One of the most frequent questions I get asked when telling someone about my experience with homeopathy is “How do I find someone?”. This question has so much implied meaning behind it. It is really a question of “How do I find a good homeopath?”, “I don’t want to end up with a quack”, “I don’t know anything about this, but it sounds good and I wouldn’t know where to start to find one”, “I don’t want to get taken advantage of”, and so much more. I know because this was also my struggle. You can read about my journey to homeopathy here.
When I was looking I didn’t know of anyone who had been to a homeopath before so I had no one to ask for advice. So for me it was a prayerful search. Now that I am on the other side of it I really would like to equip others in their search since the resources out there are very slim. So here are the recommendations that I’ve gathered from my experience. Tips #1-3 come with the help of Staria Manos, CCH, RSHom (NA). I’ve also included some other tidbits that will be helpful to keep in mind while looking.
- First off, any homeopath you see MUST have the proper foundational training. You should be looking for the initials CCH and/or RSHom or RSHom(NA) after their name. These are their credentials and their qualifications. This tells you they have had the proper schooling, which is a minimum of 4 years, and have passed the required exams. An MD, ND, DC, or any other type of doctor practicing homeopathy should still have these initials.
- It is important that they be trained in and believe in the “sensation method”, also know as the “synergy method”. This ensures they have very advanced training and have learned from some of the top homeopaths in the world.
- Check with the national organizations for homeopathy, NASH and NCH. They have directories available to help you locate homeopaths near you.
- Call and ask questions. Remember you are the consumer and it is your needs that need to be met. Keep looking until you’re confident it’s the right fit for you.
- Try to get a referral from someone. Don’t be afraid to ask around. Maybe someone you know is already seeing a homeopath and is having great results. Beware though, a lot of people are confused about homeopathy and will say they are seeing one, or have seen one, when in actuality it’s really some other type of alternative health professional. Nutritionist, naturopath, chiropractor, holistic health practitioner, and homeopath are all very different things.
A little note of my own for tips #1 & 2 is I try to think of the schooling required to fulfill the CCH, RSHom as a homeopath’s residency program. So think of a doctor that has just finished medical school with no specialty yet. Now the sensation/synergy method training, I think of it as training in the area they will specialize in. So like a doctor would go onto specialize in pediatrics or dermatology they have the additional training to now specialize in being able to find that one constitutional remedy. Hopefully this makes sense to you. It has really helped me to paint a clearer picture in my head of how it all works.
Another thing to keep in mind when looking for a homeopath is that many are set up to do consultations via Skype or FaceTime. If that’s something you are open to you can widen your search and look outside your area. This can be very beneficial depending on where you live since some states have very few qualified professionals. If you live in one of these states tip #4 will be very valuable to you. Work that phone and make sure you are only settling for a qualified professional.
Please let me know if you have any questions or if you have any tips to add. I would love to hear from you.