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...
Oct 07, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
As we’re approaching what may be my favourite holiday of the year, it seems only fitting to revisit an important topic for heal
Sep 27, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
When I read recently that Acetaminophen, most commonly used in over the counter analgesics such as tylenol, is one of the leading causes of liver damage, I wondered if I’d misread the post. It turns out that I did not. The FDA in the US is currently reviewing ways to reduce the risk, such as changing label laws, dosages, and packaging, or removing certain products from the shelf altogether. Considering the inherent risks of even the most... Read more
Sep 08, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
I can hardly believe I’m saying this, but I could not be more ready for the early arrival of autumn this year, and it has truly
Aug 19, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
If you’re anything like the vast majority of my patients, then you know first-hand the experience of crouching over on the couch and calculating the number of minutes it takes for the advil to kick-in versus how long before you have to leave for work, class, or - if you’re Fu Yuanhui - your olympic swim meet. And you’re not alone; from the first twinges in early adolescence (alerting you that your previously dormant, pear-sized uterus has come... Read more
Aug 09, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
Something surfaced repeatedly in the media this week that seemed odd, and perhaps worth mentioning. However fascinating, a shirtless, photo-bombing Justin Trudeau is certainly nothing we haven’t seen before. What shocked me, however, (and I doubt I’m the only one who noticed) was his conspicuous absence of cupping marks. Perhaps a visit to Acubalance is in order while he’s in town? All that to say, cupping has been in the media in recent days,so... Read more
Jul 29, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
Ovulation tracking is the most common topic I cover during an initial intake with a new patient. If you’re trying to conceive, the timing of ovulation is of primary importance. Here are a few ways that you can track your cycle and use the signs in your body for information about your ovulation.
Jul 08, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
I was asked recently to share my top nutritional recommendations. My initial response was the classic “eat food; not too much; mostly plants”. After all, I loath the idea of a life co-opted by menu planning. However, trying to distill endless reams of nutritional information into a cohesive whole is no small task. Asked to name my favourites, these 5 come to mind.
Jun 23, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
One of my favourite ways to “invent” new recipes is to walk through the mountain of over-priced “healthy junk-food” at Whole Foods and read labels. In the last few weeks I’ve come across a few bombshells, so I bought the ingredients and got busy.
Jun 16, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
We’ve been having this nature vs nurture argument since time immemorial: are we born a certain way, or does our environment inform who and what we are? And what does this have to do with fertility and preconception care?