History of Nasal and Sinus Irrigation
Knowing the history of nasal and sinus irrigation can ease
any worries you may have about trying the process.
Understanding the process itself can also make it easier to try
out this method. It can be helpful in a number of ways. It can
make you feel much better on a daily basis. It can also make
specific health problems feel better, if not go away entirely.
When researching a nasal irrigation
system, this information could prove valuable.
The history of this process dates back several millennia. It
was used in the yoga practices in old Indian traditions. At the
time, it was better known as jala neti, which is just another
term for nasal sinus irrigation. Also at the time, the
procedure was performed with the small pot which is today known
as the neti pot. It looks something like a gravy boat,
something like the lamps seen in Aladdin and Arabian
During the volatile 1970s, yoga was widely introduced into the
United States. With it came the introduction of the neti pot
and, to a greater extent, nasal irrigation. This process is
also known as nasal lavage, among other terms. No longer just a
tool for yogic meditation, it is now a widespread practice.
For instance, you can find neti pots and other tools used in
nasal sinus irrigation in some very mainstream and easily
available stores these days. Not so long ago, they were only
available in very select outfits, some of them available only
A more modern version of the Neti Pot is the hydro pulse.
It has been said that nasal sinus irrigation
gained its current popularity due to an "appearance" on Oprah
Winfrey's talk show. A doctor performed the neti pot procedure
on a guest, with evidently great success. Sales for the various
tools used in this process spiked after that.
Some people use neti pots to introduce the salt water into
their nasal cavities. Others use small syringes or a variety of
other bottles and tools.
Author: Jill S.
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