Long Covid Clinic

Long COVID Clinic at Napiers Edinburgh

For some people, contracting Covid-19 is just the beginning of a debilitating and frightening journey. This journey often seems to make no sense and can find sufferers yo-yo-ing between periods of acute illness and extreme fatigue and then periods of better health. For some, there is no respite at all. 

Our medical herbal team are seeing an increasing number of patients coming to Napiers Clinic in Edinburgh with Long Covid symptoms and, because of this, we have now set up a Long Covid Clinic, specifically to support those experiencing this devastating, and very real, health issue. 

Senior medical herbalist at Napiers Edinburgh Clinic and Fellow of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, Dee Atkinson, has written about Long Covid and her experience of supporting a Long Covid patient in her clinic, here.

Dee, and the rest of our medical herbal team, are delighted to be joined in our Long Covid Clinic by Dr John Lambert who is an Infectious Diseases Consultant at the MMUH and Professor at UCD School of Medicine in Dublin with over 25 years’ experience working in HIV, Hepatitis C, STI, and other disease areas. John currently has an Irish HRB grant looking at Long Covid and runs a Long Covid clinic in Dublin. He will be working in partnership with Napiers medical herbal team here at our Long Covid Clinic in Edinburgh. 

The Long Covid Clinic at Napiers Edinburgh Clinic is now open. For appointments with Dr John Lambert and our qualified medical herbal team, please call our reception on 0131 225 5542 and ask for a Long Covid Clinic form. 

Practitioners: Dee Atkinson and Dr John Lambert

February 07, 2022 — Caitlin Keddie

Online or Telephone Consultations with a Qualified Herbalist

We believe that wherever possible you should see a qualified medical herbalist for a face to face consultation. Distance consultations are not always appropriate for some health conditions and you will get a far better assessment from a consultation. If you can visit a Napiers clinic please book directly with the clinic nearest you.

However, we do realise that not everyone has access to a herbalist. The most common reasons are lack of geographic access, mobility problems, etc. and we do offer online or telephone consultations with our qualified medical herbalists where appropriate.


NEW PATIENTS: Firstly we suggest emailing advice@napiers.net outlining what you would like support with and so we can initially assess whether your condition can be treated in long distance, and whether both you and the medical herbalist are comfortable with this method of communication. A full initial consultation can take place either by telephone (UK only) or online for example: by Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp and normally last approximately 45 - 60 minutes. Consultation fees vary dependent on practitioner and type of appointment required.

We do reserve the right not to offer a distance consultation if we do not believe that this is right for you and that your condition can only be treated successfully in person.

For short enquiries about common conditions you can just email our helpdesk. Please note that we are limited with the advice we can safely give outwith the parameters of a full consultation with a qualified Herbalist.

REPEAT CONSULTATIONS: Suitable once your medicine has been sent out and you have been taking it as directed. Usually takes place between 4 - 6 few weeks after the initial consultation.

Repeat consultations can be booked online directly with the relevant clinic, depending on where you or your practitioner are based. Please follow the appropriate link provided to book. 

Napiers Bathgate Online Bookinghttps://napiers.janeapp.co.uk/

Napiers Edinburgh Online Bookinghttps://diary.clinicoffice.co.uk/deeatkinson

Napiers Glasgow - bookings made by telephoning 0141 339 5859 or emailing glasgow@napiers.net directly. 


If you want to ask a quick question about a herb, a product or a common condition please email our helpdesk.

Return to finding a local herbalist.

August 04, 2021 — Caitlin Keddie



This page lists all the different therapies we offer at Napiers. Click on the links for more information about the individual therapies.



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Sports & Remedial Massage

Sports & Remedial Massage

Sports Massage is the use of massage for specific benefit of all sports and exercise participants. It is a form of deep tissue massage that encourages and allows you to perform at the best of your ability, primarily by helping to prevent injury by keeping the tissues flexible, reducing post exercise fatigue and maintaining good muscle tone.

Remedial massage combines a number of advanced techniques with massage therapy, whilst identifying and treating musculoskeletal conditions. 

It can help improve range of motion in joints, alleviate pain and discomfort and restore function to injured muscles.

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Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage

The term "Swedish Massage" refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed aid relaxation of the muscles by applying pressure to them and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.

The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Swedish massage may help recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable. 

Swedish massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time. It can be beneficial for those suffering from stress and anxiety and helps many people unwind and relax.

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The Dr Hauschka One Hour Facial

The Dr Hauschka One Hour Facial

with a Napiers Beauty Therapist

Napiers Edinburgh Clinic is one of the very few establishments in Scotland to offer the Dr Hauschka One Hour Facial. Our aestheticians are fully trained in this indulgent and exceptionally relaxing treatment which, as the name suggests, takes one hour and so can be easily fitted into your day.

The Background

The Dr Hauschka brand is ethically produced, holistic and incredibly effective at nurturing and cultivating great skin. Without spending a penny on endorsements, Dr Hauschka is the favourite of many A-listers including Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Katie Holmes and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Dr Hauschka uses Anthroposophical medicine as its base. This is a system of medicine that was developed by Rudolf Steiner and Ita Wegman in the 1920s. It extends the standard anatomical understanding that underlies modern medicine with a classification of the life processes that occur in us: body, soul and spirit. By understanding the growth and formative processes that flow through our physical bodies it is possible to gain a complete and holistic picture of the human being.

Dr.Hauschka products are created out of this deep anthroposophical understanding of nature and the Human Being. They are made by a company that has a 100% commitment to quality with no shareholders to compromise that commitment.

Caring for your skin

Dr.Hauschka Skin Care preparations and facial treatment methods are specifically formulated to restore beauty by working with the skin to support its own natural processes of renewal. Dr. Hauschka Signature Cleansing is the foundation for their approach to skin care. The exfoliating cleanser and balancing toner can quickly transform the condition of your skin while preparing it for moisturizers and masks.

The biodynamic, organic and wild-crafted ingredients in Dr.Hauschka Face Care products are chosen to promote natural, gentle transformation. Each product in our face care line is formulated to work in harmony with your skin's natural functions to restore balance so it looks and feels vital and radiant.

  • Dr Hauschka products are certified natural, containing the highest-quality plant and mineral ingredients
  • Every ingredient is carefully chosen based on its individual effects on the skin, as well as the way it interacts with other ingredients
  • Every plant’s origin is carefully researched, making sure it comes from an ecologically and ethically sound source
  • Dr Hauschka carefully design and manufacture their packaging so that it enables products to be kept free of artificial preservatives

The Treatment

The stresses of the day melt away in warmth and pampering. Relaxing under the rhythmic-breathing touch and flowing movements of the aesthetician's hands leaves you feeling the focus of special attention.

The treatment begins with a sage foot bath during the consultation stage followed by a foot massage to begin the treatment. After Lavender Warm Compressing it moves into the pre-cleanse stage followed by more lavender compressing which then takes you into the deep cleanse. A face mask is tailored to the individual needs of your skin and, once applied, you choose from either a gentle décolleté massage or a hand massage. The treatment finishes off with cool lemon compressing and then toning and moisturising. The Dr.Hauschka Treatment leads to deep relaxation and leaves you with a feeling of complete wellbeing, of light, lightness and inner balance. And great skin.

The Dr Hauschka One Hour Facial costs £78.

To make an appointment, call Napiers Edinburgh on 0131 225 5542

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Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic Massage

On a physical level, therapeutic massage works to relieve tension from tight and sore muscles, breaking down muscle knots and assisting the flow of blood and lymph. 

Mentally, it can help to relieve stress and anxiety, and helps to prevent the build up of muscular tension. 

Therapeutic massage can help in the managing circulatory problems, sore backs, stress and general aches and pains.

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Podiatry / Chiropody

Podiatry / Chiropody

Podiatry/Chiropody or Podiatric Medicine is a branch of medicine devoted to the study, diagnosis, pathology and medical treatment of the foot and ankle. 

Treatment involves a 30 minute appointment, where all new clients will receive a thorough examination, involving a full medical history as well as a look at types of shoe wear, quality and range of motion of the foot and circulation. This is then followed by the physical treatment required at that time. With bio-mechanics, nail surgery and sports injuries a longer appointment of up to 60 minutes may be required. Guidance in the correct shoe wear, orthotics and foot care is always available. 

Emergency appointments are available along with a brand new nail cutting only service and diabetic checks. 

Pregnancy brings other types of podiatric/chiropodic problems and mums to be may find that their feet are painful due to weight gain and inevitable changes in their body due to hormones. Podiatry can offer relief for this in the form of temporary orthotics, callus removal and routine foot care.  

An orthosis, is a device or support, especially for the foot, used to relieve or correct an orthopedic problem.

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An ancient Japanese/Tibetan form of hands-on healing that involves balancing Chi or life energies. It is a gentle treatment that heals at the deepest emotional and spiritual levels. Reiki is a safe and natural therapy that is particularly effective in relieving stress, depression, anxiety and pain.

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Reflexology is said to have originated in China 5,000 years ago, when pressure therapies were used to correct energy fields in the body. It works on the basis that there are zones in the hands and feet associated with various glands, organs and regions of the body. 

It uses the application of pressure to treat the whole body through a series of 'reflex points'. This encourages the flow of natural energy (chi) to help the body heal itself. Every aspect of our physical body is mirrored in the feet, thus allowing a complete body treatment.

Reflexology can help in the management of stress-related ailments including migraine, PMS, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia and lethargy, as well as promoting a sense of calm and well-being.

Maternity Reflexology

Maternity Reflexology can help support expectant mothers deal with minor ailments associated with pregnancy, balance hormonal changes and may help to induce labour at full term. 

Some techniques may be useful in helping to turn breech babies and once the baby is here may help to calm them and aid conditions such as colic. 

These techniques can be taught to parents to promote the bonding experience. Additionally, people who have fertility issues may also benefit from reflexology.

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Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy is a wonderful experience and a relaxing massage can help deal with any aches, pains and tiredness which can occur during pregnancy

You will be positioned on your side with lots of cushions for comfort and support.
Pregnancy massage is only be offered after the first scan at around 12-14 weeks.

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Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage which stimulates the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. It involves light pressure and rhythmical circular massage to aid the body in collecting and moving the lymphatic fluid, which plays a key role in delivering nutrients, antibodies and other immune constituents to the tissue cells and removing debris such as toxins, cell wastes and dead particles.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) was developed by the Danish physiotherapist Dr Emil Vodder in the 1930's. Unlike the blood circulatory system which has heart, the lymph system has no pump and depends on contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels and physical activity to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph nodes to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system.

MLD particularly helps people have been sedentary or overweight for a while. MLD has proved particularly effective for oedema (water retention) and the more serious condition lymph-oedema.

MLD also works on the nervous system, lowering blood pressure, reducing stress and improving sleep patterns.

It may also help in the management of conditions such as sinusitis, headaches, migraines, digestive bloating, skin problems and immune disorders. The therapist uses various techniques to stimulate the lymph flow without stimulating blood flow or damaging the skin.

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