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.
Dee is a Council Member for the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, and has represented the herbal profession in the Department of Health consultation into registration of herbal practitioners. Dee is currently on the UK Herbal Forum working on UK and European legislation regarding the sale of herbal products. She has been voted by Tatler magazine as one of the top 250 UK private doctors in both 2006 and 2007.
Approach to Treatment
In herbal practice you often find that you see patients who have tried other routes in health care and have not managed to find solutions. Working with the patient to unravel the problem often makes the practitioner feel like a detective. The problem and the solution are in front of you. Herbalists support patients in the management of all areas of health, working very much like a general practitioner.
Herbs may be especially helpful in treating chronic health problems. Dee recently opened up more clinic time and specialises in working with patients who are being treated for Cancer. This is a management role, whereby herbs are used to support the patient and work alongside other health care practitioners in providing a rounded approach to treatment.
Dee also works a lot with woman’s health issues from managing complex hormonal problems including endometriosis and polycystic ovaries to supporting women through menopause. Herbs have been used in supporting and re-balancing the body for centuries and herbal medicine can be used as part of a treatment plan when working with a range of health problems, including hormonal change and imbalance, skin complaints, IBS, joint problems and respiratory problems.