“The North American Society of Homeopaths (NASH) is dedicated to promoting, representing, and serving as the voice of all PROFESSIONAL homeopaths in North America. NASH aims to develop and uphold the highest level of excellence in homeopathic practice while enhancing the role of the homeopathic profession as an integral part of health care delivery.”
NASH was originally founded in 1990. Its mission was to set standards of competency and to create a registry of individuals highly trained in the practice of classical homeopathy in order to inform and protect consumers.
Since 2001, NASH has worked in close communication with organizations that set and maintain standards of practice for classical homeopathy Those whose criteria meet or exceed the NASH Bylaws are recognized as one method of becoming a NASH Registered Member. NASH aims to uphold the highest standards of excellence in homeopathic practice and as such has our own Registration process which allows one to become a NASH Registered Member.
An important element of NASH’s mission is to promote and represent professional homeopaths and to enhance the role of the homeopathic profession as an integral part of health care delivery in North America.
NASH’s goal is to further expand a cohesive organization that provides its members:
- Professional unity and strength.
- A strong voice among other health care modalities.
- A powerful presence in society at all levels – social, health, political and legal.
As the leading organization representing all professional homeopaths in North America, NASH is committed to supporting its members in meeting the challenges of professional homeopathic practice.
NASH’s Position on the following topic:
Is the Art of Homeopathy being Lost in the Striving for Standardization?
NASH is dedicated to peer review and case submissions as the essential elements in the vetting of a knowledgeable and competent homeopath. This reflects our recognition that homeopathy is not just a scientific method attainable by any that can read and memorize. Homeopathy is a pure discipline which stands on its own with unique principles and techniques.
NASH was originally founded and is primarily dedicated to the professional homeopath who generally has no prior allopathic medical training; it is at this point of educational development that an individual possesses a mind that is most open to homeopathic thinking. The growing reputation of homeopathy as a true healing art is founded on the consistent healing work of dedicated lay people, hereafter called professional homeopaths.
The success of any homeopath depends on his/her ability to build rapport with clients, find a curative remedy, interpret reactions to that remedy and make changes in potency and/or remedy in a logical, well thought-out manner, according to homeopathic principles. Credentials alone do not make a true practitioner of the homeopathic art of healing. Those most skilled in healing with this art in North America are rarely medically licensed or regulated by any government body alleviating the need to rid themselves of the inherent prejudices formed in the allopathic method of medical training. Rather, their minds are more malleable to the unique perception needed to practice homeopathy; to listen not only with their ears and eyes, but also with their hearts – finding simillimums by careful observation including use of their intuitions, imaginations, and intellects.
In this spirit NASH wishes to grow our profession and participate in acknowledging minimum competencies to be reached before one calls him or herself a homeopathic practitioner and charges for his/her services. NASH believes the standards needing to be taught to achieve these competencies should reflect the reality of our schools as they are, not as we wish them to be. A basic outline of material expected to be addressed in homeopathic education needs to be available to schools in order for them to incorporate these materials in ways they see fit. We believe that there are a variety of philosophies and teaching styles and that each has its own merits. If one can study to understand the basic homeopathic principles, take a case, analyze the case and give a remedy, follow the case and explain one’s logical reasoning to another homeopath, NASH feels inclusion in our professional body is appropriate. We support an objective written measure to show proficiency in knowledge of our philosophy, various methods of dosage, approaches to remedy selection, use of reference materials and familiarity with NASH history.
The highest goal in homeopathy is freedom for the client. This cannot be fully attained without freedom for ourselves as practitioners. We cannot lose sight of this without putting our art in jeopardy.
Legitimize homeopathy as a profession through a strong political voice.
- Support state homeopathic associations
- Support state legislative bills promoting health freedom
Gain acceptance of homeopathy in the health care system.
- Educate the general public about homeopathy and Registered homeopaths
- Establish interactive relationships with universities and health organizations
Establish credibility of registered homeopaths as professionals who contribute to the public health care system.
- Promote NASH members by publishing their original articles
- Promote NASH members as speakers at national conferences and schools
- Provide promotional materials on homeopathy
Develop professional support programs for registered homeopaths.
- Provide access to group health care
- Maintain website archives of past newsletters and journals
- Provide interactive peer support for registered members