By: Amy Selleck

Those who are interested in homeopathy careers can become a physician specialising in homeopathic medicine or a naturopathic practitioner. Medical school needs to be completed by both. However, naturopathic practitioners go to a naturopathic medical school to complete their studies.

Physicians who specialise in homeopathy go to medical school which is then usually followed by additional homeopathy coursework being completed in different holistic fields like a holistic nutritionist course or a reflexology course and so on.

Essential Information

The focus of homeopathy is on treating the overall health and medical problems of patients through prescribing holistic remedies. Naturopathic doctors in the U.S. frequently practice homeopathic medicine, although there are some medical doctors that provide homeopathic treatments as a supplement to their practices. For those careers, a doctorate is needed, and typically there are also licensure requirements.

Career Options

Standard physicians and naturopathic doctors both see patients, prescribe treatments, and diagnose illnesses. However, they have different educational paths and focuses on homeopathy.

Naturopathic Doctor

Becoming a naturopathic practitioner requires a candidate to attend a naturopathic medical school and complete a 4-year programme. They study both alternative and traditional medicine. Typically, graduates will need to pass their Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exam. However, not every state regulates naturopathic practice currently. Those states licensing naturopathic doctors might have other requirements, and it varies from one state to the next.

The homeopathic part of the naturopathic medicine programme usually is divided between studying classical and practical homeopathy, which usually includes the foundation of homeopathy, and exploring the Homeopathic Materia Medica, which is a reference guide that is used to prescribe homeopathic remedies. Usually, students do a lot of clinical, hands-on work as well.

Physician

Traditional doctors also need to graduate from a 4-year programme offered by an accredited medical school. However, usually, homeopathy isn’t included in the curriculum. Doctors who would like to add homeopathy as part of the treatment methods they offer might want to take Continuing Medical Education (CME) classes that relate to the field. All states require traditional physicians to be licensed. The U.S. Medical Licensing Exam must be passed.

Homeopathic Methodology

Remedies that are homeopathic are holistic, meaning they are prescribed to fit with the entire lifestyle of a patient, instead of addressing individual symptoms. Since the well-being of a patient is influenced by numerous factors, including work habits, sleep schedule, exercise, diet, etc, homeopathic practitioners frequently prescribe a different remedy for patients that have the same conditions.

Homeopathy has been designed so that the individual’s body is stimulated to heal itself through providing interference with a condition or disease, to allow the body to “spring back” and operate properly. Extreme dilution is used to create homeopathic remedies and they are thought to work due to the principle called “memory of water.” It is proposed by the theory that a process of dilution and succession imprints something from the original substance onto the resulting remedy, even when the base substance isn’t present any longer.

Certification

National certifications are offered by several organisations as an attempt to set homeopathy practice and education standards. Those organisations include the American Board of Homeotherapeutics and Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians. The Council on Homeopathic Certification also provides accreditation for U.S. and Canada homeopathy schools.

Salary Information

It is difficult to find salary information for U.S. homeopathic practitioners since it frequently is either part of a multi-faceted treatment methodology used by naturopathic doctors or a supplemental practice that medical doctors use. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), reports that the mean annual salary for all surgeons and physicians as of May 2015 was $197,700, and although treating and health diagnosing practitioners were not separately listed (including naturopathic doctors), a mean annual salary of $85,120 was earned.

Several states required licensing for homeopathic practitioners and physicians are required to be licensed in all states. Several organisations offer Certification in homeopathy. It is expected that both professions will experience faster job growth compared to the whole job market.

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