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It may look like a watering can or a genie bottle, but a neti pot- or “nose bidet” – may actually be the answer to your sinus woes. For thousands of years, Dr Oz (as seen on Oprah) says people have been using similar devices to wash out their noses.

By pouring warm water from the neti pot into your nose, you can stimulate your sinuses and help clear out mucus. If the fluid builds up in your sinuses and causes pressure, you will experience pain, Dr Oz says. This condition is known as sinusitis – inflammation of the sinuses.

“A lot of folks that have allergies, who have sinusitis, that have conditions that we treat with medications are equally well treated by actually washing the areas of your body” he says. “When you think about it … you wash your underarms. You have bidets. Why wouldn’t you wash a pretty important part of your body, your sinuses, in the same fashion?”

If your sinuses are working normally, they will clean themselves. “Thats why you blow your nose,” he says. Before you try pouring water into your nostril, Dr Oz offers some neti pot pointers. First mix the water with quarter teaspoon sea salt. “You never want to wash (human) tissue without having salt water in them “ he says “your own cells like it more.” Dr Oz says washing out your sinuses with regular water will be irritating. Cold water may make you feel like you are drowning in a pool. Amy, an audience member who suffers from sinusitis, demonstrates the proper way to use a neti pot. “I thought it would feel like drowning, but it feels good,” she says.

It may look strange, but Dr Oz says this treatment may be more effective than medication. The (ear, nose and throat) doctors who are specialists in this area will often say this is better treatment than a lot of the other drugs that we try to offer folks, because it mechanically cleans out the problem,” he says. Neti Pots with instructions are available at Boggio Pharmacy!