Many of you may have heard of neti pots only recently, they seem to be quite popular right now. However, the concept of the neti pot, nasal irrigation, has been around for thousands of years, in fact, in India, the practice has been part of a yoga regimen for centuries. The purpose of nasal irrigation is to moisten the nasal passages and clear out unwanted debris. It may also be of interest to know that other methods of sinus irrigation, such as saline nasal sprays, have been available at your grocery store all along. Nasal irrigation is recommended for many ENT disorders including sinus problems, and bloody noses due to dry mucous membranes.
How is a neti pot used? Well, it's not that hard really. You stick one end of the pot inside your nostril and tip the pot up. The shape of the pot, and gravity, work in a matter which allows the fluid to go up one nostril and out the other. Sounds kind of uncomfortable doesn't it? In a recent article about coping with sinus headaches many readers responded to tell me that discovering the neti pot was the best thing that ever happened to them. Many stated that they were skeptical at first and even a little afraid to try it but once they took the plunge they were sold. You can read their stories here, and view pictures of neti pots on Google Images.
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