Asthma can be triggered at any age but quite often the teenage years are the starting point. Treatment from this age onwards is similar to that of a child.

Homeopathy can be very effective but high potencies are required and a homeopathic consultation is recommended. Acute attacks can be helped by referring to a homeopathic manual with special reference to the remedies: Aconite, Arsenicum album, Calcarea carbonica, Ipecacuanha and Natrum sulphuricum. Do not stop using orthodox treatments such as inhalers without supervision by an experienced practitioner and even then only with your doctor’s support

Eucalyptus oil as a steam inhalation is very effective but it counteracts homeopathic remedies. Better to use a combination of lavender and chamomile oils (four drops of each in a bowl of steaming water).

Acupressure may be used to help relieve an attack. Find the top of the chest bone (sternum) and move outwards along the collar bones on both sides. Move down the edge of the collar bone and find two sensitive spots on either side. Pull the shoulders back and gently apply pressure to the point of pain whilst inspiring for 3sec and expiring for 4sec.

Relaxation and meditation. It is not easy to relax or meditate in the middle of an asthma attack. However, all asthmatics should practise a daily meditation routine and be able to utilize this technique during an attack.

At the first sign of an asthma attack take lOmg per foot of height of vitamin B6 twice a day. Also, per foot of height: 500mg of vitamin C with each meal, 5mg of natural food-state zinc taken last thing at night, 500mg of magnesium twice a day, l,OOOiu of vitamin A twice a day and lOOmg of N-acetylcysteine twice a day.