Have you ever wondered
why we have two nostrils when in fact the air that we inhale through
them gets mixed anyway?
Irrelevant as it may
seem, the 4-5 cms. of length where the air is separated has very
important effects on our constitution.
In various studies
there has been found a correlation between certain kinds of health
disorders and breathing patterns. For example, people who generally
breathe predominantly from the left nostril are found to be more
susceptible to respiratory ailments such as sinusitis, bronchitis
and even throat infections. They were also more likely to suffer
from hyperthyroidism, decreased sex drive, stomach disorders and
Those with predominantly
right side breathing are more prone to arterial disorders such as
While it is never that
the breath flows equally from both nostrils, however, in a healthy
person the balance keeps alternating between the nostrils every
2-3 hours. That is the sign of healthy breathing. This is said to
stimulate unique nerve centers, which are found along the different
nostrils for optimum respiratory and circulatory health.
Jala neti goes a long
way in restoring this optimum-breathing pattern. For those suffering
nasal blockages due to polyps, sutra neti is recommended to free
the nostrils from such obstructions.
It is therefore seen
that people who practice jala neti regularly often see themselves
relieved of seemingly unrelated symptoms like gastric disorders
and so on.