The international homeopathic medical society
Liga Medicorum Homoeopathica Internationalis (LMHI)
The international homeopathic medical society Liga Medicorum Homoeopathica Internationalis (LMHI), established in Rotterdam in 1925, represents homeopathic physicians in more than 70 countries all over the world. The purposes of the association are the development and securing of homeopathy worldwide and the creation of a link among licensed homeopaths with medical diplomas and societies and persons who are interested in homeopathy. The LMHI is exclusively devoted to non-profit activities serving philanthropic benefits.
Latvian homeopathic association (LHA)
Latvian homeopathic association is founded in 1991 by Dr.Benita Limba and successfully works more than two decades. The purpose of the association is to raise qualification standards among homeopaths, to provide certifications and re-certification process and monitor the performance of professional duty. LHA is a member of European Committee for Homeopathy (ECH) thus having an important role not only in managing the professional life of homeopaths in Latvia, but also worldwide. LHA is giving a significant contribution by presenting and popularizing homeopathic practice in medical environment.
The International Academy of Classical Homeopathy (IACH)
IACH is an educational institution which annually presents academic Courses in homeopathy for the effective clinical practice of Classical Homeopathy.
The aim of the IACH is the professional education of Medical Doctors, Medical students and health practitioners in order to become effective Classical Homeopaths, according to the principles of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann.
The IACH was established in 1995 by the world-acclaimed classical homeopath Professor George Vithoulkas, and is located on the Marine Park island of Alonissos in the Northern Aegean Sea.
The IACH is committed exclusively to the academic teaching of homeopathic medicine where Prof. George Vithoulkas not only instructs from his vast medical experience spanning over half a century, but teaches from his current ground-breaking paradigm, as described in his book “The Science of Homeopathy”, a classic book of Homeopathy and in his recent book “Levels of Health”.
Every year, during the summer months, groups of doctors and other medical and academic professionals from around the world gather to be trained at the IACH. They come from all over the world, e.g. Germany, Russia, U.S.A, Romania, India, Italy, Sweden, Norway, United Kingdom, Greece, Peru, Canada, Austria, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Croatia, etc.
Over fifteen thousand medical doctors (15,000) and other professional medical practitioners from over sixty-two (62) countries have been trained by the IACH, and their numbers are growing annually.
The IACH Courses in Alonissos provide detailed information to help doctors determine each patient’s state of health, as well as facilitate their ability to effectively treat such cases.
European Committee for Homeopathy (ECH)
The ECH represents all medical doctors specialized in homeopathy, organized in 40 associations in 25 European countries. It is aimed at
promoting the scientific development of homeopathy;
ensuring high standards in the education, training and practice of homeopathy by medical doctors;
harmonizing professional standards in homeopathic practice across Europe;
providing high-quality homeopathic care in a medical context;
integrating high-quality homeopathy into European healthcare.
The ECH has several subcommittees involving delegates from affiliated associations and teaching centres as well as other professionals such as researchers, documentalists and pharmacists whose expert input helps to enhance the scientific basis of homeopathy.
The ECH is directed by the Council that is elected by the General Assembly for four years. The officers are elected from the Council members also for a period of four years.
In 1998 the Latvian Medical Association – Latvijas Ārstu biedrība – recognized homeopathy as an additional medical specialty, which means that a homeopathic doctor also has to have a certificate of a medical specialty (general medicine, pediatrics, etc.). The national homeopathic doctors’ association issues diplomas recognized by the Latvia Medical Association.
Medical doctors providing CAM treatments, including homeopathy, are supervised by a commission of experts representing the Medical Society of the Republic of Latvia and the professional medical associations. The Administrative Codex prohibits non-medically qualified practitioners from practicing medicine of any kind.
Directive 2001/83/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Community code relating to medicinal products for human use, which includes homeopathic medicinal products, was transposed into national law and implemented in the Farmācijas likums (Pharmaceutical Law) of 10 April 1997 and the Ministru kabineta noteikumi Nr.376, Zāļu reģistrēšanas kārtība (Cabinet Regulation No. 376, Drug Registration Procedures), adopted on 9 May 2006.