Homeopathy is an alternative form of medicine that uses the principle of 'Like can cure Like' to heal diseases. The term Homeopathy has been derived from two Greek words ‘Homeo’ meaning similar and 'Pathos' meaning suffering or treatment by the same. This natural method of therapy was demonstrated by a German scientist Hahnemann in 1806.
Homeopathy aims to provide quick and gentle cures, and is especially effective in dealing with chronic and acute illnesses. Remedies are usually powerful but diluted, and thus, entirely free of harmful side effects.
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Such treatment may generally continue over a few months or even years. Homoeopathy uses minute doses of natural remedies to stimulate the body's natural healing energy, to help the patient to regain health.
The remedies are made from natural substances such as plants, minerals and animal sources, but are highly diluted to make even poisonous substances safe, and potentized to enhance their energy.
Though this system of medicine was born in Germany but it has become an integral part of the Indian way of life. There are good many numbers of institutes in India offering courses in homeopathy both at undergraduate and post-graduate level.
Courses in Homeopathy are offered both at bachelor and masters levels. A candidate who has 10+2 science with Physics, Chemistry, Maths and English can pursue the bachelor course i.e. BHMS (Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine & Surgery), which is five and half years long. Admission is made on the basis of entrance tests conducted both at state and national levels. Some private medical colleges conduct their own entrance examinations and also admit students according to merit.
One can also undertake a diploma course which is four years long. The MD Homeopathy degree course is three years long, which can only be pursued after completing the BHMS course and also qualifying the all India entrance examination.
Homeopathy Career Prospects
A graduate of homeopathy can find employment opportunities in both private and public sector. He/she can join government or private hospitals or clinics, charitable institutions, NGOs, research institutes as researchers, medical colleges and training institutes as teachers etc. Moreover one can start his/her own clinic for private practice.
The salary of a homeopathic doctor appointed in a government hospital/department varies between Rs.10,000 – Rs.15, 000. In private practice the earnings are better and depends entirely on input. Private sector hospitals and nursing homes offer lucrative openings with excellent pay-packages.
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