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How to become a Homeopath

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What does a Homeopath do?

Homeopathy is based on the concept that ‘like cures like’. The idea is to use minute quantities of a substance, which, if given in full strength to a healthy person would produce similar symptoms to those being experienced by the patient. Homeopaths look for the underlying cause of an illness. The remedy would stimulate the body’s own natural healing powers.

A homeopath begins the consultation by taking a detailed history from their patient: lifestyle, ailments, attitude to life, diet, life events and moods. From this information they build up a picture of their symptoms and match the remedy accordingly.

Homeopathy aims to treat mental, emotional and physical symptoms in people of all ages. It can be used for a wide range of conditions, for example, sore throats, fevers, arthritis, eczema and anxiety.

What's the working environment like working as a Homeopath?

There are no set working hours. Unsocial hours may be required to accomodate their patients.

The majority of a homeopath's time is spent sitting down in the consultation room. Some standing and bending may also be involved.

What does it take to become a Homeopath?

To be a homeopath you should:

  • be able to build up a rapport with patients
  • have good communication skills, for both listening and explaining what you are doing
  • be logical in your approach to problem solving, working out a diagnosis and deciding on a suitable treatment
  • be able to detach yourself from what the patient is saying, rather than becoming emotionally involved
  • know when to refer a patient to a conventional medical doctor
  • have an interest and ability in science, particularly biology and chemistry
  • have sound commercial sense for running a business.

Homeopath Career Opportunities

As a homeopath you can work within the NHS or in private practice. Others practise in homeopathic hospitals or private clinics. Most homeopaths are self-employed. Some homeopaths are already qualified GPs.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Homeopath that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Society of Homeopaths
11 Brookfield
Duncan Close
Moulton Park
Tel: 0845 450 6611

Alliance of Registered Homeopaths
Millbrook Hill
East Sussex
TN22 3PJ

The Homeopathic Medical Association
6 Livingstone Road
DA12 5DZ

The Faculty of Homeopathy
Hahnemann House
29 Park Street West
Tel: 0870 444 3950

British Register of Complementary Practitioners
Institute for Complementary Medicine (ICM)
PO Box 194
SE16 7QZ
Tel: 020 7237 5165

Skills for Health
Goldsmiths House
Broad Plain
Tel: 0117 922 1155

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