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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.

What Your Body Is Trying to Say When You’re Feeling Depressed

Jan 27, 2019 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
It’s winter time. And in Vancouver, that means not seeing the sun for nearly 6 months straight. It’s also the time where people start talking about SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, more openly. So I’d like to take advantage of this time of openness to discuss depression in more detail, and the possible signs and symptoms your body may be trying to communicate to you.

Laser Treatments Benefit Metabolism and Inflammation by Improving Gut Microbiome According to Studies

Jan 09, 2019 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
As if us practitioners at Acubalance needed another reason to sing the praises of laser therapy from the rooftops, a recent study shows that it can also hugely benefit the microbiome of the digestive system.

Chinese Medicine Techniques for Lung Health and Immune System Support

Dec 18, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
Lots of people have heard of cupping (mostly due to celebrities and famous athletes displaying their small circular bruises), but not many people are aware of the benefits of guasha, cupping’s sister therapy.

One of the Most Important Factors in Egg Quality, Healthy Lining, and Conception

Dec 11, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
It’s easy to get caught up in the little things when trying to conceive or going through fertility treatments. Will that one glass of wine or additional supplement really make a difference, your AMH and FSH numbers down to the hundredths decimal place, and to eat or not to eat that entire pineapple core.

Eastern and Western Do’s and Don'ts for the First Trimester

Dec 04, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
The first trimester can be a wonderful, exciting, confusing, and overwhelming time. Not to mention the advice and old wives’ tales coming at you left, right, and center from friends, family, and google. So I’ve boiled down a list of some of the major tips, do’s, and don'ts for the first trimester, focusing on the major points from the Western mindset as well as Eastern, because at Acubalance we love integrating the best of both.

6 Tips to Manage Stress and Anxiety

Nov 29, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
I just got back from a wonderful two week vacation, which is probably the longest amount of time off I’ve had in my life! But what isn’t wonderful is the combination of jetlag, going straight back into a busy schedule, an overflowing email inbox, and holiday obligations starting to pile up.