Managing Sinusitis

By Dr Harsh Sharma, DHMS, BHMS

Published October 10, 2014, Last updated October 21, 2016

Are you sufffering from sinusitis? If yes, you know pretty well that managing sinusitis is a difficult task. You may have received hundreds of suggestions from people about managing sinusitis with some common or easy ways. These tips range from steam inhalation to using anti-allergic medicines or nasal sprays. I am going to tell you a far better method. This method has been personally observed to be far more effective than any other thing under the sun. The method that I am going to tell you happens to be the one taught in the ancient practice of Yoga-Jal Neti and is easily the best way to manage sinusitis.

How to do Jal Neti

Jal Neti is done with the help of a pot with a pout, as given in this picture.

Jal Net pot for managing sinusitis





Such a pot is easily available at all shops selling utensils. The procedure for doing jal-neti is as follows—

  1. Boil water with a spoonful of salt added in it. You can also add some black cardamom ( moti elaichi in Hindi) to the water.
  2. Let the water cool down a bit till it is lukewarm. Strain the water and pour it in the jal-neti pot.
  3. Stand at the wash basin with your head tilted to the left side and the pout of the pot inserted just into your right nostril ( see pic) .Doing jal neti the right way to manage sinusitis Open your mouth a bit and keep breathing through the mouth. The water will on its own enter the right nostril and come out of the left nostril.
  4. Similarly, bend your head towards the right and the pout of the pot into the left nostril. The water will enter the left nostril and come out of the right nostril.
  5. Keep doing this alternately for about 3-5 minutes. The only trick to be observed during the procedure is that you have to do nothing. Just open your mouth a bit, keep breathing through your mouth and let the water do its job.

Advantages of Jal-neti in managing Sinusitis

This is easily the best way when it comes to managing Sinusitis. Let me explain why it is so.

  1. The hot water provides warm fomentation deep into the recesses of the nose.
  2. Water forces out the collected mucous and the millions of micro-organisms present in the mucous. These may be bacteria or viruses present in the mucous.
  3. Salt added into the water helps in reducing swelling inside the nasal passages and that of the mucous membranes.
  4. The medicinal value of black cardamom ( it has anti-inflammatory benefits) helps in reducing inflammation within the nasal cavities.

For more information on sinusitis, its causes, symptoms and homeopathic treatment you can refer to my article

For the homeopathic medicines used in the treatment of chronic sinusitis, you can refer to my article

N.B Homeopathic medicines are very safe and do not have any side effects when taken under the supervision of an expert homeopathic doctor.

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