Homeopathy has been around for centuries as an alternate system of medicine. A World Health Organization report states that this complementary medical system is the second largest globally and is legally practiced in over 84 countries, such as India, the UK, the US, France, Germany, and China. As per a Homeopathy Research Institute report, India leads in the number of people, with 100 million people relying on Homeopathy. There are over 200,000 registered Homeopathic doctors in India, with approximately 12,000 more added annually.
Essential Qualifications Required To Become a Homeopath
The eligibility is a pass in 10+2 with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate with Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English as primary subjects. Reserved category students must score at least 40% in Class 12 with these main subjects.
After 12th grade, aspirants can appear for entry-level clearance examinations, like The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). Applicants must secure the minimum qualifying percentile of NEET UG for admission to undergraduate degrees like the Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine & Surgery (BHMS) course.
- The subjects under the course include Anatomy, Surgery, Gynaecology, Obstetrics, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Biochemistry.
- The course also teaches the essence of safe and reliable Homeopathic medicines such as Homeopathic Therapeutics, Materia Medica, and Repertory.
- After graduation, BHMS degree holders can choose to pursue higher studies by pursuing a Doctor of Medicine or M.D. in Homeopathy.
- The three-year doctorate program offers seven specializations in the Practice of Medicine, Organon of Medicine with Homeopathic Philosophy, Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Repertory, Homoeopathic Materia Medica, and Homeopathic Pharmacy.
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Homeopathy for Medical students
Homeopathy is an excellent option for medical students looking to enter the field of holistic medicine. It is a 100% natural and safe healing system with no side effects, making it attractive for those looking for a gentle and practical approach to treating diseases.
It focuses on treating the person as a whole rather than simply treating their symptoms.
This complementary medicine has become increasingly popular in India due to its cost-effectiveness and accessibility. t also encourages the patient to take an active role in their healing process, which is a great way to foster patient engagement and build trust between patients and healthcare professionals.
Approximately 350 government and 1,200 private medical institutions offer Homeopathy courses. Every year, international students from countries like Japan, Russia, Ghana, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal, and Bangladesh come to India to pursue this course.
Homeopaths can serve as consultants or advisors, teaching and training other medical professionals on using Homeopathy.
Indian Government Initiative for Homeopathy
The Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) has taken steps to modernize this medical practice and make it more accessible.
The measures include forming new Homeopathic colleges, introducing new courses, and establishing the National Institute of Homeopathy (NIH) and the Central Council for Research in Homeopathy (CCRH) to facilitate research, education, and training.
The Government invests in infrastructure and provides financial assistance to Homeopaths to establish their clinics.
Practitioners can also provide healthcare services to rural and remote areas of the country through the Government’s National Rural Health Mission.