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Tanya Kell (pictured), a Nashville based Certified Classical Homeopath, provides guidance on how to select the right and qualified Homeopath for you.
Below are the various certifying organizations.
• Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC) has been certifying professional homeopaths in the U.S. since 1991.
• American Institute of Homeopathy certifies medical and osteopathic doctors in the U.S. via the American Board of Homeotherapeutics.
• The Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians (HANP) certifies naturopathic doctors in the U.S.
A good resource to help you find a practitioner is the North American Society of Homeopaths (NASH), which registers professional homeopaths in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Homeopaths need to be certified by CHC (above) before they can be registered with the NASH.
What questions should I ask?
Given that the training and certification can vary, it is essential to research carefully. Ask friends or integrative providers for recommendations, and then be sure to ask the homeopath a number of questions. You may find many of the answers on the practitioner’s website, or you may need to schedule a phone call.
• What training do you have? Did you attend a professional training program for classical homeopathy? Some excellent homeopaths may have learned predominantly through apprenticeship with a master homeopath.
• How long have you been practicing? Do you have any areas of specialization?
• What will an initial evaluation cost? What will follow-ups cost? This will vary according to the area where you live and the training of the provider. You should know up-front what the cost of the treatment will be.
• How will I get the remedy that is recommended to me after an evaluation? Some practitioners provide or sell the remedies right in their offices. Some may use online sources or distant pharmacies that take the orders via the phone, and then ship the product.
• How much do remedies cost? Homeopathy remedies should be very affordable, usually ranging from $6 to $20 per remedy. (Note that prescription drug coverage does not pay for homeopathics.)
For the full list and more information: www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu