I started oil pulling with coconut oil six days ago. I am 31 years old, not on any other medications, I don't smoke, and eat healthy. After my third time oil pulling, I woke up in the morning and I felt like I was inside a ball that someone was rolling around. I was so dizzy that I just fell back down. I couldn't move without it happening. Eventually, I was dry heaving from the intense motion sickness. I didn't think in a million years that something as simple as swishing oil in my mouth could cause this. It lasted for three days! I had a margarita the night before with some friends and that may have been a bad idea. I realize that this is most likely a "detox" symptom and a sign that I am flushing out harmful toxins. However, people need to know: START SLOW! If you have a job or children to take care of (or any kind of life at all!) use caution when starting this. I had the vertigo (dizzyness) for three days regardless of certain "methods" I tried to get rid of it that worked for everyone else. I even went to a physical therapist who performed the "Epely" procedure on me. I didn't stop pulling right away because I didn't believe it could possibly cause something so severe! All this to say, once I stopped oil pulling the vertigo went away within 24 hours. I started pulling because I have severe neck pain that really seemed to feel less inflamed after pulling. I hope to start pulling again but will start doing it just 2-3 minutes instead of 15-20. When I was researching whether or not to start pulling, I saw it written on several websites and blogs: "What harm could it do, right?" To the contrary, I now believe this to be a very powerful method that needs to be approached with caution, especially if you are on any prescription medications that could be influenced by it.
Wow- what a terrible reaction! If you've established that it's the oil pulling causing this, it seems very likely that you're allergic to the oil you're using. Since coconut oil is stronger than others for detox purposes it could be a detox reaction, but given the intensity it seems unlikely to me.
If you DO decided to go back to oil pulling, try a different oil. Flax Seed, (untoasted) Sesame oil, Sunflower, etc. Personally I use coconut oil, but the detox effects are too strong for me to use every day. My main oil is Flax Seed, but you have to make sure it stays refrigerated.
I am so sorry that you were having trouble. Vertigo or having dizziness problems can be a real disruption to a productive, enjoyable day for sure. Life is no fun with Vertigo.
I don't know about Coconut oil being stronger than other oils, although it very well could be I suppose, due to it's apparent small molecular structure (i.e. it is said to absorb better than some... or so I've read). It is also quite possible as MrCuddly has stated, that you very well might have an allergy to Coconut. It IS known to be an allergen with some people. That would be a crying shame however as Coconut oil, for me, has been by far the best for teeth whitening =)
With all this said, I'm not sure I would discount oil pulling just yet. First of all there is a likely possibility that your Vertigo and dry heaving was due to the Margarita ;), especially sense it happened after already OP-ing for 6 days. The fact that your Vertigo quit a day or so after you quit the Oil Pulling, might only mean that you coincidentally also gave your body enough time to heal from the alcohol trouble.
If you really don't think that's it, and you are concerned of a possible allergy to Coconut, then you might want to consider another oil. SUNflower oil (as opposed to Safflower) has always been listed as one of the age old suggestions for oil pulling, maybe you could try that one out(?). It is fairly flavorless too, which would be an added bonus here. For me, I have noticed that ANY oil works - Oh and that business of needing to do it on an empty stomach doesn't make a difference to this bod' either. I Oil Pull whenever I feel like it and with whatever oil I choose.... and I have GREAT results.
In reference to your Vertigo trouble & why I suggest you might want to consider continuing it, I will very briefly explain my personal experience with oil pulling.
I've been doing it on-and-off for about the last year and a half, and just about every time I start it up again after an absence from it (even if just for a week sometimes).... I can expect some sort of "negative" response. Usually it's only after the 1st round or 2, but sometimes it has continued a bit longer than that. Those responses always go away though as I regularly keep up with the Oil Pulling.
It may help you to feel better by knowing that I have, once before, experienced a large loss of hearing in both of my ears for a day (no lie I was a little freaked) which, by the way, Vertigo/dizziness typically happens to also be middle-ear related. I have also gotten very achy & flu like before as well as dealt with Salivary Gland Stones in my mouth numerous times - But ALL of this disappears as I continue to Oil Pull.
I suspect, for several reasons, that oil pulling is largely successful because it is lubricating our bodies - inside to the outside. When this fresh oiling of our body's system first begins to happen, I can only guess that old stagnant junk (virus, bacteria, candida, etc.) are being moved through our lymph system... like a car oiling it's engine and allowing parts to move smoothly and crud to flush thru... or like a trash truck moving our trash out of the neighborhood to a waste disposal sight after we Spring Clean. This, of course, would cause what is sometimes referred to as a "die-off response" - Junk that was hiding, now is shoved into our active trash disposal system so that it can be carried away forever.
When I get these uncomfortable responses after Oil Pulling, I make sure to listen to my body, DRINK A LOT OF WATER (not coffee, soda, etc. but WATER) so I can help flush out whatever has been stirred up, and then I will usually Oil Pull AGAIN after 6 - 12 hrs. The 2nd Oil Pulling and the water have been noticeably huge for me in speeding along the flush and feeling better. I highly suggest it.
So, I encourage you to considering continuing with the Oil Pulling but listening to your own body 1st and foremost. Don't mistake Die-Off as a "bad" response, however, don't discount that you could have an allergy to the oil as well. You are smart in stating that you should start with less time of swishing in the beginning. I would still suggest doing it twice a day at first, tho' for less time per session. It will allow your body time to process what it needs to at a more comfortable pace.
I just had the exact same side effects, and I don't drink at all. So rest assured it's definitely the oil pulling. I only did it twice so far. Once in the morning and again at night. After the morning session I felt fine. Even after doing it again before I went to bed I felt fine. However, when I woke up the next morning it was exactly as you described. I had extreme vertigo. The dizziness didn't subside for hours. I found this post looking for anyone else that experienced the same side effect. My wife does it without having any troubles. I will have to try something other than coconut oil.