The NetiPot is a nasal irrigator, it basically that resembles a small teapot and is used to flush your sinuses. It has become an effective natural remedy.
My kids don't like it and pretend that it is torturous. However, when they are stuffed up from a cold, they beg for it.
I really like the starter kit, pictured below, as it includes everything you need to get started.
It is a wonderful tool I suggest to clients to naturally cleanse, refresh, and protect your nasal passages. It is from the Ayurvedics and has been used for thousands of years to alleviate allergy and sinus problems.
I will tell you that it is not nearly as convenient or as easy as popping a pill or using a spray, it really works. Several recent studies found that nasal irrigation can reduce symptoms of allergies and other nasal problems.
It might seem a little gross to think about but read on...
What is Nasal Irrigation? Basically, you use a saline solution to cleanse your nasal passages.
Physicians have been recommending nasal saline irrigation since ancient times. The Netipot can be used for allergy relief, sinus infection, sinusitis, snoring, post nasal drip and sinus pain.
Using the neti-pot withe the neti-pot salt is perfect for cleaning your sinuses.
The following was written by Steve Hall, M.D.
"The Neti pot has revolutionized my practice. In the United States, sinus problems are the number one reason people see a doctor. That was true with my practice too.
But since I've been recommending the Netipot, I don't think I have one person who is using it and still having chronic sinus problems. The Neti hails from India where certain Hindu sects use it to irrigate their nasal passages in preparation for their meditations. The doctors practicing there rarely saw people with sinus complaints and wondered why. They looked and saw people using the Neti.
Some experts on health consider nasal irrigation a basic health-maintenance activity equal to flossing your teeth or loufa-ing your skin. It's really catching on. In fact, even conventional Ear, Nose and Throat specialists are beginning to recommend it. But they say things like, "Snort salt water." How efficient is that?
I've heard of people using bicycle water bottles, and Water Pic makes an attachment for nasal irrigation, but these both use pressure and can inflate your sinuses like a water balloon - not the best option. The Neti is the gentlest, safest, most efficient way I've found of delivering a good cleansing dose of saline to the nose."
How does it work? A stream of salt water, the same concentration as your tears, flows through your nose, washing away pollens, viruses, mucus and bacteria.
Its useful for you when you have congestion, hay fever or chronic sinus infections. I use this for my kids too when they have a cold or flu.
You can use it at the first sign of colds or sore throats. Often it helps nip them in the bud. Also, if you have allergies, you can use it daily for prevention.
The netipot kit comes with simple, clear directions, and you'll get fairly use to it after your first time.
One benefit is that irrigation can clear nasal passages without invasive measures.
In one independent study in 2008, researchers examined a group of children with severe allergies.
They found that regular nasal irrigation with a mild saline solutionsignificantly eased symptoms and helped reduce the need for steroid nasal sprays.
In a study at the University of Michigan , 121 adults with chronic nasal and sinus problems were observed.
Over two months, the scientists found that those treated with nasal irrigation reported greater improvements than those treated with a spray.
The Bottom Line
Studies suggest that nasal irrigation can reduce sinus and allergy symptoms.