This work deals
with the physical necessities of opening a homeopathic clinic/office
A broad idea about the things required, architectural and 'vaastu'
considerations and interior designing is given here. The individual
requirements may vary according to the kind, size, and location
of your practice. The sections below try to cover the basics to
The Size & Space :
The first requirement is that of
an office space. A homeopathic practice can be started in a very
small space. Some of the most beautiful offices I have seen, have
been among the smallest that I have seen. You can start your clinic
in as small a space as 90 sq. feet! More is more better!! If you
do not have separate rooms for dispensing and waiting then you
can create partitions (aluminum, glass, wood) within a room to
compartmentalize everything. This also helps to give a sense of
privacy to the patient in your office.
The Furniture :
The furniture in your office will
again depend on the space available and the money you spend. The
basic thing to remember is that the furniture should be comfortable
enough for all the patients. I will divide this section in three
The Physician Chamber :
1. A table and chair for the doctor/homeopath. A homeopath needs
to sit for quite a long time so the chair should be comfortable
with proper back-support and preferably reclining so that you
can lean back at times!
2. A patient stool
3. Couple of chairs for the patient attendants
4. A bookshelf
5. An examination table (if you have enough space and qualification)
The Dispensing Room/Pharmacy
You will need this section only if
you store and dispense homeopathic medicines from your own clinic.
If you write prescriptions to be taken from a homeopathic pharmacist,
then you can skip this one.
The basic requirement in this section
is of wooden or metal racks to store medicines. The racks need to
be specially designed (step-design) to use the maximum available
space as there are very large number of homeopathy medicines. There
should be separate closed racks for storing extra stocks and some
odorous medicines and mother tinctures. The medicines should be
stored in such a way that they are not exposed to direct sunlight
or excessive heat.
The Waiting Room :
The waiting room should not have much
furniture. A setti or couple of chairs or a sofa should do. The
furniture should be comfortable enough. You can also keep a center-table
and a magazine rack, if space and budget permits you.
Medical Instruments :
Even a homeopath needs some basic
medical instruments to examine the patient. The least one should
have on one's clinic are -
4. Tongue depressor
you use, will depend upon the type of patients you see (or are allowed
to see) and the qualification you have.
In addition, if you can afford a computer,
then you must have one on your clinic. There are specialized Homeopathy
software available in the market which make the task of patient management,
repertorisation and case-analysis very easy. You can have access to
large number of Homeopathy books at your fingertips if you use any
major Homeopathy software or encyclopedia.
Color Scheme :
The colors should be preferably kept
light. My favourite are white, cream, pale-yellow, pale shades of
lemon, and sky-blue. Dark colors like red, brown, black, dark blue
and dark green should be avoided as they are usually not considered
soothing. Dark colors are also known to aggravate various moods and
emotions. Moreover, when you use light shades, the space appears more
'open' and 'bigger'.
Whatever may be the color of your walls,
try to keep the ceiling white. It is necessary for good and uniform
illumination of your office. The curtains, furniture and other interiors
should match with the walls. They should 'blend-in' and not 'standout'.
Try to have a fresh and lively feeling
to your interiors. Do not use dim lights or colored lights. You can
keep some plants, an aquarium or even a small fountain to make the
interiors soothing. What you use will depend upon your space and budget.
Whatever may be your space or budget, try to keep things and designs
simple. Design your office keeping your patients in mind. The patient
should feel relaxed when he/she comes to your office.
Architectural Considerations :
Although most office space in big cities
is designed by architects these days, while looking for an office
space you should keep the following points in your mind -
- The ceiling height should be at least 10 feet.
- Whenever possible, chose an office space with
proper ventilation and lighting. If possible, your clinic should
have at least one window to help the sunlight and fresh air in.
- If your office is not on the ground floor then
it should be easily accessible to everyone including disabled
Vaastu Considerations :
'Vaastu' is an old Indian architectural
science which helps to create 'positive energy' in your building/home/office
by following certain principles. Vaastu itself is a very big science
and it is not possible to go into detail discussions here. I will
try to list some key features that can make your work place more auspicious,
healthy and full of positive energy as per the Vaastu principles.
- A square or rectangular office should be preferred.
Offices with round walls, rhomboids, and irregular shapes should
- Offices facing towards East or North are considered
- According to vaastu principles, the physician
should sit in the southwest corner, preferably facing east or
- The patient should sit either facing South or
- The medicines should be stored/dispensed in the
- The electricity switches should ideally be in
the Southeast corner.
- If you are religious enough to keep any symbol
of your religious faith in your office, then it should be kept
in the Northeast corner.
All these suggestions
are based on the vaastu principles. They may help you to bring positive
energies and good luck to your business. But at the end, your own
commitment and passion for Homeopathy and your own positive energies
are going to count the most!
What Not to Keep on Your Clinic :
If you store and dispense medicines
from your clinic then there are certain things that you should avoid
keeping in your clinic like
- any strongly odorous substance like perfumes,
- camphor and other volatile substances.
- any radioactive object (!)
The Final Words :
When you have fixed the space for your
clinic, then before you start furnishing, create a paper-design first.
Try to make the maximum use of the available space. If your space
allows you to follow the Vaastu concepts, you can use them. You can
keep the above points in mind and spice it with your own aesthetic
sense to create your own homeopathic universe! Good Luck!
Lecturer, Homeopathy Philosophy & Organon of Medicine
Swasthya Kalyan Homeopathy Medical College,
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