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Happy Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year is one of my favourite holidays because it is celebrated from the evening preceding the first day to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month – that’s a long time with extravagant indulgence of yummy food and never-ending entertainment with friends and family!

Wait, this sounds confusing… so when exactly do we celebrate this holiday?  The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between January 20 to February 20.  This year, it happens to be Friday February 16, 2018.  And 2018 is the year of the Dog.  The first day of the new moon is also the first day of the Lunar New Year.  Still confused?  Don’t worry, it’s been like this for centuries so just go with it!  J

So, I thought it would be fitting to talk about the moon and how we might use it in homeopathy in this weeks blog.

If you have been to a Homeopath, you may recall having been asked if you notice any changes of your symptoms in relation to the moon.  That’s because there are some remedies that are particularly affected by phases of the moon.

Let’s take a look at some remedies that may be indicated for individuals whose symptoms are aggravate around the time of the full moon.

Silica is a wonderful remedy for those who “lack grit.”  There may be frequent colds and infections, issues with nails, skin issues that are slow to heal, keloids.  They are usually very smart, but very shy, timid, and lack self-confidence.  It is a wonderful remedy for those with worms or parasites.

Cina is another great remedy for worms.  Those needing cina are very sensitive, easily offended, they may grit their teeth during sleep, dislike light, wet the bed and may bore their finger in their noses.  There is great hunger, and restlessness at night.  They sleep on their hands and knees.

Argentum Nitricum is a great remedy for those with anxiety, nervousness and strange thoughts.  They have performance anxiety, anxiety in crowded rooms, anxiety about time and space and always fearing about being late, and a fear of heights – to name a few.  They have a desire for sugar, but are always made worse by it.  It is a remedy when emotional and gastrointestinal/digestive symptoms dominate the person.   They are very warm people and get overheated easily and much better in cool environments.

Let’s take a look at some remedies that may be indicated for individuals whose symptoms are aggravate around the time of the new moon.

Arsencum Album are for those who are very restless and anxious.  They are chilly and tend to have burning pains that are relieved by heat.  They have many fears, such as death and being left alone.  They are thirsty for cold water in sips and tend to be restless sleepers and wake usually around midnight.

Nux Vomica individuals are very irritable and intolerant.  They are fussy and demanding and very ambitious.  They are hypersensitive individuals.  They major complaints are usually related to the GI or digestive system.  They have sour burping, bloating after eating, nausea.  It is actually a great remedy for overeating, and indulgence of stimulating substances.  They are also chilly people and dislike drafts.

Carcinosin is an interesting remedy and a remedy for those who are perfectionist or very refined and reserved individuals.  They desire music and dancing and traveling. Their symptoms are often changing.  It is a good remedy for arrested development, tendency for emaciation, and inflammations.  You may see a family history of cancer.  It is also a good intercurrent remedy.

And there are some remedies that equally affected during the full and new moon such as Sulphur, Phosphorus and Pulsatilla.

Here are just a handful of remedies and very brief descriptions.  Remember that there are hundreds of remedies affected by the moon and a Homeopath must look at the totality of symptoms before making a prescription.

How will you be celebrating Chinese New Year?

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CHO Response to National Post Article

Good morning and happy Friday.  I am happy to see a quick and elegant reply from the College of Homeopaths of Ontario to a recent National Post Article painting Homeopathy in an unfair light.


A Message from the Registrar

You may have seen this article in today’s edition of the National Post.

The College has sent the following Letter to the Editor in response:

Re: A ‘pseudo-science’: Outrage after Ontario government funds college program in homeopathy

In quoting only critics of homeopathy, the Post fails to recognize that millions of people around the world depend on it as a primary (or even exclusive) means of dealing with health concerns. Millions of people – including significant numbers in Ontario – have made informed choices about what works for them.

With patient choice as a key tenet of current health-care strategy at virtually all levels of government, it is imperative to have a framework in place to ensure that patients who choose to consult a homeopath have the same protections and assurances as patients who choose any other regulated health-care provider. It was with this in mind that homeopathy was added to the list of professions worthy of regulation more than ten years ago, culminating in the proclamation of theHomeopathy Act, 2007 in 2015.

With the same public-protection mandate as the other 25 regulatory colleges in the province, the College of Homeopaths of Ontario is charged with ensuring that care is provided safely and ethically in the public interest. The fact that thousands of people choose homeopathy despite having fully funded alternatives available is testament to its value. Adding educational opportunities will ensure that patient choice, access to effective health care, and robust regulation of qualified professionals will continue to benefit Ontarians now and in the future.

College of Homeopaths of Ontario

Basil Ziv | Registrar and CEO