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 19, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
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, B.A., R.TCM.P
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, B.A., R.TCM.P
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, B.A., R.TCM.P
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, B.A., R.TCM.P
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, B.A., R.TCM.P
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?
May 30, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
This sunny, breezy Monday is the perfect day to gear-up for bike-to-work-week!
Apr 08, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
Earlier this month, the Human Rights Tribunal in Ontario made a significant ruling. Winnie Muo, after suffering a miscarriage followed by all the subsequent physical and emotional pain, was fired from her job. In the aftermath of the traumatic experience, she was unable to perform all the tasks necessary of her job, say the employer. It is hoped, however, that this ruling by the Tribunal may bring miscarriage out of the realm of silence and... Read more
Apr 01, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
I read a blog the other day that made me laugh. It was about the neurotic things acupuncturists do to keep healthy. So painfully accurate, it was like laughing into a fun-house mirror, and it inspired me to create my own list. Here are a few of the silly, batty, and weird things I do to stay healthy.
Mar 15, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
"Even though a human being is part of the whole, most human beings experience themselves, their thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest. This is what Einstein called “a kind of optical delusion of consciousness” in which most human beings live." (Einstein, 1950, from Siegel, 2010, p. 255)