This fall’s allergy season is like none other.
On top of the usual congestion, itchy eyes, and runny nose that hay fever sufferers face, they also have to worry about the coronavirus.
One ancient health practice may address both issues, according to new research.
Nasal irrigation is a natural solution that not only relieves allergy and sinus symptoms, but a medical journal examining its potential against coronavirus recently concluded that it also may also “offer a ray of hope” during the pandemic.
Let’s be clear: Nasal irrigation has not yet been tested in COVID-19 patients. However, in June researchers launched two separate clinical trials to do so. One trial is being conducted at Vanderbilt University. The other is at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. 
Until the results are published, researchers’ current conclusions about nasal irrigation’s potential effectiveness against the coronavirus are hypothetical. That’s because they rely on lab studies and previous findings showing nasal rinsing works against other similar viruses. 
The next issue of our monthly journal Independent Healing tells you how yoga masters in ancient India developed nasal irrigation as a way to improve their breathing. Modern clinical research shows it relieves hay fever and sinus infection symptoms without the side effects of drugs.
A 2012 paper published in the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy analyzed 50 high-quality nasal irrigation studies. It found that the practice:
- Improves allergy symptoms by 28%
- Reduces allergy medication needed by 62%
- Improves allergy sufferers’ quality-of-life scores by 28%.
Another study published in the journal Pediatric Allergy and Immunology found that nasal irrigation eases allergy symptoms to the point that patients can often reduce the amount of medication they take or even stop taking it entirely.
Researchers Believe Nasal Irrigation Could “Wash Coronavirus Away”
In addition to its effectiveness as an allergy treatment, several new studies conclude nasal irrigation may offer another important benefit…
Although a research paper in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) didn’t test nasal irrigation directly in COVID patients, it did conclude that the practice, in effect, rinses the inside of the nose and sinuses, reducing a person’s “viral load.”
In this way, nasal irrigation can help to “reduce viral severity and further transmission,” the study concluded.
An analysis published in the journal Lung India in May noted nasal irrigation’s long track record in effectively treating upper respiratory virus infections such as colds and flu. It concluded:
“Since it has been shown to work for a multitude of viruses, logically it should work for COVID-19 as well. As we await a definitive therapy to fight the pandemic, this relatively safe technique may be a ray of hope.”
The October issue of Independent Healing takes a comprehensive look at the science behind nasal irrigation. And we’ll tell you about a simple, two-step method to do it that takes just a few minutes a day.
It’s an ancient health solution whose time has come.
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