Meet the Expert: Traditional Chinese Medicine Part 1 of 2
Updated: Aug 24
Hi there! My name is Katrina Dollano. I am the co-founder and clinical director of What's Good Wellness and an expert in natural medicine, health and wellness. I use Chinese medicine, acupuncture and nutrition to help those in our community reduce pain, increase energy and improve digestion. I have a special interest in women’s health, fertility, and sports medicine.
I often get many questions about my calling, “You’re not Chinese! How did you get into this? Why study Chinese medicine and not regular medicine?” These questions always make me smile 🙂
After graduating from York University with a degree in psychology, I attended the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where I completed the Advanced Traditional Chinese Medicine program. It’s a common misconception that you need to be of Chinese descent to study their medicine. True, Chinese medicine was passed down through generations of families, but today it can be studied all around the world.
I live and work with my husband Charleston, the What’s Good’s Executive Chef (I know, lucky me!). To those that I haven’t yet had the opportunity to meet, I believe that the right people are placed in our lives at the right time for the right reasons. I look forward to knowing you.
To your continued good health and happiness, with love,
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is one of the world's oldest systems of medicine. It uses all natural modalities to address the underlying root cause of illness and it's resulting symptoms.
Why Would Someone Want or Need TCM?
Everyone can benefit from TCM care. Our fundamental goal is to seek the root cause of illness. Our approach is not about temporarily putting a bandaid over a symptom. In my experience, TCM is especially beneficial for addressing chronic, degenerative diseases that are typically treated with drugs from a Western medicine approach. The problem with drugs is that in the long term, they don't solve the problem. They temporarily mask the symptoms and then we have to consider the side effects of these drugs.
In TCM, we address the root cause with natural modalities such as acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutrition. We are essentially re-teaching the body how to recover optimized function and circulation. Then we advise our patients on lifestyle measures that contribute to better balance and harmony. This goes a long way towards long-term health and longevity as a majority of chronic illnesses are due to poor and imbalanced lifestyles.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture stimulates the nervous and cardiovascular systems. The acupuncture needles stimulate the nerves and this causes a cascade reaction, improving blood circulation, reducing inflammation, supporting balanced hormones and organ function. This contributes to the body's ability to self-regulate and heal, functions that we often forget the body was designed to do.
Is TCM Acupuncture different from other Acupuncture?
It is very different!
TCM is a holistic system of medicine. When we do acupuncture from this perspective, we are addressing multiple systems in the body. For example, if a patient comes to see me for pain, in addition to reducing the inflammation and improving blood circulation, I am also going to investigate to see if systems like the digestive system are contributing, or if there is an underlying hormonal imbalance that might be preventing more complete healing.
What Does a Typical Session Look Like?
Treatment always starts with a free initial consultation online. This is to determine if our healing program is a good fit for your health goals. If it is, then we move on to the intake assessment and first treatment. First treatment is usually acupuncture, and sometimes, herbal medicine.
Coming Up in Part 2 of this Series!
What Drove Your Special Interest in Women's Health and Fertility?
What Kinds of Treatments Do You Offer for Women's Health and Fertility?
Can Children Benefit from TCM and Acupuncture?
Why Do You Include Nutrition in Your Clinic? What Kinds of Nutritional Therapy Do You Offer?
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