Homeopathy is a topic typically studied by various types of healthcare practitioners. For people who are interested in a career in the homeopathy field, it is not always necessary to first complete a medical school qualification. Naturopathic practitioners will often complete their studies at a naturopathic medical school, whereas physicians specialising in homeopathy opt to attend medical school and then complete an additional coursework in homeopathy from an organisation such as School of Natural Health Sciences. This article will provide more information on this career path, including an overview of the career training, the requirements to enter homeopathy and the salary information for graduates.
Homeopathy is a medical practice focusing on the treatment of a patient’s problems and overall health using the prescription of holistic or natural remedies. In the United States of America, naturopathic physicians will practice this type of medicine; however, general physicians can also specialise in homeopathic treatments and supplement their practices with this knowledge. To qualify for these careers, it is necessary to have a professional doctorate and meet specific licensure requirements.
There are two different career options within the homeopathic medical field including the naturopathic doctors and traditional physicians specialising in homeopathy. Both of these medical professionals will examine patients, diagnose their illnesses and prescribe natural treatments. Their focus, however, on homeopathy are different.
To qualify and practice as a naturopathic practitioner, an individual must graduate from an accredited naturopathic medical school where they study alternative and traditional medicine. Upon graduating, the individual must complete the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination; however, not all US states currently require the graduate to pass this exam to practice. The states that do require licensing may have additional requirements, but this will vary according to the different states.
The homeopathic component of the naturopathic medicine programme is typically divided between the study of classical homeopathy and the study of practical homeopathy. This usually dates from the foundation of homeopathy through the exploration of the Homeopathic Materia Medica – the reference guide for homeopathic remedy prescriptions. Students will also perform a large amount of practical work within a clinical environment when studying naturopathic medicine.
A traditional doctor specialising in homeopathy will also need to graduate from an accredited medical school; however, homeopathy is not included as a component in the traditional curriculum. Physicians wishing to specialise or supplement their practice with homeopathy treatment methods can consider completing Continuing Medical Education courses within the field. A license to practice as a traditional doctor is necessary in all US states and this is obtained by passing the US Medical Licensing Examination.
Homeopathic treatments are holistic in nature and this means that they are prescribed according to the patient’s full lifestyle instead of meeting a specific symptom. As there are various factors influencing an individual’s wellbeing, such as their diet, their sleep patterns, their exercise routine and their work habits, the homeopathic practitioner will often prescribe different treatments for patients presenting with the same condition.
Homeopathy is a medical practice design to stimulate a person’s body into healing itself; thereby allowing the body to ‘spring back’ into correct operation. The natural remedies used are created via extreme dilution and are said to work because of the ‘memory of water’ concept. This principle proposes that the process of dilution and succession imprints something of the original substance on the resulting treatment, even if the base substance is no longer available.
To set standards for homeopathy practice and education in the field, various organisations are offering national certifications in the medical practice. Among these organisations are the American Board of Homeotherapeutics and the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians. It should also be noted that the Council of Homeopathic Certification will provide accreditation for homeopathy educational facilities in North America.