Majid Ali, M.D.
Sesame oil is one of my two darlings among natural therapies for health preservation and reversal of a host of chronic diseases.
First and foremost, sesame is a loyal and efficient assistant to oxygen in its detergent (grease-cutting) functions in the body, and so serves as a good anti-inflammatory agent. I present this subject at length in my book entitled “Oxygen and Aging.”
The clinical benefits of sesame oil which I have observed include;
* Sesame oil is an essential ingredient of “Dr Ali’s Oral Protocol” which I prescribe for my patients with oral problems, such as thrush, tongue coating, bad breath (halitosis), canker sores, gingivitis, and others. Within weeks they return and thank me for recommending sesame oral rinses.
* Sesame oil is one of the three oils—castor oil and mustard oil are the other two—which I use in my topical Infla-Oil formulations for controlling and reversing inflammatory disorders of the bowel, such as Crohn’s colitis, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and others.
* Sesame oil is one of the three oils whish I use in my Infla-Oil formulations for controlling and reversing inflammatory disorders of the joints and muscles, such as arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid, polyarthralgia, and others), muscle pain syndromes (including fibromyalgia, polymyalgia, myositis, and tendonitis, bursitis, trigger points, and other pain syndrome affecting the musculoskeletal system).
* Sesame oil is one of the three topical oils which I prefer to use for controlling cancers of various types.
* Sesame oil is one of the three topical oils which I prefer to use for chronic inflammatory conditions of the urinary and genital tracts, such as interstitial cystitis and chronic recurrent prostatitis.
* Sesame oil is one of the three topical oils which I prefer to use as a crucial component of my integrative care for my patients with autoimmune disorders.
Why Was Sesame Oil Valued in Ayurvedic Medicine?
Sesame oil had a unique position among the remedies of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medical system, as well those of South Asia, including in the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean traditions. The ancients did not know about our ideas of how much dysfunctional oxygen metabolism (caused by excess acidity, free radical activity, and cellular grease buildup) robs health and causes disease. However, intelligence and wisdom are not new to humans. They observed and described the beneficial effects of sesame oil in their figurative and literal ways.
In essence, sesame oil in Asia was what olive oil was in the Mediterranean region. My description of the clinical uses of sesame oil simply give the essence of the experience of the ancients validated by my patients.
Varieties of Sesame Oil
Organic cold-pressed is pale yellow in color (my preference).
Indian gingelly (also known as til oil) is golden.
East Asian sesame oils are usually dark brown in color, the color and flavor due to roasting.
Mechanisms of Action of Sesame Oil
In addition to its grease-cutting effects, the beneficial effect of the oil are attributed to polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and two naturally-occurring compounds that prevent cellular damage called sesamol and sesamin.
Fatty Acid Composition of Sesame Oil
Following are the ranges of oils found in sesame oil:
Oleic acid: 35.0 % 50.0 %
Linoleic acid: 35.0 % 50.0 %
Palmitic acid 7.0 % 12.0 %
Palmitoleic acid trace to 0.5 %
Stearic acid 3.5 % 6.0 %
Linolenic acid trace 1.0 %
Eicosenoic acid trace 1.0 %