Being healthy is not just about avoiding disease. While we clearly don’t want to get sick, a healthy lifestyle also means the active pursuit of wellness. As defined by the World Health Organization, this is “a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity”.
We want to be our best-possible healthy selves and we’re willing to do what we can to make that happen, whether that’s through working at lowering our stress levels, being mindful or following particular dietary plans.
For Sinéad Hurley, whose consultation room is based in Kenmare, Co. Kerry, homeopathy is the healthiest way forward for a better way of living. It’s a system-based approach, which looks at a patient’s mental, emotional and physical health including lifestyle and habits overall.
The West Cork-native studied Homeopathy in The Irish School of Homeopathy, graduating in 2012, and went on to setup her own practice in Kenmare, Co. Kerry, where she lives with her husband and three children. Her interest in homeopathy developed because of family health issues, which didn’t respond to standard medical treatments.
“I just had to take family health matters into my own hands and through doing my own research, I discovered homeopathy,” she says.
After studying with the Irish School of Homeopathy, Sinéad opened her own clinic in 2012. Her current client base has built up primarily through word-of-mouth and also through the homeopathy courses Sinéad teaches.
While homeopathy may not be familiar to many people, yet it has been around for a long time – developed by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a German physician. It is based on the principle that “like cures like”. In simple words, it means that any substance, which can produce symptoms in a healthy person, can cure similar symptoms in a person who is sick. Eg. An onion is a substance which makes your eyes water and your nose burn. If you are having an attack of hay fever with watering eyes and a burning nose, a homeopathic remedy made from onion can relieve it.
Thankfully there are many registered Homeopaths in Ireland. Homeopathy has become increasingly popular and is used by many celebrates including the British Royal Family, David Beckham, Tina Turner & Cindy Crawford to name but a few.
“The general public don’t know a lot about it, and maybe it’s the younger generation who are coming across it a lot more and I guess taking health into their own hands, because they’re becoming frustrated with the current medical system,” Ms. Hurley says.
“They’re becoming frustrated with going to the GP and just being put on a pile of medication and sitting there for 10 minutes without anyone figuring out what their problem is in the first place.
“My approach is that if someone has been to the GP five times with the same infection over the course of a year, there is one question which needs to be asked – WHY? I need to figure out why are they getting those infections, homeopathy goes to the root of the problem.”
There have been criticisms of homeopathy as being placebo effect , something Sinéad disagrees with.
“People are always going to have those comments about something that’s different. The results speak for themselves”
She also points to the fact that Homeopathy is individualised medicine. Two people may be experiencing migraine but may require two completely different homeopathic remedies.
What Homeopath is all about is optimising health. What is Health? Is it the absence of symptoms? “No, in my opinion health gives us a sense of well-being, of being balanced, of personal freedom and above all the ability to withstand change and stress” says Sinéad.
Her belief is that everybody can achieve optimum health and the only difference is how long it is going to take someone to get to that state of being and also how dedicated they are to the cause!
An important part of the approach is going through a patient’s timeline and medical history. “It’s really figuring out where they’re at, what their symptoms are and what brought them to me in the first place, and what I can do for them,” she says.
“But it’s also their story and their situation in context. What was going on at the time, when they were in school or in college? Were they bullied in college, did they take recreational drugs or was there a lot of stress and how did they cope with stress at the time? Were they on antibiotics at the time, did they have surgery? All these things lead up to where that patient is at the moment.”
Medical details such as bowel habits, energy levels, sleep patterns and, for females, menstruation, also tells her a huge amount about the patient.
However, with HOMEOPATHY, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment.
Sinéad’s clinic is in Kenmare, Co. Kerry. If you wish to contact Sinéad, her phone number is: +353 (0)87 20 40 200 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Consultations are by appointment only. Evening and Saturday times are available along with skype consultations.
Sinéad delivers talks and courses on homeopathy regularly. Courses cover topics for the complete beginner to the more familiar user of homeopathy, giving each participant the knowledge and courage to prescribe homeopathic remedies for acute ailment eg. earaches, coughs, colds, headaches etc. Having an extensive background in adult education, Sinéad is happy to give talks or courses to interested groups.
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