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Jala Neti – Nasal Irrigation

Posted by on Feb 24, 2011

The purpose of this educational article is to de-mystify the yoga cleansing technique of Jala Neti (also called neti or Jalaneti). This is just an age old practice of sinus irrigation.
While it is of natural interest to yoga practitioners, this technique is especially suited to the ‘common’ man for its positive effects on sinus infections, allergies, headaches and even stress.
Today, millions of people suffer from sinus infections of some sort. While many of them are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics, there is help available through Jala Neti.
In its simplest form, Jala Neti is a way of nasal irrigation or washing of the sinuses in a unique manner through a special pot called the neti pot or the jalaneti pot. Usually the water is slightly warm and contains a small amount of organic sea salt.  The saline water cleanses the mucous membranes of the nasal passages and also passes through a chakra in the forehead and central mind called Agna Chakra.  

A group of 46 volunteer woodworkers were randomly divided into 2 groups. One group used the intervention technique twice daily for 8 weeks whilst the other group was the control. Groups were crossed- over after the 8 weeks. At 16 weeks all participants were free to choose to cease or continue usage of the technique for a further 12 months follow-up period. Self reporting questionnaires were filled in by all participants at the beginning, cross-over, and at the end of the follow-up periods of the trial. Read More Here

Survey Results of Jala Neti on 200 Yoga Students in Western Sydney, 1993 – 199
Some yoga teachers here in Australia have been teaching the Jala Neti technique and providing Neti Pots to our yoga students for over 20 years. For a period of some 18 months, the teachers involved with production of Om Stainless Steel Neti Pots were accruing research data, by issuing a questionnaire with each of our Neti Pots sold.” Read More Here

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