Homeopathy in Colombia

Homeopathy in Colombia

Homeopathy was introduced to Colombia in 1837. The Instituto Homeopatico de Colombia was established in 1865. There were 107 doctors listed in 1931. The Instituto still exists, although it has no regulatory powers. It is now a school for homeopaths, all of them coming from allopathic practice.

In Bogotá, there are some 90 homeopaths listed in the yellow pages. Although regulations say that only MDs can treat patients with homeopathy, many non-MDs are practicing homeopathy and they are tolerated. There is an organization for homeopaths in Santa Fe de Bogotá, the Asociacion Medica Homeopatica de Colombia (ASMHOC).

There are two "official" schools, which only accept MDs: Escuela de Medicina Juan N. Corpas and Instituto Homeopatico Luis G. Paez. There are others that teach homeopathy as a career (with no government recognition) or as a postgraduate medical course: Fundacion Homeopatica de Colombia, Fundacion Colegio Nacional de Medicina Homeopatica y Naturismo and a few more in Cali city. There are some 30 homeopathic pharmacies in Bogotá, 10 in Medellin.