<![CDATA[Riverdale Homeopathy Blog]]> 20 Wed, 20 Oct 2021 23:09:24 GMT Wed, 20 Oct 2021 23:09:24 GMT LemonStand <![CDATA[THE NEW PING TEST]]> http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/postthe-new-ping-test http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/postthe-new-ping-test Mon, 23 Sep 2019 00:00:00 GMT Cupping is the best therapy available on the planet as of now.



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<![CDATA[Granatum]]> http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/postgranatum http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/postgranatum Mon, 26 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT round red fruit

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By staff writer: Karen Sullivan Hom 

Picture it now you are about to invest your life savings in a remedy. That one remedy you believe is the absolute must have, don’t leave home without it remedy. What would you pick? The party animals reading this might go for nux vomica ensuring a pick-me-up following a night of overindulgence. The cautious, perhaps some aconite or arnica.  For most of us the major players will come to mind first, meaning the king of psora and king of rubrics sulphur would no doubt make the cut.  But what about those remedies that are just as useful in saving the day but not as well known? Will the newer remedies with fewer provings and subsequently less rubrics ever be selected in our game? Since you can only prescribe what you know, homeopaths take on a lifelong quest to become a vessel of remedy knowledge and hedge against the unintentional unjustness of the repertorization process. 

In support of this quest and to create a new corner on the market we bring to you the small capitalization remedy spotlight! Over the coming weeks we will shine a light on remedies that are listed in less than 4000 rubrics highlighting the indication for use. By pouring knowledge into our vessels we expand our ability to collectively cure.

Let’s begin with granatum, with its name listed in 2079 rubrics of the 2016 Complete Repertory it meets the selection criteria. Granatum has had clinical success when administered to middle aged female users. This is because granatum, the pomegranate, has been triumphant when applied to hot flashes and symptoms associated with menopause.  Granatum had its first proving in 1863 and its most recent proving was performed by Jeremy Sherr in 2015. In addition to female complaints it has been used as an anthelmintic medicine for tapeworms, hence the rubric constant hunger. Patients needing this remedy may be spotted by the blue rings that circle their eyes and accompany their digestive complaints. They can have diarrhea with colic and cramping in the umbilical region relieved by heat. Some cases experience a protrusion in the inguinal rings resembling a hernia. Patients might suffer from painful distention and pressure in the groin. The remedy is also associated with prolapse, yellow leucorrhoea, and ovarian pain. During Jeremy Sherr’s most recent lectures in Toronto he discussed his clinical success with menopausal patients. Some of the participants in the proving group enjoyed a curative response from the remedy, reporting that pain in the lumbar spine, sciatic nerve, and lower extremities did not return.  You can view some of the books we carry by Jeremy here. For more information on this 2015 publication please visit the Dynamis website. Proceeds support Homeopathy for Health in Africa.

No matter which remedy you choose, reading will expand your prescribing abilities while supporting homeopathic research and that, my friends, is a great investment!

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<![CDATA[First Aid Kit]]> http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/postfirst-aid-kit http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/postfirst-aid-kit Tue, 06 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Is your first aid kit leaving you exposed this summer? 

For most Canadians summer is a time to head outdoors and embrace all that comes with it, and by this I mean; bug bites, sunburns, sprains, allergies, muscle strains, and maybe even post-BBQ food poisoning.  The season is all about exposure so there is no better time than now to take inventory of the natural first aid kit in your home and make sure you’re covered.  

High humidity and heat warnings are streaming across weather and news stations in Ontario making heat exhaustion top of mind.  Heat exhaustion occurs from loosing too much water and salt while exposed to high temperatures. A person suffering from this condition may demonstrate a feeling of fatigue and have cold clammy skin.  They could experience headache, nausea, cramping, dizziness or a combination of any or all of these symptoms.  Home treatment involves elevating feet, gradually cooling and orally rehydrating the induvial over a specific time period.


What should you fit in your kit? 

·      The tissue salt ferrum phosphoricum is well indicated for low grade fevers and overheating.  Natrum muriaticum is another must-have. This water distributing salt helps to balance body fluids.

·      Some homeopathic remedies to consider for heat exhaustion are; cuprum, veratrum album, lachesis, anacardium and natrum carbonicum.  For heat stroke look to remedies such as glonoinum, or belladonna. Homeopathic prescribing should always be based on a person's individualizing symptoms.  Notice concomitants (other concurrent symptoms) and modalities (triggers and things that help or aggravate the symptoms) during case taking to help differentiate between remedies and guide your selection.


While heat exhaustion can be treated at home, heatstroke/sunstroke is life-threatening!  It is important to distinguish between these conditions because the treatment protocols are not the same.  Be able to spot the variances and know when to call 911.

Bug bites were the chief complaint around my household this month.  Not once but twice I was able to treat family members who awoke with discomfort from a bitten eyelid.  My experience with the Homeopathic remedy apis mellifica is that you better get your camera out. In my experience these pellets may work so quickly if you are not ready, you’ll miss your before and after photo-op. It is not only mosquitos and black flies causing problems at this time of year, ticks have increased ten times over in the past two decades. Known spreaders of infectious bacteria, including Lyme disease ticks have become a growing concern in Canada.  Ledum is a remedy indicated for all kinds of bug bites including ticks. A patient requiring ledum may be cold yet also find cold to ameliorate their complaint.  Ledum patients will be comforted by cold compresses or applying ice to inflamed bites.  Many people swear by combination remedies such as Mozi-Q  for reducing the frequency and severity of insect bites. 

Boiron’s topical gel Dapis is a summer crowd-pleaser.  The intended application for the product is on the skin surface of bites. For many users Dapis will relieve the nagging itchy irritation left by a variety of pesky critters.  If you are looking for non-toxic options these are my must haves to fit in your kit. I find the topical treatment approach has been another way to introduce new patients to homeopathy because I am not asking them to ingest anything.  Many parents who are cautious about what they put in their children’s mouths are more comfortable applying gels, ointments and creams.  Topical products can be a great demonstrative tool in first aid situations to show how Homeopathy operates on the law of like cure likes.  Opening with these acute products for minor concerns allows the practitioner time to build a relationship with new patients and slowly introduce natural options to those interested in learning more about holistic medicine.  


Check out the next newsletter/blog post where we will pick this topic back up discussing sprains, strains and food poisoning.  In the meantime, if you have had too much exposure to mister golden sun may I suggest looking back a few posts in the blog and read about some homeopathic medicines you can apply to cases of sunburn. 

To get yourself started with a home kit check out the Essential 18 remedy kit created by Helios. The high-quality remedies in this kit are lactose, allergen, gluten and soy free. The compact carrying case makes it easy to transport the 30CH remedies, enabling you to be like all great first aiders, always prepared! For students and new practitioners get stocked up with  all your essential remedies in our Boiron starter kits - you can't beat the price for 50 remedies. 





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<![CDATA[Arnica - The Gateway Remedy?]]> http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/postarnica-the-gateway-remedy http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/postarnica-the-gateway-remedy Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT  

By Karen Sullivan Hom DHMHS

Since being introduced to Homeopathy I have become sure of at least two things.  Homeopathy works and many people are skeptical of it. What I am still trying to determine is how arnica somehow broke through and became a trusted go-to for the masses.  Surgeons have been known to use arnica post-operatively with their patients. Cosmetic products repurpose its properties claiming they discovered the cure to dark circles.  Physiotherapists, chiropractors and massage therapists appear to be sticking to it’s proven use. From Hollywood to the catwalk, celebrities and high-profile athletes are embracing the little yellow flower, propelling its recognition to mountain heights.  

Arnica has permeated into many products and places that even if you know nothing about Homeopathy, chances are you have still encountered it in pellet, tincture, gel, cream or oil form. It makes me think “what about bellis perrenis?”  After expediting the healing process with this remedy, I can’t help but wonder why these same surgeons are not including it in their soft tissue repair plans, but alas many are not.  I have started to imagine the common English daisy as the Cinderella of the compositae family and frankly it hurts.  I take comfort in the fact that the most likely reason arnica is so popular is because it works.  Connecting patients to why it works is the next step.  As a practitioner, arnica has often been a gateway to discussing the system of Homeopathic medicine. I have talked about arnica in my office, at little league, and among friends because let’s be honest who makes it through a lifetime injury free? Arnica is a way of letting the masses know many of them are already successfully applying Samuel Hahnemann’s fundamental law, like cures like and that it is working for them. From this point I can let them know there are over 4000 other proven remedies.  They can learn about how an accurately matched Homeopathic selection can help with many health concerns and not just those that are acute or of a first-aid nature. I may never know the “it-factor” that lifted arnica’s to such heights, but what matters is that arnica has opened the door for dialogue. Homeopathy can always use a profile increase so here’s to arnica for being the little flower that could and bring Dr. Hahnemann’s work to the multitude!

 Check out our selection of Arnica products here!


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<![CDATA[Top 3 books you NEED to read as an introduction to Homeopathy!]]> http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/posttop-3-books-you-need-to-read-as-an-introduction-to-homeopathy http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/posttop-3-books-you-need-to-read-as-an-introduction-to-homeopathy Tue, 07 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT If you’re new to Homeopathy or have a general interest in the topic, here are some books to get you started! All of which are available at Riverdale Homeopathy!


  1. The organon


The Organon is where it all started. Samuel Hahnemann was a medical doctor disillusioned with the way medicine was being practiced and tried to find a better way to treat his patients. And through research and experimentation, Homeopathy was born. This book isn’t the type of book you can sit and read in one sitting, but it is the foundation of Homeopathy and should be read by everyone. The Wenda Brewster O’reilly edition of the Organon is a great translation of the original German and has helpful comments in the margins as well as a glossary in the back.


2. Beyond Flat Earth Medicine


Check out the description on our website, “People today are rediscovering homeopathy, yet few understand this individualized approach to health and disease. Dr. Dooley brings over 25 years of training and experience in a wide range of health sciences to this novel introduction to homeopathy – what it is, how it differs, when to use it, what to expect, how to get results”.

Unlike the Organon this book can be read in one sitting and rightfully so, it’s well written and concise. It is a beginner’s guide to Homeopathy for patients and students alike. Dooley has done a great job of explaining Homeopathy and what to expect as a patient or a student of the medicine.  

3. Discovering Homeopathy: Your introduction to the Science and Art of Homeopathic Medicine


Any Dana Ullman book could be on this list. Everything Dana writes is approachable, easy to read and enjoy. A great place to start is “Discovering Homeopathy” which is an introduction to Homeopathy for learners at any level. He makes Homeopathy accessible and provides a “condensed” history as well as research that has been done in Homeopathy. Another great Dana Ullman book is The Homeopathic Revolution which highlights Homeopathy as used by celebrities and athletes. The book is full of personal experiences of well known people and how Homeopathy has helped them. It’s a fascinating read!


These books are just the tip of the iceberg. Riverdale Homeopathy is your one stop shop for all your Homeopathy needs! Come in and browse our large selection of books or check out our website!

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<![CDATA[Homeopathic Medicines for Sunburns]]> http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/posthomeopathic-medicines-for-sunburns http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/posthomeopathic-medicines-for-sunburns Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Few things can put a damper on a beautiful summer day the way a sunburn does. Most of us have had the unpleasant experience of a sunburn so here are some tips and homeopathic medicines to help soothe and heal those burns!


Sunburns occur when the skin is is exposed to the sun’s UV rays for too long resulting in a red and painful burn. There may be itching and skin peeling. It is important to drink water to avoid dehydration, and to cool the skin with a cool, damp towel or cool compress. For all these medicines below 30C potency should work well and they’re easily accessible at most health food and grocery stores. If you find a higher potency like 200C take it less frequently than directed below.


Aloe Vera gel


Aloe vera gel is outstanding for soothing a painful sunburn. It cools the skin and soothes the burn. If you have an Aloe plant at home use the insides of the leaves on your skin. If you want to purchase an Aloe gel it is best to find a very high quality gel, be sure that it isn’t full of dyes or fillers so read the ingredients.




Cantharis is one of the top Homeopathic medicines for sunburns and burns in general. According to Nash’s Therapeutics Constantine Hering used to challenge skeptics to burn their fingers, and then cure them by dipping the fingers into water medicated with Cantharis. So great was his faith in it. (I wouldn’t recommend this but it’s a funny anecdote).

Cantharis is used when there is intense burning and scalding pains. It is also used especially in sunburns that blister. There is a great relief from cool applications. You can take 2 pellets of Cantharis 30C every 30 minutes during the burn or put the pellets in water and apply it to the skin




Great medicine for standard sunburn with no blistering. The skin will be very red and very hot to the touch, there will also be a sensitivity to touch. Take 2 pellets of Belladonna 30C every 30 minutes or put the pellets in water and sip throughout the day.




Sulphur is useful in sunburns where there is a lot of itching. The skin may be dry and intensely itchy, there may be a strong desire to scratch. The skin may feel worse after bathing or at night.  Take 2 pellets of Sulphur 30C every 30 minutes or put the pellets in water and take sips every 15-20 minutes. .


Hopefully you can avoid getting sunburned this summer but if it does happen you can be prepared with these medicines in your cabinet.

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<![CDATA[3 Books You Need This Summer]]> http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/post3-books-you-need-this-summer http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/post3-books-you-need-this-summer Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT Summer has finally arrived although the weather has not been very cooperative. Whether or not you’ll be travelling there are always annoying, acute situations that occur in the summer like bug bites and sunburns. These books are great, portable guides for travel or home that are full of great Homeopathic and therapeutic treatments. Don’t leave home without one! And your remedy kit of course!


  1. Richard Pitt- Essential Natural Health Guide For Travel and Home. $9.99

A natural health manual for travel and home. Essential information on the use of natural medicines, especially homeopathic medicine for a wide range of conditions found at home and when traveling.


This book is just slightly bigger than a Smartphone but is full of fantastic information on a wide range of health topics. It is a well thought out and easy to use resource that everyone should have in their collection. It begins with sections on using natural medicines and general first aid and travel preparation advice.


Then there are 8 chapters that cover a multitude of common conditions. He begins with accidents and traumas (many of them specific to summer and travel situations) and then he covers more common conditions like indigestion and toothaches and everything in between. In each subsection he describes useful therapeutic and general care information as well as homeopathic medicines useful in each condition.


It’s a great price too!


2. Reichenberg-Ullman- The Savvy Traveler's Guide to Homeopathy and Natural Medicine. $28.00

A wealth of user-friendly tips for 68 health problems. Secrets to smart, safe, cheap, fun, and healthy travel.


This is a great resource for everyone but travellers will absolutely love this book. This book is lightweight and easy to travel with. It’s full of bright pictures and remedy quizzes to help you remember important characteristics of many homeopathic medicines. But the content of this book is invaluable. Aside from the Homeopathic medicine information you’d expect, there is a wealth of information for general travel such as prevention of certain conditions, general treatments and travel tips.


3. Roy & Lage-Roy - Homeopathic Guide for Travellers: Remedies for Health and Safety. $18.95

They introduce important remedies for injuries sustained while backpacking, climbing, or diving, along with some that take effect immediately, including medicine for animal stings and bites or reactions from poisonous plants, such as poison ivy.


Featuring handy resources like a basic traveler's first aid kit, Homeopathic Guide for Travelers is the one book you need for healthy and happy travels.


This is another great resource for summer acutes and general travel. This book does a great job of pointing out which homeopathic medicines should be given first in a situation before you start going through your kit. They’ve also gone to the trouble of listing must have medicines for your travel/summer kit should you wish to put a kit together on your own! (If not try this)


Should you need to find a different homeopathic medicine than the ones you’ve packed with you, the introduction contains a list of countries around the world and the likelihood of you finding homeopathic medicines or a Homeopath in that area.


Have a great summer!

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<![CDATA[Homeopathic Charities Around the World - How Homeopaths Can Give Back!]]> http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/posthomeopathic-charities-around-world-give-back http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/posthomeopathic-charities-around-world-give-back Tue, 14 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Homeopathy in AfricaI never expected the first lecture of my first homeopathy course to change my life. As an epidemiologist, the only peculiar symptoms of interest were ones that flagged people for isolation. I was educated to think in big picture, at the population level. Nevertheless, I listened politely as our professor outlined the evolution of homeopathy across Europe and North America. When the discussion shifted to how homeopathy was used to treat disease outbreaks of the 19th and early 20th centuries, I recall straightening up in my seat. How were the two connected? She repeated a similar story for typhus, diphtheria, cholera, yellow fever, and even the dreaded Influenza: medical records showed that mortality rates for patients treated with homeopathic intervention were dramatically lower than those treated with allopathic intervention alone. Statistics was a language that I could understand, and I was stunned. In all of my post-graduate studies of epidemiology, how had the word ‘homeopathy’ never crossed my vocabulary?

It was a lightbulb moment. The reason I was sitting in that classroom, and the reason why I made the leap to naturopathic medicine, was because I had become disillusioned. I could calculate what caused or increased the risk of a disease, but I had no tools to help the situation, especially in places that needed help the most. Modern epidemics were too complicated, research money was too hard to come by, pharmaceuticals were too expensive, health systems were too complex... but here was homeopathy. We all know that homeopathic medicines are safe, economical, and easily transportable to countries with few resources. Most importantly, when prescribed by an adept practitioner willing to donate their time and energy, homeopathy works.

If you’ve ever thought about giving back, about sharing your gifts and knowledge with populations who could desperately use it, there are a number of non-profit organizations around the world offering homeopathic solutions for acute and chronic disease burden. One of the most devastating pandemics of our time is HIV/AIDS. Homeopathy for Health in Africa is an initiative by Jeremy and Camilla Sherr to help combat HIV/AIDS in Tanzania. Five years after inception, Homeopathy for Health in Africa has treated thousands of patients, and has shown that homeopathy can relieve both the symptoms of HIV/AIDS, and side-effects of the anti-viral medications that the majority of patients must be on. This has improved the health of whole communities. In fact, this organization has helped create a truly holistic model of community health, supplying nutritional aid, second hand eyeglasses, microloans and vocational programs to patients. For more information, here is a beautiful short film documentary that is worth watching. If you’d like to get involved, volunteers are needed, and welcome.

Other homeopathic non-profits in Africa include The Maun Homeopathy Project (Botswana), and the Ghana Homeopathy Project (Ghana), which use homeopathy as a complementary therapy for HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases, and malaria.

If you are intrigued about volunteering as a homeopath abroad, but are looking for a shorter commitment or something closer to home, check out Homeopaths Without Borders and Homéopathes de Terre Sans Frontières. This organization offers opportunities for students and practitioners of homeopathy in both the USA and Haiti. In Nicaragua, Natural Doctors International (NDI) is happy to welcome licensed natural medical practitioners to their clinic on the beautiful island of Ometepe. I had the privilege of volunteering at the NDI clinic myself in 2014, and I can say that a homeopath would be a true asset to the medical team, even if you can only commit to a week.

If you are aware of other volunteer opportunities for homeopathic practitioners, or have had a positive experience volunteering abroad, we’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Laura Hughes PhD, ND (Cand.)

Homeopathic Mentorship and Work Exchange Program

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<![CDATA[Bed Wetting: How Can Homeopathy Help?]]> http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/postbed-wetting-homeopathy http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/postbed-wetting-homeopathy Tue, 02 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Being a mother of 4 children, I’ve seen it all. When my daughter (3rd born), who was the earliest of my kids to stop wearing diapers, began to wet the bed at age 3, it seemed like it came out of nowhere. I searched for answers. I asked other parents; most told me “she’s young just give it time”. But being the person I am, that did not satisfy me, so I began to do my research and this is what I learned.

Bedwetting, also known as nocturnal enuresis, is the involuntary urination during sleep in children over the age of 5. Many potty trained children who have managed to stay dry at night may suddenly begin bedwetting during sleep this can go on for years. Wetting the bed before the age of 7 is a natural stage in development and is so common it can hardly be called abnormal. The problem will most likely resolve itself over time and single episodes of bedwetting are not a concern. However a growing number of parents are concerned about their school aged child’s inability to stay dry at night. It can be daunting trying to figure out why your child can’t seem to wake up during the night and use the bathroom, when previously this was a non-issue. The common term for this is secondary bedwetting, the child has achieved night-time continence and due to psychological stress or some underlying medical conditions starts experiencing nighttime wetness.

As a parents your first thought is usually that your child is to lazy to get up however, (unless your child tells you directly that they peed the bed because they where to tired to get up like son mine did) bedwetting has nothing to do with laziness. There are numerous factors that can be contributing to your child’s incontinence its important to look at the whole picture and not just the symptom. Here is a list of some of the contributing causes but keep in mind your child may not be affected by any of these:

Physical considerations:

•           Hereditary

•           Difficulty waking up from sleep

•           Delayed development of the central nervous system affects the ability to recognize a full bladder

•           A small bladder

•           Some kids produce more urine at night if their anti-diuretic hormonal levels are low

•           Infection in the bladder or kidneys

•           Defect in the urethral valves in boys or in the ureter in girls or boys

•           Deformity or injury of the spinal cord

•           Sleep apnea

•           Type 1 Diabetes

•           Chronic constipation - full bowels can put pressure on the bladder

•           Caffeine intake like soda, coffee, and chocolate

•           Certain food allergies

•           Children with Down Syndrome, ADHD, developmental delays

Mental and Emotional concerns:

•           Improper or stressful toilet training

•           Stress from new fears or insecurities such as:

                  o   Arrival of a new baby

                  o   A new school

                  o   Sleeping away from home

                  o   Moving into a new home

                  o   Losing a family member

                  o   Parents divorce

                  o   Sexual abuse

                  o   Being bullied or teased

                  o   Being punished

                  o   Feeling rejected

                  o   Parental alcoholism

•           Nightmares

Truth be told, you may never know the actually cause of your child’s incontinence but you can be reassured you that there is a homeopathic solution.  Homeopathic medicine is very effective when it comes to childhood bedwetting. More and more parents are choosing homeopathy because it is safe, gentle and children respond quickly to Homeopathy. The homeopathic remedies act both on the psychological, physiological and physical level to relieve bedwetting. The Homeopathic remedies can prevent unwanted contractions of the bladder, restore normal bladder musculature, function and urethral sphincter control, and hence, prevent any involuntary passing of urine. Homeopathic remedies treat bedwetting naturally without disturbing the endocrine system and they reduce anxiety, which is attributed to cause bed-wetting in children. These remedies are natural, gentle, safe and can be given to children of any age. There is one major positive to having an older child who wets the bed which is the older child can usually explain specifically what he/she experiences emotionally and physically during the night hence making it easier to choose the exact remedy.

Here is a list of remedies to consider:

Belladonna: This remedy is indicated for children who have frequent and profuse urination after midnight approaching the morning hours. A good remedy choice if the bedwetting is due to a bladder infection.

Kreosotum: Indicated when the child urinates while dreaming of urination.

Argentum nitricum: When the child urinates due to restlessness, nervousness or anticipation of an event.

Equisetum: Indicated when the individual wets the bed during nightmares and dreams, experiences incontinence such as passing water without any cause, with involuntary stools, without feeling any relief. It can be used on the child that has the constant urge to urinate.

Sulfur: indicated for the child that loves sweets and spices and who wets the bed in the early half of the night (before midnight). It can also be used on the child that sleeps with his/her feet sticking out of the covers and experiences vivid dreams. 

Borax: When the child urinates frequently at night due to fear.

Rhus Tox: When there is a constant dribbling of urine due to a weak bladder.  The child may wake up with only a small amount of urine on his/her clothing.

Causticum: When the bedwetting is significantly more during the winter compared to summer.

Sepia: This remedy can be used to treat bedwetting and kidney problems. It is often recommended in female children, if they wet the bed during the first half of the night and love to be active and dance.

In addition to these remedies, you should also feed your child a healthy diet rich in nuts and fruit, especially walnuts and cranberries. Have your child eat at least 2 bananas a day and avoid sugary carbonated drinks all together. If you have a teenage child, they should avoid caffeine and alcohol, as these can exacerbate the condition. Do not restrict water! Allow your child to drink as much water as they need, however they should try and not drink an hour before bed and use the toilet just before sleeping.

This is a journey. Be encouraging and positive. Keep in mind that it is much harder on the child than you. Be sure to acknowledge the days when they remain dry. Before you know it, this will be behind you and rest assured homeopathy is here to help.

I gave my daughter Kreostum 30ch and she’s been dry ever since.


Sylvia Ssonko


Participant, Homeopathic Mentorship and Work Exchange Program


Posted in: homeopathy, remedies

<![CDATA[When Smart Women Call Other Smart Women Idiots]]> http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/postwhen-smart-women-call-other-smart-women-idiots http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/postwhen-smart-women-call-other-smart-women-idiots Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT This “open letter” was sent from one of our patients who prefers to remain anonymous because of the strong reactions that both feminism and homeopathy can elicit online.


Dear Smart Women in Journalism,

Unless you were paying attention, you may not have noticed that fighting in the ongoing Homeopathy wars broke out recently in Ontario.  If you were paying attention, you have my sympathies; I know it can get tedious – a little skirmish in Australia, a kerfuffle in the US, a long simmering battle in the UK. In each case some precipitating event (or just a whim) causes some of the opponents of Homeopathy to lead a charge, vaulting the trenches of so-called skepticism to throw insults and ridicule at people who practice and/or use Homeopathy. Recently, a few of your number joined up. That’s why I’m writing you now.

Traditionally in these wars, the loudest voices attacking Homeopathy have been men. This makes sense. Homeopathy in the west, like other forms of complementary and alternative medicine, is overwhelmingly used by educated women[1]. There’s a lot of research to show that. It’s not controversial research; it’s pretty much common knowledge. Smart women use homeopathy. Not all smart women, of course. That’s just silly. Homeopathy users are a small portion of the population. To be sure, some smart men use homeopathy as well. But mostly, it’s smart women. Study after study has shown this. Some findings are more equivocal – like whether it’s mostly white women (in the US) or whether wealth is a factor. But that smart women predominate – that’s not controversial. One study even checked for science knowledge presumably to test arguments that those homeopathy-loving smart women must all be pseudo-educated in liberal arts fields that don’t actually count for “smart.” Turns out, science-smart women use homeopathy too[2]. Go figure.  

Now, the smart women who use or practice homeopathy are never all that surprised when the guys start calling them idiots. Men have been calling smart women idiots for a very long time. It’s hardly news. And misogyny is no stranger to the science clubs that serve as the crèches for the so-called skeptic associations and the men who like to mock homeopathy.[3] These men don’t say outright that they think smart women are stupid; they say that people who use complementary and alternative medicine are stupid. That these people happen to be smart women is simply coincidental. Yeah. I won’t insult your intelligence by explaining the gender politics that underline such statements.

Still, I’ve gotta say it hurt a bit to see some of you who in all other ways appeared to be feminists there on that side of the ramparts. It’s always a sad day for the sisterhood when smart women start calling other smart women idiots. Feminism has a wide and varied landscape and I would never say that an embrace of Homeopathy is necessarily feminist or anti-feminist. What is pretty foundational in feminism, however, is the right of women to make their own decisions about their own bodies.[4] Most of the attacks on homeopathy assume a duped, ignorant or anti-science (female) health consumer.[5] If they’re not insulting, they’re patronizing and, well, paternalistic.  In its most banal form, anti-Homeopathy humour belongs in the same circle of Hell as Blonde jokes; at its worst, it denies the agency of women over their own health decisions.  The female journalists I have seen entering the fray have mostly stuck to the former category. That’s something, I guess.

The detractors of Homeopathy like to claim that it is dangerous because it could lead people away from proven biomedical treatments. I, too, am concerned with a danger. I’m not concerned that Homeopathy will jeopardize anyone’s health. There’s scant evidence it’s ever done that, directly or indirectly, and there’s plenty of research showing that this just isn’t the way people who use Complementary and Alternative Medicine make their health care decisions.[6] I am concerned in a much broader sense with the danger to our social fabric when smart women are assumed to be stupid and when people start calling for regulations to protect us from ourselves. Good research shows that the smart women who use Homeopathy are not duped, ignorant or anti-science.[7] They’re making a rational choice to use Homeopathy. Which suggests that there might be a more interesting story here than the one you’re picking up from your pals in the science club.

Yours sincerely,

Smart Woman using Homeopathy



Bishop, Felicity L.  and G. T. Lewith, “Who Uses CAM? A Narrative Review of Demographic Characteristics and Health Factors Associated with CAM Use,” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 11-28, 2010. doi:10.1093/ecam/nen023

Flesch, Hannah. "Silent voices: women, complementary medicine, and the co-optation of change." Complementary therapies in clinical practice 13.3 (2007): 166-173.http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2007.03.005 

Keshet, Yael, and Dalit Simchai. "The ‘gender puzzle’ of alternative medicine and holistic spirituality: A literature review." Social Science & Medicine113 (2014): 77-86. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.05.001

MacArtney, John I., and Ayo Wahlberg. "The Problem of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Today: Eyes Half Closed?." Qualitative health research (2014): 1049732313518977.

Posadzki, P., Alotaibi, A. and Ernst, E. (2012), Adverse effects of homeopathy: a systematic review of published case reports and case series. International Journal of Clinical Practice, 66 (2012): 1178–1188. doi: 10.1111/ijcp.12026

Stoneman, Paul, Patrick Sturgis, and Nick Allum. "Understanding support for complementary and alternative medicine in general populations: Use and perceived efficacy." Health: 17.5 (2013): 512-529.http://hea.sagepub.com/content/17/5/512 

[1] Many of the studies look at all forms of complementary and alternative medicine together but those that disaggregate them also find that the same pattern holds true for Homeopathy. See Bishop et al 2010 for a review of the literature and Stoneman et al 2013 for an account that focuses particularly on Homeopathy

[2] Stoneman et al 2013

[3] The academic literature is scant on this but a number of journalistic pieces have pointed to misogyny in the so-called Skeptic community: here, here and here, for instance.

[4] For the connection between Complementary and Alternative medicine and feminism more broadly, see Flesch 2007 and Keshet and Simchai 2014

[5] MacArtney and Wahlberg 2014

[6] Posadzki et al 2012 provides a review of the medical case reports attesting to adverse events from Homeopathy. This study found thirty-five reports occurring between 1978 to 2010, most being from toxicity when homeopathic preparations were underdiluted. The authors also reviewed 8 reports (16 cases) of “indirect harm” where physicians reported that a patient’s condition had deteriorated when s/he had foregone conventional treatment but had used Homeopathy. In attributing indirect causation to Homeopathy, the authors assume that the patients passively followed the advice of the Homeopathic practitioner and, had the option of Homeopathy not been available, would have returned to the conventional medicine practitioner sooner. These numbers are remarkably small given the international scope of the study and the assertions from the Homeopathic detractors that this is a large threat. The authors speculate that adverse events could be underreported. Without either a population wide study of Homeopathy users or an in-depth qualitative study of a representative sample of the users, however, we cannot know whether Homeopathy is ever really indirectly responsible for a patient’s choice to forgo conventional treatment.  For a review of studies that rigorously examine the decision to use CAM, see Bishop and Lewith 2010; Keshet and Simchai 2014

[7] Macartney and Wahlberg 2014

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<![CDATA[Celebrate Samuel Hahnemann's birthday! 15% off everything in the store!]]> http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/posthahnemann-birthday-sale http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/posthahnemann-birthday-sale Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Samuel HahnemannCheck out our latest deal!

One day only, April 10th, 2015 we are celebrating Samuel Hahnemann's birthday by offering 15% off everything in the store*. Hahnemann was the founder of homeopathy, so help us celebrate his birthday with savings!

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<![CDATA[Feeling SAD this winter? Natural Depression Fixes!]]> http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/postfeeling-sad-this-winter-natural-depression-fixes http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/postfeeling-sad-this-winter-natural-depression-fixes Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Use Natural Remedies to Treat your Seasonal Depression and SAD


DepressionIt’s the time of year where the bitter cold starts and the days just don’t get longer fast enough. Frigid mornings where it is so cold, even putting your feet on the ground sends a shock through your system so fierce, it often drives you back into bed. You are dragging yourself around, low energy, not sleeping well, aches and pains while recurring colds and flus plague you.

There are varying degrees to how people experience the low in the winter months. For some it is as mild as the “winter blahs”, for others it is a full-blown disorder called Seasonal Effective Disorder, or SAD.

We thought we would share some remedies that are great for this feeling of depression that hits many people this time of year. These remedies can help many people - from the mildest of sufferers to those with clinically diagnosed depression.


Vitamin D - 4000-6000 IU a day can really help to stave off both depression and boost the immune system to prevent colds and flus.

5-HTP – This is a pre-cursor to serotonin, and is prescribed as an anti-depressant in Europe.  It helps with sleep issues and depression.

St. John’s Wort – An herb well-known for treating depression and anxiety. Be careful taking this if you are already on conventional anti-depressants, as they are contra-indicated.

1000-2000mg of EPA per day. This is an Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acid that has been shown to help in cases of depression.

Kalium-Phosphoricum tissue salts , made from potassium phosphate, which is needed for proper functioning of the nervous system. It has a calming effect and helps in cases of depression or sleep issues.

Ficus Carica Gemmotherapy remedy is made from the buds of the fig tree that has a strong affinity for the nervous system. It is traditionally used to treat depression and emotional disturbances. It can help to relieve obsessive thoughts and anxiety.

Tilia Tomentosa Gemmotherapy remedy is another nervous system tonic made from the buds of the linden tree. It has a calming and sedative effect on the nervous system. Caution when using this with SSRI’s.

A combination of Ficus carica and Tilia tomentosa is a potent reliever of depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances. I have used these with my patients with great success!

Bach Flower Remedies: Bach flower remedies are great for easing many emotional states and mood imbalances. There are 38 total, each with a different feeling or emotional issue that they help resolve, but here are the top 3 that are great for depression.

Mustard Bach Flower Remedy – For sudden, unexplainable gloom or deep sadness. There is no light or joy, just a dark cloud.

Olive Bach Flower Remedy – When one feels complete mental/physical exhaustion, no more strength left, effort is difficult.

White Chestnut Bach Flower Remedy – For recurring thoughts that circle around in your head disturbing concentration and peace. A great remedy for worries that keep you up at night.


And some lifestyle items that can work towards a feeling of wellbeing:

Adequate sleep, proper diet, exercise! – These 3 things are keys to emotional and physical health. Make a commitment to yourself to:

  • Sleep 8 hours
  • “Eat real food, mostly plants, not too much.” (Michael Polan, In Defense of Food)
  • Exercise regularly! - It releases endorphins, helps you sleep better and boosts immunity, plus many other benefits!

This TED Talk is a MUST WATCH! Depression is a disease of civilization: Stephen Ilardi at TEDxEmory

Don’t take on too much and ask for help! – Feeling overwhelmed with tasks can tire you out more. Ask for help, or say no to those things that are not necessary.

Take a minute and breathe. Deep breaths, down into your belly. Close your eyes and get back in your body.

Get a pet companion! Cuddling furry friends are shown to have a marked effect on your mental and emotional well-being. There are many friends who need love waiting for you at your local shelter!

Spend some quality snuggle time with a loved one. Snuggling releases oxytocin, a neurotransmitter that makes you feel happy, bonded and secure. It is the same happy hormone that is released when a new mother is bonding with baby after birth.

Meditate! Start out slow: 10 minutes a day and work your way up. Be gentle with yourself, honouring the place you are each day. Meditation should not be an exercise in feeling bad and berating yourself for your mind wandering. If your mind wanders, notice why, maybe make a note to address those issues later, and then gently bring your attention back to the breath. It is more about taking the time, breathing and being still with yourself, than it is about having a completely empty mind the entire time you sit there.


If you suffer from clinical depression or SAD, constitutional homeopathic treatment can help you to beat this challenging disorder and live a happier fuller life! Start on the road to being happy and healthy, book an appointment today!


Dillena Dillen DHMHS (Hons), Reiki Master


Posted in: cold and flu, homeopathy, nutrition, remedies, winter

<![CDATA[How To Build a Prosperous Practice - Panel Discussion – Course Notes]]> http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/posthow-to-build-a-prosperous-practice http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/posthow-to-build-a-prosperous-practice Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT build a prosperous practice

Learn how to create the practice of your dreams!


In December, we had the opportunity to pick the brains of 4 leaders in the local homeopathic and naturopathic community. We wanted to know what made their practices thrive. They told us their best stragies for advertising and marketing so that you too can implement them in your practice. They also shared mistakes they made so you don't have to repeat them!  

Now if you weren't able to attend, we took notes for you! Click on the link below to download the notes and kick your practice into high gear!

How To Build a Prosperous Practice - Panel Discussion – Course Notes


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<![CDATA[Diva Cup: The Eco-Friendly, Convenient, Economical Period Alternative]]> http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/postdiva-cup-changed-my-life http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/postdiva-cup-changed-my-life Tue, 13 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Diva Cup

How The Diva Cup Changed My Life! All The Reasons to Switch to The Diva Cup and Some Great Tips for Use!


A few years ago, I started to have issues of an allergic type reaction with conventional menstrual products. I then switched to organic, which were somewhat better, but didn’t get rid of the problem completely. I resigned myself to redness, irritation and pain during my cycle, in addition to all the other typical discomfort associated with my period.  I didn’t know there was another option, until a friend was raving about her DivaCup. So excitedly…optimistically, I gave it a try.

Now the first couple of months that I used the DivaCup, I HATED it! It was uncomfortable and hard to get in and out. Disappointed, I gave up and stopped using it. Six months later, I was talking to another friend, I mentioned how uncomfortable I found it, and that I had given up.  She told me that this was common, and once you used it a few months and got used to how to put it in and take it out correctly, you should barely be able to feel it, if at all.  I stuck out a couple of months of growing pains and haven’t looked back! No more irritation, plus all kinds of other benefits, including being super convenient!


How it works:

DivaCup is a brand name for what is called a cervical or menstrual cup. It is a reservoir that cups over the cervix and forms a seal around it. The blood fills the reservoir, and the seal prevents blood from escaping around the edges. When it is full, you pull it out to empty it, rinse it and reinsert.



  • Not having to remember to bring extra tampons or pads with you wherever you go - great for travelers!
  • A person with a moderate flow only has to empty twice a day.
  • Large capacity, so if you have a heavy flow, it means less changes than with pads or tampons.
  • No more bulky pads at night or night-time leakage! The seal prevents leaking, even when laying down
  • Hate that feeling of pulling out a tampon that is not quite full or inserting a new tampon on low flow days? That dry, raw, ripping sensation? Yeah, not a problem with DivaCup!
  • It’s made of medical grade silicone and therefore hypoallergenic!
  • Less garbage! Less garbage! Less garbage! The planet will thank you!
  • Save money! Diva Cup retails for $39.95…how much money did you spend on your period last year? Most people see a $100-150 in savings annually.
  • No panty liner required! If you use tampons, you know, they don’t quite fit exactly, and there is usually some leakage, so a panty liner is required. Not a problem with DivaCup! If you establish a proper seal, it doesn’t leak!



  • Wet with warm water before insertion
  • Don’t use the nub as a handle to pull it down, bear down to push the cup lower, then grab the cup itself with two fingers and squeeze it enough to break the seal and it will come out relatively easily
  • Be sure to trim that little nub down to a comfortable level! If it is too long, it can rub on the vaginal opening and cause irritation and discomfort. I left it longer thinking I needed it to pull the cup down and that caused a lot of unnecessary discomfort
  • Sometimes (not always) having a bowel movement can be a little more difficult, or knock the cup out of place, so be aware of this, and re-establish the seal after a BM to prevent leaks. Do this by grabbing the end and twisting it until you feel it move back into the right place. Knowing where the “right place” is comes with practice in insertion, so don’t worry if you don’t get it right away.
  • When getting used to the Diva Cup, wear panty liners until you get accustomed to how to put it in properly, as when you insert it, if you don’t form a proper seal, a small amount of leakage can occur.
  • If you ever suffer from severe cramps, keep a few tampons or pads on hand, as, sometimes, on a painful cramp day, the Diva Cup can be somewhat uncomfortable. I have varying degrees of pain, from mild discomfort to severe. I have only had to take mine out due to cramping once in over a year of use.



  • I have read and been told that using DivaCup with an IUD is problematic, as it could get caught on the string from the IUD, and inadvertently move it or pull it out. I have also read articles to the contrary. It is best to do your own research (on their website, elsewhere online, speak to women you know) and speak to your doctor or health care professional, and then make a decision that is right for you.
  • Read the care instructions carefully to ensure longevity. If you start to experience irritation from the DivaCup, it likely needs to be replaced.
  • Don’t use lubricants to insert DivaCup, as they can break down the silicone


Check out their website http://divacup.com. And buy it here!

And see how menstrual cups are helping women and girls in Africa here.


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<![CDATA[Feeling The Stress of the Holiday Season?]]> http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/poststress-holiday-season http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/poststress-holiday-season Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT  

10 Ways to Reduce Stress This Holiday Season


Are you feeling run down? Last minute shopping have you stressed out?

All the running around, the baking, the wrapping, the driving and holiday get togethers; they can all take their toll. Here is a great guide to getting through the holiday season with a little less stress this year. 

  1. Get active and get outside! – Both sunshine and exercise are great stress relievers! If the cold doesn’t bother you, great! Take the kids out to play, have a jog with the dog. Not keen on the lower temperatures? In-door activities like the gym, yoga and a UV lamp will also help! And load up on vitamin D!
  2. Get adequate rest – Sleep is very important for your mood and stress levels! Make sure you are getting at least a full 8 hours sleep to deal with the extra stress this time of year. Having trouble sleeping? Try meditating before bed and natural sleep aids like Melatonin, 5-HTP, Lavender (aromatherapy), Bach Flower Rescue Sleep or Calms Forte.
  3. Be present, do less - Opt for more time with family and friends, rather than making everything perfect. Find time to laugh and play. You don’t have to be all things to all people. Martha Stewart didn’t have a day job, a house to clean and kids to get to school everyday. Schedule less and feel ok about saying no to some things.
  4. Don’t have family near you? Host an orphan potluck holiday gathering! - Chances are you know more people than you think who are alone for the holidays, and potluck means the work and cost is shared!
  5. Ask for help! - Many hands make light work! Do potluck events rather than one person taking it all on. Get the kids involved with age appropriate tasks, getting the older kids to help the younger ones. This will also make the kids appreciate the effort that goes into the meal, and teaches skills that are useful later in life!
  6. Unplug! - Take time away from email and social media when spending time with friends and family. Turn off your phone so that you can be truly present and reduce the stress of constant notifications.
  7. Honey, honey! - Switch out the sugar in your coffee or tea for honey. It is naturally sweet, and has anti-bacterial effects that can keep you from getting sick! Sugar suppresses your immune system for hours after it is consumed. Nothing increases holiday stress like coming down with a cold or flu when you have shopping, wrapping and baking on your list, and you have to spend a few days in bed!
  8. Take a vacation! – Vacations reduce stress! If you can’t afford to go somewhere warm? Take a stay-cation. Got kids? Grandma and Grandpa, Auntie and Uncle would love an extended visit over the holidays! Or even a day outing so that you can get a little holiday prep done!
  9. High anxiety? – There are several homeopathic remedies that are great for anxiety! Aconite is great if you are going away and are afraid of flying. This can also be combined with Arnica afterward for the emotional trauma. If you or your child are nervous about a holiday performance or speaking engagement, Argentum nitricum can nip it in the bud!  Tilia Tomentosa gemmotherapy remedy is a nervous system modulator and helps to reduce stress levels and aid sleep. And, don’t forget Bach Flower Rescue remedy! Available in drops, spray or pastilles. Keep in your purse or bag and take as needed or if you are expecting a particular stressful day, put a dropper full in bottle of water and sip over the day to maintain a calm and reassured state of mind. And see #10 below.
  10. A relaxing holistic treatment – Treat yourself and your loved ones with a holistic treatment. It will reduce stress for you, and for your family members. Massage, acupuncture, reiki, reflexology are all great to reduce stress! Seeing a homeopath to talk out your stressors and get an individually selected homeopathic remedy can help you to mediate stress better in the short and long term.

Happy Holidays!

Dillena Dillen, Reiki Master

Posted in: acupuncture, aromatherapy, cold and flu, homeopathy, massage, reiki, remedies, winter

<![CDATA[Going traveling this winter?]]> http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/postgoing-traveling-this-winter http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/postgoing-traveling-this-winter Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Then you need this guide to homeopathic remedies for travelers!

If the winter of 2013-2014 tells us anything, it is that it may get really cold again this year. For many, the drop in mercury triggers thoughts of warm beaches, turquoise oceans and piña coladas. The eagerness to get away can often leave a person forgetful of proper preparation for tropical conditions. More often than not, travellers get sick during their stay due to contaminated food and water, insect bites or too much sun. It would be a shame to come home with more than just lasting memories, such as a nasty parasite that has nestled itself in your intestinal walls.

As an avid traveler, I have seen this one too many times. It's all fun and games until someone ends up spending half of their vacation glued to the toilet with the worst case of Montezuma's Revenge ever!  The feeling of "never well since" can linger for months after returning home leaving you to wonder whether the trip was worth it in the first place. 

Just as you would maybe exercise that little bit harder to look good in your bikini, why not prep your immune system as well? This simple pre-travel protocol can help strengthen your immunity naturally.

In the last few years, I’ve implemented this pre-travel routine to help prepare and prevent any sort of gastrointestinal upset. From my experience, starting this a week prior to travel helps strengthen your immunity for both the journey and the destination.

Increase your first line of defense by strengthening your gut flora.
Start taking or increase your level of probiotics. (disclaimer: when taking probiotics be sure to consult your health care provider if you have any pre-existing gastrointestinal problems)

Increase your antioxidant levels by mega dosing with vitamin C. (1000-3000 mg/day for adults, 250-500mg/day for children aged 18 mos.-12 yrs)

Increase your microbial defense by introducing a few drops (2-3) of Grapefruit seed extract into your water bottle daily.

 While Travel Clinics suggest a full range of vaccinations for exotic destinations, not everyone is comfortable with the idea of getting an armful of shots. I would recommend bringing a small homeopathic remedy kit to prepare for the unexpected. It is best to include a wide range of remedies; some that may even have multiple uses. Of course, the kit can be better adapted to a particular travel area when you know the risks.


ACONITE- Panic with fear of flying, death, and accidents


ARNICA - Feeling foggy, in shock, and/or muscles are achy. Also beneficial after any accident or injury. Reduces bruising, ameliorates shock, reduces soft tissue inflammation and prevents hemorrhage.


COCCULUS- Nausea; vomiting; dizziness


ARSENICUM- Diarrhea typically associated with exhaustion; restlessness; possible vomiting


CHINA OFFICINALIS – exhaustion from copious diarrhea, sweating and dehydration.


NUX VOMICA- hangovers or effects of overindulgence (food, drinks or stimulants). Stomach disorders with nausea that ameliorate with vomiting


COCA – first line remedy for all the symptoms of altitude sickness, not available in Canada, but available elsewhere


CALENDULA - in any topical form for mild sunburn

URTICA URENS - for mild sunburn with itching

CANTHARIS - painful sunburn with possible blistering


BELLADONNA- weakness, confusion, throbbing headache, nausea, vomiting, skin that is cool, moist and pale.


GELSIMIUM- with cerebral congestion, delirium, drowsiness, thirstlessness, headache, high temperature and tendency to coma – think the 3 D’s: dull, drowsy, dopey


LACHESIS- dizziness and faintness; hot weather greatly fatigues. Worse after sleep


GLOINOINUM- great remedy for congestive headaches, pale face, fixed eyes, white tongue, full, round pulse, labored respiration and sinking at the pit of the stomach. The temperature is high and oftentimes there is unconsciousness. Cessation of perspiration.  It is also suitable for the after-effects of sunstroke. Sunstroke is a medical emergency.



LEDUM – itchiness and burning even after scratching. As well as inflammation at the site of the wound, amelioration from ice and the ascending pains. The injured part is also often swollen, purple and mottled.

APIS for the treatment of symptoms such as redness, itchiness, slight shivering, hive-like swelling and fever.


All of the above remedies are available in the full range of potencies. For very minor injuries consider taking the lower potencies, such as a 6C. Save the higher potencies such as the 30C or 200C for more serious conditions and for very grave injuries the higher and highest potencies are best, such as a 1M or 10M.

Whenever you prescribe for an acute situation, a dose may be repeated very frequently as the remedy can be used up quite quickly. A dose can be given as often as every five to ten minutes. Keep in mind, that once you do see improvement hold off from giving anymore doses unless the symptoms return or improvement stops. Reassess any changes that may indicate a new remedy.

It can be difficult to anticipate those unpleasant scenarios that may arise during your time away. A well stocked homeopathy kit, a strong immune system along with good hygiene and smart sun care is the best you can do to prepare yourself for the unforeseeable.  I hope you find these tips and guidelines helpful as you make your escape for warmer weather this winter season.

Have a fun, safe and healthy trip!

Zuzanna Tabac (click here, to check out Zuzanna's bio and read about our Homeopathic Mentorship and Work Exchange Program)

Homeopathic Guide for Travellers- Roy and Lage-Roy



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<![CDATA[5 Ways You Can Become a Master Homeopath by Learning From your Practice]]> http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/post5-ways-you-can-learn-from-your-practice http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/post5-ways-you-can-learn-from-your-practice Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT How our practice can empower us! Don’t get bogged down in methods and techniques that don’t produce results. Here are some of the hard lessons learnt from 25 years in practice:

1. Polycrests. These remedies with their long paper trail are well represented in our Materia Medicas and Repertories and have solved at least 80% of all my cured cases. To neglect them is a disservice to the profession. For example how many cases involving skin, digestion, sleep and thermo regulation (in menopause) respond well to Sulphur? How many laudable practices where built on polychrests? André Saine, Farokh Master, Vithoulkas to name a few. Another example is Cuba, where until recently (10 years ago), Cuban homeopaths worked effectively with only some 200 remedies at their disposal.

To this day I spend time practicing my scales (studying the keynotes of key remedies).


2.  Nosodes. I confess that it has taken me some 18 years to use nosodes well; the increase of pediatric cases in the last 8 years helped to tip the scales. As an inveterate unicist prescriber, nosodes did not come up often enough in my repertorisations.  And yet if I looked across the channel, at my colleagues practicing French style homeopathy, these nosodes occupied center stage in. The use of miasmatic remedies such as Medorrhinum, Tuberculinum, Carcinosinum  in tandem with constitutional or acute remedies can put turbo jets on our therapeutic engine. Even the Banerjis have observed the miracle of Medorrhinum for urinary infections!


3. Stacking of Remedies. Surely it was not for nothing that P Sankaran (Rajan Sankaran’s father) offered such categories as “Complements” in addition to “Remedies that follow well” in his well-used pamphlet The Clinical Relationship of Homoeopathic Remedies. Yes I wish I were a sharp shooter, resolving the case with the single remedy or a string of single remedies, but my practice has informed me otherwise.  The first ten years I was a devotee of classical prescribing which finally served to humble me, given the distressing load of failed cases. It was only when I traded in ideology for practicality that the tide turned in my favor.  Why not prescribe Rhus Tox on a daily basis alongside Sulphur while including the occasional dose of Graphite or Natrum Sulph, and the whole topped up with Staph for a quick and painless resolution of a case of depression, eruptive inflammation and stiffness of the joints? 


4. Be grateful for the complexes and the tried and true protocols. How many times have I relied on protocols and complexes, to keep a case afloat while I got my act together? Hahnemann himself proposed Belladonna for scarlet fever almost as a specific and quinine for malaria, which remedies could also be used prophylactically.  Why not empower your clients (many parents) with easy to use complexes?  In my practice, I favor the HTSF First Responders Kit. I find that I am best to enable all willing parties to handle the acutes, freeing me up to concentrate on the chronic.  The kit with its user guide also helps solve the ongoing problem of accessibility to remedies. You save time and effort (minimal after hour calls and emails), get better results and watch your practice grow (mothers are the very best source of referrals).


5.  Expanding your view. In the last 20 years we have modulated and refined our view of our remedies while  including new remedies, thanks to the work of the Bombay school, Scholten, Vithoulkas,  Loutan to name a few. It would be foolish for us not to bring this knowledge to bear in our prescribing. For example, the protocol proposed by Marine Jourde for Ebola includes Lac Caninum out of a consideration for the state and sensation of the victims of this epidemic in West Africa, along with such blood toxins as Bothrops, Baptisia  and Carbo veg….but  one must be mindful that prescribing from sensation-soul-essence is more experimental and so perhaps less reliable given the scarcity of  drug provings, rubrics and materia medica.


On Sunday November 30th, I will show you how to hold your practice center stage.  After all we come from an empirical tradition where the practice serves to informs us. Above all we must be able to interpret our results and adhere to what works. So if prescribing these two remedies simultaneously moves the case forward that is what we do. If repeated daily dosing of a 200C is what works that’s what we do. All of the examples that I use in the workshop serve to illustrate this. Also any method and technique which promotes our practice must be implemented, for practice enables mastery.  We will delve into the nitty gritty of some of my strategic cases such as examples of tandem prescribing in pediatric cases (important cases to resolve  given the many referrals they represent) , miasmatic prescribing (with some understanding of constitutions), the stacking of remedies all of this without losing control of a case.

In the wake of the regulation of homeopaths in Ontario it behooves us to move our practices forward.  May I share with you my 25 years of experience and welcome you to learn from my mistakes. They say that the best coach is not necessarily he that makes the most impressive presentation but rather he who can improve the game. Allow me to be that coach for a day.  I promise you will not be disappointed.



Ingrid Bekhor

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<![CDATA[Book Review: The Homeopathic Conversation: The Art of Taking the Case – Dr. Brian Kaplan]]> http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/postbook-review-the-homeopathic-conversation-by-brian-kaplan http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/postbook-review-the-homeopathic-conversation-by-brian-kaplan Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT All Homeopaths must read this book! It should be curriculum, period.

Brian Kaplan tells his personal story of his journey from a young child who wanted to heal people, through becoming a disillusioned MD and a fated trip to a used book store that would lead him on the road to becoming a Homeopath. A trained homeopath who found that he didn’t know how to properly create rapport with patients that elicited the information he needed to properly prescribe, and he tells how he remedied that.

He combines traditional homeopathic case taking and education with techniques from different styles of counseling, psychology, other techniques to elicit symptoms. There is a very useful chapter on how to deal with those patients who have seen psychotherapists and speak in that psychobabble that masks the patient’s own description of their symptoms, a common frustration for Homeopaths everywhere! It even gets down to the nitty gritty of homeopathic shorthand and examples of intake forms one can use.

This book includes even a great come back for those doctors who argue that homeopathic remedies do nothing and the reason we see improvements in our patients is because of the case taking process!

The following quote sums up what this book will teach you:

 “This is exactly what makes our profession special. The undivided attention of the homeopath to his patient creates an atmosphere in the room in which the patient feels respected, understood and even loved. This is the elegance of the homeopathic conversation.”

Check it out here.

Dillena Dillen DHMHS, Reiki Master

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<![CDATA[How smells can affect you: Scientific support for Aromatherapy]]> http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/posthow-smells-can-affect-you-scientific-support-for-aromatherapy http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/posthow-smells-can-affect-you-scientific-support-for-aromatherapy Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Ayda Moreno shares with us this great article from Dr. Mercola about how smells affect you and some interesting studies about aromatherapy.




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<![CDATA[First Do No Harm]]> http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/postfirst-do-no-harm http://riverdalehomeopathy.com/postfirst-do-no-harm Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT In our old bathroom, anticipating a renovation, we let all occupants, frequent or otherwise, write what came to mind. Most were tasteful, some we had to temporarily paint over.

 “Always have high hopes and low expectations”

“Bad Wolf”

and the one I currently have as my motto:

“First, do no harm”. 


The saying is often associated with the Hippocratic Oath – the creed of health practitioners since ancient times. I have discovered that it is simple to say but often difficult to apply; not only to medical decision making but also to the way we approach the world and all the creatures in it.

First, do no harm.

To live by this motto, every decision you make must be filtered through a calculation; the first calculation being “am I doing harm?” and the second “if I am doing harm, is it justified?” It ends up the calculation almost always skips to part 2. Some may even say that every thought or every intent causes harm in one way or another.

I interpret “first, do no harm” as a directive to default to harm avoidance. Any other action must be justified.

In my medical practice, I often shake my head and say to myself: “we haven’t got a clue”. Life on earth has been evolving for 3.5 billion years. Adapting, changing, becoming more complex. Our understanding of how life works cannot help but be miniscule. In the face of 3.5 billion years of evolution, doctors and healers must remain humble. We must tread as lightly as possible in the workings of living creatures.

This is why I love homeopathy. Such a light touch. Such respect for the living organism.


David Brulé BA, DHMS(Can.), Homeopath, Homeopathic Researcher

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