This work deals with the physical necessities of opening a homeopathic clinic/office. A broad idea about the things required, architectural and ‘vaastu’ considerations and interior designing is given here. The individual requirements may vary according to the kind, size, and location of your practice. The sections below try to cover the basics to suit everyone
The Size & Space
The first requirement is that of an office space. A homeopathic practice can be started in a very small space. Some of the most beautiful offices I have seen, have been among the smallest that I have seen. You can start your clinic in as small a space as 90 sq. feet! More is more better!! If you do not have separate rooms for dispensing and waiting then you can create partitions (aluminum, glass, wood) within a room to compartmentalize everything. This also helps to give a sense of privacy to the patient in your office.
The furniture in your office will again depend on the space available and the money you spend. The basic thing to remember is that the furniture should be comfortable enough for all the patients. I will divide this section in three parts –
The Physician Chamber
|—||A table and chair for the doctor/homeopath. A homeopath needs to sit for quite a long time so the chair should be comfortable with proper back-support and preferably reclining so that you can lean back at times!|
|—||A patient stool|
|—||Couple of chairs for the patient attendants|
|—||An examination table (if you have enough space and qualification)|
The Dispensing Room/Pharmacy Section
You will need this section only if you store and dispense homeopathic medicines from your own clinic. If you write prescriptions to be taken from a homeopathic pharmacist, then you can skip this one.
The basic requirement in this section is of wooden or metal racks to store medicines. The racks need to be specially designed (step-design) to use the maximum available space as there are very large number of homeopathy medicines. There should be separate closed racks for storing extra stocks and some odorous medicines and mother tinctures. The medicines should be stored in such a way that they are not exposed to direct sunlight or excessive heat.
The Waiting Room
The waiting room should not have much furniture. A setti or couple of chairs or a sofa should do. The furniture should be comfortable enough. You can also keep a center-table and a magazine rack, if space and budget permits you. The waiting area can also have a pin-board, where you can post articles, appointments or general information for your patients.
Even a homeopath needs some basic medical instruments to examine the patient. The least one should have on one’s clinic are –
What instruments you use, will depend upon the type of patients you see (or are allowed to see) and the qualification you have.
In addition, if you can afford a computer, then you must have one on your clinic. There are specialized Homeopathy software available in the market which make the task of patient management, repertorisation and case-analysis very easy. You can have access to large number of Homeopathy books at your fingertips if you use any major Homeopathy software or encyclopedia.
The colors should be preferably kept light. My favourite are white, cream, pale-yellow, pale shades of lemon, and sky-blue. Dark colors like red, brown, black, dark blue and dark green should be avoided as they are usually not considered soothing. Dark colors are also known to aggravate various moods and emotions. Moreover, when you use light shades, the space appears more ‘open’ and ‘bigger’.
Whatever may be the color of your walls, try to keep the ceiling white. It is necessary for good and uniform illumination of your office. The curtains, furniture and other interiors should match with the walls. They should ‘blend-in’ and not ‘standout’.
Try to have a fresh and lively feeling to your interiors. Do not use dim lights or colored lights. You can keep some plants, an aquarium or even a small fountain to make the interiors soothing. What you use will depend upon your space and budget. Whatever may be your space or budget, try to keep things and designs simple. Design your office keeping your patients in mind. The patient should feel relaxed when he/she comes to your office.
Although most office space in big cities is designed by architects these days, while looking for an office space you should keep the following points in your mind –
– The ceiling height should be at least 10 feet.
– Whenever possible, chose an office space with proper ventilation and lighting. If possible, your clinic should have at least one window to help the sunlight and fresh air in.
– If your office is not on the ground floor then it should be easily accessible to everyone including disabled people.
‘Vaastu’ is an old Indian architectural science which helps to create ‘positive energy’ in your building/home/office by following certain principles. Vaastu itself is a very big science and it is not possible to go into detail discussions here. I will try to list some key features that can make your work place more auspicious, healthy and full of positive energy as per the Vaastu principles.
|—||A square or rectangular office should be preferred. Offices with round walls, rhomboids, and irregular shapes should be avoided.|
|—||Offices facing towards East or North are considered more auspicious.|
|—||According to vaastu principles, the physician should sit in the southwest corner, preferably facing east or north.|
|—||The patient should sit either facing South or West.|
|—||The medicines should be stored/dispensed in the Northwest corner.|
|—||The electricity switches should ideally be in the Southeast corner.|
|—||If you are religious enough to keep any symbol of your religious faith in your office, then it should be kept in the Northeast corner.|
All these suggestions are based on the vaastu principles. They may help you to bring positive energies and good luck to your business. But at the end, your own commitment and passion for Homeopathy and your own positive energies are going to count the most!
What Not to Keep on Your Clinic
If you store and dispense medicines from your clinic then there are certain things that you should avoid keeping in your clinic like
— any strongly odorous substance like perfumes, incense etc.
— camphor and other volatile substances.
— any radioactive object (!)
A Sample Clinic
Here are some photographs of my own clinic Asha Homeopathy, Jaipur!
The Final Words
When you have fixed the space for your clinic, then before you start furnishing, create a paper-design first. Try to make the maximum use of the available space. If your space allows you to follow the Vaastu concepts, you can use them. You can keep the above points in mind and spice it with your own aesthetic sense to create your own homeopathic universe! Good Luck!
your post will be really helpful to me and probably other budding homoeopathic doctors. i am planning to set up my clinic very soon in coming week or two and your post will be highly beneficial.
hello sir ,
i am an architcect if you are going to plan to set up a clinic and want to consult an architect you can definetly contact me .
sir,for new entry homoeopath clinic setting is realy exhustive.your kind suggestion&directions will be beneficial to them.dr.unnikrishnan
Hi i was also looking to start my own small clinic in uk…i was wondering if there were any regulations i need to consider such as care commision and health and safety checks. Any information on legal requirements will be most hepful! Many thanks, shahleena
Hi, presently i am in south france, i m not working here. i want to do homeopathy practice or teaching in UK. I have my post graduate qualification in homeopathy from India. Can u guide me how i can practice in UK?
Dear sir,its really workable.sir actually I have just passed My B.H.M.S,now I want to open a homeopathy clinic.whatever you told this in this article is really helpful but i want need more like how much to invest as i want to stock medicines & also connect through internet i.e telepathy so can you provide me a project report?
i liked your vastu concept very much it will help me a lot
Thank you doctor for useful information for setting up clinic esp. to beginners.
Thank you sir, its really a useful concept.
Suggestions are really appreciable… In addition there should be arrangements for light music.
Your post will be really helpful and highly beneficial to me. I like your vastu concept very much. I am planning to set up my clinic very soon as per your suggestions.
Thank you very much sir.,
sir, what you wrote is good but can you please say what else are the norms for establishing a homoeopathic clinic?
wow sir..its a very great article..its really helpful..thanks for the post..am planning to setup my clinic at the earliest sir,i was in dillema about how to start,whom to consult to take advise and all..but ur article helped me a lot..thank u sir..
Thans sir.A very useful article.. helped me a lot.
Hello sir!good tips ,i am sure if one impliments it ,will be very useful in new establishment.
Thank you doctor for useful information for setting up clinic esp. to beginners.
Very helpful tips for setting new clinc. Really motivating to move on with positive energy of Ownself and Universe. Single go through your post can change and boost up one mind positively.
Thank You Sir.
awesome article sir,
The article is very helpful. Can you please suggest the homeopathic softwares that are available. And also how much they cost.
It vary good articls for bigner,s.some photo graphs of maintaine clinics makes it more atractive.
This space is like a typical office.Not a clinic.Avery typical design done by a contractor.The furniture is blocking and heavy.But your information about the trade is good.Too bad you have not been able to apply the knowledge into your clinic.
For dispensing homoeopathic medicine
I am fascinated good description Just tell me please what are the requirements to start the practice, I am registered homeo consultant in UK and Do i need inform the UK British homeopathy that I am going to start the clinic. what legal fees are to be paid to get started
can you please update