Clinic Closure SATURDAY June 17 + SUNDAY June 18!!

The weekend of SATURDAY June 17 + SUNDAY June 18 is a *BIG* promotional weekend for the Community Acupuncture team and in order to give 110% out in the community, we will be CLOSED that weekend!

But never fear! Find your pokes as well as  pick-up your Acupuncture Seat Sale Cards
& Herbal Medicine Tinctures this weekend at:

  • SATURDAY June 17, 10am – 5pm: The 22nd Annual FernFest
    Find us on the Vic High Field beside the fence parallel to Gladstone Ave
  • SUNDAY June 17, 11am – 6pm: Car Free YYJ
    Find us on Douglas & Cormorant St

 

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SUNDAY Staff Changes for June!

A heads-up to our SUNDAY nappers,
a few staff changes happening in June:

  • SUNDAY June 4, 10am – 3pm: Susan poking
  • SUNDAY June 11, 10am – 3pm: Stefanie poking
  • SUNDAY June 18: CLOSED, find us at Car Free Day!
    (we’ll be at Douglas x Cormorant St.)
  • SUNDAY June 25, 10am – 3pm: Christina poking
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June 1st – 30th: Summer Acupuncture Seat Sales!

Find out more about this affordable & convenient promotion!
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May is Bring a Friend Month!

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From Jenny McCartney, Medical Herbalist, formula of the Month: Digest

If you’ve perused the front shelves of the
Heart & Hand’s lob
by and been curious about some of the tinctures being sold, then you’ll know that it can be hard to choose!  This month I want to give some words of description to one of my simplest and most dependable tinctures: The digestive elixir!  

When you begin to learn about herbs for digestive health, you’ll be quick to notice that the list of digestive herbs looks a lot like your spice cabinet and your standard herbal teas (ex. chamomile and peppermint).  Digestive issues are some of the most common ailments, and the herbs used to treat these ailments are some of the most well known herbs that many of us already have a relationship with. Virtually any spice in your cupboard has a digestion promoting quality to it, which is pretty neat.  This particular digestive formula is made up of Fenugreek, Cardamom, Fennel and Citrus. 

Most of the herbs in our spice cabinets, such as: turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, fenugreek, cardamom, fennel, thyme, and oregano, support our digestive system to be warm, moving and dryish.  This means that formulas like my own are great for common indigestion that is characterized by bloating, gas, heaviness, bogginess and lack of appetite.  There are, however, as many types of digestive ailments as there are people; some require moist demulcent herbs like marshmallow, or cool, bitter herbs; so do remember that one size does not fit all.  For this reason, it can be a good idea to consult with you herbalist.

Jenny McCartney, Medical Herbalist
herbal@heartandhandscommunity.ca
250-508-8160

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April is Food Drive Month!

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Acupuncture on SUNDAYS, starting in April!

At last…you can get your acu-nap fix on Sundays…We are ecstatic about finally offering Community Acupuncture on SUNDAYS!

Acu-punk Mareena Dufault, R.Ac., will be serving up the naps from 10am – 2pm, starting Sunday April 2nd!

The schedule will shift to 10am – 3pm, starting in May.
We hope it will make it even MORE convenient to get the self-care you need to stay happy and healthy 7 days a week!

or call, 250-590-3185

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SUNDAY Mar. 26: Intro to Chinese Medicine Diet Therapy

Pre-register to reserve your spot,
Drop by the front desk or Eventbrite - Take Home TCM: Intro to Chinese Medicine Diet Therapy
Find out more about our Take Home TCM Workshop Series!

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March 1st – 31st: Spring Acupuncture Seat Sales!

Find out more about this affordable & convenient promotion!

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Formula of the Month: The Sensualist’s Elixir

If you’ve perused the front shelves of the
Heart & Hand’s lobby and been curious about
some of the tinctures being sold, then you’ll know that it can be hard to choose! This month I want to give some words of description to one of the most misunderstood of my tinctures: The Sensualist’s Elixir!

I find this elixir quite delicious, it’s resiny, aromatic, spicy and warm. This formula could be labelled as a moderate aphrodisiac, In that it stimulates circulation and blood flow to the erogenous zones of the body. But then I don’t want to pigeonhole it. It’s really about embodiment and the creative flame, and it becomes specially ideal during these cloudy coastal winters. Summer’s flame circulates our energy; it dazzles and distracts our senses with the flamboyancy of its armfulls of flowers and swollen fruits – everything flirting and buzzing in fat flowering elation. Winter is when the frills fall away and we’re left in the bone marrow of it all.

Many of us are acquainted on some level with the winter blues – when the emotions and energy stagnate. We puddle, sink, and things slow down without the sun’s heat and energy chasing away our demons, warming our creaking joints and casting light into our dusty, dark corners. And when we can’t count on the sun, plants make a fabulous substitute. They are, of course, premier feeders and transformers of light!

The plants used in this particular formula are solar and sacral in nature, coming in shades of red, orange and yellow, and offering warm circulation. The star of this formula is Damiana, which helps folks to come home to their bodies, reconnect with the base instincts and warm and open the pelvic area. Damiana is also wonderful for those experiencing a type of blue depression that could likely perk up if the sun came out for a few days (or a few hours!) or for the kind of depression which is connected to a feeling of needing one’s fire stoked.

If your blue feelings are a bit more pervasive, deeper and darker, I would try the Lamplighter formula. Be well!

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