Simple Health Cures: Nasal Irrigation and Neti Pots?

A potential death blow to the billion dollar allergy/nasal/sinus problem industry???

That would be great…no more medicinal nasal sprays and nasal surgery…just water, salt, and baking soda??? Wow!

If this really works, this should be on the news more (besides being on Oprah).

“Nasal irrigation refers to rinsing the nose and nasal passages with a solution, typically salt water. The solution can be as simple – and cheap – as a quarter-teaspoon of kosher salt, eight ounces of warm tap water and a quarter-teaspoon of baking soda.”

“For most patients, the benefit of nasal irrigation is that it does a great job of treating symptoms that otherwise aren’t well treated with medicine,” she notes. “Nasal irrigation can be considered a first-line treatment for common nasal and sinus symptoms. It’s often more effective than medications.”

For people with mild allergies, Pynnonen says, nasal irrigations alone may be enough to control the symptoms. Others may need to use medications in addition to nasal irrigation.

Pynnonen recently led a study in which her team found that saline irrigation is very effective at controlling sinus symptoms, more so than saline sprays. “Patients who used nasal irrigation,” she says, “experienced as much improvement as some patients with chronic sinusitis get with sinus surgery.”

Nasal irrigation can be used in children, she says, with a smaller amount of the solution. As long as the child is old enough to cooperate with the treatment, Pynnonen says, it’s safe to try nasal irrigation. ”

Spring cleaning … for your nose (University of Michigan Health System)

Dr. Oz Explains the Benefits of a Neti Pot (www.oprah.com)

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