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 22, 2015 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
Gratitude and respect: That is what washed through my mind the other day when a patient updated me on her situation. I often find myself sweeping up the detritus of bad bedside manners sadly common in the Assisted Reproductive Technology world. However, yesterday stoked my appreciation and sense of amazement for what, in general, doctors accomplish every day, and in particular, for what one gynecologist did: saved my patient's life.
Oct 08, 2015 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
Starting work early in the morning, it sometimes takes me awhile to snap into gear. Today, however, was different. A patient woke me up with amazing news and I am inspired to share it.
Sep 28, 2015 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
Not a week goes by without someone asking me if their relative or friend can see me at Acubalance even though they’re not trying to conceive. Because I specialize in fertility, folks often assume that I either can’t or won’t see patients for other conditions. This certainly is not the case and, in fact, when I treat fertility, really I’m treating general health and wellness, which is a very similar process in Traditional Chinese Medicine:... Read more
Sep 21, 2015 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
One of the common questions I hear from couples undergoing IVF is about intercourse: Is it safe to have sex during an in vitro cycle? Is it harmful? Can it diminish the potential for implantation and ongoing pregnancy? Will it “dislodge” the embryo?
Sep 11, 2015 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
Summer can be a time of departure from normal routine; our sleep, travel, and eating habits often take a sideways lurch over which we often have no control. When September washes in and you say goodbye to visiting relatives, old friends, and newlyweds, try to let some old habits wash away too.
Sep 01, 2015 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
People often ask me why they should use traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture in the treatment of fertility. The answer is not a short one; there are many benefits, ranging from stress- relief to increased energy, better digestion and improved sleep. However, in a quest for simplicity, I will distill these principles for you. Why you should employ TCM practices in you endeavor to start or build your family: My top three.
Aug 25, 2015 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
I don’t know how anyone could listen to Pharrell William’s song “Happy” and not feel, well, happy. He describes happiness in such a light and snappy way, that you might find yourself doing an involuntary tap-dance and asking “is it possible that Happiness can be THAT simple?”. According to some current research, the answer is both YES and NO: yes, you can choose happiness, and no, it’s not quite that simple. Choosing happiness requires a bit... Read more
Aug 06, 2015 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
stage three water restrictions do not apply to you. Your grass will turn brown and dye, ornamentals lose their luster, and succulents shrink. As the drought wares on, we can all clearly see the effects that dehydration has on plants. But you are not in a stage three water restriction, so don’t let your own tissues shrivel, shrink and lose their luster. Here are some basic tips and guidelines for staying hydrated in the heat.
Jul 30, 2015 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
There are so many perks to working at a Wellness centre, and I don’t just mean the cozy warm treatment tables to nap on my breaks! The other day my colleague Dr. Kali MacIsaac hooked me up for an IV drip and I’m inspired to sing her praises. If you go to the acubalance website (http://acubalance.ca/conditions-and-treatment/intravenous-therapy), you can read all about the IV drips and their benefits. However, the actual experience is something... Read more
Jul 09, 2015 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
A significant event occurred 37 years ago this month. On 25 July 1978, a little girl named Louise Joy Brown was born in Oldham England. While that name might not be familiar to everyone, in the fertility world, Louise Brown is something of a miracle: she was the first “test-tube baby”, fertilized outside the human body, transferred back into her mother’s uterus on day 2, thus becoming an international sensation before her first breath. There... Read more