This device has been used to irrigate the sinus passages with resultant
relief of the symptoms of sinusitis which include a blocked nose, facial pain, headache, sneezing and general fatigue. It was first used in India by Aryuvedic practitioners but
has more recently become popular in Western medicine and research studies now support the effectiveness of this device.
What is a Neti Pot?
It is a ceramic pot that looks like an Aladdin's lamp. It is filled with a water and saline solution and used
to rinse the sinus passages.
How do I use a Neti Pot?
A saline solution is made with ½ litre (distilled or filtered or previously boiled) lukewarm water and ½ teaspoon salt. A ½
teaspoon of baking soda can be added to make it gentler on the nose. Once you have filled the Neti Pot, tilt your head at a
45 degree angle over the basin. Place the spout into your top nostril and gently pour the solution into that nostril. The fluid
will flow through your nasal cavity and out the other nostril. It may also run into your throat and if this occurs, just spit it out. Blow your nose to get rid of any remaining liquid, then refill the Neti Pot and repeat the process on the other side.
How often should I use a Neti pot?
In studies, people suffering from daily sinus problems found relief from using the Neti Pot daily. Three times a week was
often enough once symptoms subsided and for maintenance of nasal cavity health.
How does the Neti Pot work?
The basic explanation of how the Neti Pot works is that it thins mucus and helps flush it out of the nasal passages.
A more biological explanation for how the Neti Pot works has to do with tiny, hair-like structures called cilia that line the inside of the nasal and sinus cavities. These cilia wave back and forth to push mucus either to the back of the throat where it can be swallowed, or to the nose to be blown out. Saline solution can help increase the speed and improve coordination of the cilia so that they may more effectively remove the allergens and other irritants that cause sinus problems.
Is the Neti Pot safe?
Research has found that the Neti Pot is generally safe. About 10% of regular users experience mild side effects such as
nasal irritation and stinging. To prevent infection, always use distilled, sterile, or previously boiled water. Nosebleeds can also occur, but they are rare. Reducing the amount of salt in the solution, adjusting the frequency of Neti Pot use, and changing the temperature of the water appear to reduce side effects.
How do I care for my Neti Pot?
It's important to properly care for your nasal irrigation device. Wash the device thoroughly by hand and follow by drying the device completely after each use.
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