The practice of homeopathy offers a rewarding career with the opportunity to naturally and significantly improve health and wellness. Non-invasive, natural remedies, skillfully administered, offer an effective pathway for individuals and families to improve emotional and physical well-being. Studying homeopathy offers a stimulating and intriguing exploration into an alternative, effective health care system.
Usually, certified homeopaths establish an independent practice and work from their office, home office or a telehealth portal. With homeopathic expertise certified practitioners may also use the opportunity to join a group of health professionals offering a variety of healing modalities.
Homeopathy has proven to support and enhance wellness services provided by health care practitioners such as acupuncturists, chiropractors, counselors, massage therapists, midwifes, nurses, nutritionists, physicians, physical therapists and psychotherapists. Whether you are establishing a practice in homeopathy, or adding homeopathy to an existing health care practice, homeopathy offers a powerful and practical agent of healing.
If you currently work as a health practitioner, certification in homeopathy can substantially enrich and extend your practice to a public increasingly interested in natural, holistic healthcare.
I have a whole new set of powerful, yet gentle tools in my medicine bag.
One of my specialties in Oriental Medicine is the treatment of children and I found that homeopathy has a wealth of remedies for acute and mental/ behavioral issues, which are affecting a growing number of children. The great advantage of homeopathy is that it works almost instantaneously for acute situations such as high fever and it’s easy for the child to take the remedy, unlike herbal medicine. My Sho-Ni-Shin practice, a hands-on technique of working with children’s meridians and acupuncture without the use of needles, is very compatible with using homeopathic remedies and can significantly speed up the recovery of a child.
Homeopathy and midwifery are a natural combination. Sometimes during labor, a woman can become stuck or have difficulty to work through an emotional blockage. She may be having unusual pain that is hindering her progress. Homeopathy can initiate a shift for her, so that she can do the work of labor and give birth to a healthy baby naturally. Homeopathy is safe, gentle, effective, and can bring a positive outcome for mother and baby.
I love combining homeopathy and Chinese medicine in my practice. Both of these holistic modalities look at the person on multiple levels, and both focus on working with the vital force (Qi in Chinese medicine) to bring about healing. The symptoms are viewed as signs of imbalance in the body that point to the medicine that needs to be used. I can’t imagine practicing without both of these tools. Both modalities are complete in themselves, but I have found that acupuncture and herbs help me balance and support the organs and organ systems in the body, while homeopathy excels at treating the emotional layers involved in disease.
Homeopathy – a great fit with other wellness modalities:
Homeopathy and Acupuncture
Elizabeth Astor-Thomas, L.Ac., CHom., CCH, Dipl.OM, MSOM
Homeopathy and Nursing
Audrey Cremer, RN, CHom.
The laws governing the practice of complementary and alternative health care vary from state to state, country to country, and profession to profession. Regarding practitioners practicing the healing arts in the public domain without any state occupational licensure, such as homeopaths, herbalists, traditional naturopaths, life coaches and more, 10 states have put in place safe harbor practitioner exemption laws so that the practitioners cannot be criminally charged for practicing a healing art without a license. The National Health Freedom Action has been instrumental in supporting the passage of Safe Harbor Practitioner Exemption bills that protect practitioners from criminal laws and protect access to health care practitioners who do not hold state occupational licenses and are currently practicing in the public domain.
Safe Harbor Exemption laws protect consumer access to the broad range of health care and healing practitioners, such as herbalists, traditional naturopaths, homeopaths, body workers, and culturally specific healing practices that do not rise to the level of concern requiring state, certification, registration, or licensure. Ten states now protect consumer access to these practitioners on some level, including Oklahoma, Idaho, Minnesota, Rhode Island, California, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arizona (limited exemption for homeopaths only), Colorado, and Nevada (https://nationalhealthfreedom.org/safe-harbor-laws). Four states have active bills at their state legislatures in 2019. Fifteen additional states have introduced similar legislation within the past ten years. More states are preparing to do so in the future. Please check any legal issues regarding the practice of homeopathy or any other complementary or alternative health care practice in the states or countries where you intend to practice.