Sinus pain, allergies, and post-nasal drip are problematic for many people. These conditions can create headaches, dizziness, and can even lead to infections. A neti pot can often treat these conditions, because it cleans out the nasal passages and remove excess debris and mucus. Neti pots have been used to treat sinus and allergy problems in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, and are gaining popularity in the west. Though the procedure may seem complicated at first, once you become familiar with it, using a neti pot becomes easy and routine.
Follow the steps below for proper use:
- First, you will need to create a saline solution by mixing a ¼ teaspoon of non-iodized salt in 8 ounces of warm and sterile water. The saline solution will help to reduce any discomfort to your nasal passages.
- Lean forward and turn your head to one side over a sink or water basin, making sure to keep your forehead at the same height as your chin.
- Insert the spout of the neti pot into the upper nostril, so it forms a comfortable seal.
- Gradually raise the neti pot so the saline solution flows through your upper nostril and out of the lower nostril. Make sure that you breathe through your mouth!
- When the neti pot is empty, exhale without pinching the nostrils. Exhalations should be forceful and should be through both nostrils.
- Refill the neti pot and repeat on the other side.
- Make sure you thoroughly clean your neti pot after each use. Sanitizing it in the dishwasher is a good idea, and never share your neti pot with anyone else.
To expel any excess saline solution, continue with forceful exhalations. If you are not suffering from dizziness or a balance disorder, try a few forward bends to ensure that all of the saline solution properly drains.
You should begin to have relief from symptoms after one to two uses. You may even notice enhanced taste and smell. The amount you use your neti pot depends on your needs. If you are experiencing a cold or sinus pain, it may be beneficial to use your neti pot several times a day. Neti pots can be used with every exposure to allergens or pollution, or can be used preventatively once every few days. Stop using the neti pot if you experience burning or if your symptoms get worse. Make sure you contact a qualified healthcare provider with your progress.
Most people find neti pots to be a great sources of relief for allergies and sinus problems. As long as you remember to use sterilized or distilled water, and to keep your neti pot sanitized, feel free to give it a try. You might find an irreplaceable addition to your health regime.
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