Nasal Cups by Uma
Nasal Cups People across the world follow many kinds of cleansing practices of their external and internal organs. Cleansing is an integral part of health routine. Apart from cleansing the external body, people use cleansing diets, fasts etc to cleanse the body system of toxins. Nasal cleaning is another cleansing practice not too many people know. The basic method of nasal cleaning is very simple. It uses a very dilute solution of common table salt (some use other salts) to irrigate the nasal cavities. The process is easier if you use a nasal cup to do this, as its design makes it easier to pour in the solution to the nostrils. The concept of nasal cup is said to have originated in the ancient Indian systems of Hatha Yoga and Ayurveda. However the practice of nasal flushes was also found in some parts of Europe. The fishermen of Scandinavia had the habit of flushing their noses with seawater to avoid colds. In the polluted world of today, the air around us has many allergens and harmful substances. When we breathe in, these substances enter our nostrils. If they are allowed to reach our lungs, they cause many illnesses. The inside of the nose is designed to prevent dust and other harmful substances from reaching the lungs. There is a thin layer of mucous and many fine hairs inside the nose. This mucous layer and nasal hairs trap the harmful substances and stop them on their way to the lungs. However, if there is an excess of dust and pollutants, the mucus layer either dries up or clogs, and thus does not work properly. This way, congestion of the nose and the nasal passage happens. This can lead to sinus infections. Flushing the nose with the right kind of salt solution can help to maintain the health of the mucus layer, and thus prevent ailments to the breathing system. It often has been reported to work wonders to such conditions as hay fever, cold and sinus infections. The form of nasal cup used in India is called Neti Pot, and the method is called Jala (water) Neti. Nasal cleaning is one of the six purification methods Hatha Yoga teachers recommend to keep your body free of toxins. People who practice Jala Neti have reported the following benefits apart from the obvious ones. Jala Neti helps clear the tear ducts and so also has been stated to help improve vision. It also has been stated to help to improve senses of smell and taste, and have more relaxed breathing and sound sleep. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right Nasal Cup for you.  A nasal cup should have at least enough size to hold 15 oz of liquid. You need this quantity of salt solution to flush your nose properly.  Its spout should suit the size of your nostrils.  Choose a cup that is not too heavy, and preferably made of unbreakable material. The yogis say that ideally, you should practice Neti first thing in the morning. If your have to go through a lot of allergens and dust throughout the day, you can also choose to do Neti at the end of the day before retiring to bed. If you have a cold or other respiratory infection, you can do Neti three to four times a day to get relief from the symptoms. However this depends on how long you have practiced Neti and how comfortable you are with it.

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