Homeopathy is a medical subspecialty. It was initially outlined, codified and explored extensively by medically trained physicians. It has been used extensively by medical professionals for over 200 years. The field of medicine depends upon professionals trained in the recognition and diagnosis of medical illness with the skill to determine the medical basis of utilizing one form of treatment over another. Physicians are more frequently entering partnerships with their patients today and sharing responsibility for the management of medical illnesses.
There is a growing number of non medically trained “professional” homeopathic practitioners that has emerged over the last several decades that have begun to fill the niche of homeopathic providers beyond where the medical practitioners have desired to take up the practiced of homeopathy. These practitioners have filled a huge gap between the public desire for homeopathic care and the medical professionals desire to provide it. There are many highly skilled practitioners of homeopathic care who are in practice today in the U.S. and abroad. The decision to select a homeopathic practitioner should include a careful scrutiny of homeopathic training, aptitude and experience. The presence or absence of medical training is an important factor in this decision, but not the only factor. Availability and accessibility are also important factors. One of the most important factors is the level of communication that one is able to maintain with his or her health care provider.