We shall discuss in brief about how could you locate and
identify a good and qualified homeopath, who could help you treat your ailment.
Let us talk about following important aspects to it. What is homeopathy?Homeopathy is an alternative system of medicine,
originated in Germany in 1794. In early part of the 20th century, about 30% of
doctors in the US were homeopaths. However, the homeopaths have reduced in
number due to many reasons. Who is a homeopath?A 'Homeopath' is one who is a qualified medical
practitioner who has been trained in homeopathy through a full time, full length
course; and is legally and technically certified to practice homeopathic
medicine, as per the local governing body.
Unfortunately, not many countries offer full length
course, which should be practically identical to the mainstream medical course
of M.B.,B,S and M.D. It is important that the qualified homeopath should have
studied in detail the following subjects in full length.
Anatomy (for 18 months)
Physiology (for 18 months)
Pathology (for 12 months)
Internal medicine (Minimum 12 months)
Surgery (Minimum 12 months)
Gynecology and Obstetrics (Minimum 12 months)
Preventive and Social Medicine (Minimum 12 months)
Medico-Legal Medicine (Minimum 12 months)
Pediatrics, Psychiatry, ENT, Dermatology, etc. (as a
part of the course)
Hospital training ((Minimum 3 years) In all different
fields of medicine, surgery, Gynecology, ENT, Skin, Psychiatry, etc.)
Internship ((Minimum 1 year)
Through full time study for at least five and half years
including practical training in the hospitals is required for any homeopath to
have granted doctorate degree. Such an intense training is available only in
some countries like India.
It is very important the homeopath is able to understand
the medical language, able to read and evaluate all kinds of investigations
modalities (such as blood work, ECG, X-ray, CT scan, MRI, Electromyelogram, EEG,
etc.) and apply in practice, to determine and decide the treatment protocol.
What qualification should my homeopath have?
Your homeopath should have either a
post-graduation or at least a graduation qualification in medicine. Medical qualification for homeopaths vary from country to
country. However, it is important that every 'homeopath' has adequate training
in all medical subjects as above. Most countries have courses in homeopathy
minimum after 12 years with science subjects. Homeopathy course has to be a
'graduation' course after science subjects. It cannot be a short term course
with the background in commerce or arts subjects. In some countries there are
'medical homeopaths' while in some countries there are also 'lay-homeopaths'.
In many European countries including the UK as well as
the US, there are course for lay people which may legally permit them to
practice homeopathy. However, such courses are not adequate in the medical
training and it is highly debatable if such practitioners could be called
'homeopaths'. The problem with such homeopaths is that they fail to understand
the diseases in medical perspective.
It is imperative for all 'homeopaths' to have adequate
medical training so that they could appreciate the depth of disease.
Some of the medico legally correct qualifications are:
U.K.: M.D., RSHom (Registered Member of the Society of
Homoeopaths, which does not provide full length medical education.)
Canada: CCH (Certified in Classical Homeopathy), DHANP (Diplomat of the
Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians), DHMH (Diploma in Homeopathic
Medicine and Health Sciences), DHt (Diploma of Homeotherapeutics)
India: M.D. (Homeopathy), B.H.M.S. (Bachelor of
Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery), L.C.E.H. (Licentiate in the Court of
Examiners in Homoeopathy), D.H.M.S. (Diploma in Homoeopathic Medicine and
Other countries: Please check with local homeopathic
Relevant certificates should be clearly display for
review in the clinic or surgery.
How do I identify homeopaths expertise?One needs to check following criteria with the homeopath:
Ask for the length of training and name (website) of
the institute wherefrom one has taken training
Experience in treating specific diseases (One can
always ask: "How many cases of certain disease have you treated, and what
is the success rate?")
What are the chances of recovery in his/her opinion?
Medical training background of the homeopath
If or not he/she is medically trained
Ask for references
Association with institute or other organization and
Your homeopath should be able to give you a prescription on request
How do I make my homeopath communicate with my
conventional doctor, to my advantage?As described earlier, please find out if your homeopath
is trained in medical science which will allow him/her to communicate with your
local doctor, if need be. If your local doctor would be able to talk to your
homeopath, it will work to your advantage.
Availability of your homeopathPlease find out if your homeopath is working full time as
homeopath or he/she has other business or professional activities. In some
countries, there are part time homeopaths. Ideally, a homeopath should be
working professionally as a "full time" homeopath, in order that you get proper
Also, find out if your homeopath has a professional set
up such as a clinic, clinical staff, pharmacist, nurse (medical assistants),
Check if your homeopath has a system to keep all your
records confidentially, which include your case details, photos. etc. The
homeopath should also be able to retrieve your case details in future for at
least 10 years.
Check for availability for help by personal visit, phone,
email or online chat.
(Written for the benefit of lay people who may be looking for qualified
homeopaths in different parts of world.)
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