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?

More on remedies:

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

Homeopathic Flu Prevention

I am still offering the homeopathic flu prevention for this season.   The homeopathic flu prevention is a homeopathic preparation of several strains of the influenza virus called influenzinum.  It is safe, gentle, non-toxic and a safe alternative.  Call and book a short appointment to discuss if this is a good option for you.  416.998.8893 or thera@theraheals.ca.

Homeopathy for Colds and Flu

Homeopathy for Colds and Flu

It’s the cold and flu season again! Learn how homeopathy can reduce your susceptibility for catching infectious illnesses and boost your immune during the winter season. Homeopathy is also effective at lessening the severity and duration of an illness.

So join me on Monday January 15th at 7 pm for a 1 hour workshop and learn simple homeopathic and nutritional strategies to avoid getting sick, and some basic homeopathic remedies to help you get past the flu season if you do feel ill.

Thera Ip, Homeopath
Please RSVP at thera@theraheals.ca or 416.998.8893 as space is limited.

Join me for an open house at Serenity, Sunday December 10 from 1-3 pm

Serenity Massage Open House

Please join us Sunday, December 10th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. for our annual open house at Serenity (1443 Kingston Road, Unit 1).  It is time for Trish, Kim, Karen and myself to thank you, so drop by and treat yourself to a glass of hot cider or mulled wine and some delicious treats.   Looking forward to ringing in the season with you.

National Women’s Show


I will be at the National Women’s Show at the Metro Convention Centre this weekend.  I will be there Friday and Sunday.  Please drop by my booth, get a special introductory offer and have your questions answered!  I’ll be selling some Homeopathy remedy kits and books as well.

Here I am sharing a booth (#308) with Karen Mitton, Registered Clinical Social Work.  Karen and I share the same office space at Serenity and she offers counselling and psychotherapy services to children, teens, and adults using a variety of techniques such as EMDR, CBT and Sand tray.  Come by and say Hi to us.

Screening of “Just One drop” November 14, 2017 in Toronto

Get your tickets for an upcoming screening of the new documentary, Just One Drop.

Just One Drop will be playing at the Regent Theatre in Toronto on Tuesday November 14, 2017 @ 8 pm.

Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with faculty CCHM members.

CCHM will be collecting donations for Homeopaths Without Borders at this time as well.




Volunteering with Homeopaths Without Borders (HWB)

I recently returned from a 1 week trip in Haiti volunteering with Homeopaths Without Borders (HWB).  The purpose of this trip was to support HWB’s Fundamentals of Homeopathy professional training course, a course in homeopathic therapeutics focusing on first aid, acute, infectious and epidemic care problems.  The first of 4 sessions, this first session included two days of classroom instruction and three days of free community clinic in the Delmas region outside of Port-au-Prince.   Thirteen medical professionals enrolled in the course.

Photo: Thera Ip, HOM, and Mysun Magloire, Translator in Delmas, June 2017

Classroom instruction included principles and philosophy of homeopathy, case-taking, methodology for prescribing, provings, administration and preparation of homeopathic medicines and materia medica of common first aid remedies.  Clinic days were long, and consisted of a steady stream of patients.  We saw patients will all sorts of acute and chronic ailments – parasites, infectious diseases, arthritis, abdominal issues, burns, cysts, tumours, skin issues, ringworm, ailments from stroke, etc.   What I didn’t expect were the number of painful hernia cases (from the combination of heavy physical labour, injury and weak connective tissue over time), and ailments since the Earthquake.

Through my translator, Mysun Maglore, I was saddened to hear them retell their stories, so vividly, of how they were affected by the Earthquake, 7 years ago, on January 12, 2010. “I lost my little boy, my husband, my family…. and now I get these debilitating headaches and rashes all over my body” one woman whispered.  “I was finishing school and went outside, everything was shaking, the buildings were crumbling, I was terrified and tried to hide, everyone was screaming, then everything was quiet, I was covered with dust and blood, and I couldn’t breathe, and now I cannot see” told by a woman who was thirteen at the time and has not gone back to school since.  We did the best we could to choose a remedy based on the etiology and chief presenting symptoms.

Photo, from left to right: Vanessa Ruiz, ND, Myson Magliore, Translator, James Alcy, Haitian Community Homeopath, Wilby Vernet, Haitian Community Homeopath, Thera Ip, HOM, and Dr. Joel, MD.

It was lovely to see each student transform by the end of the week.  They came to class reserved, and by the end of clinic, everyone was engaged and alive with enthusiasm as they began to see results.  They came with an allopathic mindset, but they quickly understood the need to individualize and focus on the details of the symptoms expressed by each patient.  They couldn’t wait to start using homeopathy in their own practice and were ripe with ideas of how to bring Homeopathy to remote outreach clinics!  

This was actually my second trip to Haiti with HWB.  My first trip was in October 2016, where we travelled to Petit-Goave and Duchity providing acute care and cholera and infectious disease prevention to communities hit hard by Hurricane Matthew.   This is where I fell in love with Haiti, the people, the culture, their way of life, and said I would return as often as I could.

Many thanks to those of you who financially supported my trip – I couldn’t have done this without you!  The next classroom and clinic sessions will be in September and November 2017.  Homeopathy and volunteering is a wonderful blend of the best of our profession and passion together.  I encourage others to offer their expertise with HWB as this was a truly unique and rewarding experience.

June 2017
Thera Ip, HOM

Additional info:

Giving a talk Tuesday December 6 @ 6pm

Hello!  I will be giving a talk at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine (CCHM) about my recent service trip to Haiti.  Please come out for a fun evening!


Lecture: Homeopathy in Haiti – Responding to Hurricane Matthew with Homeopath  Thera Ip, HOM plus CCHM Info Session!
When:  Tuesday, December 6th at 5:45 pm

6:00-6:45 – Lecture: Homeopathy in Haiti – Responding to Hurricane Matthew with Homeopath Thera Ip, www.theraheals.caIn this lecture, Homeopath and CCHM grad, Thera Ip will share with us her experience volunteering in Haiti, where she arrived just 1 week after Hurricane Matthew flattened parts of the country. Thera will discuss the use of Homeopathy as a First Response treatment to emergencies, and explain how this can translate into our own everyday lives.  She will also describe how Homeopathy was used as preventive medicine in Haiti, to offset the spread of Cholera.

6:45-8:00 – CCHM Info Session

Where: CCHM, 1881 Yonge Street, Suite 500, Toronto, just across the street from Davisville subway station

RSVP to joyce@homeopathycanada.com or call us at 416-966-2350

We look forward to seeing you!

Fundraising event for Homeopaths Without Borders (HWB)

Please share this link with your email list.  Homeopaths without Borders (HWB) has a goal of raising $150,000 to train 50 new physicians and birth attendants in 2017.


HWB Benefit Concert Banner HWB

Wendy Carries Water

Factoid: Dr. Pollock has worked with Homeopaths Without Borders in Haiti since 2013. This was her 4th time volunteering.

Lessons from Haiti

– Smile, you’re alive
– Make do with what you have
– Share generously
– Be grateful for your neighbor

I was honored to serve with a team of Haitian community homeopaths in the aftermath of hurricane Matthew. In early October Matthew de-roofed & leveled structures & trees in an enormous area with 150+ mph winds and up to 40″ rain in southwest Haiti.

You may have seen the news, the many photos, and heard that the UN is at work, but on the ground, far too little aid has reached those in dire need, yet the people have such love for their neighbors & so much resilience in the face of catastrophic losses.

Woman Child
Tree Crushed House

Those that have little feed those with less. We saw tidy clean interiors of homes with no possessions or roofs, amidst scenes that were other-worldly. The HWBteam is treating emotional & physical trauma as well as many cases of diarrhea and infectious illness from lack of clean water and shelter.

HWB T-shirt

Over 200 patients have been seen each clinic day since day 14 after the hurricane made landfall. In every location throngs of people line up in the early morning, well before the clinic begins. There has been an outstanding collaborative effort between local Haitian doctors, homeopathic communitaire and Homeopaths Without Bordersstaff & volunteers to deliver multidisciplinary care to those in need.

These disaster-related clinics are ongoing and will continue on a daily basis through mid-November. However, the real work of HWB is to continue to train Haitian medical personnel and birth attendants to respond in areas in which they live and work. This requires funding due to the economic condition of Haiti.

If you are unable to attend the concert but would still like to donate to train a Haitian medical person or birth attendant for the upcoming class beginning in Jan 2017 please click the button below. And thank you – every little bit helps!


Benefit Concert November 19th


Please join me at the Benefit Concert for Haiti & Homeopaths Without Borders to train Haitian Homeopaths. CLICK FOR TICKETS

Saturday, November 19th 7:30-9:30 pm

Jazz Pianist Tom Porter & Friends are donating their musical talent and performing at The Barn at Windpointe in Freeport.

Dr. Pollock is organizing this jazz concert to benefit Homeopaths Without Borders to train homeopaths in Haiti.

There are only 50 seats so don’t delay, order your tickets today!


Windpoint Exterior

Click here for Directions to The Barn at Windpointe 18 Windpointe Freeport, Maine

The Barn at Windpointe in Freeport

Lyra Engle has graciously donated this intimate concert space for the Benefit Concert by Tom Porter & Friends!They’ll be performing a mixture of a old and new music, including some original material and several much-loved standards.

Tom Porter

Tom has played with some of the world’s most renowned jazz musicians, including sax player Tim Garland (a frequent collaborator with Chick Corea) and former Ark Blakey ‘Jazz Messenger’ Jean Toussaint.

You may know Tom Porter as the former host of “Maine Things Considered” on Maine public radio (he’s the one with the British accent!), but you may not have known he is also an accomplished pianist, with more than 30 years experience performing jazz piano on both sides of the Atlantic.

Saxophone player Frank Mauceri is a musical educator, improviser, composer and teacher. He is currently senior lecturer in music at Bowdoin College. His compositions include chamber music, electro-acoustic music, multi-media works, and jazz arrangements. He and bass player Sam Sherry compose many of the tunes performed by ‘Tom Porter and Friends.’

Band painting

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Sam Sherry has been performing on bass since 1974! (But he did start when he was very young). A native of Connecticut, Sam has played concerts on both coasts and in eight countries. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, he has played with many jazz notables, including Jimmy Heath, Eric Marienthal, Jerry Bergonzi and Curtis Fuller.

Michael Boucher was born and raised in eastern Maine and previously lived in Portland, Boston and Seattle and before settling in Freeport in 1989. He has played drums, as an avocation, in various jazz and R&B ensembles since high school. For the past ten years Michael has been playing in the Portland area as the drummer for the Mainestream Jazzmasters, a seven piece jazz combo, and also with The Sidemen, a classic piano trio featuring Ken Gaspar and Herb Maine.



FIRST FIELD REPORT FROM HAITI October 13 to 27, 2016 The first HWB volunteer team to reach Haiti after Hurricane Matthew hit the ground running. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE….

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