Neti pot ... nasal irrigation

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Author: Jule Klotter
Date: May 2006
Publisher: The Townsend Letter Group
Document Type: Article
Length: 518 words
Lexile Measure: 1270L

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One way to relieve inhalant allergy symptoms--if you can get over the "yuck" factor--is nasal irrigation with a neti pot. Jala neti ("water cleansing") is a yoga technique, commonly practiced in parts of India. It involves pouring warm, slightly salted water into one nostril while keeping the head tilted so that the water runs out of the other (lower) nostril. Relaxing and breathing through the mouth helps the water run from one side down to the other quickly.

Nasal irrigation removes pollen, dust, and mucus from the nasal passage. Regular use, once a day, reduces allergy symptoms, improves breathing, reduces post-nasal drip, and relieves sinusitis. The practice, when used up to four times a day, also prevents common colds or reduces their duration. A randomized, controlled study involving 76...

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