As a Traditional Naturopath, Dr. De Donato firmly believes in the following principles Naturopathy is based upon:
1) Premium Non Nocere (=First do no harm)
Symptoms and disease are not our enemies. They serve, indeed, a specific purpose and are the means by which the life force within our organism attempts to restore optimum health. The Naturopath’s intervention aims at helping the life force to work and find a state of balance again and to facilitate the natural healing process. Fighting disease through the suppression of symptoms without identifying and removing the root cause is counterproductive and even harmful and should be avoided.
2) Vis Mediatrix Naturae (=The healing power of nature)
Our body is a wonderful mechanism and the life force in it is always aiming at a state of perfect balance (homeostasis). If given the chance, it has the ability to maintain and restore a state of optimum health. This process can be facilitated by identifying underlying causes of symptoms and disease and by helping the life force to repristinate balance.
3) Tolle Causam (=Identify and treat the cause)
Everything in nature happens for a reason and is regulated by biological laws. No true healing can take place unless the root cause of a disease is identified and completely removed. Symptoms are part of our alarm/self-defense mechanism and they help us to understand when something is wrong and needs attention. They should never be seen as enemies which need to be suppressed. The Naturopath understands this logic and dynamics. As consequence, he/she focuses on the identification of the root cause and tries to help the best he/she can the life force to reestablish a state of balance.
4) Tolle Totum (=Heal the whole person)
Health and disease are conditions which relate to the individual as a whole and to the interaction and interrelation among different factors, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual. The Naturopath never focuses on a specific part of the body where symptoms and disease manifest but rather on the whole person. True health can exist, be maintained and/or restored only by reestablishing a state of balance among all these components.
5) Docere (=The physician as teacher)
Cooperation between practitioner and clients is of the utmost importance. The Naturopath acts primarily as an educator and motivator while the client is encouraged to take responsibility for his/her own health by actively participating to the process. Keeping a positive attitude is also highly recommended as a way to facilitate the maintenance and/or restoration of health.
6) Prevention (=Prevention is the best cure)
Prevention is better than cure. Prevention is only possible through education and promotion of healthy, balanced and active lifestyle habits. The Naturopath identifies and, according to client’s needs, assesses risk factors which may interfere with the state of optimum health. In so doing, he/she helps his/her clients so that they can make due changes and preserve their health and well-being.
As a Traditional Naturopath and Classical Homeopath, in her practice Dr. De Donato applies principles of
- Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Classical Homeopathy
- Western & Eastern Nutrition
- Western & Eastern Herbalism
Ayurveda (from the Sanskrit words ayuh meaning “life” and veda, meaning “knowledge” or “science”, commonly translated as “The Science of Life”), which is considered the oldest medical system in existence, dating back more than 5,000 years to ancient India, takes also into account the mind-body-spirit component. Based on the understanding that everything in life is composed of five basic elements – ether/space, air, fire, water and earth – whose combinations give birth to three doshas, that is, three different constitutional or metabolic body types – Vata, Pitta e Kapha – Ayurveda believes that the intriguing, yet fascinating process of energy moving throughout the body causes the physiological function for the person, and that aspects such as genetic predisposition, lifestyle, diet, emotions, and environment can determine a balance, or imbalance, in the energy flows and, subsequently, a state of health and well-being or one of illness. (Trivieri & Anderson, 2002)
Well-known for its application of the fundamental principle similia similibus curentur (like is cured by like), Homeopathy is non-materialistic and has its own interesting and captivating concept of health. Though officially founded as a new alternative medicine by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1796, Homeopathy was known thousands of years ago and in 400 BC people like the Greek physician Hippocrates were already familiar with homeopathic remedies. While the latter should never be prescribed according to the name of the health issue but rather in accordance to the summary of all psychological and physical characteristics of the person, according to constitutional types, all symptoms are considered levels of defence, like bastions, through which the body warns about a problem. To the homeopath, therefore, “the human body and the mind are like windows displaying the patient’s inner state.” (Čehovský, 1997) To know more about Dr. De Donato’s activity as a Certified Homeopathic Practitioner, how Homeopathy works, and how it can benefit you, you can click on the following links:
http://marter2520.wixsite.com/dedonato-homeopathy (English Version)
http://omeopatia-drdedonato.weebly.com/ (Italian Version)
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Herbalism Each year more and more people search for natural remedies as a way to prevent diseases and improve their overall state of health in order not to get sick in the first place. One of these methods is, of course, Herbalism, also known as Herbal Medicine or Botanical Medicine. As history shows, Herbal Medicine is rooted in the very far past: from the Sumerians to the Egyptians; from the Greeks to the Muslim World; from India to China and Japan all ancient civilizations developed their own herbal system for treatments as well as men like Hippocrates, Claudius Galen of Pergamon, monks in their monasteries, Avicenna, and many more greatly contributed – by observing nature, searching for remedies, cataloguing and writing about their findings – to the outstanding, deep knowledge of Herbalism all of us may be proud of, thankful for, and treasure today. The efficacy of Herbal Medicine is well documented by the admission of the World Health Organization (WHO) that today some 4 billion people worldwide use herbal remedies for health related issues. As a complementary therapy, Herbalism looks at the human beings and their health from a holistic point of view taking into account both the individual as a whole and the fact the human health is determined by a self-regulating mechanism, called homeostasis: the main task for a Master Herbalist is to evaluate your general health status as client and determine which remedy might work best for you. As consequence, advices and recommendations are individualized: each one is designed for a specific customer’s need so that something that may work for you may not work for another client. Furthermore, remedies may be changed over time according to the changes of your needs or symptoms with the ultimate goal being the identification of the herbs and plants that may best facilitate the restoration of optimum health. Herbal remedies can be found in forms of teas, syrups, oils, liquid extracts, tinctures, and dry extracts (pills or capsules) and today, as in the past, nature offers us an immense variety of plants to choose from: from Aloe vera to Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa); from Echinacea to Garlic and Ginger (Zingiber officinale) the list goes on reaching thousands herbs that can be used as natural, yet powerful remedies.
Nutrition is absolutely paramount in maintaining and restoring our health. Eating properly and having control over our weight allows to prevent nutrition-related health issues while still enjoying cooking and eating.
As a Board Certified Nutritional Consultant, Dr. De Donato will educate you to eat properly, have control over your weight, and avoid nutrition- and lifestyle related health issues while still enjoying cooking and eating. Being born and raised in Rome, Italy, from two smart and caring parents who both loved good and healthy food, who planted and cultivated their own vegetable garden, and had plenty of own homemade provisions all year round, with a large variety of in oil and pickled eggplants, mushrooms, artichokes, peppers, beans, and many more along with almost two quintals of fresh tomato sauce produced every other year, all made at home by following what we could describe as a “real ceremonial ritual“, Dr. De Donato developed pretty good eating and cooking habits along with a deep pleasure in dealing with foods and herbs in general and home made remedies. She fully appreciate the good cuisine, loves to cook and to eat and her goal is to share her knowledge and the enjoyment that healthy cooking and healthy eating – which by the way start with healthy shopping – can bring into your life while highly benefitting your health and well-being.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which is thousands of years old, is rooted in a meticulous observation of how nature, the cosmos and the human body are interacting, and the understanding that the life and activity of individual human beings have intimate relationship with the environment at all levels. As Dr. Andrew Weil indicates in his Guide to Optimum Health CDs series, TCM states that a “visible illness follows an invisible one for a visible illness starts as a disturbance of energy flow from the body which, if passed unnoticed, is going to crystallize and taking the form of the body” (Weil, 2002), that is, referring to our previous statements about how matter and energy work and interact with each other, that energy – our emotional state of mind, our fear, anxiety, and thought – transforms itself into matter, which, if negative, materializes in the form of disease.
As a Life Strategist the Coaching activity of Maria Teresa De Donato, Ph.D includes:
a) Health-Lifestyle-Wellness Coaching
b) Personal & Spiritual Coaching
c) Education & Career Coaching
d) Marriage & Family Coaching
e) Conflict Analysis
f) Negotiation & Conflict Management
g) Small Businesses and Start-ups
With Maria Teresa de Donato, Ph.D. as a Life Strategist you will be working on
The Coaching Sessions with her will aim at
* Letting Yourself BLOSSOM
* Enabling You to
TAKE CONTROL of Your Life
DESIGN Your Life
Enhance Your Career and move forward towards your greatest success
Stop Talking and START LIVING
DISCOVER Your FULL POTENTIAL
Take back YOUR LIFE
Breaking through Barriers
Money and Time Management/Organization/Earn the Money You Deserve (*)
(*) (NOTE: Dr. De Donato is not a Financial Planner/Financial Consultant. Her consultations in this area will be based, therefore, on general principles, which every body can benefit from, that will help you to learn how to wisely and responsibly manage your money and save it in order to improve your financial/monetary/economic situation regardless your actual circumstances.
It was not long ago that someone asked me how Chi (also called qi, prana, life force or cosmic breath) might be increased or managed in Nature. Chi cannot be “increased” in Nature, since it is a Cosmic Energy which permeates everything and we can neither destroy nor create it. We can, however, improve the quality, quantity and its natural flow within both our indoor and outdoor living environments and bring balance and health in our life.
The Art of Feng Shui, in this regard, can be extremely useful. Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophical system, literally meaning “wind and water”, which, by taking into account not only architectural structures but energy flows as well aims at identifying causes for physical, mental, and emotional imbalance and at correcting each situation accordingly by allowing Chi to freely flow in, out, and through our environments as it is naturally supposed to.
Despite its metaphysical approach and the fact that many might see it almost as mystical, the art of Feng Shui is not meant as a religious means, but rather as an environment-oriented discipline whose goal is to realize much healthier and harmonious inside and outside living spaces which may positively impact our health and all aspects of our life.
The essence and very foundation of it can be identified in the following criteria:
§ research of balance and/or imbalance of chi flow;
§ concept of alignment;
§ the assumption that our emotional and mental state and energy do affect our outdoor and indoor environments;
§ the assumption that the condition of the environments we live, work, and spend our time in, both inside and outside, also affects us spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.
Feng Shui also reflects the Yin and Yang concept of Polarity and, consequently, takes into account the balance and harmony among opposites and, when needed, tries to reestablish the equilibrium among them in order to allow the natural circulation of Chi.
Besides the Yin (Female/Passive Energy) and Yang (Male/Active Energy) Polarity, a second theory which plays a major role in Feng Shui is the one related to the Five Elements (Wu Xing), also known as Five Phases, Agents, Movements, Processes or Stages. The elements Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal are the pillars of this discipline and represent how Yin and Yang forces manifest and interact with each other by either harmonizing or interfering with one another. The dynamics of all this ends up being reflected in one’s own life and at all levels, be it career, wealth, relationships, love and even health, be it physical, mental and/or emotional.
The Five Elements Theory is a fundamental component also of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which states that these Five Phases or Agents are present in each individual, though in different measures, and can and do manifest as being in balance and harmony or not through one’s own state of health depending on the following aspects:
§ the quantity and quality of each of the five elements being present;
§ the quantity and quality of the Chi being present;
§ their interaction with the quantity and quality of Yin and Yang;
§ the Seasonal Attunement which can greatly and positively impact one’s health and well-being when harmonizing with climate changes and nature’s cycles, this facilitating a state of optimum health.
The scheme of the Five Elements, their actions, interactions, and impact on health and nature can be summarized as in the following Table 1:
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