Our Essential Life is a team of doctors, mentors, health coaches and specialists who really strive to empower people with knowledge and tools to achieve greater health, happiness and success in life. We are thrilled to sit down and talk with Dr. Tiny Jaentsch, MD, a mind/body physician who practices holistic medicine in Germany and offers coaching to patients internationally to help them hone in on the mental and emotional aspects behind their disease.
1/ Did you always have a sense of the organ/emotion and mind/body connection, or was there a specific experience in your medical career that led you to explore this?
I was born hypersensitive, so I always noticed way more than most people. However, I almost lost touch with this gift when I enrolled in medical school and started to become a neurosurgeon.
Later, I switched to anesthesia. At that time, I suffered from hay fever and couldn’t stay alert when I took the medication. My boss did acupuncture so I asked him for a treatment. When he did the H&P the Chinese way, I was BLOWN away. From the few facts I gave him, and from looking at my tongue, he was able to tell me exactly where my weakest points were and what had happened regarding my health in the past and most likely in the future.
2/ You are a practitioner of both Western and Eastern medicine. Why is it important to you to offer care from both approaches? What do you think modern medicine is lacking in approach to care and treatment of illness?
I believe there is no one way that is absolutely right or wrong. We love black and white, but we actually live in world of different shades of gray. If you need surgery, you want to make sure you have the most skilled surgeon. And you’d never try to heal your broken leg with herbs only, would you?
But along the way, I also learned how to support the healing process with nutrition, homeopathy, or acupuncture. For some reason, it is really hard to convince people — especially colleagues — to combine both approaches. There is a time when you need more Western medicine, for example, for surgery. And there is a time that calls for a more alternative approach. I think Western medicine is incredible with regard to diagnostics. The question is, what do you do after you collect all the lab work, ultra sounds, and cat scans? For me they are only part of the picture. They tell me the raw facts about a patient. But, human beings are much, much more.
Western medicine neglects the emotional side completely. I believe to truly heal, you have to engage body and soul. In Western medicine we are so focused on treating the body that we forget to include the soul part. We reduce human beings to little robots. Disease X is treated following the guidelines Y leading to the expected outcome of Z, which means you are free of symptoms. You have to decide for yourself if being free of body symptoms is all you want.
3/ What is healing? What are the first steps for someone to take who is ready to change their life, but may not know where to start?
Healing happens when you are willing to change your consciousness. The first step is to acknowledge you can’t do it on your own. You need support. Then you need to ask yourself: What do I actually want? What is best for me? What type of person do I work best with? Some of this you can work out on your own, but at some point, you have to go out there and talk to people — to healers — and see how you feel.
4/ Why is it important to get to know ourselves, and what are the first steps to this?
If you know yourself deeply, nothing can stop you.
You detach from the false images of yourself and the stories you’ve created about yourself. You start to know they are there, but you no longer have to wear them.
The first and most important step is awareness. That’s why I often recommend to my private clients to start writing morning pages. You write every day first thing in the morning three pages of longhand writing. I can almost guarantee that you will not be able to run away from yourself if you do this practice long enough. I recommend to try it for four weeks, at least, and see where it gets you.
5/ There is a timeless riddle: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Within the body/mind and organ/emotion connections, which manifests problems first?
Honestly, I don’t know. There was a time when I would have said all problems are created in the mind, and if you don’t address them they move into the body. And I still believe there is some truth in that. However, that’s not everything. Who am I to know exactly where something came from? To me, this is a bit like playing God. Yes I believe there is a story behind a disease and a big part of my work is to untangle this story. It is equally true that environmental influences play a role, as well as our DNA, for example, certain kinds of breast cancer.
The question is, how do you deal with the situation you find yourself in?
6/ A daily practice and sacred self-care is really important. Will you share part of what your practice and means of self-care look like?
My daily practice is a constant reminder for me of me. My practice increases my signal and tones down the noise. I usually meditate every morning; I write morning pages and drum for a few minutes. I am a kitchen nerd. I love, love, love food, and I am very particular about what goes in my body, not all the time but most of the time. At night, I sleep eight hours; I can’t make do with less. I feel less like myself when I try to go a longer period of time without enough sleep.
7/ What is fear and what does it do to the body?
I believe fear is often a reaction of our body against a perceived threat —perceived being the keyword here. Fear is so much bigger. Fear invades our lives and often we don’t realize we are ruled by fear from the moment we get up until we go to sleep again. Fear freezes our muscles, constricts our brains, and closes our hearts. Fear takes away our natural glow and substitutes artificial gloss, instead.
8/ What are your thoughts on humans’ relationship to modern technology and always being connected?
I think technology feeds our need to be needed. I don’t believe it’s good or bad, per se. Like everything else, it should be used in moderation.
9/ Can you give an entry-level definition of the organ/emotion connection, and what you do for the ones who are hearing this for the first time?
I came across the organ-emotion relationship for the first time through Chinese medicine. Every organ is associated with a time of the year, a day, a color, a taste, a sensory organ, and an emotion. The Chinese learned this through observation. They view humans as beings with a physical, emotional, and mental body. In Western medicine, we are taught that disease has nothing to do with our way of living. I don’t believe this is true. Our daily decisions affect us on every level of our being. Science is finally catching up to this.
So when I talk to a new private client, I always look for obvious connections between certain behaviors and symptoms. I ask about her family relationships, her dreams for herself, the way she leads her life, how her living conditions are, and if she loves her work. Parallel to our talk, I often get intuitive hints about her natural gifts. When you enter a healing journey, you release a massive amount of energy. While we always want to use this energy in a “productive“ way, I encourage my clients to spend their free energy on their positive potential or natural gifts. This can be painting, knitting, cooking, or any creative activity that allows them to forget time and space.
Tiny Jaentsch, MD is a mind-body-physician. She is a oral facial surgeon and also trained in chinese medicine, homeopathy and nutrition. She has a local private practice for holistic medicine in Germany. Her online home is called Unlock the REAL You. This where she works as a doctor and coach internationaly. She helps patients to understand the Why behind their dis-ease. In her way of thinking every symptom has a story or theme behind it. Healing means to address the symptom and understand the underlying message. You can find her at Unlock the Real You.