Simple, Natural Secret Lets You Breathe Easier
Besides an annual physical, more people visit their doctors for sinus trouble than for any other reason. Chances are, you’ve done it yourself.
About 32 million Americans suffer regularly with stuffiness, post-nasal drip, headaches and other complaints caused by inflamed sinuses. And those “other complaints” can be serious: fatigue, aching teeth, fever and even loss of taste or smell.
But there’s an ancient secret that could give you fast, long-lasting relief, without pills, surgery or expensive doctor’s visits. It may seem a little strange at first. But when you can breathe easily again, you won’t mind.
The secret is “jali neti,” a practice dating back thousands of years in India. But before I explain jali neti, let’s take a quick look at your sinuses – and why they can cause so much trouble.
You have about two dozen sinus cavities – the number varies slightly from person to person. But everyone has two frontal sinuses above their eyes and two maxillary sinuses – one inside each cheekbone.
These cavities are lined with tiny “hairs” or “fingers” called cilia. The cilia are coated with sticky mucous. The mucous catches dust, pollen and other foreign particles carried on the air you breathe. These cilia then sweep the trapped particles out of your sinuses.
Sometimes, your sinuses become irritated – by pollen, a winter bug, cigarette smoke or any number of other “invaders.” When this happens, the tissues swell and you feel “stuffed up.” Many people feel this way often… or even constantly.
Antibiotics rarely help in this situation. They’re only useful against bacteria, and bacteria usually aren’t the problem. Nasal decongestants can help, but they often have what’s called a “kick-back” effect. After about 3 days of use, your body reacts, and your sinuses swell shut again.
But you won’t have these problems with jali neti, because it gently and naturally soothes the swollen tissues in your nasal passages. And studies show it can be tremendously effective.
In the U.S., jali neti is usually called “nasal irrigation.” All it involves is gently rinsing out your nasal passages with warm salt water… but the results can be dramatic.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have conducted 5 studies on nasal irrigation, and they’ve found it works remarkably well.
In the first study, 52 volunteers tried nasal irrigation. Not only did they agree it improved their quality of life… they also found they needed medications less often. A 2nd group of volunteers who didn’t use nasal irrigation saw no improvements.1
In the 2nd study, the researchers followed up with their original volunteers for another year. Plus, they trained their “controls” from the first study to use nasal irrigation. In this study, both groups reported fewer sinus problems.2
The goals in the other 3 studies were slightly different, but all showed positive results.
Plus, over 70% of the volunteers in a new Polish study reported relief with nasal irrigation within just 7 days.3
It only takes a little practice to master jali neti. Here’s how it works…
- Mix 1/4-tsp non-iodized salt in 8 oz. of lukewarm water. (Some sources recommend distilled water, since it’s less likely to carry impurities.)
- Lower your head over the sink at about a 45-degree angle, facing to one side.
- Using a traditional neti pot, squirt bottle or bulb syringe – inserted no more than 1/2“into your “upper” nostril – gently pour half the solution into the nasal cavity.
- After the solution has drained, gently blow your nose, focusing on the side you’ve just irrigated.
- Repeat the process on the other side with the other half of the salt solution.
During irrigation, some solution may drain from either nostril or from your mouth. This is natural and nothing to worry about.
Neti pots – which look a bit like Aladdin’s lamp – are widely available. Whether you use a pot, a squirt bottle or a bulb syringe, cleanliness is key. Wash your irrigation vessel thoroughly after each use to prevent bacterial infection.
As I said, this process may seem a little strange at first. But the studies suggest there’s a very good chance you’ll get meaningful relief. And when you can breathe again, you won’t mind at all.
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
Best Life Herbals
1 Rabago, D., et al, “Efficacy of daily hypertonic saline nasal irrigation among patients with sinusitis: A randomized controlled trial,” Journal of Family Practice. 2002;51(12):1049-1055.
2 Rabago, D., et al, “The efficacy of hypertonic saline nasal irrigation for chronic sinonasal symptoms,” Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2005;133:3-8.
3 Jurkiewicz, D. and Rapiejko, P., “Use of isotonic NaCl solution in patients with acute rhinosinusitis,” Otolaryngol Pol. Jan-Feb 2011;65(1):47-53.
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