Carina holds 3 internationally recognised transferable level 8 (EQF/AQF/NFQ/Level 6 Ofqual recognised by NARIC) honours science degrees in Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM); a degree in Acupuncture, Naturopathy (Herbal Medicine/Nutrition) & Homeopathy.
Having trained in Australia which was at the forefront of natural medicine training. Carina has been in private practice for 20 years offering treatments in 3 modalities & tailoring treatment protocols to suit individual needs. Being trained in pharmacology & having worked in pharmacies, Carina is adept in drug/nutrient & drug/herb safety whereby Carina practices pharmacognosy, matching the pharmacological action of drugs with natural alternative compounds. Carina prescribes organic food grade herbal extracts to treat antimicrobial resistant diseases, MRSA, MDR-TB, MDR Staph. aureus, K. pneumonia, E. coli, Haemophilus influenza, MDR Candida and neglected tropical diseases including Dengue, Ross River/ Barmah Forest virus Lyme borreliosis ect, and the rising tide of non communicable disease (NCD) including autoimmune, allergic and inflammatory disease. Carina has worked in Public Health as acupuncturist at the Northern Hospital Emergency Department (A&E) Epping, Melbourne & Box Hill Hospital, Melbourne’s Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Unit. Carina’s ultimate goal is to see the integration of CAM into mainstream healthcare hence Carina is completing a Masters in Public Health. The WHO is looking at the role Traditional Medicines have in keeping populations healthy and Carina wants to play my part in shaping future Public Health Policy to improve Global Health outcomes using Traditional Medicines. Carina is writing her dissertation on The Use of Herbal Medicine to Treat the Greatest Global Threat; Antimicrobial Resistance.
Carina’s other interests include environmental health concerns in the air and water that lead to bioaccumulation of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) also called Persistent Toxic Substances (PTS), particularly heavy metals and plastics (both ingested BPA/phthalates and inhaled dioxins/furans), and enhancing biotransformation using herbal medicine. Carina conducts and would like to conduct research in both these areas in the future. Detoxification contrary to medical opinion is not quackery. In medical terms excess toxins are called bioaccumulation of xenobiotics and detoxification is called biotransformation. Biotransformation is the process of supporting Phase and Phase II liver detoxification process, which is actually misnomer as these processes can also occur in kidney, intestine, lung, skin, prostate, & brain. Biotransformation can and is assisted using the information that science provides though therapeutic fasting, nutritional supplementation and herbal medicine.
Carina worked as an acupuncturist and sports nutritionist/ herbalist for an Australian Rules Football team where she recommended natural ergogenic aids to boost performance in professional athletes as recommended by the Australian Institute of Sport and used acupuncture to promote recovery and enhance performance. As a naturopath, Carina has raised 7 children naturally, without the use of western medication and is an advocate for an active healthy lifestyle. There is not a childhood disease she has not seen nor can’t treat.
Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom. BHSc.Acu.Cert.IV.TAE. MPH (pending)
• Carina Harkin & Dr Robyn Parker, A Prospective, Randomised Control Trial of Acupuncture for Select Common Conditions within the Emergency Department, Journal of Chinese Medicine, Number 85, pp 45-52., October 2007
• Carina Harkin, Effect of Homeopathic Calcium on Bone Density, Homoeopathic Links, Vol. 21: 1–6 6. Spring 2008.
A Naturopathic Diagnosis is holistic and assesses the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of a person. For example from a Western Medical Perspective you may be medically diagnosed with hypothyroidism however, from a Naturopathic Medical Perspective your diagnosis might be;
- Decreased Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) due to "Functional Hypothyroid".
Poor breakdown of fats and increased visceral adiposity due to a "Sluggish Liver".
Excess cravings for carbohydrates due to “Insulin Resistance” and "Functional Hypoglycemia".
Long term stress leading to "Adrenal Exhaustion", cortisol spikes and resultant weight gain
Long term stress leading to “Nervous System Exhaustion” and emotional eating
Nutritional deficiencies of Iodine, EFAs, selenium.
Excess Bioaccumulation of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) such as fluoride, aluminium and BPA leading to a disruption of thyroid hormone production.
Naturopathic Treatment Principles
Tonify the thyroid to boost BMR
Improve insulin sensitivity
Balance blood sugar
Tonify the adrenal gland
Nourish the nervous system
Replace nutritional deficiencies
Treatment in the terms of dietary, lifestyle, supplement and herbal medicine recommendations are then derived from these treatment principles.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
As an Acupuncturist, I will also diagnose your Pattern of Disharmony according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. In obesity, it may be for example Cold Damp accumulation due to Spleen Qi and Yang Deficiency. I will prescribe Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Chinese Dietary Therapy to treat your Pattern of Disharmony. Rather than prescribing Chinese Herbal Patent Formulas, I specialise in preparing Traditional Chinese Herbal Formulations in organic 1:1 high practitioner strength extract form
Once I have confirmed a Naturopathic Diagnosis, I will then explain the Naturopathic Causes of your condition from a Naturopathic Perspective so that you will be motivated to remove these causes to the best of your ability and have a better chance for cure, depending also, on the strength of your Vital Force. As the "Stress-Less Naturopath" I tailor a Health Management Solution to suit your lifestyle.
I am trained in pharmacology, herbal and supplement contraindications and drug/nutrient, drug/herb interactions. I can prescribe safely if you are pregnant and breastfeeding or on medication. As a Herbalist and Nutritionist I specialise in matching the pharmacological actions of drugs with natural alternatives using compounds found in food and herbs. I will always give dietary advice and assess your diet for nutritional deficiencies.
As a classical homeopath I may also prescribe what are described as your constitutional remedy, an acute lesional remedy or drainage remedy.
What to expect during a Naturopathic consultation?
At either a consult in person or an online consultation I will;
- Discuss your presenting symptoms
Discuss any medications that you take to ensure that there are no drug/nutrient or drug/herb contraindications with proposed or current treatment
Discuss your past health history
Discuss your family history
Ask you questions about relevant body systems to gain a better understanding of your condition
Perform nail analysis and tongue and pulse diagnosis to asses for mineral deficiencies (For online consult you will need to email photo of tongue)
Perform Iridology (for online consult you will need to attach photo of left and right iris)
Take your blood pressure
May recommend blood or other tests
Explain the Naturopathic Causes of your health issues from a Naturopathic Medical Perspective
Provide a diagnosis from a Chinese Medical Perspective
Prescribe treatment in the terms of diet, (including Chinese dietary therapy), lifestyle, herbal medicine, homeopathy and supplements in the form of an email prescription.
Provide ongoing support through www.carahealth.com Online Naturopathic Health Resource and Consultant Services.
Face-to-face consultation includes acupuncture according to your Pattern of Disharmony.