Neti pot: Why are Sinus Ninja treatments better?

Q: I’ve heard that using a neti pot or rinsing my nose with saline is a good thing for my nose and sinuses. What do the physicians of Nova Sinus Center think about this practice?

A: SNI, or Saline Nasal Irrigation, is a widely used adjunctive and primary care method of treating chronic rhinosinusitis. Whether by low negative pressure (snorting), low positive pressure (squirt or spray bottle), or gravity-assisted pressure (neti pot), the efficacy of rinsing the rhinosinus passages with salt water is controversial. The precise mechanism of SNI action is unknown.

Proposed effects of SNI include removal of allergens and particulates, removal of inflammatory mediators, and improvement of mucociliary function, as demonstrated by increased ciliary beat frequency. If done daily as a part of routine hygiene, favorable reduction of chronic nose and sinus symptoms have been reported.

In early November of 2009, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) reported that 68 people who used nasal saline irrigation for 12 months and then discontinued use for another 12 months had a 62.5% reduction in the rate of sinusitis in the discontinuation phase. Likewise, a group of 24 adults who used daily nasal saline irrigation for 12 months were found to have significantly higher (50%) rates of sinusitis compared to those of non-users. Researchers concluded that while use of a net pot may temporarily reduce symptoms, “daily long-term use [of SNI] may result in an increased frequency of acute [sinusitis] by potentially depleting the nose of its immune blanket of mucus.” They went on to propose that long term nasal irrigation disrupts the natural immune (protective) function of the mucus layer.

We at Nova Sinus Center conclude that while subjective efficacy of the various methods of SNI varies, the long term practice of instilling saline into the rhinosinus passageways is not recommended. In response, we propose a “next generation” alternative to the practice of salt water irrigation. In contrast to removing the rhinosinus mucus blanket, our onsite REST treatment actually restores it with a “fresh” pathogen-and-particulate-reduced layer. To use a metaphor, it’s like getting fresh, clean sheets on your bed. In conclusion, our advisement is this: Monthly REST offers all of the benefits of saline irrigation without destroying the protective mucus layer of the nose and sinuses. When saline nasal irrigation fails, REST offers the “next generation” of natural care for the nose and sinuses.

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