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Sinus Headaches? Try the “Neti Pot”

After several days of using the “Neti Pot”,  I noticed a big difference. The mucus that had formed became thinner and my sinus headaches had disappeared.

By: Natasha Morgan
Since his many appearances on the Oprah Winfrey show, Dr. Oz has become well known for his common sense approach to health problems. In one episode, he surprised his audience by introducing a method of nasal irrigation using a “Neti Pot”. Most of us had never heard of a “Neti Pot” and the demonstration of its use was far from appealing. We also didn’t know about nasal irrigation which Dr. Oz explained flushes the nasal passages of bacterial infections, allergies and environmental irritants.

This spring for the first time I was hit with an allergic reaction to almost anything beginning to sprout. It took me off guard since I had lived in the same place for nine years without any symptoms. I tried several over-the-counter treatments with varying success. The ones causing drowsiness I eliminated after I nearly ran over a ball washer on the golf course. My partner still doesn’t let me drive the cart.

Then, a friend reminded me of the “Neti Pot”. For years she has suffered sinus problems and swears that regular use of the “Neti Pot” makes her condition manageable.

So, what did I have to lose? I went to my local pharmacy and for $15.98 bought my very own “Neti Pot”. According to the enclosed instructions here is what I was to do:

* Mix about 16 ounces (1 pint) of lukewarm water with 1 teaspoon of salt
* Tilt your head over the sink at about a 45-degree angle
* Place the spout into your top nostril
* Gently pour the saline solution into that nostril
* The fluid will flow through your nasal cavity and into the other nostril and possibly into your throat
* Blow your nose to get rid of any remaining liquid
* Refill the “Neti Pot” and repeat the process on the other nostril

After several days of use, I noticed a big difference. The mucus that had formed became thinner causing it to flow rather than clog the sinus cavities. I still sneezed and my eyes watered but the headaches were gone. I persevered and a few days later, the remainder of my symptoms subsided. I felt so well that I continued to use the “Neti Pot” three times a week during the entire allergy season.

Now that the cold season has arrived, I managed to pick up a nasty cold bug. I sneezed and blew my nose for a week before I remembered the nasal irrigation treatment that was so successful with my allergies. So, out came the “Neti Pot” and within days, my head cold disappeared.

Although the use of a “Neti Pot” for nasal irrigation has been around for centuries, the little ceramic pot has only become popular in recent years. It’s an effective way to minimize the consumption of medications and costs very little to use. You might want to discuss it with your family doctor if you are plagued with sinus problems.

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