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.

Common Myths About Using Neti Pot

Filed Under (Neti Pot Q&A) by potter34 on 29-05-2010

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Many people feel perplexed when they come across the image of a person pouring water into nostrils. Hence lot of fear and doubts may be attached to this process called nasal irrigation. Hence this is an effort to clear the air and help you to understand nasal irrigation or jala neti better

  1. You have to close your mouth while doing this cleansing
    No, it is absolutely so not true. You need to open your mouth during nasal irrigation to breathe
  2. Nasal Irrigation can just be learned from any book.
    Wrong. It is always better to check with a person who has been practising it regularly.
  3. You can always use sea water for nasal irrigation or neti pot.
    Absolutely no no. The saline water that you use should have the same concentration as that of your tears.
  4. We can include some more additives to the saline solution
    It is usually not recommended. Salt and water works the best for this type of irrigation.
  5. It is dangerous if the water that goes in, does not come out completely and a little bit of it is left in the system.
    After nasal irrigation blow your nose and give some time for the water to drain. There is definitely no danger there.
  6. The neti should be done with an expensive neti pot.
    Not at all. It can be done with the most cheapest and the lightest neti pot. Just ensure that it is the right one for you.
  7. Why do I need a neti pot for nasal irrigation? I can just use my hand or a bowl to pour water into my nostril.
    When you pour water into one of the nostrils, a vacuum is created that sucks the dirt and the impurities from your sinuses. Now in order to create that vacuum, the spout must really fit well into the nostril. Of course, there are people who use cups and bowls to pour water into their nostrils. But they will not be as effective as neti pots and instead they may cause other problems.

So throw away all your doubts and fear away and adopt this effective technique for a healthier life.

Nasal Irrigation with a Neti Pot

Filed Under (Neti Pot Guides, Sinus Problems) by potter34 on 11-05-2010

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Nasal irrigation has been advised for sinus infections since ages. It is the most simplest and effective solution to cure Sinusitis.

What is nasal irrigation? It is a therapy of cleaning the nasal and sinus passage with the lukewarm saline solution and flushing out all the dirt and the impurities from the passage.

So how exactly does the nasal irrigation help? The cilia, the small hair at the entrance of the nasal passage, are the primary defense against any dirt or impurity. Usually they block the foreign particles. They are cleaned regularly by breathing or sometimes by blowing your nose. The second defense mechanism in your nasal passage is mucous. This is used to trap the foreign particles. Now because of pollution and other external factors, these defence mechanisms tend to become weak, thus leading to sinus infections. The nasal irrigation tends to flush away all the dirt, thereby giving way to effective working of cilia and mucous.

Nasal irrigation with a neti pot has been recommended as the best method by health experts.

How to use Neti Pot for Nasal Irrigation

You need to take care of the following points while you use the neti pot:

  • Ensure that the water that you use for the saline solution is not very hot.
  • Check the concentration of the salt in the solution. It should be same as that of your tears.
  • Ensure that you know the steps of nasal irrigation well before you go ahead with it.

After filling the neti pot with the saline solution, tilt your head in an angle at which you can comfortably pour water into your nostril. The water will flow through the nasal passage and then will rush outside the other nostril.

Initially you might find this process messy with most of the water running out without cleaning the nasal passage. The water might rush to your throat some times. If so, then spit it out. But with practice, you will soon master this cleansing process. Inculcate this habit into your daily schedule like any other daily task like brushing your teeth. At the end, blow your nose to throw out any water left inside and repeat the process for the other nostril.

Curing Sinus Problems with Neti Pots

Regular use of these neti pots has been found effective in reducing the nasal congestion and pain. In fact, many claim that due to the nasal irrigation through neti pots, their dependency on medicines and inhalers have actually reduced. The nasal irrigation through neti pots has been found to have alleviated symptoms of asthma, hay fever.

So if you have the running nose, heaviness in the head and face and have been irritated a lot by your sinus infection, then you should definitely try nasal irrigation by using neti pot. You will definitely notice some positive changes in you soon.

Home Remedies for Sinus Infection

Filed Under (Sinus Problems) by potter34 on 09-05-2010

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Had enough of the running nose and the heavy head? Tired of taking medicines for that infection and congestion of your sinus? Ever thought of any other solution other than your nasal spray for your sinus infection? The happy news is that there are some home remedies which can bring lot of relief for your sinus as well as lessen your dependency on medicines.

Before we proceed to the simple yet effective home remedies, let us first get to know the details of the problem- sinus infection.

Sinuses, the small nasal cavities, are sometimes blocked by dust or dirt and cause inflammation of the nasal passage which in turn leads to sinus infection. Some of the symptoms of sinus infection are running nose, sneezing, headache, cold and fever.

One thing that you need to remember is that as soon as you experience these symptoms, you need to administer the home remedies. These remedies might not be very effective in the later stages. Then you might have to take the protection of other medicines and nasal sprays.

Inexpensive Home Remedies for Sinus Infection

Steam Inhalation

This is one of the most common remedy for any sort of cold and congestion. Just take some hot steaming water in a bowl and inhale the vapour. Keep doing this again and again until you feel the congestion disappearing. This process basically removes the blockage in the nasal passage and allows free breathing.

Use of Garlic

The regular use of garlic has found to have amazing effect on your sinuses. You can consume the clove of a garlic as a whole, or drink its juice or take garlic capsules. For some people, the process of inhaling the vapors of chopped garlic in water also has proved to be useful in treating the infection.

Use of Apple Cider Vinegar

Two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with a glass of warm water can prove to be a good remedy if drunk two to three times a day. This is because of the potassium content in apple cidar vinegar.

Use Lots of Water

Drink loads and loads of water and you will be surprisingly relieved of most of the symptoms of sinus infection.

Nasal Saline Irrigation

This has been proved to be the most powerful home remedy for sinus congestion. With a neti pot and saline solution, you can actually work wonders for that blocked nasal passage. The details of this method is dealt in the further part of the article.

Nasal Saline Irrigation

This nasal saline irrigation method has originated and practised in India and other eastern countries since ancient times. It is also known as Jala Neti.

Buy a neti pot that you find comfortable, preferably a steel one. Make a saline solution with the same concentration as that of your tears. Fill the pot with the solution. Over a sink, tilt your head in such a way that you can pour the solution into one of your nostrils easily. The water enters your nasal passage, flushes out all the dirt and rushes out of another nostril. Blow you nose, dry it and then repeat the same with another nostril.

Include this process as a daily ritual just like brushing your teeth. You can do it almost three to four times a day.

It is important that you have understood the process well. If you are unsure about a step, then confirm it from someone who practices it regularly.

The regular practice of nasal saline irrigation will definitely bring down the sinus infection majorly. The simplicity, effectiveness and the cost factor of this method has made it very popular throughout the world. So just bid good bye to all your sinus troubles without the aid of any medicine or a nasal spray from now on.

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.