Bromley Herbal Clinic - Karen Carpenter Medical Herbalist
Natural Health Hut
Bromley Health Store
8 Widmore Road
My name is Karen and I see patients with a variety of chronic conditions and have a special interest in skin problems having partly trained at Whipps Cross NHS Dermatology Clinic. I am a herbalist and massage therapist and help people with their health when their doctors are unable to or they would like a natural alternative to mainstream symptomatic treatment.
I seek the cause of disease and aim to correct the imbalance occurring in the body, whilst alleviating symptoms at the same time.
Practising from Bromley Herbal Clinic, I give health consultations to patients, prescribing bespoke herbal medicine and advising on diet and lifestyle.
Examples of conditions treated:
- Skin conditions: eczema, psoriasis, acne vulgaris, acne rosacea
- Endocrine conditions: fertility, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menopause, benign prostatic hypertrophy, diabetes, thyroid disorders
- Autoimmune conditions: rheumatoid arthritis, addison's disease, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
- Gut conditions: gord, ibs, ulcerative colitis, peptic ulcer disease
- Cardiovascular conditions: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart failure
- Nervous system conditions: stress, anxiety, depression, migraine, carpal tunnel
- Respiratory conditions: hay fever, asthma, coughs and colds
- Musculoskeletal conditions: arthritis (e.g. osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis), systemic sclerosis
- Cancer support: nausea, difficulty sleeping and skin reactions from chemotherapy and radiotherapy
This list is by no means exhaustive.
There is some confusion around homeopathy and herbal medicine. I often get asked if herbalists are the same as homeopaths. Homeopathic medicines are natural substances that have been diluted many times to the point where if tested the original natural substance is undetectable. Herbal medicines are made using the whole plant and are not diluted. There are many other differences but this is the principle one.
Full body massage has many proven benefits such as inducing physical and mental relaxation, improving sleep, circulation and joint mobility as well as boosting the immune system.
Massage can be used as a treat or for the purpose of helping with specific problems such as stress, anxiety, insomnia and arthritis.
During the massage, some Swedish massage techniques are used and the oil is warmed for your comfort. For areas that may need further or deeper work, hot stones are sometimes applied as the heat held in the stone allows for deeper penetration of the soft tissues.
The treatment, including a short consultation lasts one hour.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Honours) Herbal Medicine
ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage
Gateway Diploma in Hot Stone Body Massage
Gateway Diploma in Advanced and Deep Tissue Massage
ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you may have a pre-existing medical condition you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
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