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Carahealth -The stress-less approach
A completely unique practice involving the combination of three major modalities of complementary medicine to maximise the therapeutic effect. The aim is to empower patients with the knowledge to understand the causative factors to their disease so that they may remove these in order to health-thy self. I have a stress-less approach, as she believes stress of the biggest cause of disease. I focus on grain and milk rotation rather than elimination making the dietary advice easier to incorporate. You will be advised what you can do not what you can’t. I do not advise the use radical detoxifying methods but instead prefers people to think that their insides are full of healthy blood and tissues rather than being toxic cesspits. As a n nutritionist, I do not advocate raw foods or vegetarianism. I promote a vegaquarian diet that is predominantly fish and vegetables but prescribe meat in cases of deficiency. I believe in locally grown food and local recipes from Nanna’s pantry.
Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.BHSc.Acu.
carina head shotI am a local practitioner and Naturopathic Director of Carahealth, Galway. I am Australia’s first triple degree graduate. I have conducted two scientific trials using homeopathy and acupuncture, both of which are due to be published this year in reputable journals. One of these was a world first trial in a busy emergency department of a public hospital in Melbourne, Australia..
Naturopathy
Naturopathy is a system of treatment which recognises the existence of a vital curative force within the body known as the Vital force. Indeed, this essential concept pervades all natural therapies.
The origins of naturopathy can be traced to ancient Greece. Hippocrates, the "Father of modern medicine" once described the human organism as an holistic combination of body, mind and spirit linked to the four elements of the natural world. This organism that is body, mind and spirit possesses an inherent capacity to generate self-healing, given appropriate conditions. The role of the naturopath is to facilitate this process through teaching the natural way of life, which advocates fresh air, pure water, whole foods and exercise to promote and maintain optimum well-being.
Contemporary naturopathy has developed to enhance adaptability to these modern conditions of living and help people cope with stress. The contemporary Naturopath draws on both an understanding of Western health science and traditional healing methods to treat a wide range of health conditions.
As a naturopath, I am a qualified herbalist, nutritional therapist, mineral therapist and uses naturopathic diagnostic techniques including iridology and nail analysis.
Acupuncture
The ancient practice of acupuncture is an integrated modality of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which is based on the Chinese philosophy of life. This philosophy has evolved over thousands of years and is detailed in ancient Chinese texts. The basis of Chinese philosophy and acupuncture theory is the existence of a primary motivating force behind all life called Qi that leads the blood in the meridians or acupuncture channels, forming a complex network.
Qi flows in the body much like water evolves from the wells and springs and extends to the river and seas. Illness results when qi and blood in the meridians are blocked. The practitioner aims to restore the harmonious flow of energy by influencing the acupuncture points with needles and moxibustion (a heat treatment that warms the acupuncture point with a slow smouldering herb called moxa). Carina prescribes Chinese herbs in tincture form and combines traditional Chinese formulas with modern day herbal extraction.
The Chinese view of the world is an holistic one in which the microcosm of man is viewed in the macrocosm of the universe. Understanding exactly how the environment can aggravate a condition will indicate the exact nature of the internal disharmony. For example damp weather commonly aggravates joint conditions. This indicates the patient is suffering from internal damp. Other common environmental influences are cold aggravating asthma or cough and dryness aggravating skin conditions such as eczema.
Homeopathy
The principle of homeopathy dates back 2600 years to Hippocrates, the ancient Greek founder of European medicine. It was not until the late 18th century that Samuel Hahnemann, a German chemist and physician, rediscovered and verified the concepts. The Greek word homeopathy means equal or similar disease. The homeopathic principle is best illustrated by the phrase "let like substances be used to treat like diseases". To do this the homeopath uses small dilutions of botanical, mineral and other substances to treat specific ailments. For example, what better medicine to give for the burning, stinging pains and swelling of a bee sting than a specially prepared homeopathic remedy of Apis mellifica (Honey Bee).
Homeopathic medication does not replace missing substances, but has a regulatory effect on the body's central processes (homeostasis). Every person resonates and vibrates on a different or indeed similar level. Remedies also share this quality. The idea is to match the one remedy with the person. Carina does not mix remedies, as she is a classical homeopath.
Diagnostic Tools
Carina uses the information she receives from a lengthy consultation to diagnoses nutritional deficiencies. She also uses iridology, pulse and tongue diagnosis and nail analysis. Communication with your doctor may be necessary especially if you are wanting to come off medication. Carina may also recommend specialist testing in regard to subclinical conditions such as blood sugar irregularities, low thyroid function or adrenal exhaustion among many others.
Expectations
For every year you have had a condition Carina recommends one month of treatment. Ideally initial visits will be fortnightly then scaled back to monthly as improvements occur. Eventually only annual check-ups will be needed once you are managing your own through diet and lifestyle.
You will likely receive acupuncture, nutritional supplements, dietary advice and herbal medicine. Why go to one practitioner when you can see three for the price of one!
Extra charges apply for dermal hammering which may be used to reduce scar tissue or during cosmetic acupuncture treatments to remove fine lines.

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Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.BHSc.Acu Cert. IV TAE. ARCHTI mem
Carahealth’s naturopathic consultant, completed three 4 year full-time degrees in natural medicine in Australia, which is at the forefront of natural medicine training. Carina’s three modalities of complementary medicines are supported by evidence based trials and are covered by the UK’s NHS and considered to be introduced under Australia’s Medicare. Having this range of skills allows Carina is better able to empower her clients by helping them understand the causes of their disease. 
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