Homeopathic therapists treat people on their genetic and personal health history, body type, and current physical, emotional, and mental issues. Patient visits tend to be lengthy. Treatments are tailored to each person's specific needs.
There are two basic homeopathic principles. One states that like cures like, or that a disease can be cured by a substance that creates the same disease in healthy people. The principle of dilution states that the lower the dose, the greater the effectiveness. The diluted substance is shaken to make it more potent. When a small, often infinitesimal dose of a substance is administered to a person who exhibits symptoms of illness, that substance will stimulate the body's own healing abilities to effect a deep and long-lasting cure. Homeopathic remedies are derived from natural substances that come from plants, minerals, or animals.
Training in Homeopathy
Students in the Homeopathic Medicine program receive a solid foundation in human anatomy, physiology, pathology as well as some related sciences. They are taught case oriented, patient based, complimentary medicine, with an extensive clinical internship. The program provides the practical experience necessary to work in the health care field.
To become a fully qualified professional homeopath takes three to four years of training. Courses are offered at many Community Colleges, as well as at the Alternative Medicine College of Canada, in a distant online education program.