Bronwyn's Blog

One Small Step

Apr 17, 2019 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
If you’ve ever read my blog, you’ll know that I always encourage baby steps in any process, despite our culture’s insistence on “the bigger the

PCOS And How We Can Help

Apr 05, 2019 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a common cause of infertility in many women.It affects 6-10% of women in Canada. Like any disease, there are more severe cases and some less so, but whatever the degree, it accounts for a significant proportion of women trying to conceive. If you have been diagnosed with PCOS, there are some treatment options for you here at acubalance.
What is PCOS and how is it Diagnosed?

The Magical Disappearing Patient

Mar 28, 2019 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
If you’ve ever seen me in the clinic then you know I love the updates. When I haven’t heard from a patient in a little while, I’ll always send over a quick note to see how they’re doing. How did your cycle go? Are you finished the cleanse? Have the improvements held out? How are the herbs going? It’s a great way to get continuity of care while tracking successes and seeing where improvements are needed.

St. Paddy's Day Green Smoothie

Mar 17, 2019 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
If you’re anything like me, I’m sure the first thing that comes to mind on St. Paddy’s day is sitting down to a great big pint of green smoothie. Yes, a thick, cool, frothy green fruit and vegetable smoothie.
Why green? Besides the obvious celebration of the great Patron Saint of Ireland?

Sleep and Acupuncture

Feb 11, 2019 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
I have a question: Why is it so easy for people (myself included) to dedicate extra time to absolutely anything except sleep?

Back to Reality

Jan 07, 2019 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
A patient told me yesterday that she cried all the way home from her Christmas holiday this year, starting as her car drove up the ferry ramp, all the way back to Vancouver. Back to all of that. April may be the cruelest month, but January is certainly the bleakest, especially if you took the advice from my last blog and let your hair down. Everything that slid off the side of your desk last month reappears in your lap. It didn’t actually... Read more

My Top Three Things to Not Worry About Over the Holidays

Dec 19, 2018 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
If you’ve ever consulted Dr. Google, then you already know this, but I’m going to say it anyway: You can justify just about anything

Cultivate the Soil

Dec 12, 2018 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
If you’ve been to Acubalance lately, you’ve probably seen the beautiful Inuit print, gifted to us by the Doctors at Olive Fertility, hanging in our reception area. It’s one of my favourite prints. It’s a picture of an Inuit woman foraging the fertile earth to retrieve her precious bounty, a new baby. Every culture has its own legends about where babies come from, but my favourite by far, depicted in this print, comes from Inuit lore: Babies come... Read more

Stress and its Effect of Fertility

Nov 07, 2018 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
If you are trying to conceive, the last thing you want to hear from your friends is “Just relax, and it’ll happen!”. Facing infertility is stressful enough without Vague implications of fault. According to this Harvard study, the stress levels for these women matches that suffered by people in treatment for major life-threatening diseases such as Cancer and HIV. It’s tricky to find the balance between “this is not your fault” and “there are... Read more

Acupuncture and Neuroscience

Oct 09, 2018 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
When I find research that confirms a Traditional Chinese Medicine principle, I get pretty excited. That happened to me again today, which is always a treat. And this one was such an esoteric Chinese medicine idea, that it’s hard to believe someone thought to study it.