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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.

The Year of the Monkey – What does it mean??

Feb 18, 2016 | Alda Ngo Dr. TCM, FABORM
The first full moon of the lunar new year is still growing as it leads us fresh into the year of the Fire Monkey, which officially began on February 8th.  The lunar new year is celebrated for 15 days, as the first moon grows into its ripe fullness.

The Science of Kissing

Feb 13, 2016 | Alda Ngo Dr. TCM, FABORM
It’s Valentine’s day tomorrow and it reminds me of a blog I posted a number of years ago that I would like to resurrect for its timeless message. It begins with my husband Sean, in his usual nerdy-know-it-all way saying to me “Did you know that there’s testosterone in my saliva and when I kiss you, it increases your libido?”

How to Optimize Ovulation

Feb 04, 2016 | Alda Ngo Dr. TCM, FABORM
Some of the most common conditions that we treat at Acubalance are ovulatory disorders, which can manifest as irregular menstruation, short or long cycles, few cycles or sometimes no menstrual cycle at all.  These irregularities can start from the time of menarche (first menstruation) or can occur later in life.

Dairy – To Consume or Not to Consume?

Jan 09, 2016 | Alda Ngo Dr. TCM, FABORM
There’s a lot of conflicting information out there on dairy. Some studies suggest it may help with anovulatory disorders, while we are also advised that it produces inflammation and we should avoid it.
Meanwhile, nutrition experts at Harvard School of Public Health recently came out with the Healthy Eating Plate as an up-to-date dietary guideline, and it doesn’t

How each week can bring you closer: A success story

Dec 17, 2015 | Alda Ngo Dr. TCM, FABORM
A question we often get from patients in their weekly appointment is, “So what are we working on today?” Good question!
We are always increasing blood flow, balancing hormones, restoring homeostasis and promoting relaxation, but what else are we doing specifically?