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Jal Neti

Jal Neti

As the winter rears its cold head, it brings along a host of nasal problems. Sinuses flare up, noses start running and heads pound. So how do you keep the common cold at bay? 

Try doing the Neti

What is Neti 

Neti is an ancient yoga practice that keeps the nasal passage clear at all times. It thus prevents the build up of mucus, which is the main causes of cold. Neti is one of the six classical Kriyas (cleansing practices) mentioned in the Hatha Yoga and can be done in two ways. 

Jal Neti 

This is a fairly simple technique. You will need a neti pot, good quality sea salt and lukewarm water. The neti pot is a small instrument with a spout at one end, which fits into your nostril. This is a gentle technique, and it cleanses your nasal passage well. It is also known to induce some degree of clairvoyance and it is believed to remove diseases above the shoulders. The neti pot is available in specialised stores, so don't expect to find it at your neighbourhood Farm Fair. The best person to guide you as to where you can find a jal neti pot in your neighbourhood would be a yoga master. 

How To Do It 

  • Fill the pot with lukewarm water and add a quarter teaspoon of salt. (You could also reduce the amount of salt if you feel uncomfortable, but a general measure would be one teaspoon of salt for one mug of water.) 
  • Insert the spout into one nostril and slowly tilt your head sideways. Do not inhale as you are pouring the water through the nose. The water will flow around the septum and out through the other nostril. 
  • Your nasal passage is getting cleansed. Pour half the water through one nostril, blow your nose vigorously and clear your throat. 
  • Now insert the spout in the other nostril and repeat, with the remaining half of the water. 
  • Though the water will mostly come out from your nostrils, some of the water may flow through your mouth as well. So make sure your mouth is wide open. 

Sutra Neti 

This has the same benefits as jal neti, and is slightly uncomfortable so try this once you've mastered the art of jal neti - or if you have a strong constitution. 

How To Do It 

  • Take a cotton thread or a rubber wire and insert it up one nostril. 
  • Keep inserting it till the other end comes out from the other nostril. 
  • Then hold both ends of the wire and gently move them up and down the nostrils. 
  • After this, pull the wire out and insert it again in your nostril so the other end comes out from your mouth. This will cause you to retch, especially initially, so make sure you do this on an empty stomach. 
  • Gently pull the wire up and down from both ends, so the nasal passage is well cleared. 

Of the two, jal neti is an easier method of nasal passage cleansing, and it is not as uncomfortable as it seems. You just need a little control to be able to pour the water down your nostrils without splashing it all over! The benefits of jal neti are enormous, and if you are prone to developing a cold, it's definitely worth including in your daily routine. 

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.6 years ago
Where I can plastic neti pot in Andheri Mumbai. I need it very urgently. Pleae let me know as early as possible.
Jyothi.10 years ago
Please visit to get more information on sinus rinse care.
.10 years ago
where can I procure a jal neti pot in Mumbai? Please e- mail to me - I am preety desperate to start Jal neti but dont know where to get the pot in Mumbai. My mail id is
Aakash.10 years ago
in today's pollutive environment, i think jal net is very useful to remove all the accumalated dust which affects the natural breathing sysytem.
Anil  Wadehra
Anil Wadehra.10 years ago
my wife had chronic sinus headaches for the past 3 years. every morning she woke up with throbbing head.she took every possible medication to help. medications only helped her for a few hours at a time.after only one round of jal neti her head cleared up immediately. within 5 days of doing neti she has not had a single day with headache. she has not had any medicines since then. i am now trying to learn sutra neti which has even far greater health benefits. i would love to spread the benefits of neti in the usa
mayuri shah
mayuri shah.10 years ago
i need help. if any one can.
i do have sinus problem , aleergy, and hives. i took all medicine , just name any of them. i do have this problem more than 20 yrs. i used t i ahd cold when ever the season get changed.i used to take medicine. i tried allergist . i took shots too.
even last year i did burn turbinate. (the soft bones in side the nose). it came back this year again. i can't breath through my nose . i do have to breath only from mouth. when ever i did go to see dr, they always gives me prednisolon. now i am allergic to even prednisolon.which gives me hives. when i am taking medicine for hives it increase my b.p. when i am taking b. p. medicine i get hives. since 2-3 day si started jalneti. but water can't get through my nose because of blockage of turbinate(again bones increase and there is no passage for air or water)dr told this thing happen because of allergy. i used to use shad bindu oil. which little bit helped , but not in the case of my turbinate. i do have diveated septum(bone of the nose is not straight)now i am so much confused where to go , go to india but in india does any one has a remedy for this complicated problem?
i will really appericiate any one's input . thanks
Amit Kher
Amit Kher.10 years ago
i had cronic cough since 9 years. an astrologer had written in the janm patri(horoscope) that i will have cough at age of 27. doctors advised operation of nose bone but still it did not get correct. i have been doing jal neti now since 3 weeks and 80-90% of the cough is gone. also while initially doing jal neti alobg with aurvedic treatment and steaming the guy giving me nose and face massage told me to avoid airconditioners direct air. i had the direct air flow in my office about a foot away reom my head. i immediatly stopped it, and also in the car kept the dirction away. now i can literally count the number of coughs i have per day.
Ralf.10 years ago
i have been doing it for less then a week and i have also found it pretty effective. doing in the first day was a bit challanging but thereafter i found it a piece of cake.
jayendra.10 years ago
jal neti is a ancient indian practise for curing the nasal blockage and sinus problems that is o.k. but ther is a more finer and most important benefit that it offers is that it cures all mental and emotinal related problems and also helps in harmonising the activities of the pineal and pitutary glands.
Vikram.10 years ago
i had been diagnosed sinositis. i started takeing medicines from doc advice. no improvement. i tried ayurveda improvement. ent sergeon told me to get that ct scan.i did it..he gave me anti biotics and advices jal neti.. but again no improvement. doctor now telling me that it is rhinogenic headache. i have head ache for last 3 months.i am now getting drepressed. my bp is high.
pl help
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