- WHAT DO THEY DO AND WHAT ARE THEIR QUALIFICATIONS?
homeopath is someone who understands the similarity between
the patients symptoms, and a remedy in the materia medica,
and who can accurately mactch them to effect cure.
homeopath is someone
who cures by treating 'like with like', that is someone
who understands the truly holistic homeopathic philosophy
of healing, who has learned human anatomy, physiology and
pathology, some microbiology and chemistry; and naturopathy;
and who has more than a passing understanding of psychology.
They will have memorised a lot of materia medica by heart,
and be adept at casetaking and repertorising and can prove
their ability to effectively apply the relevant homeopathic
methodology by curing patients with homeopathic remedies.
Only those with all the above and who also have clinical
experience may call themselves homeopaths.
is not someone who has done a weekend
or 'six week' course, whatever their other qualifications;
or someone who has studied homeopathy as a purely academic
subject. There is only one way to find out
how experienced or highly trained your preferred homeopath
is and that is to check their credentials.
criterion to qualify as a homeopath varies
from country to country. In India ( where homeopathy is
mainstream) most homeopaths are also doctors and in France
only doctors may use homeopathy and only in a limited form.
In Germany practitioners of homeopathy are qualified in
a multifaceted holistic discipline called 'Heilkunst', in
America it varies from state to state.
practice is not the exclusive domain of medical
doctors and in fact in some countries (like the UK) the
majority of homeopaths are *lay homeopaths and will have
had a more thorough training in homeopathy than most doctors.
They are registered with one
of the members of Council of Organisations Registering Homeopaths
and have qualified as a professional homeopath after four
years training from one of the recognised colleges.
criterion for acceptance to be registered in the UK is qualification
at a recognised college, proof of a set amount of clinical
experience and cured cases. They are also interviewed for
suitability to practice, must have insurance and accept
of the code of ethics maintained by all members of CORH,
and periodically must demonstrate evidence of continued
professional development. The full criterion are enshrined
in the NOS (National Occupational Standards) for homeopaths
developed by members of CORH. CORH was set up to develop
a single register of homeopaths - all of its practitioners
are equally highly qualified irrespective of which organisation
they have chosen to register with: this has removed confusion
in the mind of the public and unified the profession.
therapies or techniques may be used by some homeopaths
which are not homeopathy, but the public
may think it is, because it's a homeopath using it.
e.g. dowsing, kinesiology, allergy testing, iridology, herbs
or nutritional supplements, etc.
These are extra therapies offered by the homeopath, and
though they may be useful they are not strictly homeopathy
and shouldn't be confused with homeopathy. Homeopathy is
the matching of a patient's symptoms to a homeopathic remedy
according to principles laid down in the
*A lay homeopath
is any homeopath not also qualified as a medical doctor.