Nasal irrigation – also known as nasal douche – is a practice that flushes mucus buildup from the nose and sinuses. To perform a nasal rinse, you have to use a pot with a long spout. This is called a neti pot. Although there are no scientific findings that support the benefits of nasal irrigation, it’s traditionally used to ease sinusitis, allergies, and migraines. The nasal cavity collects irritants and this causes congestion. Congestion leads to swelling and inflammation of the nasal cavity.
The idea is to eliminate blockages and debris that trigger these ailments. Usually, allergies are triggered by airborne irritants, like pollen or dust. On the other hand, sinusitis is caused by excessive mucus buildup. Migraines are also triggered by blockages in the nasal cavity.
How to Perform Nasal Irrigation
Nasal irrigation has been traditionally used in India and China. Using a saline solution, you cleanse the blockage in the nasal cavity. Just tilt your head sideways and insert the neti spot in the upper nostrils. The saline solution will flow automatically to the lower nostrils. Repeat the process several times to decongest.
The saline solution’s temperature is critical. It should be warm enough to melt excessive mucus but not too hot that it burns the nasal cavity and throat. If the solution is too cold, it won’t be as effective. Performing a nasal irrigation twice per week should be enough to keep the nasal cavity free from irritants.
Benefits of Nasal Irrigation
Allergy is prevalent around spring and summer season. That’s when pollen, dust, and spores are released into the dry air. When inhaled, these irritants are embedded within the nasal mucous causing congestion. This leads to swelling, irritation and wheezing. You can use antihistamines to relieve allergy symptoms. But if you want a holistic approach to relieving allergies, try nasal irrigation. You can remove the root cause of the problem without the undesirable side effects. Ideally, you want to perform a nasal irrigation every day during spring and summer time to ease seasonal allergies.
Sinusitis is a condition caused by blocked sinus cavities. Symptoms of sinusitis include splitting headaches, facial pain, discomfort and nasal congestion. Acute sinusitis could last up to a month or more. On the other hand, chronic sinusitis will last for several months at a time. Rinsing your nasal cavities with a saline solution prevents infections and irritations. It also melts excessive mucus and ease inflammation.
Prevents Bad Breath
Did you know sinusitis and allergies are the most common cause of halitosis? Halitosis is chronic bad breath. It’s caused by bacterial infection in the nose and mouth. When bacterial growth builds in the mouth and nose, it emits rancid odor that makes its way into the mouth. Through sinus irrigation, bacteria are flushed out of the system. It also prevents bacterial overgrowth by restoring the natural flora of the nose and mouth.
Relieves Respiratory Problems
Apart from allergies and sinusitis, nasal irrigation also eases a variety of respiratory ailments. These disorders include asthma, bronchitis, hay fever and common colds. It also improves respiratory health by preventing bacterial overgrowth and congestion.