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 diseases 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 re-establish a state of balance.
4) Tolle Totum (=Heal the whole person)
Health and disease are conditions that relate to the individual as a whole and 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 re-establishing a state of balance among all these components.
5) Docere (=The physician as a teacher)
Cooperation between practitioners 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 in 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 the promotion of healthy, balanced, and active lifestyle habits. The Naturopath identifies and, according to the client’s needs, assesses risk factors that 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)
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which is thousands of years old, is rooted in 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 an 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.
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 defense, 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)
Homeopathy is a philosophical and alternative health care system based on non-aggressive, non-invasive therapies whose remedies are characterized by highly diluted substances aiming at soliciting one’s natural self-healing ability. Depending on the specific symptomatology described by the client, the homeopath identifies the most appropriate remedy to recommend. The closer the remedy, also called “simillimum”, to the totality of the individual’s symptoms and personality characteristics the more effective it is, and, consequently, the higher the possibility for the client to heal. Homeopathy, as a holistic methodology, has a mind-body-spirit approach to health and sees symptoms as part of the body’s alarm and self-defense mechanism and the disease as being not the cause of any substance or diseased matter, but rather as the result of a blockage or derangement of the life force, the vital principle animating the body. Hence, according to homeopathy, healing is only possible depending on the ability and strength of the vital force to counteract the effect of the chosen remedy at any given time.
Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann
Although Hippocrates had already developed the Law of Similia, Galeno included the Aristotelian theory of the Four Humors in his practice, according to which blood, choler (yellow bile), melancholy (black bile), and phlegm must be kept in balance to maintain a state of vitality and health, and Paracelsus already argued that disease was not caused by external factors but rather by energy imbalance within the body which prevented healing from occurring, opposed amputation and introduced substances such as opium, sulphur, and arsenic in his practice, it is the German physician Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) who is considered the Father and Founder of Modern Homeopathy.
Hahnemann was dissatisfied with what he considered as the failure of conventional medicine and contrary to some common practices such as bloodletting. After years of observation and proving remedies on himself and other healthy individuals to build up a homeopathic Materia Medica, he created a completely new, revolutionary health care system: Homeopathy.
The term homeopathy derives from the Greek words hómoios meaning ‘similar or like, and páthos, meaning suffering and which is in contrast with conventional medicine, referred by homeopaths as ‘allopathic’, which originates from the Greek words állos, that is “other” or “different”, and páthos with the latter being based on the use of pharmaceutical drugs to suppress symptoms and diseases. As previously stated, homeopathy does not fight symptoms for it sees them as a way for the body to communicate with us but rather tries to identify the leading cause of a certain health issue or disease to remove it while taking into account not only the physical condition but also, and above all, the mental, psychological and spiritual state of the individual.
Laws of Homeopathy
Homeopathy is characterized by the following major Laws:
- The Law of Similia, also known as similia similibus curantur, that is “likes are cured by likes” and which is based on the assumption that substances that have the ability to provoke certain symptoms and diseases in a healthy individual are also able to treat them in a sick person;
- The Law of Simplex, applied by those practicing Classical Homeopathy, recommends one only remedy to be administered at a time. According to this law, once the correct remedy has been identified it should be effective and sufficient for healing to take place. In some particular and more complex cases, however, more than one remedy may be recommended also by classical homeopaths.
- The Law of Minimum, according to which, though lower potencies may require a longer time to be effective, their use will, nonetheless, avoid stressing the individual during the healing phase. Homeopathic remedies present a variety of doses, ranging from those resembling, as for concentration, some pharmaceutical drugs to those which are characterized by very high dilutions containing no material trace of the original substance used for their production. Though the Law of Minimum is valid and a fundamental one, also higher potencies can be as effective and in some cases even required.
- Law of Vital Force, which is in harmony with esoteric anatomy and physiology, is the invisible, subtle, dynamic energy animating the human body. Depending on its balance or imbalance it determines a state of physical and mental health or, to the contrary, one of disease.
- Law of Chronic Diseases (Miasmas). Hahnemann defined a miasma as “energy block(s) from healing” (aphorism # 78), which is a predisposition to chronic disease that is transmitted down from one generation to the other and which – he believed – are responsible for hindering treatment and preventing people from healing. To counteract them, he created remedies called Nosodes and identified three specific miasmas:
- a) Psora, which relates to scabies
- b) Sycosis, which is linked to gonorrhea,
- c) Syphilis, which is based on syphilis.
In more recent times, Cancer and Tuberculosis have also been considered by some homeopaths as potential miasmas and added to the above list.
Identifying the root cause of a health condition, especially chronic disease, with a specific miasma does not mean that the individual is affected or has been affected by psora, sycosis, or syphilis but only that the specific miasma, or predisposition, was passed on from one generation to the other strengthening itself while weakening, at each generational passage, the vital force of the individuals and their ability to heal.
- Law of Drug-proving, which is needed to create and elaborate the Materia Medica and consists in utilizing a healthy person to test remedies to identify symptoms produced by a specific remedy.
- Law of Dynamization,which along with the process of dilution is the hallmark of homeopathic remedy production. Generally speaking, the high dilution and the process of dynamization (also called potentization or succussion), that is the vigorous shaking of a diluted homeopathic preparation to activate the medicinal substance during its manufacturing phase, are common denominators of all homeopathic remedies.
- The Law of Cure. According to Homeopathy, the healing process takes place in the following order:
- a) Symptoms and disease heal from the deepest level, which includes vital organs, to the most superficial one;
- b) Symptoms and disease heal in the reverse order that they manifest, starting with the most recent and going backward;
- c) Symptoms and disease improve or even heal from the top of the body going downwards;
- d) Symptoms and disease heal from the most important, vital organs to the least important, superficial organs; and
- e) Symptoms and disease heal from the center of the body to the periphery.
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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 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 a client and determine which remedy might work best for you. As a consequence, advice 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 the 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 of herbs that can be used as natural, yet powerful remedies.
Nutrition is paramount in maintaining and restoring our health. Eating properly and having control over our weight allows us to prevent nutrition-related health issues while still enjoying cooking and eating.
As a 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 deep pleasure in dealing with foods and herbs in general and homemade remedies. She fully appreciates 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.
As a Life Strategist the Coaching activity of Maria Teresa De Donato, Ph.D. includes:
a) Health-Lifestyle-Wellness Coaching
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e) Conflict Analysis and Negotiation & Conflict Management
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