The introduction and spread of homoeopathy since 1996 has been called a miracle, as it has been so rapid. The accomplishments of Torako Yui, as a pioneer, are viewed with awe. She had been practicing homoeopathy in London (1966), when she was asked to give a lecture on homoeopathy in Japan
In 1998, Yui established the Japanese Homoeopathic Medical Association (JPHMA) in Japan, where homeopathy as a profession was unknown then, and who’s main purposes were to diffuse and develop homoeopathic medicine correctly, to form homoeopathic medical educational foundations as an academic body and to register, certify and advise homoeopaths as a professional body. JPHMA was literally the first organization for professional homeopaths in Japan.
The activities of JPHMA include administering registration exams, education, trainings and professional insurance for homoeopaths, organizing annual academic conferences, publishing quarterly academic homoeopathy journals for its members, integrating and registering counseling clinics called homoeopathic centres, educational organizations for homoeopaths and a membership club called Homoeopathy Toranokokai for those working to diffuse homoeopathy, organizing seminars and charity functions, and presenting at events.
JPHMA is an association open to every professional homoeopath across methodological or dogmatic boundaries. It is highly recommended for every homoeopath, either classical or practical, to be qualified as JPHMA certified homoeopath to practice in Japan.
Activities of JPHMA
Annual JPHMA Congress
Approval of educational organizations
Establishing indemnity insurance for professional homoeopaths
Certifying examination to register as professional homoeopaths
Educational activities for improving professional homoeopaths skill
Nihon homoeopathy center
There are more than 3000 JPHMA registered homoeopaths, who are active in all parts of Japan.
JPHMA is registered as a member of the International Council for Homeopathy (ICH)
In July 2006, JPHMA has joined ICH, which is international version of the European Council for Classical Homoeopathy (ECCH), which is the largest homoeopathic organization, consisting of 27 organisations from 23 countries.
Japanese Homoeopathic Medical Association
Nihon Homoeopathy Centre Tokyo H.Q. building, 2-1-4 Hatsudai, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151 0061
Homoeopaths and patients who practiced homoeopathic treatment were covered by insurance from the summer of 2005, which allowed JPHMA to be admitted in ICH. The registration system of homoeopaths was altered from UK’s HMA to JPHMA’s own one in 2006.
Since the first ten JPHMA homoeopaths were registered by HMA (with interpreters assistance, at the British Embassy in Japan in 2000), the number of JPHMA registered homoeopaths has risen to two hundreds ninety by 2007 and they will be expected to exceed four hundreds in 2008.
How to register
The nature of JPHMA is very open, and we accept anyone who passed the JPHMA exam as JPHMA registered homoeopaths to practice medicine in Japan, no matter whether they had learned classical or practical homoeopathy.
The graduates of other homeopathic schools including overseas, and those who belonged to other homeopathic associations overseas can also be registered as members upon passing the JPHMA exam.
There are actually cases of students who did not graduate RAH, which is a JPHMA recognized college, who passed JPHMA exam and are practicing as JPHMA registered homeopaths.
JPHMA supports the idea that “after learning homoeopathy for a considerable period, graduates from recognized homeopathic schools are entitled to take strict exams, pass and be registered by authoritative and traditional organizations, if they have enough knowledge, skills and abilities as professional homeopaths”. Its policy is that a professional registered homoeopath should not necessarily have to be a doctor or a practitioners of conventional medicine to practice homeopathic treatment, as long as they were trained, tested and passed a exam by a authoritative and traditional organization.
In January 2000, the Japanese Physicians Society for Homeopathy (JPSH) was founded with a policy different from that of JPHMA. They left eligibility of homoeopaths only to qualified doctors of conventional medicine. JPSH was established by a conventional medical doctor, Ryoichi Obitsu, and led by medical doctors, dentists and vets. Their attitude differs from JPHMA in terms of the eligibility of professional homoeopaths who are not qualified as conventional medical doctors.
Although JPHMA and JPSH are different in their policies about the eligibility of homoeopaths, they are not opposed to each other.
Over one hundred homoeopathic books have been released in Japanese from various publishers making it easier for the Japanese to learn homeopathy
The first Japanese homoeopathy college, the Japan Royal Academy of Homoeopathy (RAH) was established by Torako Yui in April 1997. The college aims at providing the highest standards of training. RAH has gained a high reputation as an innovative and pragmatic school, which included overseas lecturers. The academic international exchange was deepened by Yui’s presentation at the 2003 congress of the Homoeopathic Medical Association (HMA) in UK and the international conference in Dubai in 2007 on iatrogenic diseases.
International School of Homeopathy. Japan
Drawing on the innovative educational approach of the International School of Homeopathy, London, the two programs – one for undergraduates and the other for post-graduates – are designed to create practitioners who are both comfortably grounded in classical homeopathic theory and practice and also fully up-to-date with the most recent developments in homeopathy. We concentrate especially on the work of Massimo Mangialavori and the Bombay School, as well as recent breakthroughs in practitioner development, which, over the last ten years or so, have radically changed the way that homeopathy is practised.
In training its students and supporting them when they are in practice, ISHJ recognises that an entirely new approach to teaching is required. This is what lies at the heart of the School’s outlook, making it quite different from other colleges. The training that we provide is, we believe, the most complete and the most exciting available anywhere today.
Nick Churchill MA(Oxon), RSHom is the Principal of the International School of Homeopathy, Japan, as well as its parent institution, the International School of Homeopathy London. Jane Wood BA, RSHom is Director of Studies and Head of Practitioner Development. They are assisted by a team of tutors chosen for their expertise in key areas of the course.
History of Homeopathy in Japan
Hahnemann Academy of Homeopathy
Japanese Homeopathy Medical Association
Hpathy E journal
International School of Homeopathy. Japan
Royal Academy of Homeopathy. Japan
Alliance of Registered Homeopaths, Millbrook