Bronwyn's Blog

New research in PCOS and Acupuncture

May 29, 2015 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
As many practitioners will notice, syndromes tend to show up in clusters: you look through your charts and 30% of your patients are coming in with the same concern; severe menstrual pain, or endometriosis, or PCOS. It’s a common phenomenon and I hear my colleagues talk about it all the time: “I think I attract IBS!” It sounds colloquial, but amazingly, it is true; when you’re interested in something, it somehow finds its way to you. And... Read more

Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

May 19, 2015 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
For many couples, the joy and excitement of a new and often much anticipated pregnancy is quickly dashed by the news that they have suffered a miscarriage. Recurrent pregnancy loss can be a painful and isolating experience no matter what the circumstances, but add guilt and shame to the mix, and the process can be devastating

There's no such thing as a stupid question

May 13, 2015 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
Once in a while, when I talking or writing to a patient, I suddenly realize that I'm repeating myself. I suddenly realized that I'm repeating myself. My patients seem to still be listening, though, so are they just nodding and politely letting me do this? As it turns out, I am repeating myself, but not to the same person: there are some basic principles that I find I'm teaching people every day that are so important and so integral to making... Read more

Fertility Integration in Vancouver

Apr 24, 2015 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
The other day, after weeks with my head down in medical charts, someone slid a Georgia Straight across my desk, and I came up for air with a smile on my face. With all of our efforts around the clinic to prepare for hosting the first ever Integrative Fertility Symposium here in Vancouver, I had almost forgotten to be excited about it. The article in the Straight, Fertility Gets a Boost with the help of Traditional Chinese Medicine, really got... Read more

TCM Herbal Medicine and its Interactions with Drugs

Mar 23, 2015 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
As most of you know, I have been on walk-about for the past several weeks. During my stay in Sydney I had the good fortune of sharing a hour with one of my mentors, Jane Lyttleton, who has been a great inspiration to all of us at Acubalance, and has strongly informed the way I practice herbal medicine

The Low-down on Down-under

Feb 26, 2015 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
As many of you know, I’m off to Sydney Australia in March. While I’m there I’ll be visiting with a very well-known Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner named Jane Lyttleton. For those of us in the TCM world, Jane is the guru of fertility and, quite literally, wrote the textbook on our current treatment strategies in this specialization

The ABC's of IUI

Feb 17, 2015 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
After trying to conceive for what feels like a long time, sometimes many years, some couples seek reproductive technologies to help them along.

The "Keys" to Saturated Fats

Feb 10, 2015 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
Fat: How’s that for a unfortunate homonym?

Quick, Convenient, Homemade, Healthy Granola

Jan 30, 2015 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
When I counsel people about diet, a concern that often comes up is the big question of breakfast.  With our busy on-the-go lifestyles, it can be a challenge to get the nutrition you need as conveniently as possible.

Re-conceptualizing Depression as an Inflammatory Condition

Jan 20, 2015 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
The New York Times published an article late last year asking a poignant question: What if we've been wrong about depression?