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.

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.