Can we use unrefined oil for OP, as unrefined oil will have some vitamins good for health?
Dr. Karach has recommended only refined oil. This has been used by millions of people with wonderful cures and accepted in practice. Regarding unrefined oil there may be ingredients injurious to the body and its taste, color and smell may not be agreeable. It may cause or induce vomiting sensation in some people. Since pesticides and insecticides are used in crops, it is possible that trace elements of such poisonous chemicals are not only harmful to health but also carcinogenic. Since refined oil is colorless, odorless and tasteless, such a situation would not arise. I therefore suggest do not use unrefined oils for OP.
What other Oils can be used for OP?
Dr (med.) Karach has suggested refined sunflower Oil and peanut Oil. Sesame Oil was prescribed in Ayurvedic texts for mouth gargles. All the three types worked well in curing health problems. Majority has used refined sunflower oil. Some found sesame oil better and some were happy with peanut oil. In my opinion, the constitution of each person is different and the oil used would depend on its suitability to the constitution of the person.
Regarding the use of other oils, there are no reports of experience with their use. However, a large number of people have asked whether coconut oil, safflower oil, mustard oil, olive oil and palm oil could be used. Though I have advised some for their u! se, there is no conclusive evidence of the suitability of these oils. I had studied the properties of sunflower/sesame oil. The other oils comparable to them in the iodine number, oleic and linolenic acid contents in composition are olive oil and corn oil. However, the utility of these oils for OP has to be established by extensive trials.
Regarding quantity of oil, tablespoon is 15ml where as two teaspoons is 10ml. What is the exact amount of oil to be used for OP?
The amount of oil to be used is 10ml, which is equal to about two teaspoons. As the sizes of spoons differ, I suggest a 10ml measure to be used. For children about five ml of oil will do for OP.