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Founded 1908

Welcome to Hydes Herbal Clinic

Why don’t you come and meet your Herbalists
We are going to be part of Leicester University Botanical Gardens Plant Sale & Family Day
Sunday 30th June 2024, 10am-5pm .........

This is a fun event with lots of exhibits and stalls, entertainment and refreshments to enjoy, and of course, the botanical gardens and hothouses are in full bloom. Families love it, there’s so much to see and do, and all on the theme of gardens, plants and healthy living. Sounds like a great Sunday afternoon family jaunt.There will be Tortoises to see and handle and displays from wildlife groups and bee keepers. Inside the Gardens you have access to everything, and once in you can also come and see our exhibit and meet the Herbalists for free advice or just a general chat, or pop in to say “hello”


Please come and visit our Gazebo as part of the whole day out. It's an annual event which we support to celebrate Herbal Medicine and healthy lifestyles. Hydes Herbal Clinic has been avaiable to you in Leicester for over a century, but this is your chance to meet the herbalists and staff in a relaxed atmosphere. You can see some patient testimonials and an exhibition of what we do including samples of creams and herbal medicines that we make. You can ask any questions you like about herbal medicine or our over 100 year history. You can join a tour of the Apothecary Gardens and kids can do a herb hunt too. If you want a FREE short private chat with one of the consultants then we’ll be happy to do that for you on the day.


Serene Foster - Medical Herbalist

Hello, I'm Serene Foster and as a Doctor of Immunology I've worked in leading UK research hospitals, and since 1996 as a qualified Medical Herbalist with Hydes Herbal Clinic, which has over 110 years of continual practice serving the public. It is my pleasure to tell you how Hydes Medical Herbalists would help you with your particular health issue. We see more patients than any other herbal practice in the UK thereby accumulating case experience over the years on a wider range of conditions and illnesses with excellent results. If it is a concern to you then our Medical Herbalists can help. This is the strength Hydes offers to you. You are unique but it is most likely we have dealt with your condition before.
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You do not have 'to learn to live with it'.

Please feel free to explore the website and get to know us. Call us on 0116 254 3178 for a free confidential discussion with our
Medical Herbalists or simply Email us We will tell you where we have encountered a condition like yours before and what Medical Herbs would help you. When you need to find us you can do so easily following Hydes directions. We are only 75 metres from the main railway station. Contact us directly for the availability of Hydes Herbalists in Derbyshire.
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Hydes Medical Herbalists; Serene Foster , Ruth Austin , and AnnaLisa Creaco combine a thorough understanding of Medical Immunology and Medical Science with Medical Herbalism.

Hydes Medical Herbalists work within strict ethical and professional codes belonging to both the
National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) and also the
College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (CPP).

John Hyde - Medical Herbalist

Hydes Herbal Clinic Leicester was founded in 1908 by Jesse Hyde, expanded by his son Fletcher in the 1940s, and developed further by his grandson John Hyde into the clinic we see today. He mentored my professional training and I worked with him for several years until his retirement in 2003 when I took over running the clinic. In continual practice since 1908 Hydes Medical Herbalists see patients from all over the UK, each with their own unique case history and prescription. Hydes survived 2 World Wars and the creation of the NHS, keeping Herbal Medicine alive and learning from over 150,000 cases.

Orthodox medicine and the UK’s leading universities increasingly recognise the role of Medical Herbalists and the importance of Herbal Medicine. Research better understands how plant medicines work can rely less on folklore or tradition. We now often consult with a patient's GP or Consultant, although only with your clear permission to do so.

A major and unique strength of Hydes is that we produce almost all of our own herbal medicines onsite from raw herb in a process involving many weeks of maturation. First designed by Hydes in the 1940s, we have perfected it ever since. Herbs are combined into formulations which we have developed and used many times before. These are only available from Hydes. Our dispensing staff will prepare a personal prescription uniquely tailored to you; a bespoke method which over time we have found produces the optimum result for our patients.

Hydes supports regulation of the Medical Herbalists profession working closely with the
European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (EHTMPA) and also with the
British Herbal Medicine Association (BHMA) who in 2007 gave Hydes Herbal Clinic its rarely granted Lifetime Achievement Award recognising Hydes service to Herbal Medicine and Medical Herbalists as a Professional body.

For Medical Herbalists at Hydes, this is not a job but a calling.

Our clinic motto is:
“To increase the sum of human happiness by the relief of suffering through safe and natural means.”

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

Medical Immunologist and Herbalist

Hydes Medical Herbalists Clinic herbalists


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