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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 - Gua Sha

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 gua sha, 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.

This One Fruit Can Slow Breast Cancer

Oct 31, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
It’s October 31st which means it’s Halloween and also the last day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian women, and represents 13% of all cancer deaths.

Caffeine, Stress and PCOS

Oct 24, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
If you’ve been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), then I’m sure you’re already aware of the importance of dietary changes to stabilize blood sugar for hormone balance. But what are you doing to reduce cortisol levels?

NAC: A Crucial Supplement for PCOS and Endometriosis

Oct 16, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
What is NAC?
NAC, or N-acetyl cysteine, is an amino acid that acts as a precursor to glutathione, one of the body’s most important antioxidants. It restores your cell’s ability to fight damage from oxidative stress, improves cellular detox, and helps regulate the gene that produces pro-inflammatory prostaglandins.

Easy Mindfulness Practices for People Who Hate Meditating

Oct 03, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
I recommend meditation to nearly all of my patients, but not everyone is thrilled to hear it.

Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine for the Treatment Hair Loss

Sep 25, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
Hair loss can be frustrating and embarrassing, and since there are so many factors that contribute to healthy hair production, finding the root cause of hair loss can be even more frustrating. But there’s a lot we can do to dig for the reason why this hair loss is happening, and what we can do to prevent more loss and even regrow hair.