No, it's not some obscure martial art, but the ancient yogic technique of saline nasal irrigation.
I discovered this after my Septoplasty operation. After reading Tony The Busman's story of his septoplasty, he mentioned irrigating his nose with salt water to aid the healing process and I was intrigued to find out more.
So my first port of call was Google and I instantly turned up a number of articles on Jala Neti. This technique is part of a yogic cleansing ritual to prepare the body for meditation as well as promoting good nasal and respiratory health.
The technique requires a Neti pot, which is like a small teapot but with a conical tip on the spout. Fill the pot with warm water, about body temperature, and add one quarter of a teaspoon of salt. As long as the salt is pure table salt or finely ground sea salt, it will be ok. Some places sell Neti salt too. Ensure the salt has completely dissolved then, with your head over a sink, tilt it to one side about 60 degrees.Now place the spout of the pot in the upper nostril and start to pour. The water flows through the nostril, around the sinuses and very quickly exits through the other nostril. Some people do half a pot and then switch nostrils, or some do a whole pot per nostril. It's whatever you feel most comfortable with.
You will notice varying quantities of debris in the sink and when you have finished, you should hang your head down so the nose is the lowest part of your head and then exhale through your nose about 10 times with mild force to ensure all water has cleared.
There are further stages of Jala Neti but these are best done with an experienced teacher.
Why am I telling you all this ?
Well, I've been doing this for two weeks now and it has greatly helped the healing process after my op, but it has also improved my overall nasal function and as I suffer from hayfever and colds very badly in my nose, it will help there too.
It also makes my CPAP experience so much more comfortable too. A good Neti session before bed and first thing in the morning really freshens me up !
Read more here....http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=jala+neti&meta=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jala_netihttp://www.jalanetipot.com/index.html
An excellent 41 page PDF can be found here....http://www.yoga-age.com/asanas/jala.pdf
I cannot recommend Jala Neti highly enough