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How to Become a Homeopathic Doctor

Homeopathy, which is categorized under natural medicine, has become the biggest trend for those who are sick and tired of Western medicine. If you are passionate about healthcare, but are more interested in alternative medicine then this could be the career for you.

What Do Homeopathic Doctors Do?

A homeopathic doctor is a licensed doctor who is also trained in homeopathy. These practitioners combine the elements of modern science with the traditional methods of healing and prevention of common illnesses, ailments and diseases.

Homeopathy is an alternative form of medicine that treats diseases by minute doses of drugs that would be produced in a healthy person with symptoms similar to those of the disease. It’s considered to be a pseudoscience and its critics claim it to be nothing more than a placebo.

Despite widespread censure of homeopathy by conventional doctors, governments and international health organizations, it has become extremely popular in the West in recent decades. It has also helped establish new careers for those interested in health and science.

Work Environment

The work environment of a homeopathic doctor can be rather busy. A regular day for a homeopathic practitioner can consist of taking medical histories, ordering diagnostic tests, compiling treatment plans and analyzing the patients’ health records. It can be much like any other medical doctor’s health clinics.

Salary & Hours

Median Annual Income

Average Hourly Wage

$70,690

$33.98

A homeopathic doctor can expect to work long hours as well as overnight, weekends and holidays. A lot like conventional medical doctors, homeopaths may be on call on a regular basis.

Where do homeopathic doctors work?

Homeopathic doctors can expect to work in an array of places over their working lifetime, including private practices, health clinics, community health centers and hospitals. They can also work on-site with sick patients or at schools to teach future generations about homeopathy.

Education & Qualifications

Although many will say that the educational requirements of homeopathic doctors are quite similar to medical doctors, homeopathic doctors need to attain various additional training and certifications in order to perform various homeopathic treatment practices and principles.

In recent years, the number of schools and institutions providing training has greatly increased – from the 1920s until around the 1960s, many of these facilities shut down in the United States and Canada.

According to Education Portal, there are five steps to becoming a professional homeopathic doctor:

  • Obtain a Bachelor’s degree
  • Perform the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
  • Attend a medical school
  • Become fully licensed
  • Apply for extensive certification and training

In the United States, there are several well-known institutions, including:

  •          American Medical College of Homeopathy,
  •          National College of Naturopathic Medicine,
  •          Bastyr University, and
  •          Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.

North of the border, in Canada, the most celebrated schools consist of:

  •          Toronto School of Homeopathic Medicine,
  •          Canadian Academy of Homeopathy,
  •          Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and
  •          Hahnemann Center for Homeopathy and Heilkunst.

Great Britain is home to:

  •          The School of Homeopathy,
  •          The Centre for Homeopathic Education, and
  •          The British Institute of Homeopathy.

For certification, homeopathic graduates can enroll in the North American Society of Homeopaths, the American Board of Homeotherapeutics and the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians.

Furthermore, those who are interested in becoming a homeopathic doctor are recommended to join local, state/province and national homeopathy associations.

It is also imperative for homeopathic practitioners to maintain knowledge and expertise in medical software and Microsoft Office programs as well as active learning skills, critical thinking expertise and sound judgment.

The work of a homeopathic doctor really isn’t that much different than a regular doctor. The only difference is that they have two different schools of thought relating to medicine and treating patients. Homeopathy is more naturally related, while an MD uses science and prescriptions to treat diseases and sicknesses.

Do you have experience in homeopathy? Let us know in the comment section.

Photo of Homeopathic Medicine via Pixabay.

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