Benefits of Jala Neti in Curing Diseases and How to Do It?

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Benefits of Jala Neti Jala Neti is one of the purification techniques of Shatkarma Yoga for cleansing the nasal passage by water (saline water).

Benefits of Jala Neti :-

Jala Neti  helps you to get cure from diseases like headaches, mental stress, etc. by removing the excess heat out of your brain.

It helps you to get better concentration and bacteria free nasal cavity. It is also very helpful in improving the eye vision.

Jala neti can save you lots of money from buying expensive medicines to cure diseases that you have. Still, if the medicines are unable to cure diseases, they will cause side effects, which will make your disease more serious and incurable.

But with Jala neti, if you do not get relief, then you will also not get any side effects too.

Medicines give you fast relief from the disease that you have, but not for much long and that disease affects you again. But with Jala Neti, it takes long time to cure (because it’s a natural treatment and also depends on how much long you have been caught by the disease), but once the disease is cured then it will never affect you again in your whole life (but you have to follow the same rules, as you were used to follow while disease affected).

And if you do Jala Neti daily in the morning you will never be caught by cold.

Jala Neti can also be practiced to cure diseases like asthma and sinus.

How? To know continue reading.

Jala neti for curing asthma :-

Yes, Jala Neti can help you to cure Asthma. How?

When you practice jala neti, it removes all the mucus from your blocked nasal passages. Which helps you to breath easily and carry more oxygen to your lungs, without any obstruction. If you continue to practice jala neti once daily, then you will soon don’t have to remember to carry your inhaler with you. And enjoy your days as before.

Jala Neti for curing sinus :-

A person with a sinus infection often has nasal congestion with thick nasal secretions, fever, and cough (source: WebMD). For the treatment of sinus, you waste your lot money on surgery to cure sinus.

But why? If you have almost free practice that can cure sinus. Jala neti can cure sinus. You just have to do a effort, is to practice Jala Neti daily. (I am not saying to stop your medication. You should follow your physicians advice as it may be serious and injurious to your health).

How to do Jala Neti :-

Ok, now you know the benefits of Jala Neti, but how to do it? Then let’s go.

Preparation :-

Before practicing jala neti, it is necessary for you to prepare correct saline water. The water should be lukewarm or warmed as per your body temperature, nor cold nor hot. If you are new and the water is used when colder than your body temperature, then it will cause burn or pain in your nasal. But if you are practicing from long time, then it should not.

And for the salt, it is recommended for you to put one teaspoon per 1/2 litre of water.

But why? What’s the use of the salt in Jala Neti?

You should put salt in water because salt helps to equal the osmotic pressure of body and the water. That’s why when you do jala neti without salt in water you will feel irritation or burning in your nostrils.

But if you are advance or practicing Jala Neti from very long time then you does not need to put salt in the water.

Some neti pots come with salt measuring spoon with them. If you have that than you are lucky and ready to go.

Practicing Jala Neti :-

  1. After the saline water is prepared, stand with some distance between your feet.
  2. Bend your spine in 60 degree angle and neck tilted to right, as shown in the picture above.
  3. Now, put the spout of the jala neti pot into your right nostril (upper nostril) and keep your mouth open so that the water passes easily through your right to left nostril. If you tilt your head too much or try to breath through your nose, then the water enters your throat instead of going to the left nostril. But it will not cause you any harm.
  4. Now repeat the same process with the neck tilted to left side.

Drying the nostril to not be caught by cold :-

After the Jala Neti is done, it is very necessary to dry your nostrils, as there are chances to be caught by cold.

Why? Because after doing Jala neti there is still some water left inside your nostrils.

To dry your nostrils, stand in the same position as while doing jala neti. Now blow the air out with force through your nose (mouth closed) like you in Kapalabhati Pranayama . And after that it is recommended to do shashankasana (child pose). Because it will help you to take out water completely out from your nostrils (if still there’s some water left in your nostrils).

Precautions :-

If there’s something that benefits you, then it can also cause you harm, if not practiced properly. It can also cause you harm if you are suffering from something when it is not recommended. In Jala neti also it provides you with benefits that you have never thinked of, but it should not be practiced when it’s not recommended. The Jala Neti should not be practiced when –
1. suffering from chronic bleeding of the nose,
2. any type of nose infection,
3. if hurt or cut inside the nose.

Afraid of Jala Neti?

I have seen some people who are afraid to do jala neti. Why? Because they think that the water will go inside their brain through their nostrils. Due to this they never practice Jala Neti and always remain unaware of benefits of jala neti.
Are you one of them? If you are (I don’t think), then don’t be afraid because there is no passage or path for water to enter to your brain through nostrils.
And I think that you’re now not afraid to do Jala Neti (if you were). 🙂

What else benefits of Jala Neti you have experienced? Please share your experience and let everyone know by commenting below.

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  • Gauri
    December 25, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Keep writing Rohit. Very nice and informative. I am doing this regularly now, and even take my pot when I travel. 🙂

    • Rohit Tiwari
      December 25, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Thank you Gauri for your kind words!

    July 2, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    i have been doing jal neti for over two weeks after i got first sinus attack after my surgery. I was scared badly. But since then i started using neti kriya and the benefits i have got cannot be expressed in words. I used to have pressure in my sinuses even after the surgery but now it has all gone. It is a effective way to cure the symptoms . Thanks yoga. Jai Hanuman ji.

    • Rohit Tiwari
      August 4, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      Namaste Ashish,
      Thank you for sharing your story. Nice to hear that people are getting real benefits by practicing jala neti.
      Hope you hear more from you soon. 🙂

  • Avadhut
    August 4, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Dear Rohit,

    I’ve been suffering from Sinusitis and DNS from last 8 years. I got it operated 7 years back but still the problem is there off and on.

    I’m tried of taking tablets and sprays.

    Can you or Ashish Bajaj share your experience? Should it be 3 times a day or everyday once is beneficial?

    Please reply.


    • Rohit Tiwari
      August 4, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      Namaste Avadhut,
      Practicing Jala Neti 3 times a day would help you recover from Sinusitis and DNS much more faster. But if you don’t have that much time, doing once in the morning or twice in the morning and evening (before sleeping) will also help.
      Hope this helps.
      Looking forward to hear more from you soon. 🙂

  • Netra Khandelwal
    September 10, 2015 at 9:50 am

    I have been doing jala neti, but every time I do it seems water gets up into my head and I have yo leave the kriya. however the pain subsides once I do kapalbhati. what am I doing wrong?

    • Rohit Tiwari
      September 12, 2015 at 6:15 am

      Namaste Netra,
      The first thing is that the water never gets into the head because there is no passage for it to.
      And having pain in your nasal passage when doing jala neti can have the following reason –
      1. Doing Jala Neti with cold water.
      2. Not putting enough salt in the water.
      3. Doing jala neti with hot water (more hot than your body temperature).

      To not get pain in your nasal passage during jala neti, it is necessary for you to prepare correct saline water. The steps for it are given above under the “Preparation” section of the article.

      Hope this helps. Looking forward to hear more from you soon.

  • sachin
    November 17, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    When I do jal neti then I feel harsh pain in my head why ?

  • Deepak
    December 25, 2015 at 4:23 am

    Dear Rohit Ji,
    Jal neti is very good and i feel relief in my eyes also in the morning,
    But rohit ji i am fearing always about the step of dry the nose
    i always think that if water is left in the nose, or nose does not dry properly then is there any problem.
    and i am doing jal neti from last 3 days and cought cold.
    i do proper exercise to dry the nose, like ashana and all you describe in your instructions

  • Arnav Saraswat
    February 1, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Sir i am suffering from DNS from many years.. will jala neti give me relief from blocked nose? Please advise me..

    • Rohit Tiwari
      February 7, 2016 at 12:10 am

      Namaste Arnav,
      Yes, of course. Jala neti will definitely help you in relieving from your DNS problem. But for this, you have to practice jala neti daily.
      Hope this helps.

  • Sandeep kaushik
    March 9, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Hi sir
    I had a operation of DNS one and half years back. Now suffering from sinusitis and have heavy head all the time. Doing jal neti since 2 months(once a day) but there is hardly any difference. Could you please advise that how long should I practice jal neti to experience improvement and how long for complete cure, if possible?

    • Dinesh
      July 26, 2016 at 3:56 am

      If you are not drying your nose correctly you will continue to have headache and all other problems so please look for instructions to dry your nose after jala neti

  • Chintoo
    April 5, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Hiii…Rohit jii
    M suffering from sinus and eosinophil elergy in my nose its itching badly with water is continue flowing from my eyes and nose…
    What I need to do to get rid off this problem….
    I already take all type of medicines and precautions but m still suffering badly….plz help me

  • sandip nayak
    April 21, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Dear Rohit thank you very much for the information. Today is my first day and I m feeling best. God bless you.
    And I have day how many times can we do jal neti?? And any rules? Like empty stomach etc.

    • Rohit Tiwari
      April 22, 2016 at 3:01 am

      Namaste Sandip,
      Nice to hear that you got benefited by practicing Jala Neti.

      You can practice Jala Neti twice daily – once in the morning and once in the evening.

      Do not practice Jala Neti only when –
      1. suffering from chronic bleeding of the nose,
      2. any type of nose infection,
      3. if hurt or cut inside the nose.

      Hope this helps. 🙂

  • mahmood
    May 12, 2016 at 2:41 am

    Hello sir I appreciate you for your stand for humanity I am architect and I want a Better memory is this helps in this

  • Santhoshi
    May 23, 2016 at 3:40 am

    Hello sir I recently started using neti I do kapalbhati also after that. But after few minutes when I bend down water comes out of my nose. Why does this happen and there’s a heaviness in my eyes too. Pls help

    • Rohit Tiwari
      May 23, 2016 at 5:58 am

      Namaste Santhoshi,
      After doing jala neti, you should do the child pose (balasana) first for atleast 5 minutes and then the kapalbhati. After these exercises, water should be completely out. Hope this helps. 🙂

  • Kiran
    June 17, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Hi Rohit,

    It’s a great and informative article. I have started doing neti just a week back and I am feeling amazing. Hope I will never get affected by cold 🙂 [As you specified above]. Just wanted to ask one thing, I do neti in different way. I take a glass of water as you specified above and take in via both nasals and take that water out via mouth. Is it a good practice as it was taught by one of mine yoga teachers.

    When I take water via nose at first I find some irritation in my head but as I keep on doing, it slowly fades. Is that normal?

    Awaiting for your reply.


  • tanshu
    June 30, 2016 at 2:19 am

    I’m suffering from migraine .is jalniti is helpful in cure It

    • Rohit Tiwari
      July 4, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      Hi Tanshu,
      Jala Neti will of course help in reducing your migraine.

  • Karam
    July 13, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Hi I am suffering from sinus.all the time I feel pressure on my head and eyes and I feel jalneti beneficial for it and how long Will it ake to cure sinus and pressure

    • Rohit Tiwari
      July 23, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      Hi Karam,

      Jala Neti helps in curing sinus. The time to cure sinus will depend on how long you have been suffering from it and how much.
      Hope this helps.

  • Ganesh
    July 17, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Hi Rohit ji how long it take to clear sinus with jala neti.Im suffering for more then 3 weeks im only hope natural therapy
    Please be advice.

    • Rohit Tiwari
      July 23, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      Hi Ganesh,
      The time to cure sinus will depend on how long you have been suffering from it and how much. Just don’t stop practicing jala neti and do it on regular basis.

  • Sanjay
    July 21, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Hello Rohit

    I do have sinusitis issue, I started Jalneti from last 2 weeks.

    Whenever I do Jalneti, after the completion I get continuous sneezing and later lot of Mucus(Kaf) will go and nose will be blocked.
    Is that normal? and this happens for removing the Kaf from nose and head?

    Please advice..

    • Rohit Tiwari
      July 23, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      Hi Sanjay,

      Yes, this happens when you have lot of mucus stored in your nose. Just keep practicing jala neti daily. And soon you nose will be mucus free. 🙂 Hope this helps.

  • Sanjay
    July 26, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Hi Rohit… Thanks for your reply… Continuing the above discussion…

    I do have a inflammation in the nose due to the sinusitis. will Jalneti heps to cure the inflammation? or surgery is suggested?
    Please advice…

  • Parikshhit Rao
    August 8, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Thank you for the information, However i had one question does Jala neti help in curing Bronchitis as
    when ever i get cold i also get cough and its very bad. More also want to know does it cure from cold diseases also

  • Karan singh
    August 11, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Hello Rohit Ji

    I have an asthma problem. I have to take inhaler for easy breath
    Can Neti cure the asthma ?

  • Karan Singh
    August 13, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Hello Rohit Ji

    I tried jal neti from 2 days. I can feel the water goes in ears
    I hope it is not going to harm my ears ?


    • Rohit Tiwari
      September 10, 2016 at 10:21 am

      Namaste Karan,

      I have never heard of any case of water going to ears and causing a problem while doing jala neti. So, this shouldn’t be a problem unless you are doing jala neti the right way.

      Hope this helps.


  • krishna
    August 24, 2016 at 10:05 am

    hai rohith,
    sometimes i get pain from my lungs and heart..Beacuse of smoking the ciggarretes. if i do jal nethi. will the pain which is there in my lungs will go or not,it’s my doubt
    please can u give clarity.

    • Rohit Tiwari
      September 10, 2016 at 10:07 am

      Namaste Krishna,

      If you want to your pain to go away, then first you will have to quit smoking because no practice or medicine will help unless you quit it. Chest pain is a breathing problem. So, doing jala neti along with pranayama will help you more and you should see the results in 1 month. But for this, you will have to practice pranayama and jala neti daily twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening.

      Hope this helps.


  • Sushil Malhotra
    August 24, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Hello sir,

    Can you please tell me that in jal neti and sutra neti which one is more beneficial? And when we need to do pranayam before neti or after neti.. plz suggest.

    • Rohit Tiwari
      September 10, 2016 at 10:13 am

      Namaste Sushil,

      Both the practices are very beneficial. But if you want to practice any of them, then go with jala neti because it is necessary to do jala neti before and after practicing sutra neti. Therefore, if you want to practice sutra neti, you will have to do jala neti or you can just practice jala neti.
      If you have any other questions, please let me know.
      Hope this helps.


  • Hardik
    September 10, 2016 at 7:07 am

    I am having allergic rhinitis and so I always have runny nose.
    Will jalneti kriya help me???

  • Prakash
    October 12, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    How many times a day, one does Jal neti during the cold/cough period? Can it be done before going to sleep in addition to morning?

    • Rohit Tiwari
      October 17, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      Namaste Prakash,

      You can practice jala neti twice a day. Once the morning and once in the evening.

      Hope this helps.

  • Savita
    October 17, 2016 at 3:41 pm


    Presently I am suffering from sneezing, running nose & irritation in the nose.
    Is Jalneti advised during this stage?
    Also will Jalneti help in curing this. I suffer from this periodically(once in 4 months), How long do I need to continue practicing Jalneti?

    • Rohit Tiwari
      October 17, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      Namaste Savita,
      You can practice jala neti in this condition. It is recommended to practice jala neti daily once or twice a day.

      Hope this helps.

  • Ajay
    October 20, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Hi, i am trying Jal net since four days but after jal neti i am facing headache (Pain in left side), whole day before jalneti i don;t have any problem. so please suggest what to do
    i am doing jal neti in the mornig just after wake up.
    I am using luke warm water with two pinch of salt

  • Sajeesh
    November 8, 2016 at 9:46 am

    if we are doing once in a day in morning should i do it once through each side of the nose? secondly is table salt(used for cooking) ok? thirdly luke warm means any specific temperature or not cold is enough…last i use ayurvedic Nasal drops(Anu tailam) in the evening so is that fine, i heard somewhere you cant do Anu tailam and Jal neti togther

    • Rohit Tiwari
      November 18, 2016 at 9:08 pm

      Namaste Sajeesh,

      You have to do jala neti through both sides. There will be no benefit in doing just from one side. Lukewarm means the temperature around 25ºC or the temperature of your body.

  • AMAR
    November 16, 2016 at 4:28 am

    Kiran June 17, 2016 at 9:44 am – Reply
    Hi Rohit,
    It’s a great and informative article. I have started doing neti just a week back and I am feeling amazing. Hope I will never get affected by cold 🙂 [As you specified above]. Just wanted to ask one thing, I do neti in different way. I take a glass of water as you specified above and take in via both nasals and take that water out via mouth. Is it a good practice as it was taught by one of mine yoga teachers.
    When I take water via nose at first I find some irritation in my head but as I keep on doing, it slowly fades. Is that normal?

    • Rohit Tiwari
      November 18, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      Namaste Amar,

      That’s the different practice (one of the practices of Shatkarma). It is recommended that you do jala neti (as specified in the article) before and after the practice that you do as told by your teacher.

      Irritation is normal in beginning. Maybe after a month or two, you will not feel the irritation at all.

      Hope this helps and hope to hear from you soon.

  • Sanjay
    November 25, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    I do have a inflammation in the nose due to the sinusitis. will Jalneti heps to cure the inflammation?

  • shweta jindal
    December 22, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    hello rohit
    i am practicing jal neti since last two months.after some time of jalneti process my nose get blocked again or runny nose. what to do plz ans. i want to cure this sinus only by natural ways for more tips i have already click on follow button

    • Rohit Tiwari
      February 4, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Namaste Shweta,

      This can be due to not drying your nose properly after doing jala neti. To dry your nostrils, do some gentle blows and then do the child pose for at least 5 minutes.

      Hope this helps.

  • Smruthi Vaze
    December 25, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Hi rohit ji, the pain in the head region is due to bending to much. I used to have the same problem, but realised this after seeing the pic in your post.

  • Komal
    February 3, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    When i do jal neti water goes into my mouth is it harmful?
    And does ja neti removes spex of large no?

    • Rohit Tiwari
      February 4, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      Namaste Komal,

      No, it is not harmful. I cannot say it will remove the glasses totally but it will surely help in the process.

  • Sagar Garg
    March 3, 2017 at 4:17 am

    Hi Rohit. I am having sinusitis and allergic rhinitis since about 16 years now. Recently after moving to south India the rhinitis problem has disappeared but the sinus problem has grown. I have polyps now. I have been doing JAL neti since 2 months now (once every morning) but there is hardly any improvement in my sinus condition. I still get heaviness and difficulty in breathing with my right nose. How long before I feel some improvement?

    March 8, 2017 at 2:53 am

    Hello Rohit,
    I started doing Jal Neeti for the first time. But the water came back from the same nostril instead of going through the other one.
    What can i be doing wrong?
    Thanks for the help in advance.

    • Rohit Tiwari
      March 11, 2017 at 10:19 am

      Namaste Sarika,

      This can be due to tilting your head too much or very less. Tilt your head to a 45 degree angle and then try.
      Hope this helps.

      • SARIKA
        March 21, 2017 at 9:36 am

        Yes. Am able to do now. The position was wrong.
        Thanks a lot.

  • Amit Garg
    March 30, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Dear Rohit
    Somebody has told me not do JAL neti on daily basis,as it can remove lubrication and further dry my mind. Is it so…..also I think it is best natural way to activate suppressed pineal and pituitary Gland……. Can I do it on daily basis
    Amit Garg

    • Rohit Tiwari
      March 30, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Yes, of course you can do jala neti daily. This is the first time I am hearing that jala neti can dry your mind. 🙂

      Have a good day.

  • laxman thapa
    April 20, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    hi am laxman am suffering from sinus problems.I have tried different medicines and it work only it is taken and again the condition becomes same what should I do .please please help me . I want to cure this problem.

  • Sneha Damani
    June 19, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Hi Sir,
    I am suffering from sinus since I was a kid, and i have been practicing jal neti for last 1 week now. However, Everytime I start the practice from one nostril, the other one gets completely blocked and I am unable to pass the water through the other nostril then. On most days I have no option but to discontinue the practice. Is there something I am doing wrong. How can I correct my mistake.


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