American Institute of Homeopathy

Standards of Practice

AIH Standards of Homeotherapeutic Practice


The decision to employ Homeotherapeutics and its effectiveness in a given case are governed by detailed knowledge of the individual patient in accordance with the Law or Principle of Similars, and with careful observance of the following specific procedures:

1. Careful individualization of the total symptom complex of the patient must be obtained by a detailed history.

2. Employment of diagnostic procedures, supported by laboratory studies, when appropriate.

3. Prognosis as to probability and degree of recovery to be anticipated from treatment.

4. Evaluation of the sensitivity of the body of this patient to medical treatment and the probable reaction and response of this patient to administration of drugs by the homeotherapeutic method, in particular.

5. Detailed knowledge of the pathogenesis (symptom picture) of a significant number of drugs listed in the homeopathic materia medica and compendium is essential.

6. Careful and accurate matching of drug pathogenesis to the symptom picture presented by the patient.

7. Administration of a single drug, when possible, in the minimum dose required to evoke the desired response in the patient.

8. The physician must remember that he is treating a patient who has some disorder; he is not prescribing for a disease entity.

The Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States is a standard reference text detailing the sources, composition, and preparation of the homeopathic drugs which are prescribed on the basis of the Law of Similars.

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