Blending the traditions of Eastern and Western medicine, Kinesiology uses non-invasive muscle feedback or “muscle testing,” to identify how the body responds to stress or a stimulus. The stresses can be physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, or chemical in nature. The purpose of the client receiving a “balance” in the session is to change how the client responds to the stress or stimulus. 
During a Kinesiology session, the practitioner first uses muscle testing in order to identify the best method to balance your energy. The next step is to balance your energy, using the identified method e.g. trace the acupuncture meridians, or facilitating stress release. 
As a consequence of the balance, you can feel a reduction of stress. You may feel empowered, motivated and energised to make any changes required to reach your potential. Kinesiology, or “muscle monitoring” receives biofeedback from the body and the subconscious ensuring a bespoke treatment for each person.
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CLAID Clinic: Covid, Lyme and Infectious Diseases

CLAID Clinic at Napiers the Herbalists

CLAID stands for Covid, Lyme And Infectious Diseases. The Napiers Claid Clinic is a co-operative group of herbalists specialising in the long-term effects of bacterial, viral and fungal infections.

We support those with recurrent or antibiotic-resistant infections such as Borrelia (Lyme), Bartonella and Babesia, as well as other ongoing infections such as urinary tract and prostate infection. We are also experienced in supporting the long-term recovery of patients after virus infections such as Covid-19, Epstein-Barr (mononucleosis), herpesviruses, cytomegalovirus (CMV), dengue, chikungunya and other viral attacks where people are left with post-viral fatigue, brain fog, poor memory and neurological problems, joint or muscular pain, persistent inflammation and/or poor immunity.

Practitioners at the Claid Clinic include medical, naturopathic, and research herbalists, Chinese TCM practitioners and counselling. We take a holistic approach advising on diet and nutrition, stress management and other lifestyle factors in addition to creating an individualised protocol of herbs or supplements. We take a patient-centred approach working collaboratively with medical doctors who specialise in infectious diseases, to ensure a safe approach to concomitant prescribing alongside prescribed medicines,
holding regular MDT and review meetings.

We are also committed to sharing knowledge and run a herbal practitioner training conference (AKESO) and a practitioner support forum.

For appointments with our specialist practitioner team, please email (or call reception on 0131 225 5542) and ask to register with the Claid Clinic. You will be asked to fill in a detailed intake form so that we can match you with the practitioner best suited to your experience. You will be set up on our clinic portal to which you have access to all test results, treatment plans, letters and recommendations and can manage your appointments.

Practitioners: Angela MacRitchie, Kim Stirling, Clare HolohanNatasha LloydJuliette Lowe, Audrey Marchbank and Monica Wilde.

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Integrative Medicine

Integrative medicine is the field of health that puts the importance and individuality of the patient at the centre of the relationship between patient and practitioner. Focussing on the person, the practitioner uses a variety of therapeutic approaches to promote healing and the restoration of good health.

For example, a patient taking antibiotics or antimalarials might be prescribed herbs to relieve nausea and supplements to recover their gut microbiota. A medical herbalist could liaise closely with a patient's oncologist to support someone with the side effects of cancer treatment. A general practitioner might also recommend acupuncture or herbal treatment but equally would know when a chemical drug approach is best for the patient. A dietician might suggest counselling or hypnotherapy where a patient's digestive health is affected by stress as well as diet. All NIMH-registered medical herbalists have been taught about herbal safety and drug interactions. 

Napiers has been an early pioneer of integrative medicine in Scotland. The Edinburgh team, led by medical herbalist Dee Atkinson with 30 years of practice is a multidisciplinary team. Napiers Edinburgh clinic also has a full phlebotomy service. In Bathgate Monica Wilde researches drug-herb interactions and herbal safety. She is currently specialising in Lyme disease and other co-infections, and working alongside doctors and infectious disease specialists to get the best outcomes for patients. In Glasgow, medical herbalist Nikki Biddiss is also a trained stress counsellor and qualified in aromatherapy massage. Within each clinic, practitioners of multiple disciplines work together to ensure the best for each patient.

If you would like to discuss a holistic approach to your health, or your current or planned treatment, please get in touch by phoning our clinics

Napiers Bathgate 01506 353 786

Napiers Edinburgh 0131 225 5542

Napiers Glasgow 0141 339 5859

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Health Coaching

Health Coaching

Are you happy with how you are or would you like to improve some areas of your health and achieve lasting, positive change? Perhaps you’re interested in improving your diet but are confused and overwhelmed by all the different diets out there. Maybe you aren’t sleeping well, are overly stressed or not moving or exercising much. Maybe you would just like to feel better than you do and don’t know where to start. Health Coaching is an excellent way to clarify your goals and to help you make better informed decisions about your diet and lifestyle behaviour patterns.


A health coach works with someone, like you, from where they are. They will help you to really clarify what it is you would like to change. This may involve seeking permission to delve deeper and push you further, whilst treating you with respect and compassion, but whilst also challenging you to be your best. They may well offer appropriate information or help to identify resources to support your decision making. It may also require you to look at yourself, acknowledge your strengths, and build upon these. A health coach will support your decision making and help with behavior change by co-creating a plan, whilst supporting and encouraging you on your journey of change.

Most people would like to improve their health and wellbeing in some way but find it hard to know the right way to go about it, often making a start only to find themselves hitting a brick wall and giving up.


There are times in all our lives when we really need some focused support to help us achieve our goals and, with the mountain of information available these days, it can be difficult to identify the specific areas that are important to you.

There is a growing awareness that people benefit from having an ally to work with, much like someone may work with a personal trainer to help them work out, be more effective in the gym and help support their motivation. Health coaching can be viewed in a similar way.

A health coach can help find the motivation that exists within you to initiate, sustain and maintain change as well as being there to celebrate your successes along the way. Health coaching is not about telling you what to do – it’s about listening to you, identifying your goals, and supporting you through the various stages of behavior change.


Before your consultation, you will be asked to carefully consider what you need and want from health coaching. The initial consultation lasts approximately 60 minutes, during which time your coach will help clarify your goals with you and support you in your steps to achieving them.

In order to get the most out of your health coaching programme, a minimum of 3 sessions is recommended, with 5 sessions having been found to be very beneficial for creating a good foundation for behaviour change. Although a single session may be sufficient for some people, behaviour change, by its nature, requires time and support to become more sustainable and longer lasting and results benefit from a commitment to a number of sessions.


Health coaching is not a substitute for counselling, or treatment for medical health problems. A health coach is not a psychological or medical professional and is unable to provide the specific personalised diet or supplemental advice as that which may be provided by a nutritional therapist or other appropriate professional practitioner. However, health coaching can provide generalised advice that supports educated and empowered decision making with your choices of diet approaches and lifestyle choices and practices.

Being an integrative complementary therapy, health coaching works well alongside other complementary therapies as well as conventional medicine.

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Holistic Massage

Holistic Massage

From a holistic point of view, health is seen as a balance between mind, body and spirit. Our goal with holistic massage is to reconnect your body and mind through looking at your whole self – physical and emotional – and to become more body aware, allowing you to take more responsibility for your own health. The flow of your own breathing is incorporated into the massage, deepening your relaxation. Every person receives and experiences this treatment in their own unique way. This treatment is offered as a full body massage, including face, feet and, upon consultation, the abdomen.

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Herbal Medicine - Low Income Clinic


Napiers Clinic is committed to being able to offer affordable treatment to those on lower incomes. To qualify for the Low Income Clinic you should fall into one of the following groups:

  • student
  • unemployed
  • working part time
  • in receipt of benefits or tax credits
  • on a state pension only
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Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine

Herbalism is one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world. Herbalists are primarily concerned with establishing and eradicating the cause of ill health through holistic treatment of the individual.

Herbalists use whole plant extracts and believe that by using plants in their natural form, many of the side effects associated with modern medicine can be avoided.

Herbal medicine can be used in the management of most ailments referred to a GP, including; arthritis, menopause, skin problems, digestive problems and headaches.

Treatment centres on the patient as well as the disease and factors such as diet, lifestyle and emotional well-being are considered along with any physical symptoms.

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Emotional Freedom Technique

Emotional Freedom Technique

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), sometimes known as “tapping”, is a simple, yet effective healing process that uses your body’s built in stress relief system. By tapping with your fingertips on the ends of acupuncture meridians you can reduce, or eliminate negative emotions including fear, anger, phobias, grief, traumatic memories, stress and anxiety.

The tapping serves to release the blockages that are created when a person thinks about or becomes involved in an emotionally disturbing circumstance. When this blockage is released, the emotions come into balance. Once balanced, the person cannot get upset about the circumstance no matter how hard they try. The memory remains but the charge is gone.

EFT can also relieve many physical conditions that may have an emotional component, such as headaches, muscle stiffness, pain, food cravings, smoking, itching and nail-biting.

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Fertility Clinic

Napiers Fertility Clinic 

If you are having issues with trying to conceive or are about to undergo IVF treatment, then our team of fully qualified expert practitioners are on hand to support you every step of the way. 

Here at Napiers Clinic we have experience of working together with people with a wide range of fertility issues and take a holistic approach, suggesting a combination of therapies including:

We can advise and support you in the following areas:  

  • Unexplained infertility and Secondary infertility
  • Support on the lead up to, and during, IVF treatment
  • Endometriosis
  • Miscarriage
  • Fibroids
  • Ovarian Cysts
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Low sperm count and poor ovarian function
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (POS)


Before appointments are made we would like to talk to you about your specific situation to make sure that we can put together the most effective treatment plan for you. This can be done with a telephone chat for 15 to 30 minutes with our herbalists Dee Atkinson or Nikki Biddiss. Simply call our reception on 0131 225 5542 for Edinburgh or 0141 338 5859 for Glasgow and book an initial ‘Fertility Planning’ telephone consultation or to discuss the options.

All our practitioners will treat you as an individual and tailor any treatment to your specific needs. During your initial appointment a medical history will be taken and we’ll find out a bit more about your lifestyle. Sometimes it is necessary to change some aspects of your lifestyle, for example cutting down on alcohol or stopping smoking as well as maintaining a healthy weight. These are all changes to your lifestyle that out practitioners can support you in making. 

Trying to conceive can be a very stressful and emotional time. All our practitioners strive to create a caring and safe environment in which clients can be assured of the utmost confidentiality. 


Practitioners: Edinburgh: Dee Atkinson Glasgow: Nikki Biddiss

Medical Herbalism is one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world. Herbalists are primarily concerned with establishing and eradicating the cause of ill health through holistic treatment of the individual. Herbalists use whole plant extracts and believe that by using plants in their natural form, many of the side effects associated with modern medicine can be avoided. 

Herbal Medicine has long been used in the treatment of fertility issues and can be very effective in helping to regulate hormonal imbalances which can, in turn, lead to conditions such as Endometriosis; Polycystic ovaries, heavy and irregular menstruation; or fibroids. Herbs are used to help with issues of low sperm count or low sperm motility. 

Herbs act to support the whole body and a herbalist will work with you to improve your general health as first step to conceiving. Herbs work to nourish and heal the reproductive system, enabling it to work more effectively. Herbal medicines are usually taken in the form of tinctures, tablets or capsules, as well as herbal teas and must be taken on a regular basis to be useful. This is a gentle and non invasive way to approach issues with fertility and you should allow several months before you see noticeable progress. 

Herbal practitioners specialise in managing women’s health issues including hormonal problems, polycystic ovaries, menstrual irregularities, menopause and fertility. Read more about Dee • Read more about Nikki


Practitioners: Edinburgh: Xing-Hui Liang Glasgow: Alan Hunter

Acupuncture is based on the 3,000 year old tradition of Chinese Medicine and uses fine needles inserted into specific points on the body to enhance the flow of ‘qi’ around the body through channels called meridians. Acupuncture is often cited as an effect treatment for issues around fertility and has been shown to be effective in: 

  • helping with Endemetriosis, PCOS and Dysmenorrhea
  • helping to trigger ovulation in some women with ovulatory dysfunction
  • helping to regulate the menstrual cycle
  • helping to improve sperm count
  • combating stress which, in turn, may increase the chance of conceiving
  • increasing blood circulation to the uterus and ovaries
  • clinical research suggests that Acupuncture can help to enhance success rates in IVF


Practitioners: Edinburgh: Charlotte Heald Glasgow: Angela MacRitchie

Making sure that both you and your partner are well nourished is a very important first step when trying to conceive. Many issues with fertility arise when one or both partners are not getting a well balanced intake of nutrients. Our Nutritional Therapists will take an in depth look at your diet and create a programme specifically tailored to your needs. We will also address any negative eating habits as well as giving advice on supplements and vitamins. A Nutritional Therapist is there to support you through the changes to your diet and the way you approach what you eat so regular reviews are strongly advised. It can take around four months for both egg and sperm to develop and mature so it is advisable to begin your nutritional programme for a few months before attempting to conceive. 


Fertility issues have an impact on our whole life and affect our emotional well-being. Equally, the way we live our lives, stresses of modern life or our life experiences may contribute to our fertility. Our counsellors and clinical hypnotherapists have seen many people for help with conception and fertility issues. Counselling, couple counselling and hypnotherapy - combined or individually - can powerfully remove emotional and physical blocks to conception. They also help to decrease our stress levels which, in turn, increases fertility. 

Therapy can also help you with all the issues that may arise when wanting to have a child: The most common issues are miscarriages, the inability to conceive, termination or still births in the past, fears around the ability to cope as a mother, stress and fears around having IVF or IUI treatments, egg donation or other medical interventions. Like with other challenges in life, finding a positive attitude helps you move through the difficulties around fertility and transform the situation. 

In Counselling and/or Hypnotherapy we guide you away from despair, hopelessness and possibly a feeling of failure towards a new sense of control and confidence in yourself. Physical and emotional barriers to conception can be dissolved through the process of counselling or with the help of deep states of relaxation induced by hypnotherapy. 

During hypnosis you will also be given new transformative images and positive thoughts which all contribute to increasing your fertility. We focus our sessions around your specific needs, as an individual or as a couple. From a regained sense of confidence, calm and trust you will be able to find your own individual key to conception, to creating a new life.  For example, two sessions of brief, focused hypnotherapy for IVF will help you relax and decrease your stress levels during the procedure. Hypnotherapy helps calm anxiety levels in general and during medical examinations. It encourages you to develop a positive attitude, which is crucial to conception and a successful pregnancy. 


To make an appointment with any of our practitioners call Edinburgh 0131 225 5542 or Glasgow 0141 339 5859. We suggest you make your initial appointment with one of our Medical Herbalists and a programme, including other therapies, can be tailored to your specific needs.

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Food Sensitivity Testing

Food Sensitivity Testing


Our programme for testing food intolerance and sensitivity is a highly accepted form of assessing a person’s reported symptoms, where sensitivity to a food may be implicated. A typical consultation takes between 45 minutes and an hour. We carefully review your symptoms and you will be asked to complete a short confidential questionnaire. Our testing is non invasive and uses electrodermal testing to assess food intolerances.

We use a Vega machine to assess reactions to substances suspected of causing health disturbances. During Vega testing you will be holding an electrode connected to the machine whilst test substances are placed in the machine. Your reaction to the test substance is detected by using a stylus on an acupuncture point on the hand or toe. There is no need for blood tests or needles and the process is in not intrusive or uncomfortable.


In Glasgow we do not use the Vega system. We focus on diet history, diet diaries and elimination diets, and, where appropriate, use blood tests to monitor allergic (iGE) response. Our trained naturopathic nutritional therapists will help you to balance your diet and eliminate food triggers connected with your condition.


In Bathgate do not use the Vega system. We focus on diet history, diet diaries and elimination diets, and, where appropriate, use blood tests to monitor allergic (iGE) response. Our trained naturopathic nutritional therapists will help you to balance your diet and eliminate food triggers connected with your condition.

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Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage, as its name says, focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It is designed to reach the deep sections of thick muscles, specifically the individual muscle fibres. 

Using deep muscle compression and friction along the grain of the muscle, the purpose of Deep Tissue Massage is to unstick the fibres of the muscles and release both toxins and deeply held tension points. 

Specific hand positions and strokes are used to respond to various tissues while breath and movement techniques are employed to release muscular congestion. 

It helps to loosen muscle tissues, release toxins from muscles and get blood and oxygen circulating properly. It is both corrective and therapeutic. It is beneficial for many physical problems, including sports injuries and chronic pain. Because it works very deeply, emotional issues can also be addressed, when these have been stored in the body. 

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Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is a direct extension of osteopathy, focusing on the movement of the cranial, facial and pelvic girdles. 

It can help in the management of sinus problems, headaches and neuralgia, chronic pain and lower back pain. 

Cranio-sacral therapy is an incredibly gentle and non-invasive form of treatment and is especially effective for babies and young children.

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