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...
Apr 08, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
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, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
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, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
"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)
Mar 08, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
Every time I see a new patient I recommend a handful of supplements. I’ve been doing this routinely for so long now that I have stopped thinking about the “why”. And that’s what I like so much about new patients; they ask the questions that remind me to remember why I recommend things. Here’s the Cole’s notes on why I recommend coenzyme Q10, vitamin D3 and Fish oils.
Mar 01, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
When you have tried to conceive for a year and you find that all of your hormone levels are normal; when you have an ultrasound, pelvic exam, blood work, pap and semen analysis; when you have tested for ovulation and timed your intercourse appropriately, and yet still have not fallen pregnant, that is unexplained infertility, and it is the most frustrating diagnosis of all. Most couples feel they have done everything right and cannot understand... Read more
Feb 25, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
Although I still see a general practice, there are conditions that tend to surface again and again in the clinic. That’s not to say there’s anything routine about it, though. Because I’m treating from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, each case is unique no matter the official diagnosis. Here’s my top three.
Feb 02, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
One of the most common questions I get in my practice has to do with this elusive process. When do I ovulate? What makes it happen? How long does it take? How wide is the ovulation window? These are all great questions, so let’s go over the basics before we soldier on toward the nuances.
Jan 21, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
Whenever I see a new patient, I always ask them to bring in any recent blood work. As often as not, they don’t have the results, only their doctor’s diagnosis or assurances. Sometimes that’s enough, for example when she’s been seeing a fertility specialist, in which case I can be confident that the appropriate tests were ordered. However, there are many occasions when taking a closer look at your blood work and imagery can reveal a way forward.
Dec 29, 2015 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
Often when I see a new patient for the first time, she will ask me “Should I get my husband to come in as well?”. It’s an excellent question; there is the short answer (a resounding YES) and the long answer involving some research, a pep talk and some nifty diagrams, but I’ll try to keep it simple.