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The Future: Men's Health Initiative (part 3)

Jun 12, 2019 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
When trying to encourage men into our practices, us well-intentioned practitioners tend to focus on responsibility and hard work. I certainly won’t argue with that; we could all use a little kick in the pants.

Men's Health Initiative part 2: What can we do about it?

Jun 05, 2019 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
In my last blog post, I talked about some of the root problems facing us as a society when it comes to men’s health and wellness. I argue that systemic change is necessary if men are to feel welcomed into the healing institutions so integral to our society. But what about in the meantime? Short of rototilling our social structure, what can we do right now to blast open the doors for men to get help?

There's No Such Thing as a Man Cold: Men's Health Initiative (Part 1)

Jun 04, 2019 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
A popular colloquialism has grabbed my attention recently. Every time I hear it, my skin crawls, and so I decided to explore why it bothers me so much.

One Small Step

Apr 17, 2019 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
If you’ve ever read my blog, you’ll know that I always encourage baby steps in any process, despite our culture’s insistence on “the bigger the better”. Online we scroll past dozens of pages each trying to get our attention with something big, new and exciting. But what if all you really need is already in your possession? And what if it’s simple, elegant, cheap and easy?

PCOS And How We Can Help

Apr 05, 2019 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a common cause of infertility in many women.It affects 6-10% of women in Canada. Like any disease, there are more severe cases and some less so, but whatever the degree, it accounts for a significant proportion of women trying to conceive. If you have been diagnosed with PCOS, there are some treatment options for you here at acubalance.
What is PCOS and how is it Diagnosed?

The Magical Disappearing Patient

Mar 28, 2019 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
If you’ve ever seen me in the clinic then you know I love the updates. When I haven’t heard from a patient in a little while, I’ll always send over a quick note to see how they’re doing. How did your cycle go? Are you finished the cleanse? Have the improvements held out? How are the herbs going? It’s a great way to get continuity of care while tracking successes and seeing where improvements are needed.

St. Paddy's Day Green Smoothie

Mar 17, 2019 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
If you’re anything like me, I’m sure the first thing that comes to mind on St. Paddy’s day is sitting down to a great big pint of green smoothie. Yes, a thick, cool, frothy green fruit and vegetable smoothie.
Why green? Besides the obvious celebration of the great Patron Saint of Ireland?

Sleep and Acupuncture

Feb 11, 2019 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
I have a question: Why is it so easy for people (myself included) to dedicate extra time to absolutely anything except sleep?

Back to Reality

Jan 07, 2019 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
A patient told me yesterday that she cried all the way home from her Christmas holiday this year, starting as her car drove up the ferry ramp, all the way back to Vancouver. Back to all of that. April may be the cruelest month, but January is certainly the bleakest, especially if you took the advice from my last blog and let your hair down. Everything that slid off the side of your desk last month reappears in your lap. It didn’t actually... Read more

My Top Three Things to Not Worry About Over the Holidays

Dec 19, 2018 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
If you’ve ever consulted Dr. Google, then you already know this, but I’m going to say it anyway: You can justify just about anything