When patients see me at Acubalance fertility acupuncture clinic, their initial appointment always takes a little extra time. We go over labs results, talk about symptoms, and draw up a treatment plan together. Often I find that their doctors have referred them to a fertility clinic, but they’re still waiting to hear back. When they do finally get the phone call, their initial appointment is months away, leaving...
Jul 21, 2017 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
A close friend told me a funny story that got me thinking about patient communication and patient care in my own practice.
Jul 13, 2017 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
When she first visited me at Acubalance, Janice limped into the treatment room
Jul 06, 2017 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
I wanted to share the most inspiring thing I saw this year. Melissa had been trying to conceive for 3 years without success. She and her husband had done everything right, from increasing exercising, to changing their diet, and getting on all the recommended supplements. They were young (around 30) and by all accounts healthy. All of the testing from their fertility doctor yielding the most painful diagnosis: unexplained infertility.
Jun 27, 2017 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
We love our idea of “The Genius”; the mad, brilliant savant, charming his reluctant, socially-inept way into dinner parties; sacrificing the st
May 18, 2017 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
Concussions have garnered some attention in popular media in the last few year for several good reasons, most notably, because the pain, loss
May 05, 2017 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
My usual complement of spring recipes have not made it into the weekly rotation yet this year. Given the late arrival of the blossoms (and my soggy commute) I have not felt inspired to retire my conventional oven for the season. As a result, I got creative with some root vegetables the other day, and was so deeply satisfied, I’m compelled to share it with you. If you like warm, nourishing comfort food for a cool spring evening, this is the dish... Read more
Apr 28, 2017 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
Once again, the traditional treatment modality of cupping has cycled its way back into vogue thanks to a recent sighting of Justin Trudeau’s forearms. The rest of his torso was suspiciously concealed, but since shirtsleeves are optional, we were hosted to a landscape of perfectly circular bruises. So now the media’s talking about cupping again, and it may be time to review its benefits, uses, and effects.
Mar 03, 2017 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
How many times have you heard that? The only thing missing is the shaky banana icon to highlight the most ubiquitous nonsense that flashes across your screen all day long. Just to be clear, there really is no “one weird trick” for getting pregnant or anything else, including losing belly fat, lowering cholesterol or completing a marathon. But labouring under the tower of “alternative facts”, how do we sift out the truth?
Feb 09, 2017 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
You know that feeling when you read a study, or a report about a study, proving something that you already knew through basic common sense? I get that feeling a lot when I’m clicking around the internet. The other day I read a short article about how vegetables are good for me; why didn’t somebody tell me this before!? So many wasted years! But seriously, at the risk of doing a double-blind randomized control study to prove the benefits of... Read more