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
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
she was awarded her Doctorate in Transplantation Immunology at
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.