Home Herbal Remedies Home Remedies Classic Formulas Natural Therapies New Supplements How to / DIY
Natural Remedies Center
   Search by Keyword

  - Heart Disease
  - Liver Disease
  - Lung Disease
  - Stomach Disease
  - Intestinal Disease
  - Kidney Disease
  - Bladder Disease

  - Spring Remedies
  - Summer Remedies
  - Autumn Remedies
  - Winter Remedies

  - Remedies for Women
  - Remedies for Men
  - Remedies for Children
  - Remedies for Seniors

  - Ayurvedic Medicine
  - Chinese Medicine
  - Arabic Remedies
  - American Remedies
  - European Remedies
  - African Remedies
  - Tibetan Medicine
  - Mongolian Medicine
  - Japanese Remedies

Arak (Miswak, Salvadora Persica) – Natural Toothbrush for Dental Care – Arabic Remedies

  Share it on Facebook Share it on Twitter Share it on Google+ Share this post on Linkedin Natural Remedies RSS Feed Print it

Arabic Remedies

Arak (miswak, Salvadora persica) has been used as a natural toothbrush for cleaning teeth for centuries in Middle East.


Arak is a short evergreen tree. A miswak is a fibrous stick prepared from the arak tree. A miswak may be made of branches instead of its roots, though roots are better.

It is said that the miswak strengthens the gums, prevents tooth decay and eliminates toothaches. It is also said to halt further increase in decay. Research found that miswak contains a number of medically beneficial properties, including abrasives, antiseptics, astringent, detergents, enzyme inhibitors, and fluoride, which help clean and protect the teeth and gums. In 2003, scientists compared the use of miswak with ordinary toothbrushes, and found that the results clearly were in favor of the miswak users. In 1986, WHO (World Health Organization) recommended miswak for oral hygiene use.

A miswak has a pungent smell. It is said that a miswak creates a fragrance in the mouth, eliminates bad breath, improve the sense of taste and cause the teeth to glow and shine. This may explain why the miswak is recommended to be used before religious practice. It is said that, the Prophet Mohammad, founder of Islam, recommended his followers to use it at the time of every Prayer, “it is the purification for the mouth and a means of the pleasure of the Lord”. This practice today is still popular in Arabia.

Recent years, there are miswak products, such as toothpaste made from miswak extract, in the markets in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and North America. You may find a miswak toothpaste in a health supplement store.

For more information about natural remedies and alternative treatment for teeth and dental care, go to Natural Remedies Center: http://www.naturalremediescenter.com/treat/toothache/

   I like this post    Follow me on Twitter
Please note: Any articles on this website are only for informational and research purposes. You should first consult your physician before taking any natural remedies, health supplements, herbal medicines, food therapies or alternative cures discussed here for your health treatment. [More about Terms of Use ...]