There are several people who have used and benefited from different methods of alternative healing.
Some of the most common alternative healing sciences or practices that have become popular in the recent times are acupressure, acupuncture, aromatherapy, meditation, hydropathy, ayurvedic practices and Yoga, to name a few.
Yoga can be described as an ancient science that can help people lead a long and healthy life.
This science has now become increasingly popular in many western countries, including the United States of America. There are several health condition that can be cured or at least alleviated to a great extent, through the practice of this science. Yoga includes numerous poses, breathing techniques and exercises that can help tone up the body, boost immunity, increase strength, lose weight, reduce stress and get rid of several types of aches, pains, infections and disorders. Some of the various yoga poses and techniques can be used to cure numerous conditions ranging from nasal polyps, to cancer. Since a sinus infection is one of the most common respiratory ailments that people suffer from, it is only common for them to use natural practices to cure this condition. An ancient Yoga practice, which is known as Jala Neti or Sutra Neti, i.e., nasal cleansing can help to alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by sinusitis, within a shorter period of time. These techniques are commonly referred to, as Neti Kriya.
In order to perform the nose cleaning, with the help of yoga, you will need a Neti pot, which is a small pot, made out of ceramic and has a conical spout. However, there are several people who also prefer using a stainless steel neti pot instead. These neti pots are usually available at most leading pharmacies, drugstores and health stores. In order to practice jala neti yoga in the right manner, you need to follow the steps that are given below:
There are several benefits that have been associated with jala neti, apart from just nasal cleansing. Given below are some of the most common benefits of the jala neti procedure:
In Sutra Neti a rubber string or a waxed cotton string needs to be inserted through the nostril, so that the nasal passage can be massaged. In order to practice sutra neti, the steps given below need to be followed:
Some of the benefits of this exercise are that it reduces congestion, sluggishness and sinus headaches. It also helps increase alertness and overall respiratory health.
Just like people are advised to practice Jala Neti or Sutra Neti for nasal cleansing, there is a technique known as Shankaprakshalana, which is known as the intestinal cleansing procedure. However, Shankaprakshalana should not be practiced more than once or twice in a year and that too, only after receiving a go ahead from a doctor.
Since these techniques can be a bit complicated, it is important to perform them only under the guidance and supervision of a qualified and experienced yoga guru. The neti instructions given by the teacher should be followed accurately. People suffering from any severe respiratory or nasal conditions should consult a doctor before trying Neti Kriya.
Jala Neti - Neti with Water Jala Neti is one of the simplest yet most effective techniques. It works wonders for the body, particularly on patients suffering from chronic sinusitis, bronchitis and asthma. It has a profound effect on upper respiratory tract conditions, particularly hay fever. The regular practice of Neti also helps relieve headaches and facilitate prolonged youthfulness.
The technique is not half as hard as it appears.
In fact, once mastered, which should take a day or two at most. you will be surprised at both, the technique and its results.
Drying The Nose Drying your nose properly is a very important part of the practice. Never neglect to do this part properly. It is called Vyutkrama, which is nothing but Kapalbhati, explained in detail in stage 5 of this section. A couple of rapid forceful expulsions and all the residual water will be ejected from your nose
Dugdha Neti - Neti with Milk Another version of Netis is using diluted milk, pre-warmed to body temperature, in place of water. It is particularly beneficial to those suffering from chronic nose bleeding or for those who find salt water irritating. Sutra Neti - Nasal Cleansing Using a Rubber Catheter This is a very effective way of opening up the nasal passages to their fullest capacity.
Remember, under no circumstances should you experience pain in the practice. If you feel any pain, it either means you are inserting the catheter too fast, or that it entered the wrong way and is stalled against the nasal wall, unless there is otherwise some other genetic obstruction. In which case, stop immediately, withdraw and reinsert the catheter carefully in another direction until you find a clear unimpeded passage.
Take your time, gently inserting the catheter and always keep breathing normally. It is normal to feel tickled and have bouts of sneezing in the beginning. You may also discharge a lot of mucous, so make sure to keep handkerchiefs or a box of tissues ready. Over time, as the mucous membranes, nerves and tissues get accustomed to the practice, the reaction will automatically reduce.
Both Jala and Sutra Neti help extract all the impurity and bacteria filled mucus from the nasal and sinus cavities. This in turn, will help to restore the body's mechanisms to natural and increase its immunity to nasal allergies like hay fever, sinusitis and other respiratory conditions like sore throats, chronic coughs and colds, post nasal drips, adenoids and tonsillitis. By cleansing the nasal passages it frees them of mucus and automatically reduces the tendency breathe orally. Neti is also of great benefit for eye and ear related disorders. By flushing the tear ducts, it facilitates clearer vision. Further, it has subtle effects on the pineal and pituitary glands that govern the hormonal system, resulting in harmonized emotional behaviour.
Both these practices should, ideally, be done regularly and integrated into one's daily routine like bathing or brushing you teeth.
Sutra Neti can be of great benefit, and is highly recommended, for those who find one nostril more blocked than the other. There appears to be some kind of fleshy obstruction like the cartilage obstructing the nasal passages. Short of a surgical treatment, Sutra Neti is the best alternative for removing such obstructions.