Bronwyn's Blog

Gratitude

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

Top 5 Most Common Reasons for seeing an Acupuncturist

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

My Favourite Change-of-Season Rituals

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

Menstrual Pain

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

Cupping

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

Ovulation Tracking

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.

Top 5 Dietary Recommendations to Simplify your Life

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.

Whole Foods Hack Cashew Cheese Recipe

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.

Born this way? Nature vs Nurture in the Age of Epigenetics

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?

Bike to Work Week

May 30, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
This sunny, breezy Monday is the perfect day to gear-up for bike-to-work-week!

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