Practitioners At D.Atkinson Clinic Edinburgh

We offer a wide range of complementary therapies. All our therapists are members of professional bodies, are fully trained and insured and have, in many cases, years of experience. We accept referrals from other health care professionals and from the NHS and will work with you and your health care team. If you suffer from a lingering health problem or simply want to maintain and monitor your health, we can help.

Clare gained her BSc Honours in Herbal Medicine from Napier University in 2009 and is a key member of our healthcare team with a particualr interest in nutrition, skin issues and herbal medicine for children, babies and new mothers.

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Clare McQuade BSc (Hons)

Clare's interest in natural medicine was sparked in her early teenage years whilst dealing with a severe flare up of psoriasis. Having tried numerous prescriptions with no success she began to explore other treatment avenues, in time leading her to a herbalist and a nutritionist as well as food intolerance testing. After starting on a strict diet and herbal protocol, in Clare's case, her psoriasis completely cleared. Amazed by this change in her condition, she was keen to learn more about health, the ways in which our dietary and lifestyle choices may influence our health, and how we can support our health using herbs.

This has developed into a lifelong passion and though she continues to have a special interest in skin conditions, having had such an experience herself, Clare's interests also span a wide spectrum of other conditions from lowered immunity to sleep issues, hormonal upsets to digestive troubles.

Over the years Clare has turned time and again to herbal medicine and nutrition for her own and her families ails. Herself now a mother to two daughters, she has developed a particular interest in using herbs to guide mothers through pregnancy and new motherhood, as well as common childhood ills such as coughs and cold, eczema, digestive upsets and molluscum.

Clare began training at Edinburgh's Napier University in 2005, gaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine in 2009. She joined the Napiers Clinic team shortly after her graduation, initially working in the dispensary before beginning her herbal practice in 2010. Since then she has been a key member of our clinical team, working alongside Dee Atkinson in running the general herbal clinics, as well as heading the Baby & Child Clinic.


Clare feels that it is important to view each person individually and holistically; to go beyond the surface symptoms to find out what is disturbing the harmonious balance of health within that person, and to look at that root cause be it dietary, emotional, external or internal.

For her, nutrition and the condition of the digestive system are of paramount importance; providing the body with a healthy, balanced diet and ensuring the proper digestion and assimilation of foods provides a strong platform for overall health. She will always look to address any imbalances in the dietary intake as well as supporting the gut and optimal gut function.

With so many health problems arising from high stress levels, Clare views emotional health and a balanced nervous system as vitally important to overall wellbeing, and will aim to provide this balance through herbs as well as lifestyle advice. She also has an interest in specific emotional conditions such as anxiety, low mood and depression.

Clare can also use herbs to encourage the hormones into balance - premenstrual tension, polycystic ovarian syndrome, uterine fibroids, irregular or painful periods, enlarged prostate and fertility issues are some of the issues that Clare sees in her clinic.


An initial consultation will usually last 45 minutes (30 minutes for children), during which time Clare will discuss in detail the current symptoms, as well as the past medical history, the diet, stress levels and lifestyle choices. She will then prescribe herbs tailored to each patient based on the consultation. These may be in tincture, tea, or capsule form, and she will also discuss any dietary changes relevant to the case and may recommend dietary supplements to support these changes, plus suggestions for any lifestyle changes necessary.

Repeat consultations usually last 30 minutes, during which time Clare can assess the progress of the condition, and make any changes necessary to your prescription.

If you would like to book an appointment please contact Clinic Reception on 0131 225 5542, or at If you would like to discuss whether herbal medicine could help you please email Clare at 

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