Vita Dr. med. Angela Stahl
Specialist in neurology, psychiatry and psychotherapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture (Completed university studies in traditional Chinese medicine), natural healing methods, nutritional medicine
I was born in Leipzig in 1959. After graduating from high school, I studied medicine. After that, I completed my specialist training in neurology and psychiatry at the General Hospital Ochsenzoll and at the General Hospital St. Georg in Hamburg over 7 years.
Body, mind and soul in harmony
How my holistic thinking has developed
In my practice, I am often asked by my patients how I came to treat people holistically.
Let’s go back to 1986, when I began my residency as a neurologist and psychiatrist. During this time, especially during my neurological further training at the St. Georg Hospital, which was initially led by my old teacher, Prof. Seitz (who unfortunately has already passed away) and later by Prof. Vogel, I was involved in my daily work with the patient that too little attention is often paid to psychological concerns in purely neurological activities based on conventional medicine.
This applied particularly to patients who showed psychogenic neurological symptoms, e.g. psychogenic hemiplegia or psychogenic epileptoid attacks, without suffering from those organic, manifest illnesses – there was no explanation for the condition.
At the end of the 1980s I therefore decided to take a training course in psychotherapy on the basis of depth psychology, which I duly completed over the next four years in the psychosomatic department of Eppendorf University Clinic (UKE).
During this training course, and in the context of my ongoing clinical neurology activities, I felt confronted by the fact that psychotherapy is not the appropriate therapeutic method for everyone, which of course means that the people in question need a different kind of supplementary treatment. I therefore decided to take on the challenge of physiatrics, and over the subsequent years I completed an additional course of further training as a physiatrics specialist at Hamburg Medical Council.
Parallel to that, I devoted a lot of my time to the neuro-anatomic interrelations of our psyche and was familiarised with the method of neurolinguistic programming. It is most impressive to be able to construct the interrelations between neuronal connections in our brains and psychological processes.
At the Besser-Sigmund-Institut I completed the “Practitioner and Master” training course in neurolinguistic programming. This course provided me with another important piece in the jigsaw for gaining a holistic understanding of the human being in relation to organic, psychological, mental and energetic factors.
Fascinated by Traditional Chinese Medicine
I first came into contact with the theoretical principles of traditional Chinese medicine during a physiatrics course at the Hamburg Medical Council. This way of thinking, understanding the human being holistically as a part of nature and the cosmos and being able to order all of his/her symptoms in specific corresponding systems, and then treating them accordingly, fascinated me so much that even before my training course in psychotherapy had ended, I decided without a moment’s hesitation to concern myself with traditional Chinese medicine.
In 1991 I joined the International Society for Traditional Chinese Medicine and began an extensive training course. I was, and still am, fascinated by the fact that there are very many points of reference between a psychosomatic approach and a traditional Chinese approach to human symptoms.
The concurrent study of psychosomatics and TCM enabled me to gain increasingly deep insights into our being and brought me closer to understanding the interrelation between our body, our soul and our mind.
In particular, I completed my university studies in TCM at the University of Witten-Herdecke in 2008. This was the first and only Bologna-certified TCM course in Europe at the time. In 2019 I did my Master of Science in traditional Chinese medicine at the Technical University of Munich.
I have completed several thousand hours of training in various institutions, societies and many countries and work integratively in my practice. That means: I look at every person from the perspective of conventional medicine, psychosomatics and traditional Chinese medicine from the outset. I realized that only the unity of these 3 treatment bases do justice to a human body, mind and soul in such a way that long-term healing becomes possible.
Nutrition for a strong Qi
TCM also pays great attention to our diet. The branch of science known as Chinese dietetics developed thousands of years ago. Therefore, a few years ago, I supplemented my traditional Chinese knowledge of our food and its qualifications from a traditional Chinese perspective with an additional, well-founded training in conventional medicine in nutritional medicine, which I completed a few years ago at the Schleswig-Holstein Medical Association.
My goal for you:
With the knowledge of holistic medicine I have acquired over decades, I hope to do justice to the diverse suffering of my patients. I would like to treat them in such a way that they learn to understand and understand themselves as a holistic being, so that in the future they can do a lot for their own health prophylaxis with the knowledge of the inner wholeness.
In particular, instructions for a healthy lifestyle according to the 5 phases of TCM, a suitable Chinese and Western diet and the prescription of traditional Chinese medicines for permanent energetic harmonization help here.