Here is the third and last part of our interview with the alternative practitioner Ina Asmus-Brütt.
Susanne Liedtke: Ina, you mentioned bioidentical hormones earlier when talking about hormone replacement therapy. Can you say something more about this?
Ina: Bioidentical hormones are simply hormones that are already chemically produced, but they have been recreated from our structures, so to speak. And therefore they fit more into the system than if I take or rub a progestin into the body that is really not adapted to our body. It’s just easier if I really take a reproduced progesterone.
Susanne: That means it is identical to what I produce in my body…
Ina: What you have in your body, exactly.
Susanne: And so it is not recognised by the body as foreign, but is metabolised in the same way…
Ina: Exactly. Just like what I form in the body itself.
Susanne: Yes, okay. What has been the biggest surprise in your practice so far?
Ina: Well, the surprise is every day, so I just think, a good cooperation with the patients, but also that I notice how the women blossom again, so to speak, like a rose that is in a bud and then all at once so peu a peu just opens the leaves again and feels joy of life and just feels well, can sleep again, has joy of life again. And I feel that every day is a gift for me too, that this is possible again.
Susanne: Now I know that you said in the preliminary talk that the earlier women come, the better you can strengthen them. So a woman who comes at 50…
Ina: You can still strengthen them, no question, but if I simply come early, then I can pave the way and can simply tell the women where they have to pay attention and where they have to look carefully again, strengthen themselves, so that you simply get a guideline for yourself. A timeline where you simply say, OK, I have to pay a little more attention to myself at these and these points, that’s why it’s easier.
And then you also develop a better body awareness, which you can still do when you’re 50, but it takes more energy. Sometimes the energy starts to wane a bit and then it’s much, much more work, also for the woman, than when she comes in time.
Susanne: You already hinted at it a bit, but I’ll ask you again, what motivates you most in your work?
Ina: Yes, I am simply motivated by the fact that so much can be achieved with such simple means, and that I can make women strong. That they simply go to their doctor and say, I would like to have this and that or this and that I don’t want to have, that this personal responsibility is there again. And you don’t put yourself in this situation, oh, nothing helps anyway, but this quality, this strength, which we also get with the menopause or with the menopause, so that we simply have the feeling again, so yes, we stand up for ourselves and to go this way, that’s what I find important.
Susanne: Great, that’s a nice appeal. You really put a positive spin on the menopause…
Susanne: Why don’t you tell us about the positive aspects of the menopause?
Ina: Well, I just think that it has a quality of wisdom, so that we can also give something to the younger women. I simply notice in practice that I am now in the position that they really believe me and simply say, okay, she has already experienced it, she knows how it works and when I look at her, I think okay, she has mastered it quite well. Then I can inspire a lot of confidence and strength and it lives more from my experience. So from that point of view, I find that this is also a time when I don’t have to worry about one wrinkle more or less, it doesn’t matter, but I simply live, I am very much there in my presence and I live that and I find that simply beautiful.
Susanne: Maybe as a conclusion, your wish or do you have another appeal for women?
Ina: For me the appeal is simply that I think they should never give up looking for the right therapist, because there is one. And even if I often don’t feel in good hands, just change and find the one with whom you can work together and where you feel comfortable, in good hands, safe and you can call them at any time and say, help, help, I need support now, that’s actually important again. And please, please don’t go down the road of psychiatric drugs, the biggest problem with women from 45 to their late or mid-60s is that they are pushed incredibly quickly into the road of psychiatric drugs. That is not a solution and we don’t need it.
Susanne: That’s such a nice conclusion. Ina, thank you very, very much…
Ina: You’re welcome.
- Part 1 of the interview: “Loss of libido is a big issue.” Ina Asmus-Brütt
- Part 2 of the interview: “We women are highly sensitive beings and we usually know how we feel and what is good for us and what is not good for us. And to strengthen that, I just think that’s so important, that’s the be-all and end-all, so that we can just grow old happily and healthily, otherwise it doesn’t work.” Ina Asmus-Brütt
Drawing: Johannes Kjell Holsten