Improper practice of oil pulling may cause adverse side effects, claims Dr. Amala Guha, an assistant immunology and medicine professor at the University of Connecticut Health Center. These include fatigue, dry mouth, muscular stiffness, extreme thirst and impaired sensation of flavor in the mouth.
Oil pulling is a traditional method of oral care that involves swishing edible oil in the mouth for a period of time. However, as of 2015, there is insufficient scientific evidence to validate the purported oral and general health benefits of this technique, states the American Dental Association. Meanwhile, oil pulling is linked to the development of a medical condition known as lipoid pneumonia. Loose bowel movements and stomach upsets may also be experienced while oil pulling.