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.


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.


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.


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 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?