is studying yoga, growing her own herbs and vegetables or quietly walking in the natural bush land in Northern Rivers NSW.
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