03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Nasal Irrigation: A Winner In The Battle Against Colds

Originally part of a millennia-old Indian yogic tradition, the practice of nasal irrigation -- jala neti -- is performed with a small pot that looks like a cross between Aladdin's lamp and your grandmother's gravy boat. The neti pot made its way into this country in the early 1970s as a yoga meditation device, but even as yoga became mainstream, the neti pot remained on the fringes of alternative culture.

That is, until now. Due to a confluence of influences, the neti pot is having what can only be termed a moment, sold in drugstores, health food stores, even at Wal-Mart and Walgreens.

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