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When choosing a homeopathic practitioner, consider the practitioner's credentials, reputation, and philosophy of practice. As homeopathic practitioners practice a branch of alternative medicine, regulation of their practice varies considerably by jurisdiction, so health care consumers must be especially vigilant making decisions about which homeopathic practitioner to work with. Getting recommendations from trusted friends, family members, and other health care practitioners can also help you in your search.
Homeopathy is a a branch of holistic medicine based on the theory that like cures like. A homeopathic remedy is a very diluted preparation of a substance that would normally trigger the symptoms currently experienced by the patient. The remedy then causes a healing response in the body after consumption. A homeopathic practitioner interviews a patient about his symptoms and lifestyle and then recommends a remedy or remedies to the patient. In some cases, a homeopathic practitioner holds a license in another health care profession and incorporates homeopathy into his practice. Other homeopaths practice homeopathy on its own and do not have additional health care credentials.
When looking for a practitioner, find out about her credentials and practice. For example, if a homeopathic practitioner holds a medical license, she is in a position to provide comprehensive health care, including physical exams and, when necessary, ordering tests and prescribing drugs. If she does not hold a medical license, you may need to work with a medical doctor as well is a homeopathic practitioner in order to ensure that all of your health care needs are met. In all cases, it is a good idea to ensure that a homeopathic practitioner holds the appropriate license for practicing homeopathy in the jurisdiction where you live. If she doesn't, you have fewer ways of determining whether he is competent to practice.
Ask about a homeopathic practitioner's education and certification. Education for homeopathic practitioner varies and may include earning a certificate or diploma from a homeopathic training school or completing the education required to become a naturopath. If the practitioner is a licensed health care professional, you should also find out about his education and training in the area in which he is licensed. You should also contact the appropriate licensing board in your area to determine whether his credentials are in good standing and whether he has ever been subject to disciplinary efforts. Ask whether the practitioner is a member of any professional certification boards for homeopaths, as this can indicate ongoing compliance with professional standards.
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