Pulsatile nasal irrigation is probably the most effective drug-free tool out there to help you keep your sinus/nasal cavity healthy. If you or someone you know have ever experienced nasal allergy, running nose, nasal congestion, or sinusitis, you should learn about it.
Let’s talk about nasal irrigation first.
Nasal irrigation has come a long way from the eastern world; its practice was first seen in the Hindus, yogis, and Chinese Dao’s.
Traditionally it was practice by filling water into one nostril by hand, and exhale from the other nostril. Or by sniffing water into the nose, and spitting water out from the mouth. Sounds daunting right? Fortunately, nasal irrigation is much safer and comfortable in nowadays practice.
Nasal irrigation is picked by Dr. Oz as his best alternative remedy for nasal disorder, and added that doing nasal irrigation is just like brushing your teeth.
[External Video]: Dr. Oz demonstrates neti pot nasal irrigation on his show
Basically, nasal irrigation is very helpful in rinsing and cleansing your nasal cavity; helping to remove excessive dirt, irritants, and mucus in your sinus and nasal cavity.
Pulsatile Nasal Irrigation
Pulsatile nasal irrigation, like the name suggested, takes nasal irrigation one step further by adding the regulated pulsating function.
Here’s a video demonstrating pulsatile nasal irrigation:
[External Video]: Pulsatile nasal irrigation demonstration
Here are the additional benefits with pulsatile nasal irrigation:
- Safer to use. Because the water strength is regulated, the pulsatile irrigation process is considered safer than manually squeezing water out of a bulb syringe. If the later one is not used properly, the water beam could be too strong and damage nasal mucous membrane, especially for young children.
- Cleanse better. The pulsating water stream rinses out the irritants, dirt, and mucus more effective when compared to nasal irrigation using a neti pot or a syringe, especially when your nasal cavity is partially congested by the more tenacious thick mucus.
- Enhance cilia movement. This is a very important concept, and it is also the most important benefit of pulsatile nasal irrigation. Cilia are tiny hairs throughout your airway system to help filter and remove foreign substances in the air, and keep your lungs clean and healthy.
Why enhancing cilia movement is important?
In order to keep your lungs clean and healthy, your airway has a natural defence and filter mechanism to help filter and remove foreign substances in the air such as allergens, irritants and bacteria. This mechanism is called mucociliary clearance, and is vital to your holistic well-being.
How mucociliary clearance works
When you inhale, the air first passes through your nasal cavity. Within your nasal cavity you have three turbinates: Superior, middle, and inferior turbinate. These turbinates creates turbulence in the air to toss out the foreign substance. These substances then get trapped by the cilia and mucus, a process called turbulent precipitation. As air continues to travel down in the airway, this process repeats when air contacts septum and pharyngeal wall. You have cilia and mucus lined up inside your airway, all the way down to your lungs, working every last effort to prevent any foreign substances from entering your lungs. By breathing through your nose, almost no particles or substances larger than your red blood cell gets to enter your lungs.
Your nasal cilia, beats or waves in coordinates at certain frequencies to repel the mucus along with trapped bacteria, irritants, dust, down toward your throat. For the substances trapped in area like your larynx and trachea that is below your throat, the cilia beats in the opposite direction and repel these substances upward towards your throat. Basically, regardless where these foreign substances are trapped, the cilia and mucus will move them to our throat. You then swallow this mixture of mucus down and let your stomach dissolve them.
“Under normal circumstance, mucociliary clearance mechanism helps to keep your airway clean and healthy. However, problems arise when an infection occurs. When you catch a cold, the infection would disturb the movement of the cilia… you get running nose and stuffy nose…”
Under normal circumstance, mucociliary clearance mechanism helps to keep your airway clean and healthy. However, problems arise when an infection occurs. When you catch a cold, the infection would disturb the movement of the cilia, immediately reduces cilia’s effectiveness in filtering and removing the foreign substances.
Luckily, your body is smart and has a backup plan.
You know how you get running nose (excessive mucus) and stuffy nose (nasal congestion) when you catch a cold? This is actually your airway’s backup natural self-defence mechanism to stop intruders when the normal mucociliary defence mechanism is damaged. Airway congestion and extra mucus help to patch up the air filtering mechanism by reducing the airflow and increasing surface area for capturing the bacteria and irritants.
“…anything you do to help stimulate the cilia back to its normal beating state would be beneficial.”
At this time, anything you do to help stimulate the cilia back to its normal beating state would be beneficial. This will bring your natural air filtration mechanism back online, and ease the extra mucus secretion and nasal or airway congestion. This is why natural remedies such as drinking hot soup or tea, steaming your nostrils, or warming your nose with a warm towel, can help relieve your nasal congestion when you catch a cold; because all these activities help to stimulate your cilia movement.
“This pulsating stream also stimulates and helps to restore the cilia back to a healthy beating frequency.”
Pulsatile nasal irrigation does the same job more efficaciously. By pulsating at the right frequency, the pulsating water stream not only helps to cleanse nasal and sinus cavity, therefore reducing the workload of the cilia. This pulsating stream also stimulates and helps to restore the cilia back to a healthy beating frequency. By restoring your airway’s natural self-defence mechanism, you can then reduce or eliminate dependency on nasal decongestant, antihistamine, or other nasal relieving drugs.
For people with chronic nasal disorders such as sinusitis, pulsatile nasal irrigation is an effective alternative method to help reduce or eliminate medications. For others, it’s a drug-free method that you can utilize on occasion to help you relieve nasal symptoms when you catch a cold, or use as a preventive care to keep your sinus/nasal cavity clean and healthy after being in a poor air quality environment.
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