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Meet our Practitioner - Clare McQuade, Herbalist

Clare McQuade

Clare McQuade has been a key member of the Napiers healthcare team for several years. She works alongside Napiers Senior Herbalist, Dee Atkinson, in both clinic and formulation work and runs Napiers popular Parent and Child Clinic.

Clare's interest in Herbal Medicine began when she herself came to Napiers Clinic as a patient and worked with a herbalist and nutritionist to treat her Psoriasis. Her interest in natural therapies grew from there and she went on to study Herbal Medicine graduating from Edinburgh's Napier University in 2009 with a BSc in Herbal Medicine. She is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and is currently studying for a professional qualification in Nutritional Therapy.

Herbal Medicine Clinic

This clinic is every Monday and Thursday. Clare uses herbs to help treat a wide variety of health conditions including arthritis, lowered immunity, skin complaints, stress, anxiety, sleep problems and digestive issues. As an NIMH practitioner, Clare uses remedies made from whole plant extracts and is trained to look beyond and beneath the obvious, to find the root cause of a problem, helping the body to correct imbalances and heal itself.

During your initial consultation Clare will ask questions about the presentingcondition, general health, health history, present medication, diet and lifestyle in order to put together a treatment plan tailored specifically to you. Herbs may be given in tincture or tea form to take daily or a cream or oil may be given to apply topically. Vitamin and mineral and dietary advice may also be given.

Herbal Medicine Parent & Child Clinic

Run every Friday afternoon for children as well as expectant mothers, Clare commonly sees conditions such as eczema, constipation and other digestive issues, coughs and colds, and molluscum. As a parent herself, Clare understands the desire to look for gentle, natural treatments to help babies and children return to optimum health. Clare also sees women during pregnancy in this clinic, whether to support health during pregnancy or to help those looking to put together a herbal birthing plan.

During the initial appointment Clare will ask questions about a child's general health and sometimes about the mother's health during pregnancy and nursing, as well as about diet and lifestyle. She will then form an individualised treatment plan for your child. Clare uses gentle herbs with children and babies to help restore the child's natural health. If a baby is being breastfed, herbs may be given to the mother to take otherwise herbs can be given in the form of tincture drops or teas to be added to the child's drink or herbal creams and oils to be applied to the skin. Sometimes a vitamin or mineral supplement may be advised.

Herbal Medicine Clinic – An initial appointment will typically last from 45 – 60minutes at a cost of £35. Repeat appointments (30 minutes) are £28

Parent and Child Clinic – Both initial and repeat appointments last for 30 minutes at a cost of £25 for an initial appointment and £18 for repeat appointments




Dee Atkinson MNIMH

Dee is one of the UK's top herbalists and owns and runs D. Atkinson Herbalist in Edinburgh - a herbal dispensary and shop which provide a wide range of herbal medicines, vitamins, supplements, herbal skincare as well as a herbal dispensary. Next door is Napiers Clinic.

Dee qualified as a Medical Herbalist in 1988 and took over Napiers the Herbalists in 1990, building it up into one of the UKs most respected and trusted Complementary Medicine Clinics.

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