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Have you ever used a Neti Pot? If so, what do you think?

By Expert HERWriter June 8, 2009 - 9:37pm
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Hello everyone,

Have any of you ever used a Neti Pot? I have several friends who just swear by them and they all insist that I absolutely have to get one too. Like most people I get sinus issues from time to time and maybe some mild allergies too, and my friends are all saying that the Neti Pot will basically help with all of these things plus more. It's almost gotten to the point where they are almost saying this thing will vacuum my floors it's so amazing. Well not really, but you get the idea.

I've seen the photos of the Neti Pot in use and heard the descriptions from my friends and it's amazing to me that you can use it and not feel like you are choking on warm water. I guess a lot of people do sort of cough and sputter at first until they get the hang of it.

If you have one and use it, what do you think? Is it really all it's hyped up to be? What do you use it for? Allergies, sinus issues or something else? I look forward to reading your thoughts! Michelle

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Good evening! i want to buy neti pot but how will i know if i am buying the original product? can you give me advise in what neti pot product is best and how much it will cost? all advises are much appreciated.... Thank You and God Bless....

September 9, 2014 - 9:13am

I've suffered for years with what I thought (and doctor described as) migraine headaches. I was given a prescription for and have been using Imitrex for years. I could take no more than 2 tablets in a 24-hour period. I had such a headache last week - it lasted for 2 days and I took both allowable pills during the first day and was afraid to take any more. Out of desperation, I used a Neti Pot (which my friend had recommended and purchased for me). I was absolutely blown away when that headache went away in a half hour. Next headache = try the Neti Pot first!

January 7, 2012 - 9:31pm
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I used the neti pot and i thought it was great! I have a lot of trouble with allergies and they can really clog my nose up a lot. Allergy medicines havent worked too well but this helps me a bit. Besides the basic salt water solution they have many other neti pot solutions out there depending on what condition your nose is in. You can put things like ginger and sesame oil in your homemade neti pot recipes to promote a different effect!

May 2, 2011 - 3:48am

I love my neti pot. The only hard part was getting the guts to actually try it for the first time. I think a lot of the neti pot horror stories (claims that it hurts, feels like you're drowning, etc.) are a simple matter of people making common newbie mistakes, like omitting the salt or forgetting to breathe through their mouths while doing it. This guide for neti pot newbies might help: http://www.neti-netti-pot.com. Remember, if nothing else, don't forget the salt!

January 30, 2011 - 2:57pm
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I used to use a saline (salt) solution in mine. I was good for kind-of opening things up. But then my Sister gave me this stuff that she found that is some kind of anti-microbial thing. I used it when I had a sinus infection last week (after my cold of course) and WOW. I can't say that I've ever had my sinuses as clear as they are now. It really knocked out that sinus infection like nobodies business. The stuff is called Super Neti Juice and I would rate it at 5 stars *****. Good stuff.
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February 17, 2010 - 4:09pm
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I love the neti pot. It sat on my shelf after I purchased it for about a month before I had the courage to try it. I read about it as much as I could online and watched the videos. When I first tried it the water would not come out but I tried it again and everything was great. My sinuses opened up and it felt wonderful. My sense of smell was so acute after using it. I use it every day now. Try it - you will love it.

September 22, 2009 - 11:44am
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In order to stop your self from coughing you have to orient your head so that the water flows out the other nostril rather than down your throat. Make sure you read up on the correct technique to use before attempting jala-neti.

Also, if you are suffering from sinus problems you might benefit from using a hypertonic solution when performing nasal irrigation. - The chances are your friends are using isotonic solution. Isotonic solution is more comfrotable though so you might want to start with that for the first few times.

July 9, 2009 - 6:10am

I don't use it, but my husband uses it a lot. My acupuncturist recommended it & my husband did not want to try it. Finally, his allergies got so bad that he decided to try it out & started using is all the time. The first couple of times it is a little messy, since you are figuring out how to use it, but I think it really works.

June 9, 2009 - 11:03am

Neti Pot seemed like it required too much physical coordination for me, so I opted for a different product from the NeilMed brand, Sinus Rinse (http://www.neilmed.com/usa/index.php). I used it the whole time I was pregnant since I seemed to get sinus infection-on-top-of-sinus infection, and couldn't take any "good drugs" to help. It did the trick, and I've continued to use it as needed. You can purchase it at any national drug store chain, but I got mine from a local pharmacy store (gotta support the little guy).

It's a re-usable plastic bottle that you fill with 8oz. of warm distilled water, and one of the packets included (it comes with 100!). Lightly shake to mix the liquid, and then leaning over the sink, gently squeeze the water solution into one nostril--it comes down the other nostril, or out your mouth. It is a bit "chokey" the first couple times, but I do swear by it particularly for allergy sufferers like me.

At first symptom, I use it twice a day, to hold off developing a sinus infection. If you use it at bedtime, you have to use it at least 1 hr beforehand to avoid choking on the post-nasal drainage of solution while sleeping. As I described to a friend of mine, it's like a douche for your sinuses. I'm sure he loved that imagery...use it in good health!

June 9, 2009 - 9:46am

My husband is addicted to the neti pot. For a while he was using it a couple of times a day every day until I told him to give it a break. He swears that he can actually smell fresh air and that it performs miracles. I have never even been able to use nasal drops let alone use something that shoots water up one nostril and comes out of the other. But, like I said..if you ask my husband, he will tell you to buy it. (He bought his at bed, bath, and beyond)
Here is what I found on webMD about it. "Many patients with chronic sinus symptoms from bacterial infections, allergies, and environmental irritants also have begun to regularly use the Neti pot or other nasal irrigation devices, claiming that these devices alleviate congestion, facial pain and pressure, and reduce the need for antibiotics and nasal sprays. Research backs up these claims, finding that nasal irrigation can be an effective way to relieve sinus symptoms when used along with standard sinus treatments."

If you'd like to read more on it I attached the link! :)

June 9, 2009 - 5:24am
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