© The Press
5 February, 1992
Homoeopathy is a system of medicine that improves a person's health by giving special treatments that are tailor-made for that person.
They provide deep corrections to the body and mind to treat illness and to maximise health. This is often called constitutional treatment. Homoeopathy means the treating of like with like.
Homoeopaths work to bring about an improvement in the patient's condition by giving a small dose of a substance which mimics the patient's condition. Since homoeopathy works on a subtle level, minute doses often bring the best results. This is why Dr Wendy Isbell chooses the dropper bottle as a symbol for her practice.
The Homoeopathic remedies (or medicines) are chosen according to the over-all pattern of symptoms and the general features of the patient. Each dose is a subtle correction of the whole body system. The improvement comes from a partnership between the remedy itself and the patient's own healing processes. A key element by which these doses transmit their healing properties is now thought to be water. Scientists realise that it is much more complex than was once realised. For a vivid example of how much information can be contained in water one only has to look at a drop when frozen - at the infinite variety and beauty of a snowflake.
Homoeopathy has been in use for longer than most conventional treatments offered today. It is often the treatment of choice in Europe, and has had the approval of the British Royal Family for decades.
Homoeopathy is used for a wide range of medical and physiological conditions in children and adults, as well as for treating poor general health.
Dr Isbell feels that the time is coming for the reconciliation of orthodox medicine and complementary medicine, such as homoeopathy.
"More and more, individual people are taking responsibility for their own health. They approach a practitioner more on a contractual basis, sometimes going to different practitioners for different reasons. A person may go to a doctor for a sore throat, a homoeopath for headaches, and have a massage for release of tension."
Alongside this feeling of personal responsibility for health is coming the increasing conviction, which is the basis for homoeopathic treatment and the Christchurch flower essences, that the body is a self-regulating system.
Instead of patching up the body or reconditioning it as we might a car, homoeopaths prefer to view body, mind, and spirit as in a complex inter-relationship on which healing can take place on extremely subtle levels.