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Yoga & Cleansing

Cleansing and Yoga

Even modern science now believes that disease, decay and degeneration are due to the
presence of free radicals in the body. But how are the free radicals created?

Free radicals develop due to the accumulation of toxins in the body. Toxins, themselves,
are a product of our lifestyle, our diet, the environment and our emotional patterns.

With our unregulated and undisciplined lifestyle, the kind of food we eat, the air we breathe,
the water we drink and our emotional pulls and pressures, certain hormones are secreted that have a tendency
to leave behind toxins.

The accumulation of toxins in our body is, therefore, natural. We CANNOT escape from this.

Yoga has a two pronged approach. In the long term it aims at developing attitudinal changes that prevent the
build up of toxins through various practices and meditative techniques.

However, Yoga has very practical purification practices that aim at the detoxification of the body and mind.
These detoxification techniques are a sort of cleansing that help the body rid itself of toxins.

These detoxification techniques, called Shatkarmas or Shatkriyas are extremely powerful in that detoxification
work on specific areas of the body that have the maximum impact upon our health.

To read a related article on the "Importance of Detoxification", Click here

Benefits of Cleansing :
Helps to develop immunity by eliminating the toxins.

Stimulates the mind and aids in removing lethargy (tamas).

Washes the colon, sinus tracts, the stomach etc.

Provides a massaging effect to the areas applied thereby stimulating the effective working of the
Organs.

Stimulates vitality and helps in retardation of ageing.

One's capacity to think, digest, taste , feel express etc. increases and a greater awareness
develops.

Cleansing Methods: What are they & how do they help ?

Nasal Cleansing (Neti)

Abdomen

Colon

Teeth

Tongue

Skin cleansing
Neti (Jalaneti) or Nasal Irrigation
Neti - Nasal Cleansing
One of the simplest yet a very powerful technique, Neti works wonders for
chronic sinusitis, allergies and in several cases for Asthma.
It has a remarkable effect on upper respiratory tract infections, especially hay
fever.
In fact, so beneficial is this method that responses change from "YUK, no way
am I ever going to try that" ... to .. "WOW. That's fantastic. I am hooked for life"
after just one trial.

What Neti can do !


Neti is a very effective method to provide relief from allergies, common colds and even asthma. Neti helps in
relieving headaches and facilitates in maintaining youthfulness.
To see what health professionals are saying about Neti, Click here
Over 40 Million people in the US alone suffer from sinusitis and are growing resistant to antibiotics. Several
experience some sort of side effects. Neti or Jalaneti is the best way of treating your sinuses naturally.

The Methodology
A special "Neti Pot" is filled with warm, slightly salted water and the spout of
the pot is inserted into one nostril. The position of the head and pot are
adjusted to allow the water to flow out of the other nostril.

The technique is not as hard or uncomfortable as one may think at first. You
will be pleasantly surprised at this simple and effective method of health
maintenance.

Once learnt, the practice can be done in about 3 minutes and is easily
integrated into a daily routine of body cleansing such as showering or cleaning
of the teeth.

Introduction
The advice and answers in this FAQ are provided by Swami Omananda Saraswati, a Jala Neti practitioner, user,
researcher, Integral Yoga therapist of some 25 years experience. Swami has been one of the major forces
responsible for Jala Neti and neti pots becoming more well known throughout the world over the last 15 years since
his original Jala Neti Website first appeared on the Internet in 1992. At that time there were only 7 entries returned
in a worldwide search engine for neti, jala neti, nasal irrigation, neti pot. Today there are over 70,000 pages
discussing the technique and 215,000 pages talking about the benefits of neti pots.

Swami’s approach to the ancient yoga practices is pure and traditional. He feels that, although modern Western
medicine has much to offer people for the management and cure of many ailments, yoga techniques like Jala Neti
should be preserved and disseminated in their original forms, just as they have been for thousands of years by the
masters in these sciences. His style of teaching (as you will see in this FAQ) is direct and no-nonsense, incisively
analytical as well as broadly experiencial, compassionate and humourous, and ultimately practical and results-
based.

He would also like to remind people that Jala Neti is part of the broader yoga system of Hatha Yoga, a rigorous
system of self-purification. It is not just something recently discovered or re-invented by ENT doctors in the last few
decades. As Jala Neti has been picked up and popularised by non-yogis, renamed, modified, medicalised and
commercialised, some people have sought to “improve” upon it, by changing its formula, by hybridising it with
medical science. But in truth, Jala Neti does not need improvement. It has been developed and trialed by the
master yogis over thousands of years and has already evolved to a point where any so-called improvements will
only serve to take it further away from its original purposes – that is, a method of purifying the physical AND mental
faculties of human perception in readiness for meditation and self-transcendence.

Swami says that it is good that yoga has spread out from the caves and ashrams of the Himalayas and is now
reaching far and wide, helping to improve the lives of many people who would never have otherwise been exposed
to such ideas and practices. However it is not so good that yoga's original intents and purposes are being forgotten
and ignored in exchange for commercial returns and mundane benefits such as sinus relief.

In time-honoured tradition, long before books and the World Wide Web, Jala Neti (and all yoga practices in fact)
were passed on by direct transmission, direct teaching, word of mouth, from guru to disciple, so that (i) the
practitioner learned the technique properly without complications and adverse side effects, and was therefore
qualified to pass it on to others; (ii) the practitioner gained the full and intended benefits for their physical and
spiritual journey; (iii) the reputation of yoga did not become tainted by charlatans or exploiters.

But what we see in this day and age, due to the disintegration of this direct teaching tradition, is that all these
things are happening such that: (i) people are not learning the technique properly, despite all the books and
documents available on the topic. Many are experiencing learning difficulties and adverse side effects. Some then
go on to badly teach others. In this way the knowledge is becoming degraded. (ii) The full and inherent benefits are
not being experienced. Most people just think Jala Neti is for mucus reduction, thus people drop the technique
when their cold or their sinusitis has cleared up, or else those with severe nasal problems way beyond the
capacities of salt water therapy say - “that yoga irrigation thing doesn't work”. (iii) Charlatans and exploiters are
renaming it, remodeling it, de-mystifying it, over-charging for it, all to make massive commercial profits from the
sale of this traditionally free knowledge and its associated products.

So, as you mix your warm salty water each day to pour through your runny or your blocked up nose, spare a
thought for the gift of improved health that the kindly yogis have bestowed upon your life.

Allergies
Q. How long does it take to see results in the clearance of the nasal passage?

A. The amount of time in which any therapeutic method takes to effect changes in one’s symptoms depends on
several factors such as: the causes of the illness (which might be environmental, or food-based, or other); the
severity of your condition; and your general health and constitution.

Burning and Stinging


Q. Does the solution burn during and/or after irrigation?

A. When the irrigation solution is made correctly and the technique is performed correctly, very few users report
any stinging sensations.

Blockages of Nasal Structure


Q. Can you tell me if Neti is contraindicated for those with deviated septum?

A. Jala Neti is not contraindicated at all for a deviated septum, rather is a most advisable practice to help keep your
restricted airway better open and free of mucus. However, it will only ever have limited effectiveness until the
structural issues are properly addressed. Structural deviations are often accompanied by fleshy build up of scar
tissue which further constricts airflow in one or both nostrils. I highly advise you to get it fixed. Then, after surgery
you will have two fully flowing nostrils and many things in your health will improve. Jala Neti will be a necessary
practice post-surgery and should be continued after that for general breathing health.

Q. I have a deviated septum which makes me have nasal blockages pretty often usually in my left nostril.

A. Firstly: As a yoga, breathing and meditation teacher, as well as yoga therapist of some 25 years experience, I
strongly advise all people who have a deviated septum to go and get it fixed. Don’t procrastinate – just decide to do
it. I know it may sound like an expensive and possibly painful thing to do, but it really is the best thing you can do
for your health – to get your nose flowing fully on both sides. All doctors and ENT specialists will agree with this
fact. None will advise you to “just leave it”, unless they sense you are too poor or too afraid to consider it. So, book
in tomorrow! In a few months you’ll be very, very glad you did. It will change your life like you wouldn’t believe.
Secondly: Until such time as you have the operation, keep up with daily Jala Neti, to help clear out the dirt and
mucus which will be accumulating in your nose and restricting what little air flow you have through the limited side.
Every little bit of air through each side is important, so trying to maintain the best flow you can until the operation
will help very much in general health as well as upper respiratory ailments like sinus, hayfever, allergies,
headaches, etc.

Q. I had my nose broken when I was a kid. I always have the feeling of oxygen deprivation when I am
breathing in yoga sessions. When I suck in through both nostrils my left side completely collapses in and
my right side does not. Maybe I have a deviated septum or something. What do you suggest?

A. It is highly likely that you do have a deviated septum, and/or fleshy growth like cartilage or polyps inside the
nose which is restricting airflow. I recommend having it professionally examined and fixed as soon as possible.
Your yoga practice (either in asanas or pranayama breathing) will never improve until it is, and your yoga teacher
should have already picked this up and told you that, but then it is a well known fact amongst we yogis that people
with a chronically blocked left nostril don’t listen well to others anyway.

Q. I want to know if Neti is helpful in straightening of the bone in our nose.

A. Aaaah, no. Salty water is not known for its abilities to bend bones back into place.

Child Neti
Q. How would you suggest making a child comfortable with the process of irrigation?

A. Teaching Jala Neti to children is not difficult and will equally have the same benefits as for adults, but care must
be taken so as not to accidentally give them bad impressions or a bad experience of the practice. Depending on
the age and breath control of the child, Jala Neti must initially be done “to them” until they are skilful enough to hold
their own pot.

Ear Problems
Q. Will the Neti pot be a good thing to use if I have an ear problem?

A. There exist far too many possibilities of “ear problems” to answer such a general question. You should ask that
question of an ear, nose and throat specialist. If they recommend that regular nasal irrigation would be a good thing
for you to do for your condition, then yes, Jala Neti will be an effective practice to adopt.

Q. Can the water spread an infection into the eustachian tubes?


Q. Could my sinus infection move to affecting my ear with neti?
Q. . Is it safe to use a Neti pot while I have bilateral middle ear infections? I have some fluid behind the
eardrum. Is there any way that the ear can trap fluid from the neti pot?
Q. I have had congested ears. Can using the Neti make the congestion worse?
Q. Is Jala Neti dangerous and what can be done if someone somehow inhales the solution so that it gets
from the sinuses into the ear?
A. The short answer to whether Jala Neti can spread a sinus infection to the inner ear is – “Yes, if performed
poorly; no, if performed correctly”. The chances of this occurring can and must be avoided, and the technique is
quite safe, if all the points of procedure listed in the previous answer are observed with special attention to not
letting the irrigation solution run into the ear canals in the first place plus special attention to not blowing water
backwards into the ear canals when drying. These are the two most likely cause of nasal-to-auditory infection
spread. With ear problems (as well as sinus problems and nasal mucus blockages) it is often a help to have a nice
long hot shower before doing Jala Neti. This helps to loosen, thin out and pre-remove stubborn mucus and bacteria
in the head. Any infection in the head - be it in the front of nose, back of nose, upper throat, middle ear or inner ear
- can all benefit from Jala Neti, so long as the only direction of flow of the water and mucus is outwards and
downwards. The method to achieve this is care and sensitivity to head angle and not rushing or blowing. With time
and practice you will master the best way to use the technique most effectively and without any danger.

Q. A friend has an ear blockage she got while Scuba diving. Would neti help for this?

A. Your friend should consult an ear specialist before trying any method of home remedy upon a ear problem
sustained whilst scuba diving. If the doctor should recommend that regular nasal irrigation would be a good thing
for her condition, then yes, Jala Neti will be an effective practice to adopt.

Q. I have a hearing problem because of sinusitis. I am so afraid that the water will go to my ear and reduce
my hearing ability. Would it be safe for me to use Neti?

A. Many people with sinusitis have partial hearing problems. Yet many don’t realise it. It would be safe and
beneficial for you to use Jala Neti but my advice is, (i) since you are afraid, and (ii) since you have a difficult nasal
pathology, that you seek qualified Jala Neti instruction to avoid any chances of making your problem worse. We
are constantly adding more people to our “Community Instructors List” for Neti learners to track an experienced
user in their area.

Eye Problems
Q. In what ways might Neti affect my eyes if I do it?

A. If the technique is followed correctly only benefits for the eyes will follow. The correct mixture of water and salt
(0.9%) is the same as tear salinity, so it cannot be harmful in any way, even if there are eye problems. Jala Neti
has the proven effect of flushing the tear ducts, removing dirt and mucus from them, thereby encouraging clearer
eyes through better self-moistening and draining. It brings back their sparkle. Salt is as great cleanser of all the
body parts and regularly rinsing the eyes with warm, body saline is a good thing to do, no what the condition of the
eyes. Artists and meditators often find Jala Neti improves their clarity of visualisation and concentration by
improving their “inner eyes”.

Fear and Reticence


Q. Isn’t running water through your nose dangerous, after all, the nose wasn’t designed to take in water?

A. Jala Neti is in no way a dangerous practice. When properly instructed and done according to tradition, it will
bestow only benefits. However, if misused or performed incorrectly, at best, it will not work in the reputed way, or at
worst, it can lead to minor side effects such as headaches, colds, nasal infections, earaches. Of all the people who
have used it properly, and from all the research we have conducted, there have been no harmful side effects. But
proper instruction is the key. All the reports about problems with Jala Neti have come from those who self-teach or
those who try to improvise beyond the traditional methods. This is why it is best to receive instructions personally
from a qualified teacher and to stick to the traditional methodology.
But water in the nose is not unusual. Remember the way you feel after a swim in the surf? A good flushing of the
nose with salt water is a good thing. Stage 1 of Jala Neti is no more than that – a flush out of the frontal nose
passages, except that the water is warm, 4 times less salty than the ocean, and you are in control – not like when
you get dumped in the surf and come up spluttering half-drowned! That’s what people are afraid of when they first
hear about saline nasal cleansing – their memories of nearly drowning at the beach. But its nothing like that.
Admittedly there are certain internal nasal orifices in which the salty water should not go. It may take a few
attempts to get the head angle correct so that this does not happen, but the results of a few bad attempts are not
serious.

Q. I think I'm a little nervous, having never used one before. Do you have any tips for first time users?
Q. I'm afraid of the possible discomfort involved with pouring water directly into my nose.
Q. Nasal irrigation looks quite scary. The thought of having warm salty water up my nose doesn't really
appeal, and I'm not brave enough to give it a go for fear of choking.
Q. I think that actually doing Neti sounds disgusting but I would like to do it for the benefits. How can I get
over my resistance?

A. Such fears and reticence are common and understandable. But they are irrational. That is not to say they are
easily overcome! Sometimes in life the intellect says - “Yeah, that’s a great idea” but the feelings are disgusted or
afraid of it. Often people have a remnant memory of an unpleasant swimming event as a child; of being dumped by
a wave; or of being thrown in a swimming pool for fun and nearly drowning. A part of their mind has since created
fear about water in their nose or lungs. One way to get over fears is to read all the literature about it so as to
strengthen your rational argument for doing it. This way can work for some people. But for others, deeper fears
surrounding the learning of Jala Neti are best alleviated by hands-on tuition with an experienced and confident user
who will take into account your fears and nervousness and prove to you in about 3 minutes just how easy it really
is. It also helps if you can actually see someone doing it in front of you, then you will see just how effortless and un-
scary it really is. Without tuition it is risky that you will just “have a go”, then “mess it up” through nervousness, and
then leave the technique alone and run around telling everyone else that it is “yucky” or “dangerous” or “hard”. So
please, find a confident instructor and then all your worries will be overcome through practise and through the
eventual beneficial experiences you will gain from the technique.

Getting Outside Help With The Technique


Q. Do you know of any websites/other places where you can email or talk to someone to make sure you are
doing the procedure correctly?
Q. Who can I learn from in my area?

A. We are currently compiling a “Community Instructors List”. Neti learners can seek out an experienced user in
their area and they can make contact and make their own arrangements to meet and share the technique.
If you are an experienced user of Jala Neti and would like to share your experience with others, please Enter your
details here to be added to the “Community Instructors List”.

Elevated Blood Pressure


Q. Is neti dangerous for moderate or high blood pressure?
Q. I saw some place that there are precautions for people with high blood pressure.
Q. What possible danger does the salt have for those with high blood pressure?

A. Jala Neti is in no way dangerous for those with elevated blood pressure. These confusions arise in two areas.
(i) Some people think that running salty water through the nostrils might effect their blood pressure. This is
completely impossible. Firstly, the salt in the irrigation water is at a level equal to the body’s own blood salinity
(0.9%) therefore, according to the nature of osmotic pressure it cannot enter the bloodstream. Also, neti water is ¼
as salty as sea water and even less salty than the food you would eat for dinner. The amount of salt in contact with
the body linings during Jala Neti would be less than going for a swim in the sea! Secondly, the water is only
running around the insides of your upper respiratory tract mucus linings for a few moments, and not being drunk so
it is not going to be absorbed by your stomach and ever get into the arteries. Thirdly, the miniscule amounts of
salty residue which are left inside the nasal passages after drying is too little to have any effect upon blood salt
levels. In short, isotonic nasal irrigation cannot cause the minimal amounts of salt in the irrigation water to be
absorbed into the body and affect blood pressure.
(ii) The other issue is that of dizziness. During the drying process, it is normally recommended that one should
completely bend forwards at the waist to let the head hang down towards the knees to drain the nose of water
droplets. However, the recommended precaution for those with elevated blood pressure or any tendency toward
dizziness is NOT to bend forwards with the head any lower than the heart. Such people will have to dry out their
nose by bending only partially forwards; by turning their head several times to each side whilst gently blowing out
of the nose; and they may need to do this a lot more than others who can fully bend over. If you discover that water
is not cleared and dried in this way, you will just have to blow and sniff lots more until the nose is fully dry.

Headaches and Pains


Q. Will the Neti-pot help so I won't have to take medication with its side effects to prevent my headaches?

A. The number and severity of the above queries might lead a reader to conclude that Jala Neti is giving lots of
people lots of very nasty headaches lots of the time. But this is far from the case. Only in very, very few people
does Jala Neti create the side effect of a headache. The actual causes of headaches are many and varied and are
little understood by doctors, so it is difficult to diagnose why this is happening and how Jala Neti might help you.
You may just have to try it to find out. We cannot guarantee it will, but many users do report great lessening of
headaches from the nasal cleansing practice.

Miscellaneous
Q. To me it seems so unnatural to put water up your nose. What's the point?

A. Unusual yes, unnatural no. From the yogi’s point of view, smoking cigarettes (actively or passively), eating junk
food, late nights of mind numbingly bad television, modern cities and their pollution, sleeping on thick spring
mattresses, sitting in chairs at computers all day, working in chemical factories, and getting stuck in traffic jams, are
all pretty unnatural activities for the human body. What’s natural and what’s unnatural all depends on where you
are at. Yoga says, that like medicine which may be a bit distasteful or which may at first seem unnatural, when you
are sick, unusual methods may be necessary to heal oneself.
The Hatha Yoga cleansing techniques (of which Jala Neti is only one of about 30) are all just non-medicinal ways
of maintaining the body and overcoming illness. The ancient yogic methods are really the most natural ways to
help the bodily systems heal themselves. All you need is some water and some salt! They cleanse all the orifices
and improve the function of the 6 senses. Note that we include 6 senses. Yoga cleansing is not just for flesh and
blood but also for the mind, the sixth sense. These cleansing techniques really are very simple and commonsense
ways of keeping every organ and function of the body working to its best possible potential.
These yoga cleansing methods may seem weird or funny to many people, but this is only because in modern
Western culture, most people have been conditioned to think that anything inside the body is odd and distasteful.
Most people are fairly ignorant of their own body’s functions and many choose to remain so. These days, when it
comes to medical repairs after years of personal neglect, a lot of people prefer to just have an anaesthetic and get
someone else to do the “dirty work”.
The nasal hairs, the mucous lining and the sinuses, help to cleanse the air coming in, and to protect the lungs, the
blood and the brain from germs, cold air and dangerous (non-odorous) gases in the environment. Modern 21st
century living has all manner of germs and pollutants which we really shouldn’t be breathing in in the first place. It
is these things which are unnatural. Some of the smog chemicals city people inhale all day are plainly cancerous in
even tiny quantities. Our environment nowadays is far from what the “respiratory designer” had in mind. It is
certainly no crime against nature to help the body’s cleansing processes along a bit.

Q. I have done a similar thing to this neti practice you advocate for many years. I take water from a bowl in
my hand and sniff it up my nose. Some times I use sea water. Is It like that?

A. No, not at all. We know that many people have tried this. Some say their grandmothers or grandfathers used to
do it. Some use cold water and some use warm. Some use salt and some do not. But those methods can’t possibly
work as well as Jala Neti as the water and salt for neti match the human blood in both temperature and salinity.
Any sniffing method also runs the risk of leaving water up in the sinus cavities or ear canals which will irritate for
some time afterwards or of spreading an infection deeper into the system. Many people do say your method works
in clearing the nose, and it may somewhat, but after these people have tried Jala Neti, they are always impressed
at how much easier, more comfortable, safer and more effective it is.

Q. Isn’t it more useful to blow out through both nostrils at once using a handkerchief when one has a
runny nose rather than using water to go in the nose?

A. No. Blowing the nose is a very primitive and only partially effective method of clearing out the junk in the upper
respiratory tract. Blowing is only going to remove the largest of particles at the front of the nose which may be
caught by the cilia (little hairs) and catch a bit of the runny fluids which the sinuses are expelling due to some
invader in there. Depending on where you live and work, and how you live and work, your nose and sinuses are
bombarded daily with masses of germs and particles. In olden times, when our ancestors just lived where life was
clean air, clean water, clean land, good food, hard outside work, with only native trees rather than lots of exotic
pollens all around, nose blowing (and a bit of swimming and face washing) might have been sufficient to clear out
nasal congestion or the occasional sinus allergy. But, let’s face it, how many more things does the nose now have
to filter out from modern life these days? Do you realise that in air-conditioned buildings (for reasons of refrigeration
economy) only about 10 - 15% of the air is freshly changed each hour? This means that all the germs in that
stagnant soup of air which others breathe all day long (and blow out into their handkerchiefs every few minutes)
are circulating for 6 - 9 times longer than if you were outside in the breeze. As you cross the road, how much
exhaust pollution is going up your nose? How many times a day can you stand blowing your nose in this life to
counteract modern pollution? And what of the causes of a runny nose? Does not that indicate there is something
amiss either within your body or around it? Nasal irrigation once or twice daily should be a regime of dirt removal
and nasal mucus replenishment for all people in dusty, dirty, air-conditioned environments. There are all the
comments of so many users saying that regular daily nose flushing has become a boon to their everyday
preventative health and, as well, there is now the clinical research to back this up. Such people don’t even carry a
handkerchief. Now wouldn't THAT be nice?!

Q. Is the neti flushing process helpful in regard to cold prevention?

A. Yes. See the above questions and answers. But let me add, that there are many, many other things in life which
are equally effective at cold prevention, namely: good food and eating habits, keeping out of air-conditioned places,
keeping away from others with coughs and colds, not smoking or breathing passive smoke, increasing one’s inner
life force (ie heat and strength) through exercise and discipline like yoga, not hiding inside all winter in artificially
heated stuffy environments but rather getting outside to make the body heat up in order to fight off winter colds and
flu. Many people who are exposed to bacteria daily in their lives don't get those "colds that are going around". That
is because their immune systems are stronger than those who do get the colds. Therefore, it is not the nasal
irrigation which is the best prevention, but rather it is your lifestyle and your inner body health which wards off
colds, of which Jala Neti can be made a small part of the larger package and the bigger picture.

Nasal Polyps
Q. I have nasal polyps and wonder if I should be cleansing with this technique?

A. Nasal polyps are growths of fleshy tissue inside the nasal system which may be benign or may be malignant.
People who have been on medical treatment for polyps (usually corticosteroids, antihistamines, or surgery) usually
have very sensitive nasal linings which nasal irrigation may tend to irritate. However, some people with polyps
report a soothing affect from nasal irrigation. The resultant feeling and effects of Jala neti upon polyps will therefore
depend upon the number, severity, position, age of the growths and side effects of medication. You should follow
the advice of your physician as to whether saline nasal irrigation is appropriate for your condition.
Whilst some people have had their polyps diagnosed and are on treatments for them, many people may actually
have them but would not know it, and thus they experience discomfort in the nasal cavities and may report stinging
when doing Jala Neti from time to time. Therefore, should nasal discomfort persist, a medical practitioner should be
consulted to ascertain their presence and their condition.
Polyp development has been linked to long term inflammation, autonomic nervous system dysfunction, and genetic
predisposition and from illnesses such as hayfever, allergies, rhinitis and sinusitis. Jala Neti per se, if performed
properly, does not worsen or aggravate nasal polyps, neither can it be guaranteed to cure them. The main
advantage of saline irrigation is to remove excessive mucus to help free up breathing. Over the long term, the salty
wash-out can help to restore membrane integrity, but only if the powerful medications are cut back and
discontinued. If your medical advisor permits irrigation, those who have a combination of known polyps and
sinusitis should begin neti very gently at first, perhaps several times a week, watching for discomfort. If all goes
well – that is, if there is no pain and a decrease in the symptoms of sinusitis – then it is OK to increase the
frequency up to once daily. After some time increasing to twice daily may be advised. If pain is experienced, the
technique should be ceased and professional medical assistance sought. But always the correct procedures for
Jala Neti must be observed.

Neti Pot Issues


Q. What are the differences between the different types of Neti pots?
Q. Why is stainless steel the best choice?

A. There are many different arguments and preferences for the many different styles and materials of neti pots
available all over the world today. The advantages of the Health and YogaStainless Steel Jala Neti Pot over the
others are the following:
(i) unbreakable under normal conditions – will not chip on the sink, will not break if dropped;
(ii) can be dishwasher cleaned and autoclaved in medical situations;
(iii) hygienic so germs cannot penetrate the surface or crevices;
(iv) no artificial smells or chemical plastics involved in manufacture;
(v) very light and strong for travelling;
(vi) lightweight when empty, therefore not too heavy when filled like clay pots;
(vii) economical, as they will last a lifetime;
(viii) our large size contains 400 - 500 mls capacity which is a good quantity for a normal washout, whereas so
many other pots around are 150 - 250 mls which we consider far too small for a good wash through, or else it
necessitates making 2 batches of water.

Q. I am currently using a ceramic pot but I am concerned it might break. I am considering purchasing a
stainless steel one. Is it difficult to keep the pot clean?

A. Stainless steel is obviously stronger than ceramic and will not break or chip if bumped. It is the easiest of
materials to keep clean as it can be boiled or baked until sterile, autoclaved, put in dishwasher, or scoured clean
inside and out.

Q. There are other more expensive nasal irrigators that are marketed. What advantages does the Neti Pot
have over the other systems?

A. (i) Firstly, we believe that the traditional method of Jala Neti (originally using a handmade, unfired clay neti pot)
is the best system ever invented, purely for the fact that it is a technique which has been developed and handed
down over thousands of years by some very clever and highly evolved individuals, namely the masters of yoga
who have selflessly kept this system of yoga alive since man first swam in the sea and realised that salty water
was a Very Good Thing for the upper respiratory system and bodily health in general. No doubt, with lots of
experimentation over millennia; in lots of different situations; upon all sorts of illnesses; the yogis worked out that
body temperature water worked better than cold; and that ¼ of the sea’s salinity was the same as human blood
salinity; and that all these factors worked the best over the long term than all the other possibilities.
(ii) Whilst we yogis are not all luddites who think that anything modern is stupid (I am typing this on a computer), it
is beyond my comprehension why, when there is a perfectly good gravity irrigation system available and that body
saline is the most neutral solution one could use, anyone could think up a need to force water thought the nasal
cavities with a mains (or battery) powered machine carrying a concoction of pharmaceutically manufactured
chemicals. All the time and effort and cost and complexities of such a device all seems so unnecessary.
(iii) Although the benefits and results, side effects and after effects of the traditional Jala Neti system of nasal
irrigation are all well known and tested for many years, despite a bit of modern research on them, these expensive
and complicated systems have yet to prove themselves over the long run. Why not play it safe and easy and
cheap?
(iv) And if you really want the advantages of the simple Jala Neti system spelled out, consider these practical
points: no batteries, no power points, no expensive motorised machinery to buy, no plastic tubes or adaptor fittings
or little bits and pieces to clean or lose, no noise, no chemistry, no scientific understanding required to buy and mix
the ingredients.
Sense of Smell
Q. Would you expect the technique to improve a patchy sense of smell?

A. In general, nearly everybody people who takes up Jala Neti finds their sense of smell improves. To what degree
and in what time frame this occurs would depend on the extent to which the olfactory nerves are damaged and how
often one uses the technique. Salt is a great neutraliser. It is one of nature’s greatest remedies. But it may take a
while for it to do its thing and for your smelling nerves to recover from years of medicinal abuse. Neti is one
possibility to help restore balance to the membranes and nerves of the nose. I can only suggest you commence
trying the practice and, as your nasal symptoms improve, begin lessening the use of medications you are on. Over
time you will be able to assess if your sense of smell is returning. I do not know of any other reports of other natural
remedies restoring a lost sense of smell.

Sinuses and Sinusitis


Q. I read that chronic sinusitis can be cause by a fungal infection caused by allergy to moulds. Does the
Neti work the same way if the infection is fungal instead of bacterial?

A. Yes. Jala Neti works on removing anything which is up your nose and in your sinus cavities which shouldn’t be
there. Pathogens of many kinds enter the nose all day. It is the job of the cilia (little hairs) to filter out larger
particles for blowing out; it is the job of the sticky mucous linings to trap smaller particles for blowing out; and finally
it is the job of the sinuses’ runny fluids to flush out the tiniest germs which might get that far in. But where the nose
is dry or extra clogged up, nasal irrigation can help greatly in removing the accumulated dirt and mucus in the front
of the nose plus what is deeper inside, thereby causing fresh mucous linings to be produced thus preventing the
germs from travelling deeper into the nasal cavities. Fungi, bacteria, viruses, pollen, dirt, dust, anything: it's all just
grist for the mill to nasal cleansing. It works equally well on cleansing them all.

Q. I had a nose operation and I have had a sinusitis ever since and there is nothing I tried that can get rid
of it. Would this technique of Jala Neti help?

A. Without knowing more about the history of your condition, no-one can say for sure whether it will help or not.
The experience of many users and the research of many studies indicates that saline nasal irrigation does in fact
help to relieve the symptoms of chronic sinusitis. Under what conditions, over what time frame and in what lifestyle
situations this is true, is all highly variable. My advice is to try it, according to the recommended procedures and
frequency, and if you are not happy, then Health & Yoga will gladly refund your money as per our guarantee. To
increase the chances of it working, and to avoid uncomfortable teething problems, I would suggest you find a
qualified Yoga Therapist or teacher of the technique and follow their counsel towards a balanced and successful
trial of Jala Neti.

Q. My wife has suffered with a severe sinus infection for the past 6 months and nothing we have tried has
helped. She has been using a “Water Pic” and adding peroxide with the water. How does the neti pot differ
from other nasal irrigation methods and what type of solution do you add to it to cure sinus infections?

A. Firstly, Jala Neti does not claim to be a cure for anything, and I am not just saying that from any legal liability
point of view or as any kind of marketing weasel words. All yoga methods (of which Jala Neti is but one of many for
maintenance of upper respiratory health) aim to help the body recover its faculty of homeostasis, a state of
balanced physiology where the body is able to effectively fight off endogenous (arising from inside itself) and
exogenous (arising from outside itself) ailments. Such an aim can only ever be fully effective where the person
takes into account the conditions of their supporting lifestyle which may also include the causes of the illness.
However, experience and research shows that Jala Neti (that is gravity-fed, normal body saline from a hand held
pot) can help to lesson symptoms of many upper respiratory illnesses and, over time, help to restore normal nasal
functioning.
As for comparisons to other devices and nasal irrigation systems, most of the other systems are only variations
upon the same basic system as Jala Neti. Some use different solutions, some use a more forceful approach, but
we only recommend the time-honoured method of Jala Neti. If the Water Pic system has not helped (notice I use
the relative term "helped" rather than the absolutist term of "worked") then it is unlikely that Jala Neti will assist any
better. I suggest that your wife have a full medical assessment of her nasal pathology and if the doctor
recommends that regular saline nasal irrigation would be beneficial for her specific condition, then Jala Neti with
normal saline might be the one to use rather than a forced system with hydrogen peroxide. As well, a consultation
with someone who will help her address any suspected lifestyle issues underlying her sinusitis would be most
beneficial to the long term "cure" of her condition.

Q. Is it true that the solution doesn't enter the sinus cavities? It just flows past them? Is it possible for
some to get in the cavities and not come out?

A. When performed properly, the aim of Jala Neti is not to get water in the sinuses. Although many people do
inadvertently cause this to happen by not having the correct angle of the head and pot or by not drying their nose
properly. Many people misuse the word sinuses. They think that all the passages up in the nose are “the sinuses”,
but this is not anatomically correct. People think that water up their nose is “filling the sinuses” but in fact the
sinuses are specific dead end cavities, caves, cul-de-sacs, with very small entrance holes which are neither
designed to have water in them and are uncomfortable should it get in there. If water should inadvertently go in
them, it is no great disaster. It just takes a bit more effort in drying the nose and putting up with a bit of water run
down until they are empty. The danger of water in the sinuses is of spreading an infection from one part of the
system to another. Hence the importance of following exactly the proper procedure all the way through.

Substances Other Than Salt in the Neti Water


Q. Do you think it would be OK to put some drops of colloidal silver in the neti pot to clear up a sinus
infection? If so, how many drops do you think?

A. No, or more accurately, I don’t know if it would be OK for you to do that. Nor does anyone else on the Internet.
We here at Health and Yoga, based on the traditional methods of yoga, do not recommend over the Internet that
people put anything other raw sea salt in their nasal cleansing solution. For specific people, with specific
conditions, and in specific circumstances, additives other than salt may be advantageous, but only a qualified
health practitioner experienced in such areas should prescribe such things and only arising from a personal
consultation. And besides, I ask you this: Was the nose designed to have colloidal silver put in it? If you want to go
putting rare and valuable soluble metals up your nose, you should ask a chemist or a specialist ENT doctor, and
not a simple yogi, an Internet seller of Neti Pots, or even a seller of colloidal silver.

Q. What additives should be used in the Neti pot? I have instructions from another site to use salt and
baking soda.
Q. Some sources recommend using a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide as well as the salt and a pinch of
soda.
Q. Is a product from another website, called Neti Wash Plus of any better experience than just plain salt?
Q. Someone suggested putting lemon juice in the pot to help cut the mucus? Would this be done with or
without the salt?
Q. Other neti pot providers sell a product called Neti Wash Plus, which is supposed to enhance the
effectiveness of using the pot. Why do you not sell this?

A. Because we are traditionalist yogis and because we don't believe it is necessary to "enhance the effectiveness"
of Jala Neti if done in the proper way. For thousands of years people have been washing out their noses very
effectively by using the world’s cheapest, most effective, and most easily obtainable cleansing substance – sea
salt. It is renowned in all cultures as the primary medicine of prevention and cure. That is all that is needed for
effective saline nasal irrigation. Salt is the great leveler. In different ways, and when properly used, it helps bring
the body back to a more neutral state. We do not see the need for complex new fandangled compounds made by
people in laboratories with white coats with degrees in pharmaceutical science to improve upon the ancient
solution of normal body saline for nasal irrigation. ENT specialists and medical scientists may well have discovered
some minor variation to normal saline which they conclude works better in nasal irrigation for patients with chronic
rhino-sinusitis or in post-ENT-surgical situations. But this might not be the best solution for all people. It may only
be the best for a selected few who are prescribed that by their doctor. So who are we to say – “Yes, go ahead and
use this or that”. And this is often the medical way, the way of medical history – to take an old-fashioned, well-
proven, layman’s recipe, modify it with bits and pieces of modern pharmacopoeia; sell it off as a new miracle
substance at exorbitant costs; when the results over time have not been proven. Some years later, most people will
have reverted to the traditional recipe because it simply works better (and always has). But we at Health & Yoga
choose not to promote that way of Jala Neti. If you wish to try other substances in your pot go right ahead, but don’t
call us when you have side effects or lesser effects from that solution. You can go through your pantry, your
medicine cabinet, even your garden shed, trying one item at a time mixing a bit into your neti pot, experiencing all
the horrid side effects along the way. Then when you are done, you will discover there is no other better solution
than warm (body temperature), isotonic (same as body blood) saline solution for Jala Neti.
Whilst there are other solutions that yogis have been using over the years, we do not reveal these to the uninitiated
via the Internet. If you really want a stronger therapeutic and time-honoured nasal irrigation solution, then find
yourself a traditional yoga teacher to instruct you in Amaroli Neti (neti using one’s own urine) – but that’s a whole
another story! (PS. Do not just try weeing in your pot and pouring it through your nose. It isn’t that simple). And
once again, no lab rats in white coats could invent such a good solution for therapeutic purposes as one's own
urine. It was already there, in nature, right up close, for us to use for effective healing.

Technique Problems
Q. Can I practice this technique without any yoga teacher’s guidance.

A. Although we recommend on the Health and Yoga website and in our documentation that people should find a
suitable instructor from whom to learn Jala Neti, at this point in time there are not that many Jala Neti instructors
nor even enough yoga teachers experienced in the technique to reach everybody. So lots of people do self-teach.
Of these, around 50% have teething problems with the technique – not because the technique is difficult but
because some people have “difficult noses” and chronic nasal pathology, and because many people fail to follow
the instructions properly. In our Users Instruction Booklet and in this FAQ, we try to provide all possible advice to
cover the usual difficulties and issues people have when self teaching. Yet, for many, problems still arise. ....So if
you have fears about self-learning, or a long history of nasal problems, please feel free to scan our “Community
Instructors List” to track an experienced user in your area. Failing that, you can attempt to teach yourself in the
hope that all goes well. But we hold no responsibility for those who self teach and then have problems with the
practice or with their nasal health.

Q. How do you breathe while pouring the water in your nose?

A. Through the mouth.

http://www.healthandyoga.com/html/neti/neti_faqs/neti_faqs.asp

Abdomen & Colon Cleansing


There are some excellent abdominal cleansing techniques to detoxify your body and stimulate the digestive
system. They are strongly recommended by naturopaths and yogis to help take charge of your own health.

Besides firming up the abdominal muscles, abdominal and colon cleansing help in,

 Curing Constipation
 Indigestion
 Acidity
 Stomach pains and bloating
 Sexual Disorders

The yoga techniques for abdomen cleansing are those which MUST be learnt under expert guidance. Needless
to say, these techniques if learnt well are the single most important way to manage your own health and keep
diseases and health disorders at bay.

Some of these yogic techniques are briefly described below for general awareness. But for those seeking
immediate relief without the inclination to seek out more permanent and 'liberating' steps, there is a way
through Ayurveda…

Ayurveda offers an excellent way to treat stomach pains, abdominal bloating and stomach gas
through Amritdhara Supplement Drops. To read about Amritdhara and its role in treating stomach
ailments, Click here...

Yogic Techniques for Abdominal Cleansing

Kunjal (Stomach Wash)


A very simple technique once learnt, kunjal involves the drinking of several glasses of saline water on an empty
stomach, the first thing in the morning. Immediately thereafter the vomiting reflex is induced so as to throw out
the ingested water.

Not as yuk, as it seems (because the water thrown out is quite clear, unlike the case where gunk comes out
when you vomit due to eating something non-agreeable), this technique is very effective for stomach health.
Besides, it is very beneficial for respiratory disorders, thyroid disorders (as it helps to balance the thyroid gland)
and several other health issues

To know more on Kunjal (stomach wash), read the e-report that you get when you subscribe to the
HealthAndYoga Newsletter. To, subscribe FREE, Click here

Nauli (Abdomen Churning)


This is a method of controlling and toning all your internal organs. it involves churning or
contracting different abdominal muscles through breath and muscles control. This is like
sucking in your abdomen and moving the muscles in and out by pushing forwards. But
without breathing. Nauli is believed to increase the flow of life force in the body so that the
mind remains clear. The muscle movements and breath control generate heat in the body,
stimulate and improve the functioning of the digestive system. It is believed to increase the
blood flow to the digestive system and build up the heat, which is responsible for maintaining
digestive health.

Abdomen churning helps treat constipation, indigestion, acidity, nervous diarrhea, hormonal imbalances,
flatulence, and sexual and urinary disorders. It also energizes and calms you during emotional disturbances. It
improves your posture and also relieves menstrual problems. Ideally, do this exercise early in the morning on
an empty stomach or wait for at least five to six hours after meals.

Dhauti (Food-Pipe Cleansing)


This is the method of cleansing your esophagus and stomach. It involves swallowing a 5-metre strip of cotton
gauze which has been soaked in water or milk to soften it, and then pulling it out again so that the deposits left
on your stomach walls are removed. The best time to do this is on an empty stomach in the morning, once or
twice a week. Drink a glass of milk after doing it.

This cleansing method stimulates the digestive system and helps alleviate the symptoms
of Asthma.

While the Dhauti Cloth Strip is NOT provided to individuals through this website, Yoga
schools interested in obtaining this to teach their students may contact us by using the
"help" link on the top of the page.

Colon Cleansing :
Colon cleansing and Enemas offer a fuller cleansing of the digestive system and have their own powerful
benefits.
While Yoga has its own colon cleansing techniques of Basti etc., they are suitable for advanced practitioners
and require considerable training.

An easier and much popular way recommended by Naturopaths, is the technique of Enema that cleans the
large intestine (colon) fully and helps invigorate it.

Colon Cleansing

How colon cleansing results in a dramatic increase in immunity !!


Wake up!! Bowel problems are nature's warning for serious health problems

Its true! The colon is the route to expel toxins. When it does not work effectively, toxins accumulate which
results in health disorders. What is most surprising is that apparently unrelated disorders have found to be
related to an unclean colon. For example, stress, depression, premature ageing, arthritis besides several
others.

Unfortunately, modern diet places an extraordinary load on the colon due to which it is not able to discharge
toxins effectively.

It is only cleanliness that heals.


Toxins are the only cause of disease. Accumulated toxins (e.g. excessive faucal matter in the large
intestine) create conditions for germs to breed and allow blood to get poisoned. It is crucial to undergo body
detoxification periodically so that these cannot accumulate.
On the positive side, a clean and flushed colon makes a person feel extremely energetic and positive. Also,
the absence of a breeding ground to germs results in a dramatic increase in immunity from any kind of
infection.

Why do colon cleansing naturally ??

"Enema is better than any purgative / laxative medicine"

Hippo crates, the father of modern medicine

Modern medicine has devised several ways to "easily" cleanse the colon. However, in many cases, these
"constipation remedies" arehabit forming and are not very effective. In fact, funny as it may seem, they in
fact add to the toxin level by inducing chemical reactions.

Although yogic practices of nauli and basti are very good tools, they require considerable skill. Enema is by far
the best way to cleanse the colon effectively and easily.

Moreover, enema is proven to be extremely effective for hemorrhoid treatment, ulcerative colitis treatment
and for just constipation remedies.

Home Enema with the Home Enema Equipment is one of the easiest ways to flush the colon and restore its
healthy peristaltic movement permanently.

Enema
How a cleansing enema ensures the BEST body detoxification to help you live healthier and longer
…naturally!!

Why Enema??
Enema is proven as the best natural method for a clean colon. It is a tremendous remedy for all kinds of bowel
problems. It is recommended for:

Effective Body Detoxification

Constipation Remedies

Hemorrhoid Treatment

Ulcerative Colitis Treatment

Maintenance of Youthfulness
Most importantly, it is extremely Easy to do and Home Enemas are extremely popular. Almost everyone who
undergoes the experience has almost identical responses of "Wow! I feel hooked already"

" Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! The Enema Kit I purchased arrived very quickly. First time I've
ever done a colonic. Very easy, clean and comfortable and thorough cleansing. Instructions helpful. I've
struggled with Candida for years and now know the benefits of a healthy ecosystem , Which needs to
start with a clean healthy colon. Thank you again. "
J.Malone, Cascade, WI

MYTHS about Enema

Myth #1: It is Difficult


Reality: Quite contrarily, it is one of the easiest methods of thorough colon cleansing. Following the
instructions as provided in the enema instruction booklet will make you aware how wonderfully easy the
procedure is.
Myth #2: It is Habit Forming
Reality: In nature cure, patients who were given enema for months did not take even a day to leave it or live
without it.
Myth #3: It Weakens the Intestine
Reality: It never weakens the intestine and rectum; instead taking enema rationally activates and strengthens
them.

Enema greatly contributes to the strength of the digestive system.

It improves the blood circulation not only to the large intestine but also to the organs of the whole digestive
system.

It improves the digestion of food and also improves the secretion of the digestive juices/ enzymes.

How to do??

Home Enemas can be done by an easy-to-use Home Enema Kit, which beginners find extremely suitable. A
detailed Instruction Bookletaccompanies your enema kit which helps in making the process unbelievably easy
and even fun!!
Home Enema Kit and Enema Supplies

A Home Enema so hygienic, refreshing and easy that you'll wonder why
you EVER let your embarrassment get in the way...

Enemas at home?

Having realized the enormous benefits of enemas and


colon cleaning for health and youthfulness in
the Previous Section, the next obvious question is - Can
I do enema at home?

Until some time ago, home enema kits were either very
expensive; or then the cheap kits were of very poor
quality making enemas difficult & messy.

The HealthAndYoga enema kits changed all that and


are being patronized for several years.

The Superior home enema kit is surprisingly affordable


& specifically designed with extra care to make enema a
delightful experience.

Most importantly, the kit is latex-free as increasingly recommended to guard against growing incidences of
allergies; and accompanied by detailed Enema Instructions, the first ever of its kind. It makes the whole
process unbelievably EASY!

Points to observe in your Enema Equipment :


The container should be easy to clean and must not "age" with use. Enema bags suffer on both
counts. They cannot be cleaned effectively and often the latex "sweats" over time. Containers of
stainless steel are preferable.
The Enema Tubing (Hose) should preferably be latex-free & transparent. You will like to see the
fluid flow during the enema.
There should also be an adjustable ‘pinch’ clamp over the tubing to easily manage liquid flow.
The Colon tube or enema insertion tip should preferably be sterilized and replaceable as well as
latex-free
The Enema Equipment should be easy to use.

Yoga Management of Acidity


By Dr. Vijay Singh Gusain
N.D.D.Y., Faculty Member, IFNHY

Have you experienced belching of a sour and sometimes bitter taste or a burning sensation in the throat, chest or
stomach? Well, what you're suffering from is Acidity.

Acidity is caused by the excessive secretion of Hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Prolonged acidity can cause
chronic indigestion, arthritis, gout, IBS, ulcers and even false angina pains.

There are a number of mind and body specific reasons why acidity may occur. These are:
Your mind body type - According to eastern philosophy, people who have a predominance of the fire
element or the air and fire elements in their body are more susceptible to this malaise.
Hyperthyroidism - excessive secretion of the thyroid gland.
Anxiety, hostility, anger and stress.
Constipation, flatulence or Intestinal gases.
Taking food without hunger.
Artificial stimulants and fractional feeding - Artificial stimulants like smell or the thought of nearing the food
time can create acidity.
Excessive intake of stimulants like tea, coffee etc.
Excessive intake of food that increases the fire element such as fried foods, spicy or pungent food,
oranges, tomatoes, spinach etc.
Excessive intake of food that increases the air element such as kidney beans, horse gram, white rice,
sprouts etc.

The Yogic Management

Yoga deals with the underlying causes, whether they are related to mind or body. This is contrast to modern
medicine, which uses suppressants for symptomatic relief. This can impair the digestive system and lead to
complications.

The Yogic Management of Acidity involves developing:


1. A routine
2. The right eating habit
3. Dietary and Lifestyle changes

Importance of detoxification
By Arun Goel
Modern science now believes that the cause of degeneration, decay and premature ageing lies in free radicals in
the body. This overrules the earlier concept of germ theory.

According to this theory, accumulation of toxins in our bodies creates free radicals.

Free radicals are dysfunctional molecules (they have a missing electron). These are highly unstable molecules
and in an attempt to regain stability they devour electrons from surrounding molecules. This creates more
damaged molecules and in a cascading effect, this leads to damaged cells and this causes degeneration.

How free radicals are created

Free radicals are created as a result of accumulation of toxins in the body. Toxins, themselves, are a result of our
living style, environment and emotional patterns.

With the kind of food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and our emotional pulls and pressures, certain
hormones are secreted that have a tendency to leave behind toxins.
The accumulation of toxins in our body is, therefore, natural. We CANNOT escape from this.

These toxins gradually form layers around the lysosomes inside the cells. Lysosomes are structures inside the
cells that flush out the waste products from the cells. When toxins form coats around these structures, they
block the membrane of the lysosomes from performing their natural function. This leads to the build up of toxins
and the creation of free radicals.

Detoxification

With the accumulation of toxins taking place all the time, it is necessary to find a way to rid the body of these
toxins and restore the cells to their normal functioning.

It is necessary to REVERSE this cascading effect of damaged molecules.

Otherwise, this can result in various health disorders and life threatening diseases. In fact, most of the
degenerative diseases such as hypertension, arthritis, diabetes, immunity disorders, strokes, arteriosclerosis and
heart ailments can be traced to this one reason.

Modern medicine has devised a therapy called 'Chelation' to detoxify the body. It is performed by injecting the
body with a chemical that isolates the free radicals in the body to prevent them from causing further damage to
other cells. It also restores the free radicals to their normal form. Elimination of toxins is aided through the urinary
system.

Detoxifying naturally

Our bodies carry out this 'Chelation' naturally. In fact, Chelation is a process of nature. Tears, sneezing, mucus,
sweat, menstrual blood, urine and faeces are all nature's way of detoxification.

The basic actions of our bodies such as breathing, digesting, circulation and excretion are forms of Chelation and
our lymphatic system is an excellent Chelating agent just like the chemical that is injected in to our bodies.

If we can find a way to have these working in an optimum manner, we should be able to free our body of the
accumulation of toxins and thereby disease.

Yoga and detoxification

Yoga methods and techniques offer precisely these effects. It is surprising that ancient yogis knew of these effects
thousands of years ago and have practiced methods that help to keep optimum health.

Hatha Yoga fulfils detoxification through the practices of Asanas (Yoga poses), Pranayamas (Breathing
techniques), Mudras and Bandhas. While Pranayamas create the right vibration in the cells by working on energy
flows, Asanas free up blocks and obstacles in the flow of this energy.

Yoga has powerful detoxification techniques of nasal irrigation (Jala Neti), enema (Basti), and the Stomach wash
(Kunjal). These are some of the most effective techniques to prevent disease and ageing.

In fact, while techniques of Chelation therapy work at a physical level only, yoga has techniques which help in
detoxification at all levels including mental and spiritual. Techniques such as 'Kapalbhati' help in increased
oxygenated blood flow to the brain and help in 'purifying' the mind.

In this Information Age, it is important that man realizes the wonders behind his own body. He should use this
knowledge to develop a faith in the natural processes of the body and assist it naturally, because the body has a
way to respond better to natural therapies.
Tooth and Gum Health
Why go natural for tooth and gum health?
Isn't it a wonder that despite the advent of latest tools for oral hygiene such as toothpastes and mouthwashes
and the advancement in dental science, more people suffer from tooth and gum related diseases today than
ever before?

It is now a widely recognized fact that tooth decay is really a disease of the modern civilization. Modern diet and
an overemphasis on refined foods, cereals, processed or synthetic foods lead to a condition of spongy and
receding gums. Various gum diseases such as pyorrhea and gingivitis are also a direct consequence of our
modern living habits.

Processed and synthetic formulations such as mouthwashes and chemical-based toothpastes most often
aggravate the problem that they claim to correct. Very often the consequences can be even more severe. The
Dept. of Health and Human Services (USA) has issued warnings that alcohol in mouthwashes is linked to both
oral and throat cancer. Fluoride in toothpastes has already been linked to cancer.

The ethanol in mouthwash is believed to allow cancer-causing substances to permeate the lining of the mouth.
Moreover, acetaldehyde which is a toxic byproduct and a carcinogenic can accumulate in the oral cavity as the
mouthwash is swished around.

The bottom line is why use these toothpastes and mouthwashes, when in fact nature has provided a wealth of
herbs and fruit that have a phenomenal effect on oral health with absolutely no side effects. These "miracles" of
nature are so powerful that our forefathers have used them for thousands of years. As an example, just try
pressing a clove between your teeth in cases of toothaches and feel the pain vanish!!

"Nature's Miracles" for Oral Health and Hygiene


In a study to determine the most effective method for reducing plaque formation and the level of bacteria on
teeth surface it was found that micro-organisms found in inflamed gums are resistant to antibiotics but not to
antibacterial plant extracts like Neem. And unlike antibiotics, antibacterial plant extracts produced no allergy in
the gingival that could inhibit their effectiveness.

Neem extracts have been very effective in destroying cavity-causing bacteria, enhancing mouth
immunity and preventing tartar and plaque buildup. They have helped millions of people avoid cavities.
Neem can be a painless way to avoid severe dental problems. In a German study, 70 patients with
pyorrhea in varying stages showed significant improvement after just 5 to 10 treatments with neem-
based products. Bleeding gums had healed and the secretion from pockets around the teeth had
stopped. The bluish-colored gums returned to a healthy pale pink color.

The Ayurvedic and medicinal properties of the Babul tree (Acacia Arabica) are also well known. This natural
ingredient strengthens the root of the teeth, cleans and maintains the whiteness of the teeth.

Neem Twigs have been used by thousands of people for hundreds of years as an extremely effective method
of total oral hygiene.

Clove and its oil is an absolute wonder therapy for toothaches and gum disorders. It is an excellent pain
reliever and often dentists use it to numb the gums prior to administering a shot. Besides this clove oil is also
useful in relieving sore throats and is a powerful breath freshener.

Besides, neem, babul and clove, there are several vital herbs and natural oils that work wonders on tooth and
gum health. A mixture ofEucalyptus, clove, and Spearmint is extremely potent in eliminating harmful bacterial
build-up in the mouth and a very good cleansing agent.

Majuphal is a fruit that has a remarkable astringent property and it reduces over secretion of mucous. It's
haemostatic property ensures its beneficial effect on bleeding gums and on gingivitis.

The Catechu (Khadir) bark is extremely beneficial in cases of toothache and spongy gums. Ginger oil is an
astringent for teeth.

Ginger is an excellent astringent wash for the teeth while lemon is a good whitener.

Herbodent (Orohyi) Herbal Toothpaste is a potent formulation that uses the power of these natural herbs to
stimulate oral health.

Tongue Cleansing and Coated Tongue

Importance of Tongue Cleaning

The tongue's surface is the main breeding ground for harmful bacteria that attack teeth & gums producing a
rotten egg - smelling gases or "dragon mouth"!

Tongue cleaning is necessary, in addition to brushing, for a thorough dislodging of the plaque and mucus. In
clinical tests, tongue cleaning is proven to have reduced odors and bacteria by 75%!

Tongue scraping with a Tongue Cleaner is a boon for those suffering from coated tongue. Effective tongue
cleaning reduces coating on the tongue by as much as 40%!! The best part is that a tongue cleaner is so easy
and fun to use.

A myth widely believed is that the stomach is the root cause of bad breath. Bad breath from the stomach is so
rare that of a thousand people treated for bad breath not a single case was caused by stomach problems.

Tooth brushing and mouthwashes do nothing to remove oral debris on the tongue, the root cause of bad
breath. At best they mask bad breath. Tongue cleaning is by far the most effective way of combating bad
breath.

Recently, there have been three world meets on bad breath wherein a lot of emphasis has been given to
tongue cleaning as a daily adjunct to routine oral hygiene.
Did you know?
Teeth brushing & tongue cleaning reduce bad breath by 85 %
Tongue cleaning alone reduces mouth odor by 75 %
Brushing the teeth only, reduces mouth odor by 25 %
Tongue cleaning reduces the amount of coating on the tongue by 40 %
Tongue cleaning inhibits plaque formation on teeth by 33 %
Tongue cleaning is more effective than brushing by 50 %
Tongue cleaning will cut down the bacteria stored in the mouth by Tenfold
Tongue cleaning reduces halitosis including smoker's breath by 85 %

Why use a Tongue Cleaner ?

A Tongue Cleaner is a product that has been used for thousands of years as a part of traditional Ayurvedic and
yogic practice. It is a uniquely designed bend made of Copper (preferably!) designed to remove the maximum
waste organic matter and mucous from the tiny grooves on the tongue surface by gently gliding it over the
surface.

You'll be surprised when you actually see how much mucous is removed after what you thought was a perfect
brushing session !! It is the best way to keep your breath fresh and taste buds active.

Skin Cleansing
Why go natural for skin disorders, skin disease and skin infections?
If you've ever suffered from the irritating itch of a skin disorder, take heart… you're not alone.

Every year millions of people suffer from some kind of skin disorder, skin disease or plain skin infections.

What is worrying, however, is that most of them make matters worse by taking strong medicines and
steroid-based ointments which act as SUPRESSANTS. Even though the effect is almost immediate, at best
they give temporary relief.

More importantly, they can trigger even more severe and seemingly unrelated disorders. These may be in the
form of :

Metabolic Disorders

Skin Eruptions

Modern medicine has NOT been able to explain these "side effects"!!

Why skin disorders / skin diseases happen ??


The Yoga perspective:

It is important to understand and eliminate the cause of skin diseases. Poor diet, poor stimulation of the
circulatory and excretory systems and subsequent build up of toxins are the root cause of skin eruptions.
According to Yoga, the practice of Asanas, Breathing techniques as well as Internal Cleansing (Body
Detoxification) techniques will serve to address skin issues. In other words, Yoga shows how to take charge of
your own health issues (skin disorders included) without the need for any EXTERNAL aid. Please see the
relevant sections on this website for incorporating these Yoga practices in your life.

The Ayurveda Perspective :

According to Ayurveda, the branch of medicine, which dates back to 1000 B.C, excess sugar in the body is a
major cause of skin disorders. The skin cells so affected by the excess sugar, provide an ideal breeding ground
for the bacteria, which multiply rapidly using these skin cells.

Ayurveda has documented the "miraculous" properties of medicinal herbs and clays that counteract the excess
sugar in the body. They combine with the skin cells to inhibit multiplication of the virus. The absence of a
breeding ground results in the elimination of the virus.

As you can see, traditional medicine works on attacking the cause; Modern medicine works by attacking
the effect.

So is there anything at all for skin disorders?

Nature has provided a wealth of herbs medicinal in nature that can correct almost ANY kind of skin disorders or
disease of the skin. Even for keeping the skin toned, soaps or packs made of these medicinal herbs have an
invigorating and soothing effect.
Medicinal Herbs

Pure herbs can do wonders for your skin like no other.

Some herbs, which have been well documented for their phenomenal benefits, are neem, basil and
turmeric.
Neem (often called the wonder herb) has been extremely effective in curing acne, eczema treatment,
eczema cure and other diseases of the skin.

How Neem works on the skin?

Neem counteracts the excess sugar contents in the body which are the cause of most of the skin
disorders. Ancient medical texts such as the Sushrita Sanhita have demonstrated that Neem somehow
inhibits the multiplication of viruses by combining with the skin cells. This blockage of virus growth
imparts the germicidal and anti allergic properties to Neem.

Neem has been used for treating all sorts of skin problems for centuries. It contains Nimbidol and
Gedunin which have excellent fungicidal propeties. Neem has proved to be beneficial in skin disorders
such as warts, scabies, psoriasis, eczema, and even dandruff. It is extremely effective in acne
treatment.
As a simple demonstration, if Neem leaves are crushed and applied as a paste to the face affected by
acne, an immediate improvement is seen within a matter of minutes. Such acne home remedies are a
proven way of curing acne.
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Basil (Tulsi): Due to its phenomenal medicinal effect on all systems of the human body, basil is
worshipped in oriental culture as the purest and most sublime plant.
Even the soil on which the basil plant grows becomes so pure that if you have a mud bath with that soil
almost all ailments of the skin disappear. Also effective for acne treatment.
Basil is extremely effective in treating skin disorders as it is a blood purifier and kills bacteria. Basil
Tea or tea with basil leaves is FAMOUS for soothing inflamed throat conditions.
To read about the holy Basil Tea, Click here.
Turmeric (Haldi) has been used for centuries in the oriental cultures as a complete remedy for
infections, injuries, boils, accident recovery etc.
Sandalwood is a uniquely Indian plant that has an extraordinary fragrance. The bark of the sandalwood
tree is extremely smooth and sandal paste is applied on the body to impart an extremely smooth,
unblemished and lustrous look to the skin. The fragrance of sandalwood is also said to be a proven
sexual stimulant.
Herbal face masques use these herbs in combination to give POWERFUL acne home remedies and
treatment for skin disorders.
Side Note: The phenomenal effects of sandalwood on the skin are exemplified by the fact that to this
day, in many typical Indian weddings, a thick paste of sandalwood and turmeric is applied on the
bride's skin on the day of her wedding.

Herbal Soaps

Banish skin disorders and skin diseases … naturally!!

Has soap ever cured skin disorders or skin diseases of ANY kind???

Let's examine why we use soap in the first place:


To clean the skin of dirt and grime

To feel fresh and fragrant

To treat minor skin infections or for oily skin treatment

Now for the Reality-

Most of the modern soaps give a "clean" feeling by emphasizing the "fragrance" aspect. This, psychologically,
help you feel fresh and therefore "clean". Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Many of the cosmetic soaps and other "skin care" products contain harmful chemicals that in fact clog the
pores. This results in skin irritation, rash and allergies.

The petrochemical compounds and the mineral oil base that these soaps contain aggravate these conditions.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which is a vital ingredient in most of the soaps can cause cancer, eye damage and
even alter the genetic material in cells.

Chemical-based soaps also result in the hardening of toxins and body oils. These worsen the clogging of the
skin and overtime this results in mal effects in the form of rashes, acne and even more serious skin infections.

We strongly recommend that you studiously avoid any soap which contain a cocktail of assorted chemicals.
Chemicals, despite whatever benefits they may advocate, may be accompanied by an even greater
number of undisclosed or unknown drawbacks, which can have a disastrous effect in the long
run. Amazingly, many of these chemicals speed up the ageing process instead of retarding it as they
claim!! Why?? Because they in fact dehydrate the skin and choke the oxygen supply to it.

So is there anything at all for skin disorders?

Now that you've seen the obvious harmful effects of chemical based soaps, the obvious question is "what
should I use"?

The answer lies in suitable soap-alternatives or then chemically ‘underloaded’ soaps made of medicinal herbs.
Nature has provided a wealth of herbs and clays medicinal in nature that keep the skin toned and healthy.

What to use for a clean and fragrant skin?

As far as possible, you should use cleansing agents or soaps that use natural ingredients. These ingredients
should take care of

 Effective Skin Maintenance


 Fragrance and Freshness

" I absolutely love the soaps I ordered... "


M.V.D, Skerries, CO

Premium Handmade Herbal Soaps with Essential Oils.


But if you must use soaps for convenience, we recommend soaps made of natural ingredients and essential
oils in their whole form that are proven to have a wholesome effect on the skin. Some herbs that have a
phenomenal effect on the skin health, luster and texture are Neem, Basil (Tulsi), Turmeric
(Haldi) and Sandalwood. These herbs are medicinal in nature and have an invigorating effect on skin health.
The small molecules of the essential oils are absorbed into the skin and sub derma skin cells to kill bacteria and
keep the skin naturally fragrant.
The Neem Tulsi Soap

Combines the powerful skin healing properties of the herbs Neem and Indian Basil
(Tulsi). Comes in 2 options - with an in-built "scrub" to unclog pores OR without the
scrub

Weight: 4.40 oz.

Price: US$ 4.95

" Great products that work beautifully! My husband had acne on his back which has cleared up with the
Neem Tulsi Soap! "
S.Lee, Gilbert, AZ

Choose Option

Sandal Turmeric Soap

Sandalwood is good for all skin types. It is Cooling and has Moisturizing properties.
Turmeric has strongAntiseptic properties and is very good for Skin Texture and Skin
Health. This soap combines the medicinal value of Sandal and Turmeric with the
hydrating properties of Aloe Vera and Glycerine and other select Ayurvedic Herbs.

Contains: Sandal Extract, Turmeric (Haldi), Lotus, Aloe Vera, Glycerine and rare
Ayurvedic herbs.

Weight: 4.40 oz.

" I purchased some bars of soap and the one I am using, sandalwood and turmeric, is high quality in my
mind and a real winner. "

Price: US$ 4.95

Jasmine Cheese Soap

Jasmine has a relaxing and anti-depressive effect. It is stress relieving and is uplifting
during times of lethargy. It has decongestant properties, which makes it beneficial for
colds and infections of the throat and chest. It also is reputed to have aphrodisiac
properties. Aloe Vera and Glycerine help keep the skin hydrated.

Contains: Jasmine Cheese, Jasmine Oil, Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera, Glycerine

Weight: 4.40 oz.


Price: US$ 4.95

Rosewater Soap
Extremely Cooling, Rose acts as a powerful antiseptic against viruses and bacteria. It is
of use in stress related conditions - insomnia, nervous tension etc.

Contains: Rose petals and essential oils in a mild soap base.

Weight: 4.40 oz.


Price: US$ 4.95

Rose- Sandal Soap

Combines the medicinal properties of sandal (Chandan) with Rose (Gulab) petals.
Helps in providing freshness and coolness to the body relieving tension and tiredness
of the muscles.

Weight: 4.40 oz.

Price: US$ 4.95

Herbomineral

Even better than herbal soaps, we recommend a powerful mud bath powder that
combines several potent herbs, clays and minerals. Based on an Ayurvedic Recipe,
this Herbomineral powder is recommended extensively in Spa treatments for its
purifying, softening and rejuvenating effect. To be used in the bath or shower instead
of soap, it works by acting as a gentle scrub that sucks out the toxins and leaves the
skin wonderfully soft and naturally fragrant. The best part is that it seems to take care
of minor skin infections quite on its own.

It also has a remarkably cooling effect on the skin and recommended in cases of
prickly heat rash too.

Treating Skin Fungus and Skin Disorders... Naturally


How to treat scabies, eczema, heat rash and almost ANY skin infection with a 100% safe natural powder
.... AND keep the skin exceedingly soft and healthy

" Herbomineral was advocated for 'Scabies' and 'Impetigo' on eight children patients and it was noticed
that the patients got relief from itching, irritation and vesicle formation of the skin in five days. The
product HERBOMINERAL was positive on all the eight cases .... "
Dr.M.Sridhar BSMS
Siddha Consultant, Madhagadipet

Herbomineral is a POWERFUL combination of rare herbs and clays. It's formula is


based on the treasure of information contained in ancient Ayurvedic texts dating back
to thousands of years.

Its ingredients ensure that it is completely safe and it has even been used extensively
for infant eczema and in scabies treatment for children.

" I have received and been using Herbomineral for some time now, it is amazing how it works. I've been
plagued by a terrible heat rash and nothing would heal it up. Once I began my treatment with
Herbomineral the pus in the blemished began to dry up withing days and the redness doesn't stay for
very long either. I just wish that I could have found out and got Herbomineral sooner, to prevent all the
suffering of the heat rash when it first broke out. Thank you for this great product.. "
Anna Naumenko, Brooklyn,NY

" Herbomineral did a good job. My skin cleared up in 4 days of using it.The source of my problem must
betaken care of for a cure but I enjoyed being symptom free for a week after the treatment. Thank you.
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D.D.C, Park Ridge,IL

" The Herbomineral does in fact work and works well! I have been using it once a day for the past week
and have notice the rashes going away. "
Michael Lipayon, Delano,CA

How Herbomineral works?

HERBOMINERAL penetrates the skin pores and absorbs toxins in a completely natural way. This removes the
breeding ground which is necessary for ANY bacterial activity.

How is it different from skin ointments or other "chemical based" treatments??

HERBOMINERAL acts on the breeding ground (the skin) rather than on the germs (which could be of countless
strains). It does so by creating unfavorable conditions that inhibit germ multiplication.

HERBOMINERAL attacks the "cause" of the problem while the conventional treatments treat the "effect".

Because it uses such a simple principle, it has been HUGELY effective on different or unrelated skin disorders.
It is highly effective on all skin allergies, heat rash and skin diseases of any origin.

" I have severe eczema on my hands, and the herbomineral had done wonders for it. Much less itching,
and the cracks in my skin heal much faster. Thanks for a great natural product. "
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" I have been struggling with reoccuring skin cancer in vaginal area for the past couple of years and I
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" HERBOMINERAL is effective on Psoriasis, fungal infections and all sorts of allergies in general and even
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" Notably it has been seen that with HERBOMINERAL treatment skin ailments like Rare Mycosis
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Dr.V. Srinivasan M.B.B.S.M.D
Govt.General Hospital,Pondicherry.

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Herbomineral has proven to be extremely effective in cases of heat rash and prickly heat too. In fact, its healing
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infections, eye infections and much more.

" I received the product quickly and in perfect shape. I love to add the Herbomineral powder to a bath, it
helps control my "heat rashes" during pregnancy. Thank You. "
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As a Skin Tonic

HERBOMINERAL is an excellent skin tonic for anyone over 4 years of age. The natural ingredients used in it,
make the skin extremely supple and add to the longevity of a youthful skin. It is so safe that it can be used on
children too.

In fact, Herbomineral is regularly used as a bath powder for adding to skin luster and softness.

" I've tried Herbomineral on my face a few times and it seems like my skin is already looking clearer."
Michelle Behrman, Santa Clara,CA

" My skin does feel softer already. "


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" Received the Herbomineral. Worked great on my daughter's athlete/sports related heat rash. "
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" You have a wonderful product in Herbomineral. It's too bad the general public doesn't catch on to all
these natural remedies instead of bombarding their bodies with all those chemicals. "
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It is completely safe because it has NO chemicals, only natural herbs and clays.

How to Use?

Herbomineral can be used specifically for skin disorders OR as a general bath powder instead of soap for a
healthier, softer skin.

In case of infections: Add a few drops of water to the HERBOMINERAL powder (quantity as per area of
application) and make it into a paste. Apply the paste on the affected area and allow to dry. Wash off after
about 20 minutes or let it remain. Use as frequently as desired.

As a bath powder: Take 3 teaspoons of HERBOMINERAL powder. Add a few drops of water to make a paste.
Apply over the body while having a bath. Then wash off.

The Best Ayurvedic Herbs for Neti Kriya


Ayurveda is an ancient healing art form that originates in India. This traditional system of medicine focuses on
wellness through integration of the mind, body and spirit. Neti kriya is an Ayurvedic technique using a neti pot,
which is used to irrigate and clean the sinuses and nasal passages, according to "Yoga Journal." Using herbs in a neti
pot can provide additional health and wellness benefits, although most of these benefits are not backed up by
Western scientific research. Always consult your doctor before using herbal remedies.
Indian Holy Basil
Holy basil is a herb frequently used in neti kriya. According to Ayurvedic practitioner David Frawley in his book,
"Neti: Healing Secrets of Yoga and Ayurveda," holy basil is one of the best herbs to use in the neti pot to provide
benefits to your brain, nerves and heart. It is traditionally used to encourage devotion during meditation. When used
in neti kriya, holy basil may potentially alleviate symptoms of colds, flus, sinus problems and allergies.

Ginger
Ginger is one of the most commonly used herbs in Ayurvedic medicine and neti kriya. Ginger is used in traditional
herbal healing for a variety of health purposes, including alleviating symptoms of nausea and vomiting, according to
the University of Maryland Medical Center. Frawley recommends using ginger in the neti pot to clear your sinuses,
stimulate your senses and promote perceptive activity in your brain.
Brahmi
Brahmi is another popular herb in Ayurvedic healing. It has been used in Ayurveda to improve cognitive processes
for thousands of years. According to author Blair Lewis in his book, "Happiness: The Real Medicine And How It
Works," brahmi can help to improve your memory, promote clear thinking and possibly help to alleviate anxiety.
Scullcap
Scullcap is a member of the mint family that is used to treat sinus problems in Ayurvedic medicine. According to
authors Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa and Michael Tierra in their book, "The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs: The Most
Complete Guide to Natural Healing and Health with Traditional Ayurvedic Herbalism," scullcap can help to
alleviate clogged sinuses and reduce sinus swelling and inflammation.
Sandalwood
Sandalwood has an aroma you may already be familiar with, as it is commonly used in aromatherapy, incense and
bath and body products. In neti kriya, sandalwood has cooling effects that can help to calm frayed nerves and reduce
fevers, according to Frawley.

Using a neti pot can reduce chronic sinus congestion.


By Robert Svoboda

The neti pot is one of the tools used in Ayurveda as part of basic daily hygiene. Simply put, it cleans out the nose and
sinuses with salt water and ensures they stay clean.

On a deeper level, though, the function of the neti pot has to do with maintaining balance in the kapha dosha. A dosha is an
energy pattern, and according to Ayurveda each day the body moves through a series of dosha changes, from
predominance in kapha (earth/water) in the morning, to pitta (or the fire element) at midday, to vata (air) in the evening. The
kapha-predominance of each waking morning often results in sluggishness and congestion residing in the upper part of the
body. Using the neti pot as part of your morning routine helps relieve some of the kapha excess in the nasal area
(manifested by mucus accumulation), and by extension, benefits the eyes, ears, throat, and entire body.

Neti pots come in many designs made from a variety of materials. It is best to choose an unbreakable one that won't react
with the salt water it will be mixed with. To prepare the salt water, mix one heaping teaspoon of sea salt in a half-liter (or
pint) of warm, purified water. The salt creates a higher osmotic pressure than water alone, meaning that it helps nasal and
sinus fluids flow into the water and get flushed out, rather than absorb the water and stay put.

Fill the neti pot with the prepared water and hold it in the left hand. Bring the spout into the left nostril, lean over a sink, and
as the head is tilted to the right side, tip the pot up to get the water to flow. Breathe through the mouth.
The aim is to get water to flow into the left nostril, around the area inside the nose and sinuses, and out the right nostril. Do
this for 15 to 30 seconds, then change sides. It might take a couple of tries to get the right alignment.

Anyone can benefit from this practice, although it is especially recommended for people with chronic respiratory congestion,
frequent colds, and sinus headaches or pressure.

Those with conditions such as chronic nose bleeds, nasal polyps, or a severely deviated nasal septum should talk with their
health care providers before using the neti pot, to assure that it won't exacerbate the condition.

Ayurvedic physician Robert Svoboda was the first Westerner to receive a license to practice Ayurveda in India. His newest
book is Light on Relationships (Samuel Weiser,2001).