Ayurveda’s answer to Neti is nasya which is one of the Panchakarmas or 5 actions of purification. Ayurveda teaches us that bacteria multiplies in our subtle channels, including the sinuses, creating infectious mucus and congestion.
During Nasya, a small amount of ‘Anu Thailam’ is applied to the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses expelling excess mucus through the nasal passage.
Nasya, when practiced daily, penetrates the nasal area killing bacteria and clearing mucus. It clears the upper and lower respiratory tracts, is good for the ears and purifies the organs of the head. Nasya also nourishes the cranial nerves and the muscles of the neck while improving the sense organs e.: vision, hearing, smell, taste and touch.
Nasya is also used to stimulate the brain and cranial nerves. This Nasya practice stimulates and nourishes the brain tissue while soothing the nervous system.
Nasya is best performed in the mornings as part of a daily routine and can be safely practiced by children.