Saturday, November 10, 2007

The Neti Pot.

I went to the doctor yesterday. I have a new doctor, and imagine my surprise, after peering in my eyes, my nose, my ears, she suggested a Sinu-Cleanse.

For those who don't know what a Sinu-Cleanse is, it's also known as a neti pot. You use it to...flush the goop out of your sinuses.

She demonstrated how to use it, and explained how it could help. I'd heard of it before, but I'd always associated it with insane hippies and natural health people as an alternative to cold medicine. But I couldn't discount it now, for my doctor was actually pretty positive about it.

So, in addition to a perscription for antibiotics for a sinus infection, and some medication to help with my sleep, I bought a neti pot. And I tried it. First, I have to show you a picture of someone using a neti pot. (I found this using Google.)

Yes, it looks like she is doing illicit drugs. It's just a rinse of your sinuses with salt water, but boy it looks incriminating.

But I'd suffered enough. I was willing to try anything. So what if I looked stupid doing it. I sure didn't look good hacking up a lung.

So I tried it. J offered to take a picture of me doing it, but I couldn't find my camera. (Thankfully.) In fact, after I did it, I invited J to do it, which prompted yet another drug analogy.

It worked really well. I felt like I could breathe again. My throat felt almost normal. Combined with the antibiotics, I felt like there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

So, I've become a convert, and a neti pot pusher. I made J do it because he's coughing up goop too. I'm not sure he was as excited about it as I am, but I'm way sicker, so there was more room for improvement.

Yes, it's silly looking, but it works.


Rachel said...

Dr Al thinks highly of the neti pot too! I have heard him recommend it to other patients.
Glad to hear the light to the end is in sight!

leengreenbean said...

My sister in LA loves the sinus rinse thing! She uses a nielmed (brand) sinus flushing thingy. It's a plastic bottle that shoots the saltwater through your sinuses. I have never tried it. Jeff did, but was not overly enthusiastic about it.

Glad the neti pot worked so well for you! In a way, it makes sense - goop bothering you, get rid of goop!


murph said...

About that picture:

I can imagine the discussion.

"Shelly? This is your agent. Listen, I've got a modeling gig for you-"


"There's just one thing..."

Ick, Gotta love the visual. I've done the squeezy bottle one, and can't say it was good or bad.

There was no immediate "Wow" factor, it felt gross - but I can't say it didn't have a good effect either.

When you get to the point where you are willing to pour water up your own nose - there's pretty much no way to go but up.

Marco said...

Alkalol is key in the neti-pot. It has menthol, pine, camphor, eucalyptol, wintergreen, cinnamon. Dates from 1896.

John Williams said...

I got one of these after seeing it on Oprah a few months back. I had seen the episode before but just passed on it as some ridiculous thing. But eventually I just got the sinucleanse kit that comes with the packets. I got it on eBay or amazon- cant remember.

I pretty much use it every day when I can remember, and it seems to be working.


christine said...

After having my 9 year old daughter suffer from sinus allergies for so long, we tried the neti pot. what a difference it made right away. She has been to doctors and specialists and put on so many medications all in which had horrible side effects. She has even visited the ER from the horrible side effects of the medications. We took her off the medications and tried the neti pot and i was so amazed at what came out of her. I'm a very pleased and happy mom/nurse!

Anonymous said...

Has anyone tried the Navage Nasal Hygiene System? It is a modern version neti pot. I got one and like it much better.

Julie said...

Sinu-Cleanse quality is very good.and it's worked very well.
- neti pots

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