The Himalayan Institute first introduced the Neti pot more than 35 years ago, based on a technique used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine to alleviate sinus and allergy problems. Its use has countless health benefits even if you’re healthy. It soothes winter-dry nasal passages, for example, and allows for freer breathing during yoga and other spiritual practices. The real story here is what the Institute does with the proceeds from their sales. Their current initiatives include the development of sustainable biofuel in India and Africa, and a newly established community center in Cameroon.
So, yes, you could buy a Neti pot from your local drug store, and it will work to irrigate your sinuses. It will not provide opportunities for rural empowerment, training and social regeneration. The Himalayan Institute is truly offering us an opportunity to breathe easier while making a difference. In effect, you’re helping others to breathe easier, too.