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How to Become a Homeopathic Doctor

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Beverly Noronha
Jun 3, 2022

Homeopathic doctors use small amounts of natural substances, like plants and minerals to tailor the treatment of each patient. Read here to know everything about this career!

What is the Purpose of Being a Homeopathic Doctor?

Students who complete their degree in homeopathy use natural remedies to improve the health and well-being of patients. They believe that the body can protect and heal itself. Homeopaths do not diagnose diseases, they treat the emotional, mental, and physical health of the patient. They ask detailed questions about the person’s symptoms so that they can identify the best remedy. 

Duties of a Homeopathic Doctor

Homeopathic doctors carry out a wide range of duties for their patients. These are some of the steps they follow:

  • They consult with patients to get a detailed case history
  • The treatment is based on the person’s unique symptoms
  • Homeopaths treat acute and chronic illnesses
  • Unlike allopaths, homeopathic doctors monitor the recovery of their patients through follow-up calls and appointments

Skills Required for Homeopathic Doctors

Students need to complete a  Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS)  after 12th standard to practise as a doctor. Similar to allopathic doctors, homeopaths require developed interpersonal skills. Along with these qualifications, here are some of the skills that a practitioner should develop:

  • Active listening and communication to build a rapport
  • Critical thinking to personalise treatments 
  • Sensitivity to the needs of each person
  • Analytical skills to understand which questions to ask

What are the Benefits of Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a brand of medicine that treats a wide range of illnesses like allergies, migraines, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), cold, sores, nausea, toothaches, and more. It cannot be used to treat life-threatening illnesses like cancer or heart disease.  

Homeopathy aims to cure the whole body and not just the affected area. Allopathy targets illnesses in specific organs instead of the whole body. Some of the benefits of homeopathy are given below:

Benefits of Homeopathic Medicines

  • The doses are non-toxic and prepared from a small number of natural substances
  • They are administered in palatable forms like gels, sugar pills, and drops

The Benefit of Homeopaths

  • They spend time with each patient, listening attentively and asking questions
  • Homeopaths take a holistic view of the patient’s illness
  • They take calls and visits with the patients even after the treatment is administered

What’s the Admission Process for Homeopathy Courses?

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is the first step to becoming a homeopathic doctor. NEET qualifying marks are compulsory to apply for a BHMS course. BHMS is a five-and-a-half-year undergraduate degree programme with a compulsory one-year internship. Students receive their degree after completing the internship and final degree examination.

Admission for NEET UG Entrance Exam

NEET is a pen-and-paper test. Candidates can apply for the test through the NEET-UG website. Students need to fulfil the eligibility for NEET and pay the entrance exam fees online. They can use net banking, debit/credit cards or UPI payment methods.

NEET Application Fees

Category Fees
General ₹1,600
SC/ST ₹900
General-EWS and OBC-NCL ₹1,500
Foreign nationals ₹8,500

Admission for BHMS

After securing a NEET qualification, students need to visit the Ayush Admissions Central Counselling Committee (AACCC) website to register for All India Counselling. There are four rounds before the final BHMS admission:

  • First counselling round
  • Second counselling round
  • Result allotment
  • Mop-up round

Homeopathy Courses

BHMS courses can be taken up at undergraduate, postgraduate, diploma, and integrated levels. The BHMS syllabus for each year is given below:

Year Syllabus
One Anatomy, Histology, Embryology
Physiology and Biochemistry
Homeopathic Pharmacy
Organon of Medicine with Homeopathic Philosophy
Homeopathic Materia Medica
Two Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Surgery including ENT, Eye Dental, and Homeo Therapeutics
The Practice of Medicine and Homeo Therapeutics
Organon of Medicine and Principles of Homeopathic Philosophy
Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
Pathology and Microbiology including Parasitology Bacteriology and Virology
Homeopathic Materia Medica
Three Organon of Medicine
Homeopathic Materia Medica
Surgery including ENT and Ophthalmology
The Practice of Medicine and Homeo Therapeutics
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Research Project
Four Organon of Medicine
Homeopathic Materia Medica
Community Medicine
The Practice of Medicine and Homeo Therapeutics
Repertory
Five Internship

What are the Entrance Exams Needed for Homeopathy?

Students need to clear the NEET exam which is held in May every year, before getting admission into a BHMS course. The NEET eligibility criteria are given below:

NEET Exam Eligibility

  • The candidate needs to complete 17 years of age before 31st December to qualify for the NEET age limit 
  • BHMS aspirants need to graduate from 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/ Biotechnology, and English as the core subjects
  • The qualifying score is 50% (40% for SC/ST/OBC students) to be eligible for the NEET UG entrance exam

The results of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) are usually declared a month after the exam is conducted.

BHMS Exam Eligibility

Admission to BHMS is based on a student’s 10+2 scores, the qualifying marks obtained in NEET or other entrance exams. The NEET qualifying marks are given below:

Category Fees
General ₹1,600
SC/ST ₹900
General-EWS and OBC-NCL ₹1,500
Foreign nationals ₹8,500

Specialisations 

Students can open a private clinic to practice homeopathy after completing BHMS. They can practice at government institutions as a homeopathic doctor. There is scope to practice homeopathy as a researcher, consultant, and academician. Students can work in clinics, manufacturing companies, sales departments, or quality control units.

After completing BHMS, candidates have the option to take the NEET PG entrance exam which qualifies them for an MD in homeopathy.

Homeopathy FAQs 

1. What is NEET important?

The National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) is the qualifying exam for BHMS admission. This exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

2. What is the NEET age limit?

The minimum age limit for NEET is 17 years. The upper age limit for the entrance test has been removed. 

3. What is BHMS’ full form in the medical profession?

Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS) is an undergraduate course that provides homeopathic knowledge.

4. What is the best institute for BHMS?

The National Institute of Homeopathy (NIH) located in Kolkata is one of the best institutes for BHMS courses.

5. What are the BHMS fees?

The annual fee for BHMS at the National Institute of Homeopathy is ₹35,450.

6. What homeopathy courses can students take up besides BHMS?

Diploma in Homeopathy is a two to four-year course that students can take up after completing 10+2. 

Homeopathy Course Fees 

BHMS fees vary according to state and whether the candidate is applying for admission to a private or government college. This is the BHMS fee structure: 

NIH first-year fees ₹35,450
NIH total fees ₹1,04,450
Average government college fees ₹12,000 - ₹30,000
Average private college fees ₹1,50,000 - ₹2,00,000

Scholarships 

There are scholarships available for meritorious students who wish to take BHMS at the National Institute of Homeopathy. The scholarship eligibility criteria are given below:

1. NSDL e-Gov Scholarship Scheme for Students

Qualification criteria - 60% in the 12th standard
- The family’s annual income must be below ₹5,00,000
Amount ₹30,000
Documents required - Address proof
- Identity proof
- 10+2 mark sheet
- Admission confirmation letter
- Latest income slip
- Bank passbook photo

2. All India Pre-Medical Scholarship Test

Qualification criteria Students need to pass the All India Pre-Medical Scholarship Test
Amount - Above 90%: tuition fee for the full course
- 80-90%: tuition fee for one year
- 70-80%: standard laptop
Application process - Register on the AIPMST website
- Upload a photograph and Aadhar card number
- Pay the application fee of ₹1,275 for the general category and ₹1,075 for SC/ST

How to Become a Homeopathic Doctor

Beverly Noronha
June 3, 2022
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What is the Purpose of Being a Homeopathic Doctor?

Students who complete their degree in homeopathy use natural remedies to improve the health and well-being of patients. They believe that the body can protect and heal itself. Homeopaths do not diagnose diseases, they treat the emotional, mental, and physical health of the patient. They ask detailed questions about the person’s symptoms so that they can identify the best remedy. 

Duties of a Homeopathic Doctor

Homeopathic doctors carry out a wide range of duties for their patients. These are some of the steps they follow:

  • They consult with patients to get a detailed case history
  • The treatment is based on the person’s unique symptoms
  • Homeopaths treat acute and chronic illnesses
  • Unlike allopaths, homeopathic doctors monitor the recovery of their patients through follow-up calls and appointments

Skills Required for Homeopathic Doctors

Students need to complete a  Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS)  after 12th standard to practise as a doctor. Similar to allopathic doctors, homeopaths require developed interpersonal skills. Along with these qualifications, here are some of the skills that a practitioner should develop:

  • Active listening and communication to build a rapport
  • Critical thinking to personalise treatments 
  • Sensitivity to the needs of each person
  • Analytical skills to understand which questions to ask

What are the Benefits of Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a brand of medicine that treats a wide range of illnesses like allergies, migraines, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), cold, sores, nausea, toothaches, and more. It cannot be used to treat life-threatening illnesses like cancer or heart disease.  

Homeopathy aims to cure the whole body and not just the affected area. Allopathy targets illnesses in specific organs instead of the whole body. Some of the benefits of homeopathy are given below:

Benefits of Homeopathic Medicines

  • The doses are non-toxic and prepared from a small number of natural substances
  • They are administered in palatable forms like gels, sugar pills, and drops

The Benefit of Homeopaths

  • They spend time with each patient, listening attentively and asking questions
  • Homeopaths take a holistic view of the patient’s illness
  • They take calls and visits with the patients even after the treatment is administered

What’s the Admission Process for Homeopathy Courses?

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is the first step to becoming a homeopathic doctor. NEET qualifying marks are compulsory to apply for a BHMS course. BHMS is a five-and-a-half-year undergraduate degree programme with a compulsory one-year internship. Students receive their degree after completing the internship and final degree examination.

Admission for NEET UG Entrance Exam

NEET is a pen-and-paper test. Candidates can apply for the test through the NEET-UG website. Students need to fulfil the eligibility for NEET and pay the entrance exam fees online. They can use net banking, debit/credit cards or UPI payment methods.

NEET Application Fees

Category Fees
General ₹1,600
SC/ST ₹900
General-EWS and OBC-NCL ₹1,500
Foreign nationals ₹8,500

Admission for BHMS

After securing a NEET qualification, students need to visit the Ayush Admissions Central Counselling Committee (AACCC) website to register for All India Counselling. There are four rounds before the final BHMS admission:

  • First counselling round
  • Second counselling round
  • Result allotment
  • Mop-up round

Homeopathy Courses

BHMS courses can be taken up at undergraduate, postgraduate, diploma, and integrated levels. The BHMS syllabus for each year is given below:

Year Syllabus
One Anatomy, Histology, Embryology
Physiology and Biochemistry
Homeopathic Pharmacy
Organon of Medicine with Homeopathic Philosophy
Homeopathic Materia Medica
Two Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Surgery including ENT, Eye Dental, and Homeo Therapeutics
The Practice of Medicine and Homeo Therapeutics
Organon of Medicine and Principles of Homeopathic Philosophy
Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
Pathology and Microbiology including Parasitology Bacteriology and Virology
Homeopathic Materia Medica
Three Organon of Medicine
Homeopathic Materia Medica
Surgery including ENT and Ophthalmology
The Practice of Medicine and Homeo Therapeutics
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Research Project
Four Organon of Medicine
Homeopathic Materia Medica
Community Medicine
The Practice of Medicine and Homeo Therapeutics
Repertory
Five Internship

What are the Entrance Exams Needed for Homeopathy?

Students need to clear the NEET exam which is held in May every year, before getting admission into a BHMS course. The NEET eligibility criteria are given below:

NEET Exam Eligibility

  • The candidate needs to complete 17 years of age before 31st December to qualify for the NEET age limit 
  • BHMS aspirants need to graduate from 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/ Biotechnology, and English as the core subjects
  • The qualifying score is 50% (40% for SC/ST/OBC students) to be eligible for the NEET UG entrance exam

The results of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) are usually declared a month after the exam is conducted.

BHMS Exam Eligibility

Admission to BHMS is based on a student’s 10+2 scores, the qualifying marks obtained in NEET or other entrance exams. The NEET qualifying marks are given below:

Category Fees
General ₹1,600
SC/ST ₹900
General-EWS and OBC-NCL ₹1,500
Foreign nationals ₹8,500

Specialisations 

Students can open a private clinic to practice homeopathy after completing BHMS. They can practice at government institutions as a homeopathic doctor. There is scope to practice homeopathy as a researcher, consultant, and academician. Students can work in clinics, manufacturing companies, sales departments, or quality control units.

After completing BHMS, candidates have the option to take the NEET PG entrance exam which qualifies them for an MD in homeopathy.

Homeopathy FAQs 

1. What is NEET important?

The National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) is the qualifying exam for BHMS admission. This exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

2. What is the NEET age limit?

The minimum age limit for NEET is 17 years. The upper age limit for the entrance test has been removed. 

3. What is BHMS’ full form in the medical profession?

Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS) is an undergraduate course that provides homeopathic knowledge.

4. What is the best institute for BHMS?

The National Institute of Homeopathy (NIH) located in Kolkata is one of the best institutes for BHMS courses.

5. What are the BHMS fees?

The annual fee for BHMS at the National Institute of Homeopathy is ₹35,450.

6. What homeopathy courses can students take up besides BHMS?

Diploma in Homeopathy is a two to four-year course that students can take up after completing 10+2. 

Homeopathy Course Fees 

BHMS fees vary according to state and whether the candidate is applying for admission to a private or government college. This is the BHMS fee structure: 

NIH first-year fees ₹35,450
NIH total fees ₹1,04,450
Average government college fees ₹12,000 - ₹30,000
Average private college fees ₹1,50,000 - ₹2,00,000

Scholarships 

There are scholarships available for meritorious students who wish to take BHMS at the National Institute of Homeopathy. The scholarship eligibility criteria are given below:

1. NSDL e-Gov Scholarship Scheme for Students

Qualification criteria - 60% in the 12th standard
- The family’s annual income must be below ₹5,00,000
Amount ₹30,000
Documents required - Address proof
- Identity proof
- 10+2 mark sheet
- Admission confirmation letter
- Latest income slip
- Bank passbook photo

2. All India Pre-Medical Scholarship Test

Qualification criteria Students need to pass the All India Pre-Medical Scholarship Test
Amount - Above 90%: tuition fee for the full course
- 80-90%: tuition fee for one year
- 70-80%: standard laptop
Application process - Register on the AIPMST website
- Upload a photograph and Aadhar card number
- Pay the application fee of ₹1,275 for the general category and ₹1,075 for SC/ST

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