About 2 years ago I learned about the Neti-Pot and its use to cleanse the nasal
passages. I learned it is also used regularly by persons before they perform yoga/mediation
as it has origins in the far east.
For me the benefits of regular use were hidden, but now I know how it helps my
My health condition before using Neti-Pot:
For a long time (few years) I was having chronic stiff neck and pain in my sinuses
which affected me though the day and trying to sleep. I would always be aware of
my neck pain. When going to bed I thought what I needed was a new pillow. This was
accompanied by a constant irritation at the area where the top throat meets the downward
section of the nasal passage. It felt like there was a phlegm buildup always there
that wanted to break free. Often there would be a sticky phlegm mass that did dislodge
from this area and allow me to discard into a tissue. I knew this sticky phlegm mass
was a sign of a problem like infection. I thought that nothing could be done to help
this and was going to have to be accepted as a part of life.
But then I discovered the Neti-Pot and decided to give it a try.
Health after using Neti-Pot: At first use, the Neti-Pot felt like it was stinging
a sore inside my sinus. The feeling was like pouring salt on a wound. And indeed
because the saline solution one prepares when using their Neti-Pot is a pure salt
solution in distilled water.
I kept with daily cleansing for the first week and the stinging pain subsided.
I liked how it cleared my nasal of congestion and that phlegm debris problem of earlier
One morning, I had woken up with stiff neck pain, but after a Neti cleanse the
pain was dissolving away 2 hours later until gone. It was then that I realized that
the nasal problem was directly related to my neck pain. Perhaps this is due to a
chronic fungal/bacteria problem that finds its way to the body’s circulatory system
and causes lymph nodes to react with the infection and thusly signal inflammation.
If I go 2 or more weeks without a cleanse the neck pain returns slowly, and so
my practice is to use the Neti-Pot about every 4 days or as often as I believe I
need it. Some people choose to use Neti-Pot daily and it is considered safe to use
the cleanse daily.
Tips on using the Neti-Pot:
- Only use clean distilled water for the Neti-Pot. Some individuals have suffered
terrible effects when using inferior water which invites the chance of contracting
- Use warm water that feels comfortable. The warm water allows better cleaning
effect of the passages.
- Allow the water to pass through the sinuses at a steady stream. Not too fast
and not to slow.
I wish you the best in your quest for better health!