Bronwyn's Blog

Gut Health

Sep 30, 2020 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
There’s a lot of talk in the Zeitgeist about immunity these days, and since gut health is such a big part of that, it may be time for a short review! There are many aspects to gut health, but I’m going to focus on my top 3.

How We're Keeping Our Patients Safe at Acubalance

May 26, 2020 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
The first layer of skin on my hands is practically scrubbed off these days. I’ve even developed an internal alarm bell that rings whenever I even consider touching my own face, pushing the walk button, or reaching for a public door handle.

PCOS and Fertility

Apr 11, 2020 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
One of the leading causes of infertility in women is PCOS, a metabolic syndrome characterized by a number of signs and symptoms. Many new patients coming into the clinic seek treatment for this diagnosis.

Moving Forward with Tele-health

Apr 04, 2020 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
When most people think about Acupuncture, what comes to mind is the physical, hands-on treatment you’re used to receiving from your practitioner. However, as many may not realize, Traditional Chinese Medicine has three main pillars: acupuncture, herbal medicine, and diagnosis. So, as it turns out, TCM is more than just needles! Current physical distancing measures, unfortunately, remove the hands-on portion of the treatment, but as all my... Read more

And Now for Something Completely Different

Mar 28, 2020 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
Opening my google browser I am struck repeatedly by one question: isn’t there anything else going on? And the answer is actually no, there isn’t. The main thing encroaching on everyone’s mind right now is, well, you know. The thing. But today during my morning jog, giving precisely 2 meters berth to all other people, it occurred to me that my curiosity about the world is still alive and well. Here are some of the things I’ve been thinking about... Read more

Immunity: 'Tis the Season

Mar 04, 2020 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
Immunity seems to be a common theme among my patients these days. Contagious infections are no laughing matter; viruses are tricky, super intelligent, adaptable and opportunistic creatures, but I am fascinated by the variation in how infections present in different people.

Quitter's Day

Jan 10, 2020 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
One week till quitter’s day! Are you counting down? 
Statistically speaking, most people quit their New Year's resolutions by Jan 17th, and yes, there’s a name for that: Quitter’s Day. Every year we make them, and every year we break them. Why are resolutions doomed to fail? And why do we keep setting them? Here’s a look at the why and the how of attaining your health goals for 2020.

Cerebrospinal fluid: Rinsing your brain while you sleep

Dec 02, 2019 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
There’s no denying the power of a good night of sleep, but just in case you haven’t heard enough about the wonders of sleep, yet another benefit has been documented recently by a group of well-slept scientists.

Acupuncture as an Adjunct for the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder: a Case Study

Nov 18, 2019 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
Mental health awareness week has come and gone, but before you pack away the ribbons and confetti for another year, I have a great case study on Bipolar disorder that got me really inspired to do more of this work.

Cranio-Sacral Therapy and Acupuncture Combined for Anxiety and Trauma

Sep 11, 2019 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
Syndrome clusters: it’s a phenomenon we see here at the clinic all the time. No one seems to have a good explanation, but somehow we all experience it: a specific condition will show up on our schedules in clusters. I’m seeing this in my own practice recently, as a matter of fact. In the past few weeks, half a dozen people have called the clinic looking for help with anxiety. This is not the first time I’ve seen this, especially since the... Read more