Amparo Aracil, MSc BSc (Herbal Medicine)
West End Osteopathic Clinic
233 Perth Road
Herbal Medicine or Phytotherapy
Herbal medicine is the use of plant-based medicines to help restore health and well-being.
Herbal medicine is for all ages and it has something to offer at all stages of life. The whole plant is used rather than an isolate preparation, to balance the body’s ailments in every respect and not just address a specific symptom.
Examples of conditions seen by medical herbalists include:
- Anxiety, stress and mild depression
- Inflammation, arthritis, osteoarthritis
- Poor immunity
- Common cold, influenza A and B, uncomplicated respiratory tract infections
- High blood pressure and high cholesterol levels
- Poor circulation
- Digestive problems (e.g. dyspepsia, irritable bowel syndrome)
- Skin conditions (e.g. eczema, psoriasis, fungal infections)
- Cystitis and irritable bladders
- Premenstrual syndrome, painful periods
- Menopausal symptoms
- Prostate enlargement
Consultations and treatment
During the initial consultation all aspects of the patient’s health are investigated and a clinical examination is carried out before a diagnosis is made and treatment prescribed. It is essential to discover the underlying causes of the disease rather than merely treating the presenting symptoms.
The herbal remedies prescribed are usually in liquid form as a simple tincture or a combination of specific herbs. Tablets or capsules are also used, and occasionally a dried herb with which to make infusions. Herbs are also made up into creams and lotions for external application.
We must see you in person on the first occasion. This is important and necessary and protects the patient and practitioner alike as the medicines are individually prescribed in each case. There are some conditions which require close monitoring and more regular examination, but often, appointments may be at 2 or 3 monthly intervals. In between visits, as the medicine is used up, the patient simply telephones or writes to discuss progress or request further supply. Medicines sent the same day by 1st Class post normally arrive the next morning.
Training, qualifications & experience
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. She is an experienced practitioner having worked and been associated with Hydes Herbal Clinic in Leicester since the beginning of 2013.
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. She also has a MSc in global public health and is training to be a Medical Doctor at the University of Dundee. This training is furthering her knowledge of health and disease and is equipping her with further diagnostics skills .
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 such as ulcerative colitis and rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue, and post traumatic stress, although she has a good all-round knowledge of all medical conditions.
Amparo can conduct consultations in English, Spanish or French.
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- At Hydes, all Medicines are Individually Prepared
We manufacture most of our own medicines to ensure a consistent high quality and strength, using a technique perfected for over 100 years to extract all the vital ingredients of the plants.
Ready made formulations are often a weak compromise whilst a tailor made prescription is specific to you, more powerful and effective.
If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you may have a pre-existing medical condition you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
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