At this time there is presently no standard licensing or professional requirements for the practice of homeopathy in the United States; the licensing of homeopaths differs from state to state. Typically, a homeopathic practitioner is licensed in a medical related profession, such as conventional or osteopathic medicine. Homeopathy is also part of the medical education for naturopathy.
An entire medical system that originated in Europe. Naturopathy aspires to assist the body’s capability to heal itself through the use of dietary and lifestyle modifications collectively with CAM therapies such as herbs, massage, and joint manipulation.
Licensure as a homeopathic medical practitioner is obtainable only to medical physicians and doctors of osteopathy in Arizona, Connecticut, and Nevada. Arizona and Nevada also license homeopathic assistants, who are permitted to carry out medical services under the direction of a homeopathic physician. A number of states explicitly incorporate homeopathy within the scope of practice of chiropractic, naturopathy, physical therapy, dentistry, nursing, and veterinary medicine.
National certification may be acquired via organizations such as the Council for Homeopathic Certification, American Board of Homeotherapeutics, and the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians.
The U.S. Department of Education, which formally recognizes some CAM organizations for certification purposes, has not recognized these organizations; however, members of the homeopathic community consider certification a way to help set education and competency standards for practicing homeopathy.
- Some homeopathy providers are considered counselors instead of medical professionals if they are not also certified as physicians, nurse practitioners or physician assistants.