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...
Aug 02, 2018 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
If you are trying to conceive, you probably already know this, but it’s so fascinating that it bears repeating. You’ve had all of your eggs since before you were born. In fact, they’ve been in your ovaries since you were an embryo. This fact alone is interesting enough, but it gets better. Since your mother’s eggs were in her ovaries when she was an embryo, that means the egg which eventually became you were, at one time, in your grandmother’s... Read more
Jul 20, 2018 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
So, it’s summertime. The sun is out, birds are singing, the sky is blue; all the beaches in the city explode with people; music festivals appear everywhere you look. And you feel really, really, really, really, super happy, right?
Jul 06, 2018 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
Sometimes during a treatment, a patient will ask me what a particular point does. This is a tricky question, because typically we use acupuncture points not for their individual properties, but as a prescription. I usually explain that they work together as a whole. The same can be said of the herbs (which are rarely prescribed in isolation but rather in formulas), and also foods.
Jun 22, 2018 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
One of the things Acupuncture has a good reputation with is Addictions. It can be helpful for smoking cessation, for example, but can also give excellent relief to folks battling more severe additions, such as polydrug users struggling to function in their daily lives.
May 17, 2018 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
If you are a Canadian, and this date isn’t familiar to you, you’re going to want to keep reading.
May 10, 2018 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
May 03, 2018 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
If you’ve ever suffered from nerve pain, you know exactly how much it can interrupt your normal life. Not only are you in pain, but your daily activities are limited, potentially leading to a more sedentary lifestyle. Such was the case with my patient who came in with Morton’s Neuroma, a painful condition of the foot which effects thousands of people every year.
Apr 23, 2018 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
Mar 25, 2018 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
One of the things about moving into a new clinic space is the need to make new everything-that-had-the-old-address. For example my business cards, which Lorianne masterfully drafted last week, and they have arrived off the presses. There’s a new item on these ones: Craniosacral therapy, for which I was trained through the Upledger Institute. It’s something I practice with my patients sometimes, but I’ve never put it on my business cards.
Mar 14, 2018 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
If you have been diagnosed with Endometriosis, you don’t need to be told how painful it can be. Many women I treat hope for a weekend period so they don’t have to keep making excuses to miss work, meetings, and parties. Endometriosis is not simply painful periods, although it is that. It is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects up to 10% of women of reproductive age in Canada. We offer endometriosis treatments in Vancouver.