Effects of Overusing of Neti Pots

Filed Under (How to Use Neti Pot, Neti Pot Therapy) by madhu on 22-06-2012

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It is a known fact that the use of neti pots is one easy, natural way to help overcome the sinus problems. But one should remember that anything including nasal irrigation should not be overdone.

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Dr.Talal M.Nsouli, of Watergate Allergy and Asthma Centre, and his colleagues have conducted a research on the effect of the overuse of a neti pot. The explanation they put forth for overusing neti is follows:

Mucous consists of antimicrobial agents that are antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral in nature. One such agent is known as lactoferrin that stimulates our immune system. It is very effective against various types of viruses that cause infections including the ones that cause cold, such as rhinovirus. It is also effective against the HIV virus. When one performs nasal saline irrigation, the mucuous and the defense mechanism get washed away. So the participants in the study were asked to stop the nasal irrigation for a while and it was surprising to see how much better they felt quickly for the restoration time for the nasal passage to come back to its natural state is about two to six weeks.

There was a 62 percent decrease in the frequency of acute rhinosinusitis after they stopped using the neti pot regularly. He said that the nasal irrigation is good when it is done three to four times a week. But when done regularly, he and his colleagues observed that it interfered with the immunological biochemistry of the nose. This could result in reduction of immune elements thus leading to returning sinus infections. Their team felt that this could become a vicious cycle with more nasal irrigation, more infection and hence more nasal irrigation. They emphasized on cutting this cycle.

But at the same time, the research team does not advise against the neti pots. From their research, they derive that nasal irrigation might not be very useful if it is done day to day on regular basis. According to them, the good mucous, that contains antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral agents, might be depleted by the overuse of neti pots.

There have been opinions that the over usage of a neti pot can sometimes cause inflammation that could cause more and more production of mucous.

Steps to avoid danger of Neti Pot Treatment

  1. Ensure to clean your hands and arm with soap before cleaning the pot.Nasal Rinse
  2. Rinse the neti pot with hot water and flush out the spout.
  3. Cleaning with soapy water once a month or every three months
  4. Completely dry air the pot.
  5. In case of any cracks in the neti pot dispose it immediately.
  6. Do not share your neti pot with anyone.
  7. Ensure to use always distilled water or boiled water for the solution.
  8. Saline solution should be of about 3 to 5 month supply
  9. Discard any unused saline solution in the neti pot. Remember leftover solution is great space for amoeba, bacterial and viral growth.

 

Finally always remember to follow the directions stated, boil your tap water or use the distilled water for solution and forever keep the neti device clean.

So it is advised to use neti pots two to three times a week. Of course, finally it is always better to consult your physician if the infection persists.

How to Treat Neti Pot Problems?

Filed Under (How to Use Neti Pot, Neti Pot Guides, Neti Pot Therapy) by rashmi on 30-04-2012

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In spite of Neti therapy’s benefits, a handful of neti pot users have experienced some minor issues and difficulties while using the neti pots for treatment. Let us discuss the problems and shoot out the solutions to help you deal with the therapy.

Itching or Stinging in the nose

Stinging or itchy sensation in the nose can be caused because of the below mentioned reasons:

  • Temperature of the water and concentration of salt adds on to the irritation and sting in the nose. Temperature of water should be lukewarm and salt concentration should be mild which should taste like tears. Taste and spit it out after verifying for the balanced concentration.
  • Contamination in the water may cause the sting in the nasal cavities. Hence it is a must to use boil the water before adding it into neti pot.
  • Left over in the pot or unclean pot may also be favorable to insect breeding which may turn the solution as toxic and create irritation in the nostrils.

Nose bleed

If your nose bleeds during neti therapy, there is nothing to consider as dangerous and serious. Nose bleeds because of dryness in the nostrils. It is most likely to happen because of saline solution fot neti pot reacting on the mucus membrane.

Saline solution can be added with few drops of pure butter, ghee or olive oil in the neti pot. Don’t hang upside down and avoid blowing the nose hard when changing sides or drying. Avoid using neti therapy for more than once in a day without advice.

Popping of Ears

In rare cases, ears may pop while doing neti treatment. Nothing to get frightened about the squeaky sound in the ears, as such sounds are caused due to the change in pressure in Eustachian tubes which clears the block of mucus. Once the water droplets in the ear are dried up nothing to worry about.

Headache

Headache may occur after using neti therapy for various reasons like fear, tension. Ache may also cause because of not drying the nasal cavity and if salt solution is still left in the sinus passages. Sometimes blowing very hardly may also cause dryness in the nose and create the symptoms of headache. Hence, practice the therapy properly.

Water running onto the face

Water solution may run over the face because of rushing process of neti process or can be caused by bad designed neti pots. Be slow in the therapy process by following step by step movement and find the right and appropriate position to place for the pot and the head.

Remember that our nasal cavities are very sensitive and are prone to infections very easily. Though Neti Treatment is considered as an ancient therapy to treat the nostril cavities, it is very essential to educate oneself under a trained preacher for safe and proper use of neti pots.

Understanding the Neti Pot Procedure

Filed Under (Neti Pot Therapy) by rashmi on 12-04-2012

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In the world today Sinusitis (nasal blockage at its advanced stages) is considered to be one of the common diseases. It is very common in most parts of the world and approximately 15% of the population is suffering from respiratory infections like asthma, allergies and respiratory infections.

Causes

Infections and allergies are very common but not to be ignored. Bacteria, fungi and viruses may lead to sinusitis and some allergies and colds possibly  leads to sinus infections.

Untreated Consequences

If such consequences are not treated, then it may lead to various problems like:

Sore throat

It is a sign of cold. Cold symptoms like runny or blocked nose may lead to sore throat.

Strep throat

It is an infection caused due to the bacteria.

Tonsillitis

It is a very painful inflammation or infection back of the throat of tonsils.

Upper respiratory infections

It is an infection which involves the upper respiratory tract like nose, sinus, and pharynx.

Bad breath

It is unpleasant odors exhaled in breathing. This affects self-confidence levels which may lead to lose the ability to form strong relationships.

How can you effectively treat using Neti Pot?

There are no official guidelines or medical parameters available for how to use the Neti Pot Therapy. But along with the Neti pot you get guidelines, which explains the procedure. You can also consult family doctor or ENT specialist who can guide you before trying it on your own.

Solution procedure

The mixture is the combination of salt and water. Make sure to use distilled, sterile or boiled luke warm water. For the nasal irrigation processes mix about 16 ounces or 1 pint of luke water with a teaspoon of salt. Some may also use half a spoon of baking soda to just buffer the solution and make it gentle to circulate in nasals.

Using the Neti Pot

Once the Neti Pot is filled with the solution made, tilt your head over the sink at 45 degree angle. Now gently pour the saline solution into the nostril.

Flow the fluid into your nasal cavity and pass out with other nostril. After every circulation blow your nose to get rid of any leftover liquid, and then once again repeat the process from the other nostril. Sometimes it may also move into your throat if it happens, just spit the water in the throat and repeat it.

Maintenance

It is required to maintain the Neti pot in order to get the best results in future usage also. It is important to soak the Neti Pot after every use. Leave it in open air for drying.

Neti Pot Risks, Dangers, and Safety

Are there dangers associated with Neti Pots? Safety is the foremost thing to be considered. Researches states the Neti Pot is generally safe, but 10% of users have come across some mild side effect like nasal irritation and stinging. Some very rarely may also feel the nosebleeds. Reducing the amount of salt in the solution, adjusting the temperature of water will reduce all these side effects.

It is proven that people suffering from sinus have found relief from Netipot. It is good to use the nasal irrigation system three times a week. If the problem do not reduce then it can be used regularly also.

In order to avoid the infection make sure to take proper care of the device. After every use you need to wash the device by hand along with which you need to dry the device and keep ready for next usage.

Neti Pot Therapy for Sinus Problems

Filed Under (Neti Pot Guides, Neti Pot Therapy) by potter34 on 30-04-2010

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You have probably heard about Neti pots and how many people have found a way to cure their sinus infection. If you are wondering that is Neti pot and how is it supposed to work, you are at the right place. This article gives you all the details about neti pots.

The first time you see it, you might confuse a neti pot with a teapot. There are also chances that you might confuse it with Aladdin’s lamp. The neti pot is a small pot with a spout and a handle. The spout is designed in such a way so that it is easy to plug it in one’s nostril.

Types of Neti Pots

Neti pots are of different types based on what they are made of.

  • Ceramic and Glass Neti Pots: These are very fragile and should be handled with care. You cannot fill these neti pots wholly because they tend to get heavy soon.
  • Copper Neti Pots: They are robust, light-weighted and easy to handle. But the only thing is that the saline solution tends to oxidize the copper material leading to some deposits on the inner walls of the pot.
  • Steel Neti Pots:  These are the best of the lot and are strongly recommended.
  • Plastic Neti Pots: These have been gaining popularity because of their lightness and cheap cost.

The ceramic and the plastic neti pots might cost around $20 while the steel neti pots might be on the expensive side.

How to Use a Neti Pot?

A form of nasal purification method called Jala Neti, that originated in India, makes use of the neti pot. Jala Neti is also known as Nasal Irrigation. The nasal passage is cleaned with the saline solution. But it is very important to put the saline solution in the right way to your nostril. And for that kind of home treatment, a neti pot comes in handy.

The solution that you fill in the neti pot should primarily consist of water and salt. You should use lukewarm water for Jala Neti. The salt should be non-iodised and should not contain any anti caking agent. Ensure that it does not form lumps.  Remember to test the solution to check if it is too warm or too salty.

The steps to follow after you fill the neti pot with the saline solution are:

  1. It is preferable if you do the nasal irrigation over a sink.
  2. Bend your head a bit and plug in the nozzle of the neti pot into the nostril that is on the upper side.
  3. Now tilt the neti pot a little so that the water flows out of the spout into your nostril.
  4. You will feel the water through your nasal passage and then it gushes out through your other nostril that is on the lower side.
  5. Wait until the neti pot runs out of water. And then come back to the normal position and blow your nose so that any remaining water comes out.
  6. Now shift the position of your head to the opposite side. Repeat the above steps with the other nostril.

Benefits of Using Neti Pot Treatment

  • Lot of people have found that the regular use of the neti pots have helped in decreasing their sinus congestion and other respiratory illnesses.
  • The neti process clears all the build up and the impurities in your nasal passage there by making your breathing easier.
  • People have experienced a sharpness in vision and thinking abilities after doing Jala Neti.

Jala Neti can be practiced for about four times a day. The best time is to do this on an empty stomach in the morning.

It is seen that the nasal irrigation method using neti pots is one of the safest methods of purification or cleansing. With the right guidance and understanding, neti pots can be used to enrich our health and life very easily. If you have not bought a neti pot yet, it is not too late; you can always buy one and start the purification process as soon as possible.

Neti Pot Therapy for Sinusitis

Filed Under (Neti Pot Therapy, Sinus Problems) by potter34 on 30-04-2010

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Sinusitis is a condition in which the openings of the sinuses are blocked due to inflammation of the inner lining of sinuses. The mucous is blocked leading to a pressure of the blockage causing pain. The symptoms of sinusitis are running nose and a heavy feeling in the head.

The environmental pollution is one of the major reasons of sinusitis. The dust, pollen and other irritants are the major culprits of sinusitis.

It is a known fact that the saline solution is very good cleanser for the nasal part. Neti pot provides you the right way of taking and emitting the saline solution. It is the most efficient and safe method to cleanse your nasal passage with salt and water.

By using the neti pot, one can clean the sinuses and breathe more easily and freely. The salt water or the saline solution, which is used with the neti pot, should be almost of the same concentration as your tears. It washes away all the dirt and impurities in your nasal passage, thereby purifying it totally.

Now, the hygiene of the nasal passage is very important. If it is clouded with dust, pollen or any other impurity, then it could actually invite lot of respiratory diseases. So it is very important to ensure that the nasal cavity is always clean and free.

When you are buying a neti pot, ensure that the tip of the spout fits all sizes of nostrils. In fact, Jala Neti or the nasal irrigation technique works the best if the spout fits correctly into your nostril.

Steps to follow for Jala Neti

  1. Make a saline solution using warm water. You need to take care of the fact that the water should not be too cold or too hot.
  2. Tilt your head a bit and pour the warm water into the upper nostril from the spout of the Neti pot.
  3. You will feel the water running through the passage and then pouring out from the other nostril.
  4. Keep the neti pot in the same angle so as to let the water flow into your nose due to gravity.
  5. Finally when the water in the neti pot is exhausted and when all the water has gone out of another nostril, come back to the normal position.
  6. Repeat the above steps for the other nostril now.
  7. After the process is complete, gently exhale so as to release any water inside.

Once you get used to the technique, the whole procedure will not take more than three minutes. You can practise it up to four times a day. The ideal time would be in the morning before breakfast. Include this in your daily morning ritual and make it a healthy habit.

Usually one gets nervous while doing this cleansing technique for the first time. Ensure that you have understood the directions properly and if you are still in doubt, please take the help of people who are already doing it. Do not perform this neti until you understand the process thoroughly.

Initially, you might see that the water does not flow uniformly through the nostrils. U might swallow the water instead. But you know that practice makes you perfect and within few days, you would have mastered the technique.

This age old practice of Jala neti by using the neti pot has shown lot of positive results regarding sinus infections over the years. So why don’t you adopt this easy and reliable technique and bid good bye to all your sinus infections?

Neti Pot Therapy – The Natural Way to Cure Sinus Problems

Filed Under (Neti Pot Guides, Neti Pot Therapy) by potter34 on 30-04-2010

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Today, the science and technology innovation produces miracles again and again. However it is a known fact that it cannot offer solutions to all the problems, especially the ones related to health. There have been new diseases erupting now and then and people have been realizing that health is indeed wealth. In recent years, people have been going back to the age-old methods to maintain good health and peaceful life. One such ancient method of living has been Yoga.

There are various forms of Yoga and Hatha Yoga is one of them. This form of yoga tends to concentrate on the purification of the body by balancing the physical and the mental aspects of oneself. Hatha Yoga has six Shatkarmas or purifying techniques. One of them is Neti.

Jala Neti is the most commonly practised form of Neti. It is the nasal cleansing technique through warm salt water. In the recent times, Jala Neti is also called Saline Nasal Irrigation (SNI) or Neti Pot Therapy.

Neti pots are used for practising Jala Neti. These pots can be made of metal, plastic or ceramic. This pot has a spout at one end and a handle at the other. It will probably remind you of Aladdin’s lamp.

How to Prepare the Solution for Jala Neti?

The solution is made of salt and water. It is important that you use only lukewarm water for this technique. Ensure that the salt is non-iodized and does not form any lump. Let the amount of salt, which you add to the solution, may be proportionate to the water taken. You can taste it a bit and spit it out. It should be of the same concentration as tears.

How to use the Neti Pot?

Do the Jala Neti over the sink, if possible. Before you go ahead with the technique, just check the temperature of the water to see if it is too hot or too cold.

Tilt your head to one side and then pour the water into your nostril that is on the upper side, from the spout of the Neti pot. When you do this, the saline solution enters your nasal cavity, cleanses it and then flows out through the other nostril. Repeat the same with your head tilted the other side.

Advantages of using Neti Pot

  • This technique is particularly beneficial for people with asthma, allergies, sinusitis, common cold and similar breathing problems.
  • Jala Neti removes the dirt from your nose and cleanses it thoroughly. The warm water loosens the dried mucous or any other dirt built up inside.
  • The warm water taken during Jala Neti, also drains the sinuses thus relieving you off the sinus pressure immediately. Hence this technique is very much recommended for people with sinusitis problem.
  • It is known to have had positive effects on concentration and visualisation.
  • It is also known to treat ear infections.

Usually Neti is done once or twice a day. The best time to do this is in the morning before you start your daily activities.

Now, the picture of pouring the water into one of your nostrils might not be appealing to many. In fact, some of them even think that it is not safe. But it is a very scientific method that is absolutely safe. But one important thing is that you should know the exact way to do Jala Neti. If you are not sure about it, then you should probably consult a Yoga expert.

There might be hiccups in the beginning. The water might not come out of the other nostril easily. Sometimes the water may not come out at all. Instead, you might be directing it towards your throat. But with some practice, you would be doing it right and enjoying the benefits of Jala Neti.

Let us make use of this simple yet effective purification technique and make our lives healthier.