World-wide Homeopathy is fast becoming the preferred mode of treatment, as an effective approach to maintaining health and well-being. Homeopathy is a complete therapeutic scientific system of medicine developed by the German physician and chemist, Dr Samuel Hahnemann (1755 - 1843). Homeopathy is based on the observation that a substance, when taken by a healthy person, is capable of producing a particular array of symptoms. According to Homeopathic philosophy a substance so tested can be used to treat someone suffering from a disease or condition that presents with symptoms similar to those produced by that substance. This is the homeopathic Law of Similars, also expressed as "Let Likes be cured by Likes".
While Homeopathy is a primary health care profession, it acknowledges the importance each individual patient treated. Homeopathy caters for every patient's unique experience of illness on a mental, emotional and physical level. South African Homeopathic practitioners are clinically trained to diagnose and treat disease.
There is no condition that should be excluded from the repertoire of Homeopathy. Homeopathy is a complete medical science with which any medical illness or underlying condition in any human being of any age can be treated. No other therapy is as comprehensive in considering the mental, emotional and physical elements of an individual. Homeopathic medicines are scientifically manufactured from plants, minerals, chemicals, animal material, or scheduled prescription medicines, according to the processes described in the homeopathic pharmacopoeia. By its mechanism of action, Homeopathy has the ability to stimulate the repair of any damage which the body has the potential to heal, restoring the balancing and mechanisms involved in recovery and health. Due to the success and virtually limitless range of conditions that can be treated, most Homeopathic practitioners run general family practices to render an all-round health service.
In South Africa registered Homeopathic practitioners have privileges and rights similar to those of medical practitioners. Homeopathic practitioners are trained diagnosticians and are legally recognised as primary contact practitioners.The Masters Degree courses offered by the University of Johannesburg and Durban University of Technology consists of a five year full-time in depth medico-scientific course based on the medical curriculum with the core focus on classical, clinical, modern and conventional Homeopathy, Homeopharmaceutics and ending with a masters research dissertation. Graduates are registered as Homeopathic practitioners with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa only after having completed their post-graduate clinical internship.The medical training received by registered Homeopaths during training allows practitioners to refer to other appropriate health care providers if necessary ,therefore being a vital component of the health care team
Registration with the Allied Health Professions council is a legal requirement and any person wishing to practice homeopathy must be registered as a Homeopath with the Allied health Professions Council of South Africa. Any person practising Homeopathy or that prescribes or administers homeopathic medicine without legal registration is committing a criminal offence and can face legal action leading to imprisonment.
HOMEOPATHY, 2012.Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa . [online] Available at: http://www.ahpcsa.co.za/pbhnp [Accessed 28 October 2013].