Homeopathy: Essentials


This webinar summarizes the essentials on homeopathy, starting with its definition. This includes the theoretical and practical explanation of the main law “similia similibus curentur”. This law is put in its historical context.

Provings collect information, which is then made available through Materia Medica and repertories, whose structure and goal are explained. Differentiating characteristic symptoms from common symptoms and from details is essential in the homeopathic approach. The history and rationale of potencies will be explained.

The practice of homeopathy is focusing on optimal communication with the patient. An overview of the major research in homeopathy, including three papers on homeopathic potency is presented.

Often, homeopathy is confounded with other CAM approaches. Explaining the differences with the doctrine of signatures, phytotherapy and diet increases the understanding of homeopathy.

Your ideal introduction to homeopathy!

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what is homeopathy.
  • Understand the law “similia similibus curentur” and its application.
  • Know the historic predecessors of the main law.
  • Understand the key role of provings.
  • Understand the typical books, i.e. Materia Medica and Repertory.
  • Understand the difference between characteristic and common symptoms.
  • Understand the difference between characteristic and details.
  • Understand the reason of using homeopathic potencies .
  • Understand the difference between potencies and mere dilutions.
  • Be introduced to the research concepts on homeopathy.
  • Be able to critically review three papers on homeopathic potency.
  • Differentiate homeopathy from other CAM approaches.

Course Content

  • Homeopathy: Essentials 1h 00min


Dr. Frederik Schroyens, MD, is a 1977 medical graduate of the State University of Gent (Belgium) and a 1978 graduate of the one-year Homeopathic Training Course at the Faculty for Homeopathy in London (FFHom). He is practicing homeopathy since 1978.

In 1981 Dr. Schroyens has been the constitutive President of VSU, the first Flemish homeopathic school in Belgium. VSU has given a one-year introductory training on homeopathy to more than 1.250 students and fully trained over 200 homeopaths. The homeopathic education is build up over a five-year program. He has also founded the Masi-workshops in Belgium and Holland.

He was one of the first Radar-users in 1986 and became so enthusiastic about the increasing possibilities Computer Science is offering to Homeopathy, that, because of his dedication to the program, he has become the Scientific Co-ordinator of the Radar related project soon afterwards.

In 1987 he was appointed as the main link between George Vithoulkas and the programming team of the University of Namur (Belgium) during the development of the Vithoulkas Expert System. He has been accompanying George Vithoulkas on his seminars from 1988 to 1995 as well as assisting him during most of his consultations during that time.

He published an introduction to homeopathy in 1984 in Dutch, which has been translated into French and Portuguese. In 1993 he edited a printed version of "Synthesis", the expanded Repertory linked to the Radar project. A computer version of Synthesis exists in ten languages. This Repertory has also been printed one to ten times in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Translations into various other languages are ongoing. From 1995 onwards several books based on Synthesis have been published in several languages, such as "1001 Small Remedies" and "Arzneimittelbilder von Gemüt und Traume".

Since 1994, Dr. Schroyens is a member of the Provings Subcommittee of the European Committee for Homeopathy.

Dr. Schroyens has been lecturing on homeopathy and on his team's work in most European countries as well as in South Africa, Asia, North and South America.

Continuing Education Approvals

  • Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA)

    0.5 CEU total (up to 0.5 CEU Category B) -Direct Approval
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    1 hour total (up to 1 hour Advanced Science) -Direct Approval
  • New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NHAND)

    1 CEU total (up to 1 CEU General) -Direct Approval
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    1 hour total (up to 1 hour General) -Direct Approval
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    0.5 CPD total (up to 0.5 CPD Category B) -Assumed Approval
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    1 CME total (up to 1 CME General) -Assumed Approval
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    1 continuing competence credit total -Assumed Approval
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  • Connecticut Department of Public Health: Naturopathic Physician Licensure (CT DPH: NPL)

    1 hour total -Assumed Approval
  • Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC)

    1 CEU total (up to 1 CEU Category 2) -Assumed Approval
  • District of Columbia Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (DC HRLA)

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  • Washington State Department of Health: Board of Naturopathy (WA DOH: BON)

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