Homeopathic Practitioner  What They Do

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dotHomeopaths are holistic healers who practice a 200-year-old system of medicine based on the principle of similars. Those are substances that can cure symptoms similar to those they produce.

This medical theory suggests that illness is caused primarily by an imbalance in a person's energy system. Illness is not simply from outside causes. Homeopathic practitioners look for a single homeopathic medicine to treat the whole person -- mind, body and emotions.

dotThere are two distinct groups known as homeopathic practitioners. One group consists of lay practitioners -- people who have learned homeopathy through self-study and courses, but aren't necessarily licensed.

dotThe other group is medical professionals who practice homeopathy as a specialty. This includes medical doctors, osteopaths, dentists, chiropractors, naturopaths, nurses, licensed acupuncturists, podiatrists and veterinarians.

Some years ago, homeopathy was considered alternative medicine. Today, attitudes are changing and it's considered a complementary medicine, a treatment to be used in conjunction with traditional medicine.

Monica Miller is the spokesperson for the National Center for Homeopathy. She notes that in Europe, there are more practitioners of homeopathy and other alternative therapies than there are general practitioners. That trend could move across the Atlantic to North America.

dotHomeopaths interview patients, then study the information they have collected and prescribe a remedy. Homeopathic remedies are recognized as drugs by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

dotMost homeopathic medicines are made from plants, with some coming from mineral and animal sources. The medicines are considered safe because they are non-toxic and used in small doses. Homeopathic medicines are available over the counter in most drug and health food stores.

dotMost homeopaths work in quiet, comfortable offices. Most are self-employed and work 30 to 50 hours per week.

At a Glance

Heal patients with a bit of what ails them

  • There's a growing demand for this profession
  • Several organizations are pushing for certification across North America
  • Education and training can take several years