Neti (Upper Nasal Track)

Neti is a yogic technique to clean the upper nasal track, sinuses and also help to purge toxins from the lymph system.
There are two types of neti,

  • Jala neti
  • Sutra neti

Time –

  • Neti can be practiced at any time of the day, best time is early morning.
  • Jalneti can be incorporated in to normal morning routine along with shower and brushing teeth.

Jala Neti

In jal neti salt water is use to clean the upper nasal track. Jalneti need correct salt concentration in water and correct water temperature. The salt concentration should be same as in tears (0.9%) (about 1 teaspoon of salt per 1 liter of water, the amount of salt will depend upon texture of the salt), the temperature of the water should be 38-40° c).

  • Fill the neti pot with saline water, bend the head slightly forward and tilt to the left, insert the spout of the neti pot into the right nostril, water will flow out through the left nostril.
  • Breath through mouth.
  • Now repeate same procedure on other side.
  • When finished, blow out all remaining water from both nostrils by doing kapalabhati and turning the head from side to side as exhale.
  • It is important that the mouth remains open during this process to prevent water getting into the ears.
  • The nose should be dried properly,there should not be any water in the nasal passages as it might cause an infection.
  • Beginner should perform neti under proper guidance.
  • Earache
  • Acute cold
  • High blood pressure
  • It clean dirt and bacteria-filled mucus from nasal tract, help to relive from colds, coughs, post nasal drip, inflammation of tonsils, adenoids and sinusitis.
  • Neti improves sensitivity of the olfactory, ophthalmic nerves.
  • Help to flush the tear ducts, which improve vision and to relieve eye disorder.
  • It gives soothing effect on the brain so beneficial for headaches, migraine, epilepsy, hysteria, depression and mental tension.
  • It is beneficial for ear disorders such as middle ear infections, tinnitus.

Sutra Neti

In sutra neti, the waxed cotton string or is use to clean the upper nasal tract.

  • The strings are made from cotton thread.
  • One end of cotton thread is dipped in beeswax for stiffening, for easy insertion into the nasal cavity.
  • For smooth passage, cocoa butter is combined with the beeswax.
  • If properly maintain, string can be used repeatedly.
  • String should be rinsed or wiped and then dried straight after each usage.
  • Small rubber catheter about 12 inches long and diameter between 1 mm and 3 mm is used in this type.
  • Select a size as per comfort, through trial and error or through expert advice.
  • It is less effective than sutra neti, but it is the safest for beginner and those with delicate nares.
  • Take a rubber catheter or string and insert very gently in left nose nostril horizontally, do not rush, it can irritate the sensitive membrane inside the nostril.
  • Now push rubber catheter or string, till it touches the back of throat.
  • Insert middle and the index finger through the mouth to grab the tip of the rubber catheter or string at the back of the throat.
  • Pull the tube just outside the mouth, do not leave nasal end side of the string or catheter.
  • Now using both hands move the tube in a massaging motion to clean the nostrils and throat.
  • Now slowly pull string or rubber catheter from mouth and remove from the nose.
  • Properly wash and wipe string or rubber catheter.
  • Repeat the exercise with the other nostril.
  • Clean and wipe catheter after every use and store it in clean and dry place.
  • It clean dirt and bacteria-filled mucus from nasal tract, help to relive from colds, coughs, post nasal drip, inflammation of tonsils, adenoids and sinusitis.
  • Neti improves sensitivity of the olfactory, ophthalmic nerves.
  • Help to flush the tear ducts, which improve vision and to relieve eye disorder.
  • It gives soothing effect on the brain so beneficial for headaches, migraine, epilepsy, hysteria, depression and mental tension.
  • It is beneficial for ear disorders such as middle ear infections, tinnitus.