Gandusha – Ayurvedic Oral Healthcare

sesame-oilGandusha is an Ayurvedic treatment procedure done in order to protect oral cavity. This procedure includes holding or retaining medicated oils, liquids or paste etc in the mouth for certain amount of time during which there should be no movement of the mouth. Gandusha is commonly known as Oil pulling.

Kavala Graha or gargling is a type of procedure which is well known and the movement of medicine is allowed in the mouth. But Gandusha specifically mentions retention of medicines without mouth movement.

The benefits of Gandusha include strengthening of jaw, strong voice, increase in taste, heals mouth ulcers, strengthens gums and roots, checks tooth decay, treats dry throat, cracked lips and bleeding gums.

The classics have mentioned about four types of Gandusha treatments – Snigdha, Shamana, Shodhana and Ropana.

  • Snigdha: Here we use oils that are processed with medicines having sweet, sour and salty tastes. It is mostly indicated in diseases of Vata doshas.
  • Shamana: Here the medicines are prepared with bitter and sweet drugs. It is mostly beneficial for Pittha dosha dominant diseases.
  • Shodhana: It is used to remove diseases predominantly of Kapha dosha. The medicines used are of hot, bitter and sour drugs.
  • Ropana: This helps in healing ulcers, oral cavity. Medicines depend on the cause of the problem.

The above said procedures are done in the classical way which includes Poorva Vidhi, Pradhan Karma and Paschat Karma. For cure and serious ailments this should be done under a qualified doctor’s supervision.

Generally, to maintain oral hygiene this method can be done everyday using Sesame oil after brushing the teeth. If done regularly, it helps keep the teeth and gums strong, removes bad odor, avoids dental caries which is very common now a days because of lifestyle and food.

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This Guest Article has been submitted by:

Dr. Veena Mehendale, BAMS

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