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Effective tretament for cold, allergies and flu - no chemicals

Posted Oct 08 2010 2:02am

Enjoying the fall might get difficult because of all the cold and flu mostly associated with this colorful season. Pharmacies and adverts recommend usual treats for flu, mostly being chemical and giving just a fleeting satisfaction. As the fall takes its course, we are still on the lookout for a natural and efficient remedy and there really is one, originated thousand years ago.

Ayurveda is an ancient art of living giving advices of thousand years of age to treat the modern people. How can it be so? Suppose it just means that primordial knowledge of universe, human body, and patterns of nature are so universal than can be applied to people at any time, any culture. We are pretty much alike regardless of where we live.

In yoga there are several body cleansing techniques, neti being one of them. It suggests that a nasal cleansing (jala neti in Sanskrit) is beneficial for breathing, seeing, hearing and thinking. By performing it twice a day with a pot of mildly salted water one can avoid numerous illnesses, improve senses and health in general. Ancient yogis in India did jala neti as a part of a self-purifying, so important in yoga.

Mucus form polluted air, dust, smoke and other tiny particles found in the air is accumulating in our nostrils and nasal cavity. It is no wonder given we spend most our days in crowded and motorized cities and a breeze of a fresh air seems luxury. Such environment can be beneficial for different bacteria that cause allergies, inflammations, infections and respiratory illnesses, most common in fall – cold and flu.

Jala neti cleanses the mucus and restores the ability to breathe deep. It improves the sense of smell and encourages the habit of breathing through the nose, the way nature had its. Nasal cavity is linked with ears, eyes and other organs as well. Ancient practitioners believed that by treating the nose one can heal almost every disease of the organs above one’s shoulders. Jala neti is found to be beneficial for treating headache, insomnia, sluggishness, weakness, eye irritation, night myopia, poliosis, ear weakening and cough.

Improved smell by jala neti also improves the sense of taste and digestive processes. The taste is always accompanied with smell, letting us experience all the joy from food. Swami Omananda Saraswati, a lifelong practitioner and researcher, stresses that this procedure is not re-invented. Although there have been attempts to improve the jala neti procedure with medical and more Western techniques, the truth, according to Swami, is that jala neti does not need to be improved.

If followed to all instructions, the jala neti procedure is really simple and with time you will find it a child’s play. If we can believe the videos on YouTube (and there are plenty, indeed) even children get well familiar to the procedure. What’s more important is that nasal cleaning is safe at all ages (if performed accurately) and also beneficial at all ages.

The natural procedure is now advocated also by non-yogis and today, search results for jala neti; neti pot; and nasal cleansing on the internet gives us 70 000 results, 10 000 times the number of results 15 years ago.

To keep a clear head (by the way, that’s another trick jala neti does – it reduces the excessive heat of your brain, having a cooling and soothing effect that is effective against headache, stress and mental tension) it’s worth taking your time in analyzing all the information out there. Most manufacturers provide an online link to the product usage manual for you to get acquainted with. As said before, the vast assortment of different kind of neti pots might get you confused. Try to find a webpage that also has a video on how to perform a nasal cleaning. It’s not hard but the first times might be difficult because of the unprecedented feelings and actions. Read more on jala neti ((

The choice of a neti pot is pretty personal and important. Trust your feeling on this one because emotional satisfaction is also important. Neti pots are made of all sort of materials – metal, porcelain, plastic, steel. The shape and the nozzle are also different as well as the color – they can be more artistic, more medical-like or nature inspired, like Petal found on Be Genki’s shop (Australia) ( Made of fine porcelain in a shape of a lotus petal it offers an inexperienced meld with nature and gives comfort thanks to the natural cork lids. International shoppers can get theirs on AdvaitaArt’s online shop as well (

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