Alda's Blog

Hurry Up and Relax: Nourishing Intentions

Oct 16, 2017 | Alda Ngo Dr. TCM, FABORM
One of my mentors, Dr. Randine Lewis, author of The Infertility Cure and The Way of the Fertile Soul once framed ‘fertility’ in a workshop in one question: “What is it in you that wants to reproduce?”

Harvest Moon Community And Gratitude: An Antidote

Oct 05, 2017 | Alda Ngo Dr. TCM, FABORM
Often, world events come up in conversation with patients in the treatment room. As I see it, when shocking events happen, it has a profound effect on our collective minds and bodies. It can stir up symptoms like insomnia, or indigestion or it can amplify difficult emotions that we are already struggling with personally.

Infertility and Stress: The Middle Way

Sep 28, 2017 | Alda Ngo Dr. TCM, FABORM
I often find myself surfing that fine line between optimism and pessimism with patients. Somewhere on the spectrum of hope, deep investment in outcome, fear, control, letting go, surrender and acceptance. We are told that stress has a negative impact on fertility, yet anyone who has ever been through it themselves, or is close to anyone who has struggled to become a parent, knows that stress is a prominent part of the landscape on this road. It’... Read more


Sep 13, 2017 | Alda Ngo Dr. TCM, FABORM
I am reminded that it is PCOS Awareness Month, which has brought to mind one of my favourite PCOS cases..
When Amy first presented, she had finally been diagnosed with PCOS by an endocrinologist via ultrasound. Up until then, her cycles were irregular and infrequent, only occurring naturally up to 2-3 times per year.

Success with Endometriosis: 8 years later

Jul 28, 2017 | Alda Ngo Dr. TCM, FABORM
Commuting along the seawall is my favourite part of summer. My even more favourite part of summer is running into people that I know, with their sunshiny smiling faces. I find when the Vancouver sun comes out, it invites the sunshine in all of us to come out. Last week, I ran into two especially beautiful faces, that I hadn’t seen in about 8 years. The last time I had seen one of those faces, it was a wee newborn one, and to see it all grown up... Read more

The Science and Gratitude of Tears

Jun 08, 2017 | Alda Ngo Dr. TCM, FABORM
A few months ago marked my 10 year anniversary specializing in fertility medicine at Acubalance. I have often been labelled lachrymose, which I feel both abashed and dignified about. I suppose it’s better then being called a sap. All to say, I cried a bit as I thought about the people I’ve come to know and had the honour of working with over the past decade. The stories, the peaks, the valleys, the varying landscapes, all of which I am deeply... Read more

The Rules Do Not Apply

May 13, 2017 | Alda Ngo Dr. TCM, FABORM
Yesterday, I pulled up in front of my home, but couldn’t get out of the car because I didn’t want to miss the end of an interview with Ariel Levy, author of “The Rules Do Not Apply” on CBC Radio. Her book is a memoir about how her life was changed forever when she went into labour at 19 weeks, alone in a Mongolian hotel room.

The key to successful New Year’s resolutions: the big and the small

Jan 11, 2017 | Alda Ngo Dr. TCM, FABORM
I don’t know about you, but 2016 was a whoozy of a year for me.  Of course, there were many beautiful things that happened too, but it stands out that we had a couple of very sad and unexpected losses in the family, and I think like many, I found myself startled by world events.

Your Body is a Garden: 5 Things You can do this Summer to Nourish your Soil

Jun 16, 2016 | Alda Ngo Dr. TCM, FABORM
The longest day of the year is fast approaching, Summer Solstice marks the official beginning of summer. In Chinese medicine, Summer is associated with the Earth element, which on a physical level embodies the support, strength and solidity of our muscles, tissues and organs; healthy flow of blood in vessels; and digestion of our food and fluids into energy and nutrients.

Your Guts and Stress: The Connection and How to Fix It

Mar 16, 2016 | Alda Ngo Dr. TCM, FABORM
Have you ever had a ‘gut’ feeling about something? Have you ever felt so nervous that you had butterflies in your stomach and felt queasy? Has stress ever caused you diarrhea or constipation? I think most of us have had some experience of the connection between our thoughts and emotions and our guts.