Avi Lago

Avi Lago

Avi Lag, Ayurvedic Consultant/Practitioner

Ayurvedic Practitioner & Consultant

  • Diet and Lifestyle
  • Ayurveda
  • Vedic Counselling
  • Indian Medicine

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT AT AN AYURVEDA CONSULTATION

The first consultation lasts 60 minutes. Avi will take a detailed medical history covering not only your current complaint and medications, allergies, and family history, but also your diet and lifestyle. Your pulse and tongue will be checked - this will give the practitioner a deeper understanding of the underlying issues. As Ayurveda is an ancient Indian holistic system of health, this will explore areas such as how we interact with ourselves and others. Many people will have a keen interest in yoga and meditation, this will give each seeker a better understanding of their connection to the wider universe. Here Avi will give a detailed insight into your unique Body/Mind type (Dosha), explore the bodily tissues (Dhatus), and channels (Srotas), when Avi brings these three levels together this will bring a clear picture of the root cause. Like many people who come to Ayurveda it is to become in sync with the self, season, and our environment. This will be covered in diet and aftercare.

Your Diet/Lifestyle plan will then be discussed and agreed with you to suit your needs. Following the consultation, Avi will formulate suitable herbs individually tailored to your needs which may include a tea (dried herbs), supplements and oils. Nutritional or lifestyle advice, if appropriate, may also be given where required to suit your Dosha and Prakriti (unique body type).

A follow-up consultation will take place 2-3 weeks later to monitor your progress. This will last approximately 30 minutes. If you need further consultations, additional visits are generally at four or six-week intervals to help integrate the plan and lifestyle.

ABOUT AVI

Avi is a qualified Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle consultant. As fourth generation British Indian, his love for his culture developed from a very young age, exploring the spiritual realms, and integrating this in various ways. One of these ways that took him from the start was the plethora of herbs and spices at home with his mother and grandmothers. He learned that our food is our medicine. This led to the journey of the versatility of preparations of herbs in teas, tinctures, oils. Naturally this developed with his own travels of seeing the various systems of medicine around the globe on his journeys to India, USA, the Far East and North Africa.

Avi qualified under the great care, support and guidance of Dr. Deepa Apte, in the heart of London - Founder of Ayurveda Pura Clinic and Academy. Dr. Apte is a fully qualified Indian Medical Doctor (Bachelor of Medicine; Bachelor of Surgery, India), a qualified Yoga teacher and a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner. She is also an Executive Director of the APA (Ayurvedic Practitioners Association) of UK.

Having had the chance to meet various teachers before knowing this path was for him, after a beautiful experience in the Ganges, Avi returned to his roots and realised Avi what he could offer to Glasgow. 

Just as he was taken on a journey to the roots of the Vedic culture of the Indus valley, come with Avi and let him guide you each step of the way back to the source of you using Ayurveda, Yoga, Meditation.

If you would like to book an appointment, please contact Clinic Reception on, or at 0141 339 5859 or glasgow@napiers.net. If you would like to discuss whether Ayurveda could support you or for more information, please contact Avi on 07582957615 or email avilagoo@gmail.com.

APPOINTMENTS FOR PATIENTS GLASGOW CLINIC CAN BE MADE WITH AVI BY TELEPHONE/IN PERSON. PLEASE CONTACT THE GLASGOW CLINIC DIRECTLY TO BOOK.

Nikki Biddiss

Nikki Biddiss

 

BSc (Hons), MNIMH. Medical Herbalist

QUALIFICATIONS

  • First class honours degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of East London in 2011 
  • ITEC Diplomas in Holistic Massage and Aromatherapy. 
  • Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, the UK’s leading professional body representing herbal practitioners. 
  • Diploma in Cognitive Coaching & Mentoring from University of the West of Scotland

SPECIAL INTERESTS

Stress management, Lyme disease, Menopause and Reproductive Health, in addition to general practice.

ABOUT NIKKI 

Nikki was awarded a first class honours degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of East London and trained at clinics in Glasgow and London. She was also awarded the Arthur Barker prize for her final examination grades. Nikki also has ITEC Diplomas in Holistic Massage and Aromatherapy. 

She is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists which is the UK’s leading professional body representing herbal practitioners. NIMH members follow a strict code of conduct and are committed to ongoing and continual practitioner development and training.  

NIKKI’S HISTORY 

Nikki’s first degree was a BA (Hons) Economics from the University of Strathclyde and she worked in commercial banking for 14 years, 5 years at Director level before retraining in Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy Massage. At 29, she was one of the youngest females to be appointed a Director in the bank’s history. Amongst many career highlights, Nikki obtained the ‘Healthy Working Lives’ Award for her business in recognition of the Health and Wellbeing Initiative she devised for her division. 

She notes “As a manager with responsibility for nearly 100 staff. I could see the toll modern life was taking on people and was motivated to explore therapies which sought to manage physical, emotional and mental health. I believe we all want to take responsibility for our own wellbeing and I see my role as working with the patient to formulate management plans which puts them back in control and supports them in maximising their health and wellbeing.” 

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT AT A HERBAL MEDICINE CONSULTATION 

The first consultation takes 45 minutes. Nikki will take a detailed medical history covering not only your current complaint and medications, allergies and family history, but also your diet and lifestyle. Your blood pressure and pulse will be checked and sometimes further physical examination may be necessary. 

Your management plan will then be discussed and agreed with you. Following the consultation, Nikki will formulate a mix of suitable herbs individually tailored to your needs. The medicine may be in the form of a tincture (ethanol and water based herb extract), a tea (dried herbs) or a cream. Nutritional or lifestyle advice, if appropriate, may also be given. 

A shorter follow-up consultation will take place 3-4 weeks later to monitor your progress. This will take approximately 30 minutes. If you need further consultations, additional visits are generally at three, four or six week intervals. 

HOW WILL YOU FEEL DURING/AFTER A HERBAL MEDICINE CONSULTATION? 

Many patients are delighted at the opportunity given to discuss their physical and emotional wellbeing in-depth and can feel a sense of relief that their needs are being listened to by a skilled practitioner. 

The same disease does not necessarily affect two individuals in the same way and patients really appreciate that medicines are being formulated and tailored to meet their specific needs. 

Many come to appreciate the power of natural remedies dispensed by a highly trained medical herbalist. 

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT AT AN AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE CONSULTATION? 

Massages can be booked for 30 minutes or 60 minutes. Nikki will start by doing a consultation with you to find out about your health and wellbeing asking questions about your medical history, general health, diet, sleep patterns and lifestyle. This will help decide which essential oils are most appropriate for you and Nikki will discuss with you which areas you would like the massage to focus on such as the back, neck, shoulders, arms, legs feet, face or scalp. 

You will be able to change in private and will need to get undressed (apart from your underwear) for the massage but you will be covered up by towels at all times except for the parts of the body being worked on. 

We suggest that you don’t eat for two hours before the massage and no alcohol should be consumed before or immediately after the massage. 

HOW WILL YOU FEEL AFTER AN AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE? 

You'll probably want to lie back and enjoy smelling beautiful for a while! How you will feel depends on the type of massage you have asked for: either relaxing or invigorating. After a massage, clients often feel calm, relaxed and maybe even a little sleepy or they can feel emotionally uplifted and revitalised. It is important that you relax after having a massage and drink lots of water. 

Sometimes, depending on the oils used, the therapeutic effect can be instant; sometimes it is more subtle and develops over time. Hopefully you will leave feeling more balanced and with an overall improved sense of well being. 

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Brett Buchanan

Brett Buchanan

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Brett is a qualified CBT Counsellor having completed the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills and Diploma in Counselling and Groupwork, A Cognitive Behavioural Approach in 2008.

He has a wide range of experience having worked as a volunteer counsellor at CRISIS Erskine, Renfrew Association for Mental Health and The Second Chance Project dealing with drug and alcohol addiction.  He is also a trained Bereavement Counsellor and is currently in practice with CRUSE Bereavement Care Scotland.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Brett is an individual Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abides by their ethical code of conduct.

WHAT IS COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT)

CBT is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.  It is a clinically and research proven therapy for a wide range of mental health problems in adults, young people and children.

CBT can help you to change how you think (Cognitive) and what you do (Behavioural) by challenging negative automatic thoughts and the associated feelings and behaviours that may be causing you problems.

A CBT approach may look at the origins of your disturbance, often in childhood.  Importantly, the approach will focus greater emphasis on how the disturbance affects you in the ‘here and now’.  Your CBT Therapist will introduce you to tools and techniques designed to support increased self-awareness of your thoughts, feelings and subsequent physical responses in the present. 

CBT is an empowering approach that supports the idea that you are the expert on you.  Through awareness of self and the CBT model, you are encouraged to become your own therapist.  Building confidence and trust in yourself offers an opportunity to step away from negative past experience and to consider a more desirable future.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING CBT SESSIONS?

With CBT, you’ll usually have a session with the therapist once a week or once every two weeks.  This may change as you progress through therapy and would be decided collaboratively between yourself and the therapist.

Each session will last for 50 minutes and as you progress through your course of therapy, it is likely you will be asked to complete work between sessions.

The length of treatment may vary depending on each individual.  CBT is a time limited approach, designed to encourage a solution focus.  As such, an initial course could expect to last for six sessions.  Where appropriate, further sessions would be discussed, again collaboratively between yourself and the therapist.

WHAT CAN CBT HELP WITH?

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) provides independent, evidence based guidance for the NHS on the most effective ways to treat disease and ill-health. NICE recommends CBT in the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Anxiety disorders (including panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety and shyness)
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Diagram illustrating a typical continuous cycle relating to depression and anxiety.

There is also good evidence that CBT is helpful in treating many other conditions, including:

  • Stress
  • Low mood / self-esteem
  • Phobias
  • Bereavement
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Chronic Pain
  • Sleep Difficulties
  • Anger Management
  • Addictions
  • Trauma
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Alan Hunter

Alan Hunter

Alan Hunter

Lic Ac MBAcC

Alan is a fully qualified Five Element Acupuncturist and has been practising this wonderful system of medicine at Napiers Clinic in the West End of Glasgow for the past 18 years.

He has successfully helped patients with arthritis, back pain, stress, infertility, gynaecological problems, allergies, headaches/migraine, sports injuries, and digestive problems.

Alan trained at the College of Traditional Acupuncture in Leamington Spa founded by the late J. R. Worsley(1923-2003) credited with bringing Five Element Acupuncture to the West. He was a faculty member of the College of Traditional Acupuncture (Glasgow) in 1998. He is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC) and the Acupuncture Fertility Network (AFN), and for the past 5 years has been an associate of the Natural Fertility Centre (NFC) Edinburgh helping hundreds of couple with their fertility problems.

Alan has now become one of Scotland’s leading experts on Traditional Five Element Acupuncture and fertility.

What makes this ancient system of medicine so uniquely suited to modern life is that physical, emotional and mental aspects are seen as interdependent, and this reflects what many people perceive as the connection between the different aspects of their lives.

The focus of my acupuncture treatment is on the individual, not their illness, and all their symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each patient is unique and two people with the same western medicine diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatment.

Mobile
07876 045 499

Email
info@hunteracupuncture.co.uk 

If you would like to book an appointment with Alan please contact Napiers Clinic Glasgow Reception on
0141 339 5859, or email glasgow@napiers.net

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Angela MacRitchie

Angela MacRitchie

Angela MacRitchie

Dip. Herb. (CNM), Dip. Nat. Nut. (CNM).

 

Angela practices Herbal Medicine at Napiers Bathgate. She practices Naturopathic Nutrition, reflexology, reiki and massage at Napiers Glasgow. Angela studied her Diploma in Herbal Medicine and her three year Diploma in Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy at the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM). She is member of several professional bodies that require members to follow a strict code of conduct, ethics and continuous professional development and training. Angela is also qualified in a wide range of massage therapies, reflexology and has been a Reiki master for the last five years.

QUALIFICATIONS

Diploma Herbal Medicine and a Diploma in Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy from the College of Naturopathic Medicine, Edinburgh

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

BANT (British Association of Nutritional Therapists)

A.M.H. (Association of Master Herbalists)

U.R.H.P. (United Register of Herbal Practitioners)

N.N.A. (Naturopathic Nutrition Association)

C.N.H.C. (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council)

I had been in the fashion industry for 20+ years and always felt there was a deeper and more meaningful aspect to life. This prompted me to embark on learning and understanding about nutrition and the effects that it has on the mind, body and spirit. The stresses of modern life, which I experienced in my previous role, have motivated me to support people holistically through naturopathy and nutrition. I am passionate about helping people take control of their health and wellbeing.

Mark Plumridge

Mark Plumridge

S.R.Ch., D.Pod.M., M.Ch.S.

Mark runs the podiatry clinic, offering diagnosis and treatment of various disorders relating to the feet, ankles, legs and lower back. He offers podiatry, chiropody, orthotics and nail surgery.

Chiropodists and podiatrists, deal with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the lower limb and are qualified to treat people with arthritis, diabetes, nail surgery and sports injuries. They work with people of all ages but play a particularly important role in helping older people to stay mobile and, therefore, independent.

In the UK there is no difference between the terms chiropodist and podiatrist.  In many other English-speaking countries, however, only the term ‘podiatrist’ is employed and this refers to the fully-trained professional. 

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Trini Stewart

Trini Stewart

Massage Therapist

Trini provides a variety of massage and body treatments

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Nicole Campbell Watson

Nicole Campbell Watson

Holistic Skin Specialist and Beauty Therapist

Nikki is our resident skin specialist at Napiers Glasgow and has recently become a qualified Nutritional Advisor, dedicated to taking a holistic approach to skin health. After extensive training at Dr. Hauschka headquarters, she qualified as a  Dr. Hauschka Esthetician and has also specialised in Guinot treatments for 3 years. She takes the motto ‘you are what you eat’ very seriously and is passionate about looking after her clients internally as well as externally. While giving you a relaxing treatment she will offer appropriate advice on diet, lifestyle, supplements and other factors that may influence your skin.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Advanced Diploma in Nutrition and Weight Management (Jan 2016 - October 2017)
  • Dr. Hauschka Esthetician (2016)
  • CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine) certificate in Natural Skincare and Nutrition (2015)
  • Guinot Specialist (2014)
  • HND Beauty Therapy (2012-2014)

I have always had a keen interest in skin anatomy and how it can indicate deeper issues to us, mostly I like to look at how our diet influences our skin and how supplements, if needed, can enhance our general skin health further. It is so easy to overlook your own skin routine and I am here to help figure out  where exactly it is all going wrong and/or right in regards to your overall skin routine. I enjoy personalising skin routines as most people fail to realise that their skin will not necessarily react the same as someone else's who has a similar skin type because the skin is wonderfully unique.

My own skin was extremely up and down growing up. I had slight adult acne to severe seborrheic dermatitis and still suffer from frequent outbreaks of eczema, particularly around my eyes and mouth.  Having no breakthroughs through the use of anti-fungal tablets, antibiotics and prescribed steroid ointments for my face I decided to look at it from a holistic approach and have since found out my own ways of healing and controlling my skin, simply through my diet and use of supplements when needed. I am a huge advocate for The Anti-Inflammatory Diet and strongly believe that internal stress is a huge factor to skin mishaps.
I coincided work with my own private study doing an Advanced Diploma in Nutrition and Weight Management (part-time) in order to further my knowledge.

In terms of treatments, I work with two different companies. They are Dr. Hauschka and the Guinot Institute, both incredibly different and both very effective.
Guinot are plant-based and incorporate an electrical current in order to push the serums used deep into the epidermis. This suits all skin types including active acne and highly sensitive skin.

Dr. Hauschka has a very holistic approach that aims to treat our well-being as well as our skin health. Through extensive training at their headquarters, I am now a qualified Dr. Hauschka esthetician who is trained to understand the skin differently. I look to building a lasting relationship with my clients and their long-term health.

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Find A Herbalist

In the UK you can find a qualified medical herbalist through: 

Napiers Clinics (Bathgate, Edinburgh, Glasgow and online)

The National Institute of Medical Herbalists (Click and enter your postcode) 

The College of Phytotherapy Practitioners (Click and scroll for your region)

or The Association of Master Herbalists

or The Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners

Online Consultations: It is best for you to consult medical herbalist in person, for a face to face consultation. However, there are some circumstances where this may not be possible. For example if you are housebound, too unwell to travel, there is no herbalist in your geographic area, etc.. In this case, we can arrange an online or telephone consultation. Click here for more details.

Not in Britain? We can arrange a telephone, Skype or FaceTime consultation with one of our herbalists. However, you may be able to find a qualified herbalist in your country. The following links will help you to find qualified Western Medical Herbalists in countries outside the UK:

Ireland: The Irish Institute of Medical Herbalists

USA: The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and The American Herbalists Guild (AHG)

Canada: The Canadian Naturopathic Association (CAND) and The Ontario Herbalists Association (OHA)

Australia: The National Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA)

New Zealand: The New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists (NZAMH)

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