The only correct
way to get the desired benefits of jala neti is the use of the neti
As we saw in the “how
jala neti works” section, the “dead-end” sinus passages
get flushed in a manner combining the forces of gravity with the
venturi-effect created when water flows through the nasal passages.
A subtle vacuum is created which extracts the mucus and toxins from
the sinus passages into the flowing water.
In order to create
this vacuum and to ensure the flow of water without air blockages,
a special spout must be inserted into the nostril. This directs
the water into the nostril at the right pressure and creates the
Moreover the water
should be of a certain minimum quantity – both to sufficiently irrigate
the nasal passages as well as to create a suitable flow pressure.
What this means is that the receptacle must hold a predetermined
quantity of water.
Keeping these factors
in mind, the only suitable tool for effective results is the neti
Many people have used
tea cups, bowls, ketchup bottles and even garden hoses!! Invariably
the results are well short of expectations (if there are results
at all) and people end up blaming the process.
In any case neti pots
are fairly cheap and not so difficult to find.
However, there are
some points that you need to keep in mind before deciding which
neti pot to go for:
- Your neti pot should be able to
hold at least 500 ml. (15oz.) of water. As mentioned, this is
necessary to sufficiently flush your sinuses with the desired
- It must have a tapered end to its
spout which “plugs” the inlet nostril. This prevents spillage
and creates the subtle vacuum that is needed.
- Although not necessary, the neti
pot should preferably be unbreakable. After all, learning may
sometimes cause the pot to fall out of your hands.
There are various kinds of neti pots
available. To compare the various options available and to know
where to buy, click