I am a board certified homeopath (US & Canada). I am not a physician. I am a private consultant. I have clients and not patients. I am available for consultations in person, via phone, or Skype. I practice in California1 under the guidelines set forth under the State of California Business Professions Code sections 2053.5 & 2053.6 which are outlined below:
(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person who complies with the requirements of Section 2053.6 shall not be in violation of Section 2051 or 2052 unless that person does any of the following:
- (1) Conducts surgery or any other procedure on another person that punctures the skin or harmfully invades the body.
- (2) Administers or prescribes X-ray radiation to another person.
- (3) Prescribes or administers legend drugs or controlled substances to another person.
- (4) Recommends the discontinuance of legend drugs or controlled substances prescribed by an appropriately licensed practitioner.
- (5) Willfully diagnoses and treats a physical or mental condition of any person under circumstances or conditions that cause or create a risk of great bodily harm, serious physical or mental illness, or death.
- (6) Sets fractures.
- (7) Treats lacerations or abrasions through electrotherapy.
- (8) Holds out, states, indicates, advertises, or implies to a client or prospective client that he or she is a physician, a surgeon, or a physician and surgeon.
(b) A person who advertises any services that are not unlawful under Section 2051 or 2052 pursuant to subdivision (a) shall disclose in the advertisement that he or she is not licensed by the state as a healing arts practitioner.
(a) A person who provides services pursuant to Section 2053.5 that are not unlawful under Section 2051 or 2052 shall, prior to providing those services, do the following:
- (1) Disclose to the client in a written statement using plain language the following information:
- (A) That he or she is not a licensed physician.
- (B) That the treatment is alternative or complementary to healing arts services licensed by the state.
- (C) That the services to be provided are not licensed by the state.
- (D) The nature of the services to be provided.
- (E) The theory of treatment upon which the services are based.
- (F) His or her educational, training, experience, and other qualifications regarding the services to be provided.
- (2) Obtain a written acknowledgment from the client stating that he or she has been provided with the information described in paragraph (1). The client shall be provided with a copy of the written acknowledgment, which shall be maintained by the person providing the service for three years.
- (b) The information required by subdivision (a) shall be provided in a language that the client understands.
- (c) Nothing in this section or in Section 2053.5 shall be construed to do the following:
- (1) Affect the scope of practice of licensed physicians and surgeons.
- (2) Limit the right of any person to seek relief for negligence or any other civil remedy against a person providing services subject to the requirements of this section.
Visit the State of California Business Professions Code sections 2050 – 2079.
When choosing homeopathy as method for healthcare, it is important to ask about certification. There are many doctors and other types of practitioners using homeopathic remedies in their practice, but have they undergone the riggers of the certification process? Some have but many have not. As a consumer, it is important to understand the difference.
Two on-line directories to help you find a board certified homeopath in your area:
Council for Homeopathic Certification
North American Society of Homeopaths
California Health Freedom Coalition
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