The Summer 2009 Asthma turned out to be one of the largest health and wellness events of Hawaii this summer. Local residents seeking healthier, stronger lives are creating a ripple effect in the community, starting with the free Summer Immunity and Respiratory Events on Oahu and Kauai. This event is sponsored by The Natural Healing Research Foundation and is an initiative by Grandmaster Hong Liu to improve the health of the residents of Hawaii and build a strong, healthy community. Over 800 people, ages 7-92, came out to partake in the three events on June 21st, July 4th , and August 13th.
It really touches my heart every time I come here for this event! (Lori Awaya, 56-year-old Pearl City resident)
When community members gather for these events, itís like a rock concert for health and wellness. People travel from all around the island to receive herbal patches on these specific summer days which are designed to improve the function of the respiratory and immune system. These events are also an opportunity to learn about and sample natural preventative lifestyle additions from simple delicious healing foods to basic qi gong exercises.
Itís empowering to come here, with all of these other people, and see that we are all part of a movement to take control of our health and enjoy life! I love it! (Scott Kato, 42-year-old father of 3 from Kaneohe)
The following days in June, July, and August have been selected because they are the hottest most powerful days of the year (according to the lunar calendar) to influence the respiratory and immune systems. Master Hong and the NHRF believe that the complementary approach of combining thousand-year-old Traditional Chinese medicine with western medical research is the most powerful way to treat respiratory disorders such as asthma, bronchitis, allergies, and sinus problems.
One of the goals of this event is to serve and educate the community, which is why research on the effectiveness of this practice began in 2006. Thus far, this research has been an incredible way to formally document the remarkable changes that participants have experienced since they began attending these events. One of the major changes reported by participants is the decreased reliance on medications & inhalers. Many regular attendees have also noted a reduction in allergies, sinus, skin, and respiratory problems, and less colds and sickness throughout the year.
After attending for two years, this last year was the first time that my kids didnít get sick all year, since my kids were born. Iím grateful to have an event like this her in our community. (Nancy Miaki, mother of 2, Honolulu)
The NHRF has offered these FREE community events for the past 4 years, and will continue to do so. People leave knowing that they are doing a positive thing for their own health. They also know that when they feel strong and healthy, this spreads to their familyÖ to the communityÖ and the whole state of Hawaii.
It was amazing to be here, to not really know what to expect, but to find youíre surrounded by 100ís of people who also want to feel healthy, in a natural way. The sense of community, family, and validation is beyond measure. (Ann Chang, first time attendee, Kauai resident)