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Jul 04, 2019 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
The CDC states that almost 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles (herpes zoster), at some point in their lifetime. There is an estimated 1 million cases of shingles per year in the US alone, and about 10-13% of people will develop a painful condition called Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN). People with PHN develop severe pain along the areas where they had the shingles breakout.


Jun 19, 2019 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
The last thing patients typically want to hear when they’re awaiting their first second, third, or fifth round of IVF is to use the next 100 days to optimize their fertility.  But those 100 days of pre-conception treatments have the potential to make an enormous difference in your IVF results.

8 Things You Can Do TODAY For Hormone Balance and Fertility

Jun 09, 2019 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
Don’t drink caffeine on an empty stomach. We’re not entirely anti-coffee here at Acubalance (although many studies have shown it isn’t great for

More Studies Confirm Laser Acupuncture Effective in Treating PCOS

May 28, 2019 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
One of the great things about this study is that it reiterates the importance of dosage and frequency when it comes to laser. The subjects obtained laser therapy three times per week for 60 days to achieve the desired results, which is pretty incredible considering the average menstrual cycle for women with PCOS can be way longer than 60 days. Another great thing about this study is that it is proven with blood tests showing that reproductive... Read more

Healing Rotator Cuff Injuries with Low Level Laser Therapy: Results After Three Treatments

May 13, 2019 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
Rotator cuff tears are notoriously difficult to treat. They involve a tear or injury to one of the many tendons and muscles that move the shoulder, often causing pain, poor range of motion, and muscular weakness. Rotator cuff injuries are often small and get worse over time with repetitive motion.

3 Failed IVF Cycles, Now Pregnant with Laser Acupuncture

May 01, 2019 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
I wanted to write a case study about a particular patient who I believe is a great example of how powerful low level laser therapy and acupuncture can be. This patient, who I will call Sarah, was struggling with secondary infertility after naturally conceiving her son a few years prior. She did 5 rounds of clomid, 3 unsuccessful IUI’s, and then decided to go through with IVF.

Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergies

Apr 04, 2019 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
It’s that time of year where we trade in our cold weather cold and flu sniffles for our springtime pollen snuffles. It’s definitely a bittersweet moment when the temperature finally starts to warm up and spring is in the air, but so many are suffering from itchy eyes, runny noses, and congestion.

Acupuncture and IVF - When and How Often Should You Be Getting Treatments

Mar 18, 2019 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
There’s never a right or wrong time to get Acupuncture leading up to an Assisted Reproductive Technology procedure such as an IUI or IVF. However there is an optimal time to start. Ideally we’d like to start about 3 months before a retrieval or insemination because although the eggs you will be ovulating your current cycle have been developing for the past year, the last 3 months of development are the most crucial.

Study Shows Laser Acupuncture is Effective in Treating PCOS

Feb 28, 2019 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine disorders affecting women of reproductive age, and arguably one of the most frustrating. When trying to conceive, it can be difficult to pinpoint ovulation with long or irregular cycles.

ICBC Now Covers 12 Acupuncture Treatments after Car Accidents

Feb 11, 2019 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
Starting April 1st, 2019, ICBC will now start covering 12 preauthorized acupuncture treatments within 12 weeks of a car accident as per the Insurance (Vehicle) Act.