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Principal Medical Herbalist

Seréne Foster

DPhil (Oxon) BSc (Hons) BSc (Hons) MBSI MNIMH MCPP


Medical Herbalist

Amparo Aracil

BSc (1st Class Hons) IB MNIMH MCPP

Serene the Medical Herbalist Consultant in clinic

Seréne Foster DPhil (Oxon) BSc (Hons) BSc (Hons) MBSI MNIMH MCPP

Principal Medical Herbalist Practitioner

Serene, is a registered member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) and of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (CPP). who has been involved with Hydes Herbal Clinic for over 11 years. She is a mother of two, and is a mature, caring and dedicated practitioner, and offers the highest standards and integrity together with a deeply sympathetic approach.

Serene has an Honours Degree in the practise of Herbal Medicine from The University of Wales and an Honours Degree in Immunology from The University of Glasgow. Whilst working in the Nuffield Department of Surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital she was awarded her Doctorate in Transplantation Immunology at Oxford University. As Dr Foster she is a highly qualified Immunologist with 28 years experience in Medical research at some of the country’s leading Institutions, including: The John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford ; The Imperial Cancer Research Fund ; Imperial College School of Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital, London ; St Georges Hospital Medical School, London ; and lately at Leicester University in Immunotoxicology .

Serene has specialised in the Immunology of: Transplantation; Virology; and Respiratory Medicine. She has published in many scientific journals on various medical and immunological matters, including on “Mite allergens” in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and also on “Contaminants of indoor air” in the Journal Immunology”.

Her current research interests are in areas of cancer, multiple sclerosis and chronic fatigue, and in the specific immune function of herbs such as Echinacea and Phytolocca. She has recently written a report on “Echinacea and the common cold”. She maintains a working knowledge of a huge number of Herbs for treating an array of medical conditions

Dr Foster’s years of experience in Orthodox Medical Immunology combines well with her experience as a Medical Herbalist Practitioner, striving for optimum immune function as the key to good health. She believes that plant chemistry holds many answers to the safe and effective treatment of the disease process and she and Hydes Herbal Clinic have treated thousands of patients back to good health with safe and effective plant chemistry. Serene and her work on Eczema was featured in "The Kathy Sykes Alternative Medicine Series on Herbal Medicine" on BBC2. She also writes monthly editorials on health and herbal medicine in the Leicester mercury. Serene has an active role in the understanding of Herbal Medicine and is frequently asked to present seminars at Herbal and Medical conferences.


Amparo the Medical Herbalist Consultant in clinic

Amparo Aracil BSc (1st Class Hons) IB MNIMH MCPP

Medical Herbalist Practitioner

Amparo is a registered member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and of The College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy. Amparo combines traditional systems of medical understanding together with the latest scientific research to offer the highest standards of care. She is a mature, caring and dedicated practitioner who places the wellbeing of her patients as a priority and has a calm demeanour that puts you instantly at ease.

Amparo has a first class Honours Degree in the Clinical Practice of Herbal Medicine from the University of Westminster. She is equipped to diagnose using orthodox clinical techniques and to prescribe herbal medicines safely, through knowledge of mechanisms of orthodox medicines. Amparo’s understanding of skin conditions is evident in her thesis “Exploring therapeutic approaches of Western Medical Herbalists to Acne vulgaris.” which was presented at the Spices and Medicine UCL Conference and in the National Institute of Medical Herbalists Conference 2013. Already published as an abstract, her study will appear soon in a peer reviewed Journal.

Amparo worked as an intern in the NHS researching awareness of Diabetes in the local population of Bexley to inform service development. She is the co-author of the paper “Evaluation of the attitudes of high risk communities towards diabetes risk factors in the London Borough of Bexley” which was published in the Diabetes UK 2013 Conference. Amparo was awarded a diploma in Initiation to Scientific Research by the Polytechnic University of Madrid. In this program she had the opportunity to deepen her knowledge of cancer as a disease and explore the theoretical basis of angiogenesis and antiangiogenic therapies as a block on endothelial cells of blood vessels to prevent metastasis. Her work is registered in the intellectual property office in Spain. Amparo’s research interests are in Diabetes and related health problems, cancer, autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, and Post Traumatic Stress, although she has a good all-round knowledge of all medical conditions.

Her interest in how people and indigenous groups use herbal medicines around the globe brought her to start postgraduate studies in Medical Anthropology which will compliment her full time work at Hydes. Amparo is a truly dedicated practitioner.

Amparo can conduct consultations in English, Spanish or French!


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