About Homeopathy

Dr Cornelia Botha and Dr Tanith Davidson are registered homeopaths practicing in Johannesburg, South Africa and have compiled the below article. To make an appointment with either Dr Cornelia Botha or Dr Tanith Davidson please contact their receptionist by visiting our contact page.


Homeopathy is a form of treatment that originated in 1796 in Germany, but is practiced in virtually every country around the world. It may be employed in the management of virtually any illness (acute or chronic), whether as a primary or supportive treatment. Homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the body's self-regulatory and recovery mechanisms. The appeal of homeopathic treatment is that it is gentle and safe enough to use even in infancy and pregnancy, while still being effective.

The education a homeopath receives varies greatly from country to country. In most countries homeopaths are trained lay people. However, in South Africa homeopaths complete 5 - 8 years of fulltime clinical training comparable to that of medical general practitioners, culminating in a master's degree. South African homeopaths that complete this degree are given the title “doctor” by the South African Department of Health, since their medical training equips them to be primary health care practitioners.

This is why most medical aids recognize homeopaths. This varies, depending on the medical aid company and the scheme you’re on with that company. In most cases you will have to pay your homeopath directly and then submit a claim to your medical aid. We recommend you contact your medical aid directly to find out whether they cover visits to a registered homeopath.

During their formal training South African homeopaths also learn medical diagnostics, including the ordering and interpretation of blood tests. Furthermore, South African homeopaths receive the same training in pharmaceutical drugs as medical doctors do, but they prescribe homeopathic remedies instead and, in some cases, various herbs and nutraceuticals.

Despite the common training that South African homeopaths share, some choose not to include medical diagnostics in their practice once they are qualified. Some homeopaths also choose to dispense only homeopathic remedies and no adjunctive treatments such as herbs and nutraceuticals.

When seeking out a homeopath to assist you with your health concerns, first check that he or she is properly qualified and registered in South Africa. Homeopaths that received their training and qualifications in other countries have to pursue the South African level of education and register with the AHPCSA before they may legally treat patients. You can check whether your homeopath is adequately trained and registered by contacting the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa on 012 329-4001 or registrar@ahpcsa.co.za. Anyone that practices as a homeopath without the required training and registration does so illegally and can be prosecuted.

It is also good for you to get an idea of how your homeopath practices and to check whether his or her approach meets your requirement. Some people seek out classical homeopaths that restrict their prescribing only to homeopathic remedies, while others prefer working with clinical homeopaths that utilize various diagnostic techniques and complimentary treatments as necessary. For more information on such an approach click here.


To make an appointment with either Dr Cornelia Botha or Dr Tanith Davidson please contact their receptionist by visiting our contact page.