Neti what? Why?

The Neti Pot- An ancient practice for all travelers, allergy and sinus sufferers.  

Drip, drip- Sniff, sniff- Cough, cough.  

Does that sound familiar?

The nose is designed to be the main the port of entry for the air we breathe. Nasal passages are lined with mucous membranes, which are moist to help humidify the air. It can also be the port of entry for unwelcome invaders, germs, pollen and pollution. Nasal passages and sinuses, because they are moist, dark and warm are also great breeding grounds for bacteria and viruses.

The good news is that the body has a contingency plan for removing unwelcome guests.  The membranes produce mucous, thick and thin, for the purpose of capturing and removing the enemy. We are all familiar with this process.  That runny, stuffy nose is a great annoyance as it is trying to do its job of getting the invaders out.  As a consequence, we sniff instead of blow, and we swallow, allowing that stuff in our throat. As a result, the throat then is irritated. The throat is in close proximity to the trachea, bronchioles and lungs. When overwhelmed with invaders and unable to expel the germ-laden mucous faster than the invasion can breed, infection occurs. Soon the sore throat and cough arrive.  When the infection stays in the nose, sinuses, the throat, or upper airway, we call it upper respiratory infection.

To combat the discomfort, we take antihistamines to dry up the pesky mucous. But now, the bacteria-virus no longer being removed by the expelling mucous is able to get even more firmly entrenched.

Have you ever taken antibiotics and antihistamines for your cold or sinus infections and gotten well, only to have it reappear a few days later?  You did not remove the offending organisms.  They were just suppressed in a medium they love to live in, waiting for an opportunity to flourish once again at your expense.

The solution?  All Hail the small yet mighty Neti Pot, a small, squat teapot-shaped vessel anatomically shaped for the spout to fit into your nostril. To use it, fill it with warm filtered water, or a saline solution.  Stand by a sink. Tip your head to the side. Put the spout in the upper nostril and pour water in.  The water will wash out the nostril and sinuses. Then, it runs out of the lower nostril.  Irrigate with half to all of the neti pot solution, then repeat the same process on the other side.

Try it for yourself and see how much better you feel afterwards.