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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.

Pumpkin: Not Just a Projectile

Oct 01, 2018 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
This time of year, there seems to be an endless stream of things you can do with pumpkin: Beer, pie, wine, soup, lattes. What is it about this vegetable that inspires so much creativity?

PCOS Awareness Month: My Top Four Supplements

Sep 24, 2018 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
PCOS represents one of the most common reasons a couple may have trouble conceiving. What better time than PCOS Awareness Month to revisit the best supplements for this very common syndrome.

The Hormone Cocktail Party of Natural Childbirth

Sep 17, 2018 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
When you are at the end of your very first pregnancy, and looking ahead to the reality of childbirth, there are many fears, expectations and wild imaginings, mostly from the stories of other women, (thanks mom…) that accompany it. Will it hurt? Will it take a long time? Can I do it…? The answer is Yes, Maybe, and ABSOLUTELY!

Seasonal Eating: The Perfect Autumn Dinner

Sep 12, 2018 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
Don’t be discouraged by your view out the window these days. It only means that we’ve hit that time of year when we celebrate all that’s cozy. Start that celebration with this amazing recipe! Nothing says cozy like making a meal with your family.
 
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Ingredients:
2 ½ pounds of butternut squash cut into one inch cube

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