World Asthma Day

Each year, the first Tuesday of May marks World Asthma Day (WAD). It is organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. GINA organises WAD in collaboration with healthcare groups and asthma educators throughout the world. The aim; to increase information, care and support for those affected by asthma. Ireland has the fourth highest prevalence of asthma in the world. The Asthma Society of Ireland (ASI), our national charity, is dedicated to empowering Ireland’s 470,000 people with asthma. Asthma is a chronic disease of the lungs which causes breathing problems. Symptoms of asthma include breathlessness, coughing, wheezing and a feeling of tightness in the chest. These symptoms vary in frequency and severity. The symptoms may simply occur when the body has to work harder, for example walking quickly, running or going upstairs. House dust may provoke an asthma attack as may exposure to cat, dog or horse hair. People who suffer from hay fever may find that they get asthma-like symptoms too. Whilst asthma cannot be cured, the symptoms can be controlled enabling people with asthma to live full lives. A kinesiologist can help to identify the stress that’s a contributory factor to asthma. Muscle testing is a unique way to find out what specifically is affecting a person, such as food sensitivities, emotional stresses and other imbalances. Kinesiology acupressure techniques can be used to access the areas of stress through the Chinese energy system, helping alleviate severe or troublesome symptoms. Kinesiology can also help detect the root of ill-health problems. Chronic illness is a complex and multi-layered issue. Homeopathy maintains an individualised approach to medicine. It considers the reasons why an illness took hold in the first place by addressing deeper constitutional issues. As systems in the body start to deteriorate, other things can go wrong, leading to increasingly poor health. The opposite is true when we begin to support, repair, drain and detoxify the body. Good health can return when we give ourselves the right stimulus. There are plenty of opportunities to educate, learn and explore, especially when it comes to patient care and chronic illness. We encourage all CAM enthusiasts to consider and share how natural medicines and therapies can contribute to improved quality-of-living and better health.