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Optimizing your Digestion during Springtime

May 27, 2020 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
Springtime has a lot of my patients thinking about diets, cleanses, and what they’re putting into their bodies in general. This self evaluation is definitely necessary to check in with yourself about your personal health goals and what modifications may be necessary, but it’s important to make informed and personalized choices as opposed to what’s presented on the internet or social media.


Apr 21, 2020 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
Quite a few of my patients have emailed me the past month updating me on their cycles since lock down. Thankfully for many of them, the consistency of their past treatments have awarded them the lasting benefits of continued menstrual relief. But for a handful of them, the lack of consistent treatment along with the added pandemic stress resulted in an increase in symptoms.

Investing in your Health During Social Isolation

Apr 07, 2020 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
Taking care of yourself during social isolation is not cancelled. When I say “investing” in your health during social isolation, I’m not just referring to financially, but how to best utilize your time and energy to optimize your health so you not only feel healthy, happy, and relaxed during quarantine but ready to take on the world when everything is back to normal.

What You Can Do In Between Acupuncture Treatments To Boost Fertility

Mar 26, 2020 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
For a variety of reasons - financial constraints, schedule conflicts, or a worldwide pandemic that has shut everything down - some patients aren’t able to come in the once or twice weekly recommended dosage of acupuncture treatments.


Feb 18, 2020 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
I have many patients coming to me about to start an IVF cycle. And whether it’s their first or their fourth their main concern is doing everything they possibly can to make this their best (and last) cycle. When it comes to boosting IVF success I like to use all of our available tools, especially when we don’t have too much time to work with (at least 2-3 months before an IVF cycle is ideal).

EXERCISE AND FERTILITY: How much is too much?

Jan 29, 2020 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
I get this question at least weekly in clinic and since it’s a pretty hot topic and we haven’t blogged about it in quite a few years, I thought I would shed some light and include some more up to date information and studies. The first thing we need to do is separate the facts for men and women. 

2020 Health Check - What should you really be paying attention to in the New Year to benefit your health?

Jan 08, 2020 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
It’s that time of year where everyone is feeling pressured to start a new fad diet, an intense exercise regimen, or overhaul their entire morning routine. Although eating right and exercising are foundational pillars to good health, there are many other important factors to consider when checking where your health stands in the new year and revamping a healthy lifestyle.


Dec 02, 2019 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
Endometriosis is a complex disease affecting nearly one in ten women in the world. Since there is no one known cause or cure for endometriosis, I find treatment the most effective when it is viewed from all angles of known causative factors.

Should Men Quit Drinking Before Trying to Conceive?

Oct 20, 2019 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
More and more research is being brought to light about the importance of male fertility in fertilization, implantation, healthy embryos, and an overall healthy pregnancy. Up to 40% of infertility is due to male factor, and many of these negatively influencing conditions are easily altered through basic diet and lifestyle factors.

Rethinking Medication and Choosing Acupuncture When it Comes to These Three Common Health Conditions

Sep 23, 2019 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
Western medicine has trained us to pop a pill whenever an undesirable symptom arises. We go to advil or Tylenol for a headache, without calculating if we’ve had enough water today, or perhaps we should take a break from computer use. We are trained to think to think of pain or discomfort merely through the symptoms and beeline towards symptomatic relief without proper analysis of the root cause.