What does it take to be a homeopath?
All in all in India: It takes a minimum of 9 years to be a postgraduate Homeopath.
A ‘Homeopath’ is one who is a qualified medical practitioner who has been trained in homeopathy through a full time, full-length course; and is legally and technically certified to practice homeopathic medicine, as per the local governing body.
Unfortunately, not many countries offer a full-length course, which should be practically identical to the mainstream medical course of M.B.,B.S and M.D. It is important that the qualified homeopath should have studied in detail the following subjects in full length.
- Anatomy (for 18 months)
- Physiology (for 18 months)
- Pathology (for 12 months)
- Internal medicine (Minimum 12 months)
- Surgery (Minimum 12 months) includes ENT, Ophthalmology, General Surgery
- Gynecology and Obstetrics (Minimum 12 months)
- Preventive and Social Medicine (Minimum 12 months)
- Medico-Legal Medicine (Minimum 12 months)
- Pediatrics, Psychiatry, ENT, Dermatology, etc. (as a part of the course)
- Homeopathic Philosophy (Minimum 3 years)
- Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia (Materia Medica) (Minimum 3 years)
- Homeopathic Pharmacy (Minimum 12 months)
- Clinical Medicine ((Minimum 2 years)
- Hospital training (Minimum 3 years) In all different fields of medicine, surgery, Gynecology, ENT, Skin, Psychiatry, etc.)
- Internship ((Minimum 1 year)
After which one chooses specialisation in Medicine, Paediatrics, Material Medica, Organon, Repertory, Pharmacy, etc.
Through full-time study for at least five and half years including practical training in the hospitals is required for any homeopath to have granted doctorate degree. Such an intense training is available only in some countries like India.
It is very important the homeopath is able to understand the medical language, able to read and evaluate all kinds of investigations modalities (such as blood work, ECG, X-ray, CT scan, MRI, Electromyelogram, EEG, etc.) and apply in practice, to determine and decide the treatment protocol.
In many European countries including the UK as well as the US, there are courses for lay people which may legally permit them to practice homeopathy. However, such courses are not adequate in the medical training and it is highly debatable if such practitioners could be called ‘homeopaths’. The problem with such homeopaths is that they fail to understand the diseases in medical perspective.
A homeopath should have either a post-graduation or at least a graduation qualification in medicine. Medical qualification for homeopaths varies from country to country. However, it is important that every ‘homeopath’ has adequate training in all medical subjects as above. Most countries have courses in homeopathy minimum after 12 years with science subjects. Homeopathy course has to be a ‘graduation’ course after science subjects. It cannot be a short-term course with the background in commerce or arts subjects. In some countries, there are ‘medical homeopaths’ while in some countries there are also ‘lay-homeopaths’.