My youth was characterized by competitive sports. In the group disciplines of roller figure skating and figure skating, I made it to the German championship with my team. Here, good foundations were laid, both in competing and in working together.
I first studied industrial engineering, a combination of mechanical engineering and business administration. As a woman, that was certainly not an easy study environment at the time. But I simply wanted to know how things worked. After graduation, my hunger for knowledge drove me to also study economics. Because how we could function better as people, organizations and the global community was something I already had an inkling of, but just couldn’t put it into practice yet.
When the opportunity to study human medicine came up, I knew I was finally on the right track. My research instinct was to find out why diseases develop, why people don’t really get better, why medicine so often only looks at the shortcomings without really making sense for people. Even with my doctorate in my pocket, I kept searching for convincing answers to my questions. I found them (from a medical point of view) in Ayurveda – a 5,000 year old system of medicine.
After specializing as an Ayurvedic doctor, I began pioneering work to bring Ayurvedic treatments and products first to Italy and then to Germany. Because there were no structures in this country, as a doctor I also became an entrepreneur. I imported Ayurveda products from India; later only the raw materials and had the products manufactured in Europe according to local quality standards. Meanwhile, I built up an Ayurveda clinic in the Eifel region and trained doctors and therapists in the ancient Indian art of healing.
And because new ideas always need more education, I also became a political ambassador for Ayurveda at the European Union. Together with other doctors and therapists I founded the European Ayurveda Association (EUAA) and advised both the EU Parliament and the Indian government on cooperation.