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.

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.