Neti Pot Q & A

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1. What is Neti Pot?

2. What is the history or origin of Neti pot?

3. What is meant by Neti Therapy?

4. Why is it necessary to use Neti Pot treatment?

5. What does this nasal irrigation treatment consists of?

6. Can every one use Neti treatment?

7. Where can you find the Neti pot to purchase one for you and how much would it cost?

8. How safe and beneficial is a Neti Pot?

9. What kind of Neti Pot is best?

10. How to use a Neti Pot?

11. How to make your own neti pot?

12. Are there any dangers associated with neti pots?

13. Can I use neti pot with regular water?

14. How often should you use a neti pot?

15. Reasons to Use Neti Pots?


1. What is Neti Pot?

A Neti pot is a container designed to rinse and clean the nasal cavity. Neti pot can be used to treat nasal allergies, sinus problems, cold or upper respiratory infections. In fact, regular usage of Neti pot is very effective to reduce or permanently avoid the problems like nasal allergic reaction and sinus symptoms.

2. What is the history and origin of Neti pot?

The term “Neti Pot” was originated from the ancient practice of Indian Ayurveda which was named as “Jala Neti”. It was one of the techniques to purify the body before practicing the yoga. It has been used since thousands of years in ayurvedic medicine to treat sinus and allergic dilemma.

3. What is Neti Therapy?

Neti treatment is the flush out therapy to clean the nasal cavities. The treatment is done by using gravitational pull to draw out the flow of solution of saline water through nasal passages.

4. Why is it necessary to use Neti Pot treatment?

Due to increasing rate of pollution, toxins, chemicals and contamination in the environment, we are prone to many nasal and respiratory illnesses. In fact, we tend to face nasal blocks due to dust and filthy irritants. Hence a simple nasal irrigation treatment of Neti therapy is used to cleanse, refresh and protect the nasal cavity.

5. What does this nasal irrigation treatment consists of?

Neti Treatment is the combination of water, salt and the pot used.

6. Can any one use Neti treatment?

People who have undergone recent nasal surgery and have nosebleeds should not use the Neti pot therapy until they consult and get the advice of doctor. Everyone else can safely use this treatment.

7. Where can you find the Neti pot to purchase one for you and how much would it cost?

Neti pots are easily available in any of the drug stores, health food stores and online retail stores. These may cost you $10 to $20 for plastic netipots and little bit more for ceramic or metal pots. You may also want to purchase extra saline solution sachets along with the pot.

8. How safe and beneficial is a Neti Pot?

Studies have proved that Neti pot treatments are generally safe. Still, some of the users may experience mild side effects like irritation, itching and burning sensations. In rare cases nose may also bleed, but reducing the amount of salt in the solution, adjusting the water temperature may balance such harms.

Lot of people has found that the regular use of the neti pots have benefited in numerous ways like:

  • Improves sinus health.
  • Reduces allergy problems
  • Improves breathing difficulty
  • Eliminates post-nasal drip
  • Removes sinusitis and chronic sinus infections
  • Moistens dry nasal passages
  • Temporarily reduces symptoms of phantosmia
  • Common colds are either avoided or the duration is shortened
  • If sinus symptoms persist consult a doctor.

Other benefits practitioners may notice:

  • Vision is clearer. Neti treatment will clean the tear ducts enabling better cleaning and moistening the eyes.
  • Improved sense of smell
  • Improved sense of taste
  • Deeper more relaxed breathing
  • Though no research has been done, neti may help some people with sleep apnea.

Breath awareness, breathing practices, and pranayama are critical to traditional Yoga meditation and cleansing therapy. These techniques are greatly enhanced by the practice of neti therapy since most of them involves deep breathing through nostrils.

9. What kind of Neti Pot is best?

There are different varieties of Neti Pots available in the market today. You can make your own Neti pots at home. These are generally made of different materials like plastic, ceramic, copper and stainless steel.

Plastic Neti Pots: There are pots made out of hard plastic where the movement of saline water is dependent on gravitation pull. Few are made of flexible plastics which enables you to control give pressure the flow of solution by just squeezing the pot.

Plastic pots tend to get spoilt more quickly due to the salt water solution used in the process.

Ceramic Pots: Ceramic Neti Pots works very well for the therapy, but are often too delicate to handle because of its brittle and delicate nature.

Copper Pots: Copper Neti Pots are also used for the irrigation process. You Need to be careful with these pots as these are often expensive and can also leave some residues in the naval cavities.

Stainless Steel Pots: Experts agree that stainless steel Neti pots are most suitable for the treatment. For the reason that these pots are most sterile, easy to clean, maintain and also of its durability.

There are so many types of designs and shapes of neti pot available. Always remember the nozzle of the pot should comfortably fit your nostril, so that water does not leak out. You can choose the pot that is ideal for your situation.

10. How to use a Neti Pot?

Steps in using Neti Pot for the therapy are as follows:

First and foremost thing is to ensure that your neti pot is disinfected by cleaning it properly after each use with soap and hot water and wipe it with clean cloth. Store it upright in a well-ventilated area before the next use.

Next step is to fill your pot with distilled or sterilized water. You can also use the tap water for therapy but ensure to boil it at least for five minutes and cool it before filling it to the pot.

Saline water should be warmed so that it’s neither too cold nor too hot. Use normal salt or specific neti pot salt available in the market and stir it properly. Do not use the iodized salt since it can also cause irritation. Also pay attention to the quantity of salt used. For example half liter of warm water can be added with just 5 grams of salt.

Pour the saline mixture to the Netipot. Raise your head to the side and place the neti pot nozzle into your upper nostril. Now pour the solution through one nostril and repeat the same with the other one.

Remember to breathe out from your mouth as it helps you to relax. Also keep in mind not to hold your nostrils tightly, remove the excess water from the nose by normal breathing.

11. How to make your own neti pot?

There are various types of neti pots available in the market. You can buy one of them or you can make your own neti pot at home.

Steps to Make Your Own Neti Pot

You can use any plastic bottle with a nozzle or a snout like a dish soap bottle or contact lenses cleaning bottle. Any sauce or a condiment container can also be used. The only requirement is that it should contain a nozzle or a cone so that it fits correctly into one of your nostrils.
Ensure that you have cleaned the neti pot thoroughly so that there is no residue left behind. The bottle needs to be very clean, as you will be using it to clean your nasal passage. Now you can add the water and salt solution to this pot and use it for the irrigation

12. Are there any dangers associated with neti pots?

Usually, the beginners are a little wary about practising the nasal saline irrigation. The picture of pouring the water into your nostrils might seem a bit overwhelming for them. Initially, you might find that instead of water running out of another nostril, it might enter your throat. If that is the case, then spit out the water and try not to swallow it. But do not panic. This is very common in the beginning stages.

Before you begin in the nasal irrigation or Jala Neti, it is very essential for you to understand the steps involved in the process perfectly. If you are not sure about the process, approach a person who is doing it already and clarify your doubts. Ensure that you have the right type of neti pot.

Also check the concentration of the saline solution. It should not be too salty. If the saline solution is not made correctly, then there are chances of stinging or burning feeling in the nasal passage.

Check for the temperature of the water. It should neither be too cold nor too hot. You can check with your clean finger  to ensure the right temperature of the solution.

Use the pure drinking water for the purpose. Ensure that it is not too hard for your nose.

When Jala Neti is done in an improper way, it might cause minor side effects like headaches, colds, ear pain, nasal infection and so on. So it is very, very important to be sure of the steps in the process before you begin.

13. Can I use neti pot with regular water?

Lot of people who are learning the process of nasal saline irrigation ask if they can use the ordinary tap water in their neti pots.

For nasal irrigation, the quality of the water that you sue for the solution is very important. In places where the tap water is clean and pure, you can use it for the nasal irrigation. In one way, it is convenient to use the tap water as you can get the water at the right temperature that you want. You can combine both hot and cold water to get the lukewarm water for the irrigation.

Sometimes the tap water might be chlorinated and that might initiate nose irritation and bleeding. So if you are not very sure about the quality of the tap water at your location, then you could probably got for the bottled mineral water. One main thing that you need to remember is that it should be drinking water. Remember that many a times, the water might get into your throat and you might drink it accidentally.

So if you do not get clear tap water, then either bottled water, spring water or distilled water will be ideal. Sometimes, for the distilled water, you might have to add some more salt. Anyway, check the concentration of the solution before you begin the nasal irrigation.

Ensure that you have the right and healthy ingredients before you begin the nasal saline irrigation.

14. How often should you use a neti pot?

This is a question asked by most of the people who practise nasal irrigation.
It all depends on if you have the nasal congestion right now or not. If the nasal congestion or sinusitis has been bothering you too much, then it is alright to use neti pots two to three times a day. Sometimes, when needed you can increase it. But you need to check how your body reacts to it. If you find any indication of the irritation in your nasal passage getting worse, then decrease the number of times that you use  neti therapy. Many people have found relief after performing the nasal irrigation three to four times a day.

Also, when you are sick, ensure that the water does not get into your throat and mouth. Even though it gets there, ensure that you do not swallow it.

If nasal congestion has not been much of a worry, then you can do the nasal irrigation two to three times a week.

It is all about your body’s reaction to the nasal irrigation and it differs from person to person. If you are not able to decide on how many times a day to perform Jala neti, then it is always better to approach the experts and find out.

15. Reasons to Use Neti Pots?

The top five reasons for you to use neti pots are as follows:
1. Neti Pot is the simplest device for you to clean your nasal passage. You just need to have a neti pot and the saline solution for the nasal saline irrigation.

2. Neti Pot washes away dust, pollen and other polluting agents gently and allows free breathing through your nostrils. Thereby, it reduces all the cold and flu symptoms alleviate sinus headaches and heaviness.

3. By using neti pots on a regular basis, research has shown that the sense of smell and taste improves. It also seems to work well for increasing the power of concentration.

4. With a neti pot, the results can be observed in minutes. It also does not have any side effect unlike any other medicine. There are also no allergic reactions involved.

5. The most popular advantage of neti pots is that they are very affordable and there is no fancy price attached. The low price is because of very few things involved in- a neti pot, salt (saline solution)and water.

Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center have stated that neti pots can help prevent sinusitis infections. Thus, a neti pot can always help in reducing sinus problems.