Growing up in the Alps of Bavaria, my father taught me a lot about plants and nature and started taking me on hiking tours at an early age.
So my childhood was very much related to nature. My mother was a mid wife. When I reached the age of 21 I went to Munich to become a registered nurse.
I had my training in all the different departments of the University Hospitals of Munich . After my certification, I worked mainly in Intensive Care. In the early 1980's, I spent a year in Taiwan with my family, where I learned the Chinese language as well as the ancient arts of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. After that I returned to Munich ..
Because of my disappointment with the outcome that conventional medicine had on chronic illnesses, I became a student of natural medicine for three years in Munich , after which I was certified by the government to practice natural medicine.
During the following years I specialized in classical Homeopathy. In Homeopathy the person is seen as a whole being with no separation between the mental, the emotional and the physical levels.
This concept was very attractive to me because it was exactly how I always felt when I took care of patients in the clinic.
Unfortunately, this philosophy was seldom addressed by conventional medicine. When I heard about this concept the first time, it was as if a key had opened a new door for me.
For 14 years I worked in Munich in my private practice of Natural Medicine. During that time, I also became a co-founder and board member of the Homeopathy Forum in Munich , the biggest organization of homeopathic practitioners in Germany and I also worked as a teacher in homeopathic and natural medicine schools.
Some of my mentors always told me: “Barbara, besides being doctors, we have to be teachers to educate people how to live a healthy life.”
Therefore, I also gave (and still give) a lot of classes and workshops about Alternative Medicine, Homeopathy and Self-healing in educational centers, schools and kindergartens.
SEEING MYSELF AS A BRIDGE BETWEEN CONTROVERSIAL PARTS
Often I see myself as a bridge between the two sides of medicine. On one side is the conventional, allopathic or mainstream medicine; on the other side there is the Natural, Alternative or Complementary Medicine.
Because of my insights, education and lifelong experiences in both of these areas, I can understand all the people who have difficulties taking the first step toward a different approach to their health problems.
Each of these medical fields has its own pros and cons. It is important, therefore, that we see healthcare with an open and logical mind.
There are so many wonderful, life-saving and progressive methods, especially in surgeries and life threatening situations. I am happy that we have conventional drugs when it is really necessary.
I think it would be more beneficial in the long term to first use the non-invasive natural medicine that supports the body in its own healing mechanisms. Then, if there is no improvement, use chemical drugs or surgeries, etc.
And, to be perfectly honest, I would like to see the day when the term “complementary medicine” is used for the allopathic (mainstream medicine) and not for alternative medicine!
To follow my concept of holistic medicine.
I always take enough time for each patient.
I see each patient from a holistic point of view,
including the physical body as well as the emotional,
mental and spiritual part of his/her being.
I include individual life-circumstances such as family
and social aspects in my treatment-plan.
I accompany my patient during all phases of the
I always provide for optimal communication and availability.
MY WORK IN MEXICO
In 1997 I had an opportunity to come to Mexico . I was very interested in discovering different cultures.
At this time, I hardly spoke English and no Spanish, so I was wondering what kind of work I could do without language skills.
I always liked to work with my hands and learning massage had been a part of my training. Discovering and developing these skills was a gift that was sent to me, because did not use this skill in Germany .
My general knowledge about health as well as my experience in treating people helped me to create a specific kind of massage, where I work very profoundly and intensively on affected body parts to relieve pain and dysfunctions.
After improving my language skills, I went back into the alternative medicine field, but I still like to do these massages and they continue to be a major part of my work. In Munich I treated mostly children and young people. In Mexico my clientele changed. Here I was confronted with chronic health problems of elderly people, often due to unhealthy diets or lifestyles.
Therefore, I had to change how I work with my clients, because of different needs and different problems. I still use homeopathic remedies, but I include a whole variety of natural treatments in my work to “detoxify,” the body so that the organs and their related systems can function properly and freely.
It is the most astonishing part of my work to see how fast people gain strength and health back by these "detoxification cures".
What I found in Mexico:
Coming to Mexico
has been like a big opening for me…a growing in so many different aspects. At first, living here was like a perpetual stay in a wellness spa.
I encouraged all my clients to be aware and grateful for that and to take advantage of all the possibilities this area offers to us. Everything that we need to become happy and healthy is available here.
Clinic Vida Sana in Guadalajara
In 1998 I met Dr. Ignacio Regla, Direktor of the”Instituto Vida Sana” Mundo Natural (www.mundonaturalspa.com) a clinic for Natural Medicine in Guadalajara. I give lectures there on a regular basis, see clients and work as supervisor and interpreter for non-Spanish speaking patients.
The slogan of the clinic is: "En la naturaleza esta tu salud", which means "in nature is your health". I help people contact the clinic if they are interested in Inner Cleansing Cures and treatments. I can say I am learning so much more, including seeing medicine from a philosophical and spiritual point of view.
Over the years I have become more and more humble about the mysteries of health and illness. For me there is a wealth of knowledge and possibilities I have discovered here that I could not experience
in Germany .
For example, learning from Curanderos and Shamans or learning from people who
come to this area from all over the world
and like to share their knowledge.