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The Educational System of Homeopathy in Germany

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Along with the worldwide upswing of homeopathy, more and more medical doctors, laymen and practicioners use homeopathy as their favourite method of treatment. Educational institutions and schools steadily increase in number. Laymen commonly visit adult education centres to get insight into a therapeutic system which they expect to make them independent from professional therapists in minor acute cases of affected health. Homeopathic remedies are easily accessible in pharmacies, and so self-treatment is increasingly being practiced. Especially mothers use to exchange their experiences in homeopathically treating their children in minor cases of disorders. A great number of them are real fans of homeopathy. The quality of such introductory courses to homeopathy has a great variation depending on the qualification and education of the lecturer.

Since 1991 (7th amendment of the medical registration regulations), homeopathy is part of the catalogue of educational aims in medical education. Therefore, all medical faculties offer lectures in homeopathy. Almost every university supports study groups which commonly have been found by committed students of medicine. The study groups regularly come together by the „Wilseder Students Forum of Homeopathy” and they organize homeopathy courses of further education in homeopathy, partly covering several semesters. The qualification of physicians in homeopathy is regulated since the mid 50’s. Qualifying courses are offered by the DZVhÄ (German Central Association of Homeopathic Physicians).

In 1980, the state parliament of Bavaria, Germany, decided to request at the national government to induce a study covering the prerequisites for chairs of homeopathy in German universities. The medical faculties of Nürnberg-Erlangen, Würzburg and Munich expressed rejection. Still, we can meet more activities, like the ones of the ‘Karl and Veronica Carstens-Foundation’, that have set the longterm goal to introduce homeopathy to German universities. The base of the goal is, that present studies justify the integration of homeopathy to the medical faculties.

The first professor of homeopathy was Dr. Hahnemann habilitating in 1812 and lecturing for almost a decade at the University of Leipzig. The total number of chairs in homeopathy that we have seen so far is very small. Professors who already had a chair and who included homeopathic thoughts into their lectures especially were Josef von Zlatarovich (1807-1874, Vienna), Georg von Rapp (1818-1886, Tübingen), Joseph Reubel (1779-1852, Munich), Johann Nepomuk von Ringseis (1785-1880, Munich), Hugo Schulz (1853-1932, Greifswald) and August Bier (1861-1949, Berlin). No one of the above mentioned persons owned a chair in homeopathy.

The first professor who is not primarily an academic and has no voice in faculty matters was Joseph Benedikt Buchner (1813-1879, Munich). Others were Hanns Rabe (1890-1959) and Alfons Stiegele (1871-1956). Real institutionalization with the acceptance of homeopathy as a separate subject never has been realized. The reason why may be due to the fact that the lobby of homeopathy always was pretty small. Also the people still favoured conventional medicine rather than homeopathy and, the next fact comes from within the homeopathic community, homeopathy ALWAYS was accompanied by internal quarrels of different schools.

Nowadays, private homeopathic schools exist in a remarcable number. They may follow different homeopathic philosophies related to Dr. Hahnemann, Kent or other masters in the field. Or they combine homeopathy together with different ideological, religious, psychological or alternative-medical methods. Therefore, the scope of the courses varies a lot. Even though many of such schools ensure their students to gain qualification, this qualification not necessarily is accepted by established homeopathic associations and official institutions. This fact makes it very difficult for patients to evaluate the real qualification of a therapist.

This situation is unbearable and it is very promising that activities have started to centralize the process of certification. This is the topic of the next chapter:

The valid qualifications, registration bodies…

Among the bodies offering certificates of qualification, I choose the two of which I think they have the most serious approach to the problem together with the best prospect for the future.

1. DZVhÄ – Deutscher Zentralverein homoeopathischer Ärzte (~ German Central Association of Homeopathic Physicians):

The federal general medical council has decided, that the additional name ‘homeopathy’ only can be earned after acceptance as medical specialist. The federal general medical council intends to reduce the necessary further training from 300 hours to 100 hours only, from 6 courses to 4. The DZVhÄ still insists on 300 hours for the period of 3 years and 6 courses lasting one week each as the minimum requirement.

The course-criteria that are demanded are the following:

– complete consideration of the curriculum of the DZVhÄ

– quality control of the courses by means of written anonymous opinion poll by the members of the course.

– course leaders and lecturers have to participate at congresses for lecturers and in the further development of the curriculum of the DZVhÄ.

– qualification of the course leader of every single course: authority to give further education and regular further training.

– qualification of the lecturer: additional name/title (homeopathy) for at least 3 years, homeopathic practice (single remedies !), regular further training.

– at most 9 hours daily

– observance to follow the sequence of the courses from A to C (certificate of the former course is required prior to acceptance to the course.

– at most 30 participants / course

– admission to the courses exclusively for physicians, dentists, vets and pharmacists.

A masters degree can be achieved only after medical registration and the course will not be given at university. This special course lasts for two years. This course does not replace the further education as required by the federal general medical council.

2. SHZ – Stiftung Homoeopathie-Zertifikat (~ Homeopathy-Certificate Foundation):

This new foundation started at November 1st, 2003. The main goals of the foundation are:

– certification of homeopaths

– accreditation of homeopathic schools

– registration of lecturers

– registration of supervisors

The qualifying homeopathic education as recommended according to the curriculum of the SHZ includes at least 550 hours of lectures (45 minutes each) and 1250 hours (45 minutes each) of home-studies according to a given curriculum. The duration of the course is 3 years.

Homeopaths already practicing can apply for registration. They are asked to submit their certificates to have their suitability proven. The decision is taken by two members of the board.

The above shows that activities have started to centralize the proof of qualification of homeopaths and practicioners of homeopathy and to regulate the contents of the curriculum of a course in homeopathy. Certainly it will take a good number of years until the goal that is aimed at will be achieved. At least there is a new development going on that will reverse the divergence in homeopathic education. Hopefully, all of the schools will join the efforts that have started. Not only students in homeopathy will get benefit from this, but also their future patients – and we shall not forget – homeopathy as an accepted art of healing as well.

References:

1. Homoeopathie und Verfassungsrecht, Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Zuck, Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft

2. Das Werden der Homoeopathie, Rudolf Tischner, Sonntag Verlagsbuchhandlung

3. Kleine Geschichte der Homoeopathie, Matthias Wischner, KVC Verlag

4. Homoeopathie an deutschen Universitäten, Christian Lucae, Haug Verlag

5. Homoeopathie 1796 – 1996, Katalog zur Ausstellung im Deutschen Hygiene-Museum

6. Homepage of the DZVhÄ

7. Homepage of the SZH

About the author

Siegfried Letzel

Siegfried Letzel

Siegfried Letzel - After working in ambulance service in Germany he assisted the German Red Cross in disaster relief following an earthquake in Algeria. He also worked with the League of Red Cross Societies in Geneva, Switzerland. He was sent to Darfur in Sudan to give support to refugees in emergency camps. Subsequently he studied biology in the Philippines and later became qualified as a natural health professional, specializing in TCM and homeopathy. For the last couple years he has been studying historical papers and the works of early homeopaths in search for the original and true homeopathy.

50 Comments

  • Dear Siegfried,
    Thanks for posting such valuable information. However, I would like to know more about how to apply for Homeopathic education in Germany.

    Best regards,
    Prasanna

    • Thanks for posting valuable information about Homoeopathy, I m a homoeopathic Doctor i have qualified four years study in pakistan & regestered by National Council of Homoeopathy, I have long experience of clenical prectice, & Now I want further study by to complete master degree in homoeopathy in germany. Pl let me know the name Of institution & procedger of admission..
      thanks,
      mahmood

  • Will you please give me the information about the criteria of getting admission in your institute.for the more i have a qualification of community medical assistant ,I.SC.and various allopathic hospital experience as a(cardiaC) cath -lab techanician,O.T. technician,in the cardiology non-invasive,invasive ,semi-invasive techanician.(ECG,ECHO,TMT,PFT,CABG,PTCA. i want admision in BHMS coure

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    Yours sincerely,
    Ranju.

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    Yours sincerely,
    imam

  • Dear sir/
    I am glad to see the useful information about homoeopathy . I am a homoeopathic doctor ( DHMS BHMS-1) Now I would like to study in Germany, so what is the process for visa and also immigration to Germany please .
    best regard DR Bais khan.

  • I m a homoeopathic Doctor i have qualified four years study in Pakistan & regestered by National Council of Homoeopathy. Now I want further study to complete master degree in homoeopathy in germany. Pl let me know the name Of institution & procedure of admission at Germany for Pakistanis.

  • R/sir,
    I am Baidar Bakht from pakistan, I am a qualified homoeopath and i have DHMS diploma,i also have 12 years experience in homoeopathy system of treatment,now i wish to apply for specialisation in Germany. Kindly sir tell me the processs of visa for this purpose.
    thanks.

  • respected sir,
    I am Dr. Nidhi Digwa from delhi, India. I am a homoeopathic graduate from delhi university.
    I want to continue with my education in field of homoeopathy from Germany. Kindly guide me through same as soon as possible. I have an experience of 2 yrs of practise now.
    thanking you.

    • M also a graduate from Delhi .. Want to do post graduation in Germany..Kindly help me too if you have some knowledge regarding it

    • Reapected mam,
      I m Dr.pratik ,I would like to know about post graduation in Germany in homeopathy.is ths any alternative course that helps to practice in Germany..thank for help.

  • A good informative article. It is sad that there is no central organised system in Germany a country from where this wonderful system originated. Why teaching of Homeopathy could not enter the main stream education system is puzzling. Is it politics or something lacking in Homeopathy it self.

  • R/sir,
    I’m Dr.Erum Khalid from Pakistan. I’ve qualified DHMS diploma at 2011. Now i wanna continue with my education in field of homoeopathy from Germany. I’ve an experience of 1 yr practice now, Kindly guide me through same as soon as possible.

  • I am dr arsalan shimwari from pakistan.I am qualified homoeopathic and I have DHMS diploma.I also have 8 years experience in homoeopathy system of treatment now I wish specializations in gar many.hope u would reply me with good information.with best regard dr arsalan shinwari

  • Thanks for posting valuable information about Homoeopathy, I m a homoeopathic Doctor i have qualified four years study in pakistan & regestered by National Council of Homoeopathy, I have long experience of clenical prectice, & Now I want further study by to complete master degree in homoeopathy in germany. Pl let me know the name Of institution & procedger of admission.. now i am in italy and diploma in laboratory assistant plus Fsc

  • I tell you all of you who wnat to study in Germany. First you learn Germen language. And in Germany if you want high Education in homoeopathy.

  • iam complete my BHMS IN INDIA INTERESTED TO HIGHER MEANA MASTER DEGREE IN HOMOEOPATHY IN GERMANY WHATIS THE PROCEDURE &FACILITIES INGERMANY REGULAR OR IN DISTACE EDUCATION SYSTEM PLEASE INFORM.

    • hello…i am Nazrul islam from Bangladesh. i am studing BHMS course(5th year) in Bangladesh homeopathic medical college & hospital, Dhaka

  • hello sir, I have a BHMS degree from INDIA .And now I am in Germany. i just want to know what is the scope for me in Germany.

  • Dear Mr.Siegfried Letzel

    Hi. Thank you for your informative article on systematic courses of Classical Homeopathy in Germany. I wish you complete health, wealth and success besides a long life longer than 80+40.

    Warm Regards,

    Dr.Seyedaghanoor Sadeghi M.D.&Professional Homeopath

  • Dear Homeopaths,

    I haven’t been around this essay for a long time. If I had known that there are questions being posted regarding studying and practicing in Germany, then I’d returned earlier.

    If you want to practice homeopathy in Germany, then the first step I would take is to visit the German embassy of your country. Qualifications are so different in many countries and so there will not be a general procedure.

    So, instead of having me to give an improper advice, would you kindly take the effort to visit and learn from the officers in the German embassies how to get your qualifications acknowledged. And yes, Dr. Ayaz was right: you will need to learn the language.

    Wishing you all the best for your future ventures,

    sincerely yours,

    Siegfried Letzel

    • Thanks for reply sir glad to see u yes most of doctors wants to go Germany for higher education in this field Thanx …..

    • Very true sir but want to study in Germany I am DHMS doctor practicing last 5years my own clinic I want further study in this field kindly tell me about rule and regulation about Germany I am from Pakistan regards to u and every one thanks a lot ….

  • i am homeopaty doctor and i passed the diploma 2013.Than i want B H M S in admission in germany please help me or coll me

  • I am currently practising homeopathy in Ghana in a homoeopathic clinic. I’ll need further education and assistance / partnership to be able to carry out the work more efficiently.
    Thank you

  • Hi sir,
    I am a 1st year student.I like to do my MD in Germany.what is the duration of the course,Advantages in it&What should be my role from now to join their……
    . Thank you
    . Have a nice day

  • Respected Sir/Madam,
    i want to go to abroad for my further study in BHMS in Homeopathy because i have DHMS passed already .please send me all requirment annual fee and Bank statement etc.as early as possible .

    Best Regard
    MUHAMMAD IJAZ

    • Mr. Ijaz,
      BHMS is the graduate level degree course in homeopathy offered in India. Germany does not offer BHMS courses. In Germany, most homeopaths are first trained in conventional medicine, then they undergo post-graduate training in homeopathy. I believe rules for practice in Germany are rather strict.
      Since you have done your diploma – DHMS, you can inquire with homeopathic colleges in India about bridge courses, that might enable you to get a BHMS degree after further study of a few years.
      Good luck.

  • i have done the degree B.H.M.S. (Bachelor of homeopathic medicine sciences ) from Pakistan university. I want to further study. Kindly guide me. Thanks

  • Dear sir
    with great respect i hove don DHMS & BHMS . Now i am want to furthor study in germay for mastur in homeopathic what is the procedur. Plz tell me son with best regard.

  • Dear sir/
    I am glad to see the useful information about homoeopathy . I Have Diploma In homoeopathic Pharmacy ( D.H.P) Now I would like to study in Germany, so what is the process for visa and also immigration to Germany please Reply Me ASAP.
    THANKS & Best Regard
    Sharanjeet Singh

  • I m a homoeopathic Doctor i have qualified four years study in Pakistan & regestered by National Council of Homoeopathy. Now I want further study to complete master degree in homoeopathy in germany. Pl let me know the name Of institution & procedure of admission at Germany for Pakistanis.

  • sir, I am currently in standard 12th. I wish to study homeopathy in Germany. could you please help me with its procedure. I dint really get the article well!

  • My name is Alanna Maharaj and I am 19 years old. I am from South Africa. I am interested in studying Homeopathy at this institute. Please could you forward me information on fees and other relevant information I may need to know.

  • Dear sir/
    I am glad to see the useful information about homoeopathy . I am a homoeopathic doctor ( DHMS 4 years) Now I would like to study in Germany, so what is the process for visa and also immigration to Germany please .
    best regard DR ZAINAB SUMBAL from PAKISTAN.

  • Seigfried Letzel
    Thank alot for your precious information
    i need German homeopathic DHMS and BHMS course outline plz

  • I am homoeopathic physician, i finish b.h.m.s in india in state of tamilnadu, i registered in tamilnadu homoeopathy medical council. Can i practice or work in germany. Please kindly guide me.

  • NYC too see this use full articles thanks a lot air yeah I too wana more study in Germany I am DHMS homeopathic physician practiceing last 5year kindy tell me about homeopathic study in Germany I will b thankful to u sir form Pakistan ???

  • I am doctor Robi(BHMS) from bangladesh.i wanted post grasuate degree in germany..plz tell me,what’s the procedure??

  • Hi.. I complete my 4 year study in Homeopathy from National council of Homeopathy.
    I want to complete my futher studies in Germany ..kindly guide me about procedure.
    How can I apply and what is your requirements.please inform me.
    Thank you..from Pakistan

  • I’m doctor ANISUR RAHMAN (DHMS) How can I do a homeopathic high diploma course in Germany? Please help!…

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