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FAQ Homeopathy


What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is based on the philosophy that the mind, body and emotions are fully integrated rather than separate and distinct and that, when in balance, the body is able to heal itself. Homeopathy looks for the remedy which will stimulate the body’s vital force to take action and bring the body back to balance. It is based upon the principle that “like heals like” which means that a substance that produces a certain set of symptoms in a healthy person would be used to offset or counteract the same symptoms a patient may be experiencing. 

A remedy stimulates the body to activate its own healing system.  

How does a homeopath choose an appropriate remedy?

In order to find and treat the source of the presenting symptoms, the homeopath observes and does a detailed interview in order to investigate a patient’s observations, symptoms, feelings, routines, habits and thoughts as well as current and previous life traumas and events. This information helps the physician to determine the most appropriate remedy for this patient, from thousands of possibilities. Remedies are chosen that apply to the totality of symptoms, not just the few that are showing at the interview time.  

Is Homeopathy considered to be a natural medicine?

Homeopathy uses natural substances derived from plant, mineral and animal sources. It is considered to be a natural form of medicine because it works in conjunction with the body, supporting and stimulating its built-in defence mechanisms to fight illness.  

What is my role as a patient?

While it is the homeopath's job to elicit relevant information by asking probing questions, the patient can expect a higher chance of receiving an effective homeopathic remedy if open and truthful in describing their physical and psychological symptoms. It is also important to be observant of the changes taking place in your system. Often changes from remedies are so subtle that people don’t give credit to homeopathy but, rather, they just think it happened on its own. Because of this, it is important to keep a journal or notes on any noticeable changes or shifts in your symptoms, actions, attitudes or health.  

Is there anything I should avoid while taking homeopathic remedies?

It is wise to avoid substances that might interfere with your remedy. Certain substances have been found to minimize and even reverse the effects of homeopathic remedies and medicines. It is suggested to avoid coffee, camphorated products, electric blankets, nicotine, and recreational drugs.  

How often do I have to see my Homeopath?

Usually, a homeopath will schedule follow-up visits four to six weeks after the first interview and remedy prescription. The follow-up visits are used to determine what additional methods, remedies or dosage adjustments are required. In some cases more than one remedy will be used sequentially to restore balance and full health.  


Can homeopathic medicine and conventional medicine be taken together?

Homeopathy is not exclusive and can be used along with conventional and complementary medical treatments. However, if you continue to take the two together, it is more difficult to evaluate your progress. Conventional medicine suppresses and changes symptoms to such an extent that their original presentation is lost, making it difficult to gather enough accurate information to prescribe the correct homeopathic remedy.  

Who uses homeopathic medicine?

Millions of people across the world use and rely on homeopathic remedies and there are a rapidly growing number of conventional medical doctors using homeopathic remedies and referring patients to homeopathic physicians.  

When did Homeopathy begin?

Its foundational hypothesis existed a couple of thousand years ago at the time of Hippocrates, considered the Father of medicine, but all was lost and then found again, named, studied, tested and refined in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician and chemist.  

How does such a highly diluted remedy change anything?

Homeopathic remedies are given in small quantities and taken over a period of time. After taking a remedy the homeopath must wait and observe the effects of the medicine before increasing the dosage or perhaps changing the remedy as new symptom pictures arise.  The goal is to treat the patient in a short period of time and with as few remedies as possible to affect a cure.  

Society today expects a quick fix but as we know this does not work for long-term cure. Homeopathy, when applied to a chronic condition, is a gentle and subtle medicine and so will be the changes in your health.  Instead of suppressing symptoms and driving disease deeper, homeopathy aims to stimulate your life energy so that your own healing mechanisms act to decrease the severity and duration of your symptoms or eliminate them completely.   In acute and first aid situations the application of the correct remedy will be very quick to act and resolve symptoms.   

What is a healing crisis or homeopathic aggravation?

A healing crisis is an initial increase in symptoms which may feel like the flu (headache, body ache, sluggishness, occasional fever) and last 3-4 days, indicating the unlocking of toxic storage and expulsion of accumulated toxins. Over a lifetime of treatment with antibiotics and other medications and environmental pollutants, residual toxins can be stored within the body and interfere with the function of particular organ systems. Cells cannot get the nutrition they need nor get rid of their own metabolic waste.   

How does a homeopath know what dosage to give?

In order for a remedy to stimulate change, it must be similar but stronger than the current condition. Homeopathic remedies are indeed much diluted doses. However, they are specially prepared doses which undergo a specific process — including dilution of ingredients (called potentization), as well as a vigorous shaking (succussion). Specially formulated homeopathic remedies are thought to resonate with the body, triggering a positive healing response. This response gently, and effectively, heals from the inside out. The documented results from thousands of experienced homeopaths, and from millions of their patients, clearly show that these small, individualized doses produce profound health benefits.  


Why do old symptoms recur?

A return of old symptoms is another reaction that may occur after taking a homeopathic remedy. If there have been many illnesses or diseases, the remedy may take the body through a series of regressions during which the patient can experience symptoms of past illness. That is a positive indication that the body is ridding itself of all the accumulated toxins from the inside out.   

Are homeopathic remedies a placebo?

No. We don't use placebo in our practice.

You can still see the positive effects of a remedy in treatment of infant ailments such as colic, teething pain and some infections as well as veterinary treatment of domestic and barnyard animals who are intellectually unaware of the process. Homeopathy is an energetic and individualized medicine which makes it hard for people to comprehend. Although remedies are often diluted beyond their origins, their essence and effectiveness are retained due to the potentization process. Because the essence of a remedy is not seen, does not preclude its existence. Magnetism and electricity are invisible, yet they exist. Homeopathy cannot be adequately studied with the scientific method because it is too rigid and was created after the development of homeopathic medicine. The scientific method requires that, for example, all individuals with headaches receive systematic treatment in order to validate the effectiveness of the single headache medicine they are testing. This is impossible in homeopathic treatment because medicines must be individualized with respect to the remedy given, the dosage and frequency of repetition, as each individual will have a unique manifestation in the way they experience their symptoms e.g. headache.  

What is the difference between homeopathy and conventional medicine?

Homeopathy is based on a “whole person” approach and the remedy or treatment program is customized and individualized to the patient with the intent of removing the underlying or root cause. Conventional (allopathic) medicine usually relies on treating a patient’s physical symptoms. This treatment may also assume a person’s symptoms need to be controlled, suppressed or eliminated. 

Are there scientific studies that show homeopathy is effective?

Homeopathy research is a relatively new field, so it’s true to say that there are not a huge number of  studies, but some evidence is very different from no evidence. 

By the end of 2014, 189 randomized controlled trials of homeopathy on 100 different medical conditions had been published in peer-reviewed journals. Of these, 104 papers were placebo-controlled and were eligible for detailed review: 

  • 41% were positive (43 trials) – finding that homeopathy was effective 
  • 5% were negative (5 trials) – finding that homeopathy was ineffective 
  • 54% were inconclusive (56 trials)

 An analysis of 1016 systematic reviews of RCTs of conventional medicine had strikingly similar findings: ·

  • 44% were positive – the treatments were likely to be beneficial 
  • 7% were negative – the treatments were likely to be harmful 
  • 49% were inconclusive – the evidence did not support either benefit or harm. 

Although the percentages of positive, negative and inconclusive results are similar in homeopathy and conventional medicine, it is important to recognize a vast difference in the quantity of research carried out;  chart A represents 188 individual trials on homeopathy, whereas chart B represents 1016 reviews on conventional medicine, each analyzing multiple trials. This highlights the need for more research in homeopathy, particularly large-scale high quality repetitions of the most promising positive studies

The difference in quantity is also not surprising when one considers the tiny amounts of medical research funding made available for research into ‘complementary and alternative medicine’ (CAM). 

For example, in the UK only 0.0085% of the total medical research budget is spent on CAM, of which homeopathy is only one example. In Canada the percentage is far less.

Scientists say that remedies are just H2O and that it is impossible to cure with such high dilutions

Not all scientists or doctors believe homeopathic remedies are too diluted to make a difference. Prof Luc Montagnier, renowned French virologist, who won a Nobel Prize in 2008 for his role in discovering HIV, says homeopaths are right to use these high dilutions. In an interview for Science magazine, when asked, 

“Do you think there’s something to homeopathy…?”   he replied, 

“…What I can say now is that the high dilutions are right. High dilutions of something are not nothing. They are water structures which mimic the original molecules.”    

FAQ Reflexology


What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is an ancient, non-invasive complementary health therapy; 

system of massage, or applied pressure, to areas on the feet, hands, ears and face in order to relieve stress and remove energy blockages throughout the body.

Reflexology is more than 5000 years old, and although it is not used to diagnose or cure health disorders, millions of people around the world use it as a preventative measure and to complement other treatments. Reflexology is based on the theory that there are reflex points, a map, on the feet, hands and head that are linked to every organ and system of the body. If the body is unhealthy in the area that corresponds to the area on the foot being treated, the client could experience some discomfort or pain.  Illness occurs when the energy channels in the body become blocked, causing damage to one area or another. Reflexology aims to destroy these blocks, allowing the energy to flow freely and so heal the damage.       

How long is a treatment and how often should I be getting treatments?

Treatments usually last for an hour and is recomended six to eight sessions to help resolve a specific ailment. Initially, once or twice a week or longer treatments are recommended to address issues. Then, biweekly or monthly treatments are recommended for wellness, maintenance and prevention. 

At Pure, Simple and Amazing, sessions can be booked for ½ hour, 1 hour, 1 ½ hour or 2 hour sessions to suit your needs.  

I feel good generally. Why should I still be coming for regular treatments?

Sometimes the body is in a state of 'imbalance' following a stressful period, illness or injury, disease and energy pathways are blocked preventing the body from functioning effectively. Sometimes these blockages may not manifest to be present in the physical body yet. The use of precision pressure movements allows the whole body to relax and de-stress, restoring and maintaining the body's natural equilibrium and encouraging healing.    

Prevention is key to good overall health over decades of life

What can reflexology help with?

Reflexology should be considered and is ideal for:  

  • relieving pain
  • improve circulation
  • reducing and relieving stress and tension
  • acute and chronic conditions
  • improving nerve and blood supply function
  • balancing the whole system and support the body’s efforts to  function optimally (homeostasis)
  • revitalising energy
  • activating the body to cleanse impurities
  • preventative therapy
  • children and adults of all ages

What can I expect during a reflexology treatment?

You will be sitting or lying down in a comfortable position with your clothes on and your shoes off. A blanket is provided since the body temperature will cool down as the session progresses. The reflexologist uses hands, mostly thumb and finger pressure in a safe and sensitive manner that is effective. Pressure is adjusted in response to the client’s feedback to each individuals tolerance and comfort.  Some people like to enjoy the tranquility and quiet and may fall asleep during treatment. Others like to share what is tender or feels different so they can be intellectually part of the treatment. 

Relaxing music may be heard during the treatment.    

What is difference between foot reflexology, hand reflexology, ear reflexology and face reflexology?

Foot reflexology is most common and preferred. However many people do not realize how much stress can be held in the hand or how effective and relaxing an ear or face reflexology treatment can be. There are reflexes or a map of the body on each foot, hand, ear and face corresponding to body parts, organs and glands.  



What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy is a comprehensive intervention involving a range of techniques to manually manipulate the soft tissues and joints of the body (muscle, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments) to enhance a person's health and wellbeing. The purpose of massage therapy is to prevent, develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function or relieve pain.  

It is a clinically-oriented health option that achieves undeniable results in the relief of an array of discomforts stemming from stress, muscular overuse and many chronic pain syndromes.   

RMT Diploma

A Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) has completed a diploma program at a recognized school of massage therapy and has passed the registration examination offered by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.

Massage Therapists use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to combine with massage therapy techniques and other therapies to treat their clients.There has been a wide variety of research, published in peer review journals, proving the benefits of massage therapy for various conditions.  

How can massage therapy help me?

There are many benefits from regular massage therapy treatments. Whether it is to have a moment of relaxation, reduce muscle tension, or attain relief from chronic pain, therapeutic massage can enhance overall sense of emotional and physical well-being.  

Why therapeutic massage is an important part of your health maintenance plan?

  • reducing or eliminating pain
  • improving joint mobility
  • improving circulation
  • improving immune system functioning
  • increasing lymphatic drainage
  • reducing depression  and anxiety
  • reducing tension within muscles
  • ​increasing body awareness

Conditions that can be helped by a massage therapy, when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist, can prove beneficial, include: 

  • anxiety and depression 
  • back, knee, hip, leg, shoulder, neck pain  
  • carpel tunnel syndrome (repetitive strain) 
  • promoting relaxation and balance  
  • decreased movement  
  • headaches and migraines 
  • inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, bursitis  
  • insomnia 
  • kyphosis and lordosis 
  • loss of sensation 
  • metatarsalgia
  • flat feet or high arched feet  
  • muscle tension and spasm 
  • post surgical rehabilitation 
  • joint problems 
  • recovery from falls, accidents, injuries,  
  • strains and sprains 
  • stress related conditions 
  • tendinitis 
  • whiplash  
  • relaxation during chemotherapy treatments

Massage Therapy can be used as part of a preventative care program including sports training, injury prevention, ongoing stress management, and more. The client and therapist will develop a treatment plan based on client needs. The treatment plan can be changed at any time and the client has no obligation to undergo any part of the treatment. The treatment begins after the client gives informed consent.  

How often should I get massage therapy treatments?

Really, depends on your needs.

If addressing a specific issue, once or twice a week is recommended. 

Then once or twice a month is highly recommended for preventative maintenance. Some people extend beyond their health benefits because they value the effects and benefits from regular treatments.    

Share the big newsI have heard of massage therapy but not reflexology.

Massage therapy is more common in North America and it is governed and regulated in Ontario. Registered Massage Therapists have over 2000 hours of training

As such many heath plans provide coverage for massage therapy. Reflexology is not as common and is not regulated In Ontario.