© The Press
30 July, 1992
Helping people to achieve maximum health and become as productive as possible is the aim of Christchurch's only physician and homoeopath, Dr Wendy Isbell.
Since she began combining homoeopathy with conventional medicine six years ago, she has "been quietly doing her bit behind the scenes for Canterbury people." "Homoeopathy is attracting a great deal of interest in the community. It is not that people are dissatisfied with conventional medicine, but rather that people want to have their illnesses treated, and go a step further and regain full health and well being," she says.
People are turning to homoeopathy to have their illnesses treated, often alongside conventional treatment, and also as a way of improving their health and energy, and for health promotion.
Homoeopathy is a system of medicine that improves a person's health by giving special, tailor-made treatments. It uses the principle that the body is always trying to recover from illness, and works to aid the body in its recovery. Dr Isbell began practising homoeopathy in a small way, but in a short time the demand had grown to such an extent that her commitment became full-time.
Her practice is an example, she says, of something that has grown from small roots into something viable and growing, through effort, hard work, and attention to the market-place.
Two months ago she moved to larger premises at 177 Bealey Avenue, which will allow her to expand her services. The premises include a consultation room which doubles as a seminar room, reception room, a nurse's room, a room for meditation classes, and upstairs a room for dispensing herbal remedies (No drugs are kept on the premises)
Dr Isbell's patients come for general constitutional treatment for a specific illness, and occasional return visits to maintain good health. As well she offers health check-ups, a stay well programme, and an injury service to help people recover faster from sports or general injuries. People can make appointments to see Dr Isbell without being referred by their general practitioner, but she asks them to remain registered there. She works in with other medical care.
Following the first appointment the homoeopathic dose is given, and often some herbs or flower essences as well. The remedies are natural, and contain a small amount of liquid in an alcohol solution. She finds that the best results occur when people attend for a few regular visits at the start of treatment, to allow the homoeopathic treatment to catch up with the person's constitution. She sees people three-weekly at first, and the average number of visits is three to six.
Because the homoeopathic treatment is a partnership between homoeopathic remedies and the body's response, the amount and pattern of improvement varies from person to person. Dr Isbell is very optimistic about the future of homoeopathy in Christchurch, and its potential for improving people's health and productivity.