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Canadian cold watch: Ancient practice to relieve sinus congestion making modern comeback

(NC) Cold season has descended in full force, and Canadians are looking for ways to relieve those nasty sinus symptoms. But one of the hottest new trends this year is…well, ancient. The neti pot, an Ayurvedic remedy that uses a salt water nasal rinse to clear out the sinuses, is a natural way to relieve sinus symptoms that is both safe* and effective. And with high-profile champions like Oprah and Dr. Oz, this nasal congestion solution is making a comeback in a big way.

So what's all the buzz about? Dr. Jeffrey Werger, Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist) at the Markham Stouffville Hospital, and lecturer at the University of Toronto explains.

“We brush our teeth, clean our ears, wash our skin…why don't we cleanse our nose and sinuses, which are vulnerable to infection?” says Dr. Werger. “A healthy human produces up to one litre of mucous per day in our nose and sinuses. And particles of bacteria, dust and viruses – everything that we inhale – gets trapped in the mucous. Nasal rinses like NetiRinse™ are a great way to clear out that mucous.”

And it's no wonder the practice is enjoying a resurgence in popularity, because the neti pot may be rooted in ancient yogi traditions, but modern science supports it. Studies have shown that patients who use nasal irrigation see a decrease in nasal congestion and discharge, postnasal drip and sneezing.*

“Sinus congestion can be extremely uncomfortable,” says Dr. Werger. “My patients often find that nasal irrigation really helps to unblock the sinuses and relieve their discomfort, so they can breathe a little easier.”

*When used as directed.

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