Health is not a moral issue.

heal thyself We’re all doing the best we can with what we’ve got.

There’s a lot that is needed when working as an acupuncturist in a community acupuncture clinic.  It’s a physically demanding job.  Treating 20-30 patients per 4 hour shift means I use my body a great deal more than I did in my previous life of office jobs, retail and even entertainment.  I’ve suffered from chronic back pain since my teenage years.  It’s just something life has handed me.  Mix my long history of lower back pain with my current job and if I’m not careful, things can get tricky rather quickly.

Recently, my biggest fear happened.  I injured my back while working.  As most of you know, my job doesn’t afford me sick leave.  If I don’t show up for work, there’s not another coworker that can take care of my patient load.  If I call out sick, I don’t get paid and my patients don’t get treated.  This is a big issue on both ends.

I’m grateful for my training in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Because of my regular treatments, I’ve only called out sick one day in my two years of running a solo clinic.  That was the hardest decision I ever made.  I asked myself, “What would I tell my patient?”  The answers was simple, “Stay home and rest.”  The issue was more cut and dry than back pain.  I had a cold.  I could have infected others.  With the help of Chinese herbs, I was able to recover with a few days of bed rest.

An injured back is a different issue.  If I continue to work, I won’t infect others.  People will get well even if I am in pain.  It will take longer for me to heal but I will still be able to receive a paycheck and pay my expenses.  When I asked myself the question, “What would I tell my patient?”  The answer was a resounding, “Stay home and rest.”

But there’s a glitch in this line of thinking.  I live in a reality that is very similar to my patients.  I can’t always afford to stay home and rest.  My patients will suffer.  My business will suffer.  My livelihood will suffer.

I remember what I’ve told numerous patients who cannot afford to stay home and rest.  “I understand.  I really am sorry that’s not an option for you.  Let’s see how we can get you feeling better by working with what we have available.  Come in as often as you can.  Rest whenever you can manage a break.  It’ll take longer to get better but there’s no judgement on my end.  You’re doing a great job taking care of yourself.”

That compassion and non-judgement I offer towards my patients is something I now offer up to myself.  I’m not a person that cares more about work than my body.  I realize my body is a gift I need to care for if I am to remain useful.  I’m not a person who doesn’t have her priorities straight.  Like my patients, I know that keeping  a roof over my head is important.

I am an acupunk (an acupuncturist who works in a community acupuncture setting).  I realize that the job I choose may not pay much in terms of cold hard cash but the profits in community wealth and service cannot be measured.  This job also affords the knowledge that health is not a moral issue.  We’re all doing the best we can with what we’ve got.

For me, I rest when I can.  I practice all the home remedies I recommend to patients: apply olive oil nightly, get acupuncture, gentle stretching and rest, rest, rest.  For me, rest happens on my regular time off.  And luckily, my acupuncture is free as I can treat myself or be treated by my acupuncturist husband.

As for my clinical practice, I am more humbled than ever by the patients that manage to get their tired, broken bodies to the clinic for regular treatment even when they have a boss breathing down their neck, even when the kids need help with their homework, even when the car breaks down.  They teach me about courage, stamina, abundance.

November News from the Heart

In this month’s blog, we’ll share about:

* Free Acupuncture: Sunday, 11/15/15

* Important Parking Update: Reserved Vs. Unreserved Parking

* Food Drive & Raffle

 

We are grateful for our patients. Thanks for making Blue Heart Acupuncture YOUR community clinic.

Free Acupuncture: Sunday, 11/15/15 from 11AM-1PM

November is the perfect month to show our gratitude to our fabulous community members: YOU! Our annual FREE treatment day is happening! This year, all donations go directly to OC Food Access Coalition, a local non-profit dedicated to supporting an equitable, local food system for all.

What: FREE Acupuncture & Sound Meditation
When: Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 11AM-1PM by appointment only
Where: Blue Heart Acupuncture, 1912 N. Batavia Street, Suite J, Orange, CA 92865
Why: To raise awareness for affordable acupuncture in O.C. and raise funds for a wonderful non-profit, OC Food Access
How: Call 714-798-4325 to book a free appointment now.

Forward this newsletter to your friends & family to invite them. Everyone is welcome.

Visit http://blueheartacu.com/blue-hearts-annual-free-acupucnture-day/ for more information.

The very talented sound meditation musician, Jody Post Theissen, will be creating a healing groove around 12 noon.

Important Parking Update: Please Read

Please be sure to park in UNRESERVED PARKING SPACES only. Parking spaces that have a number and/or letter painted in the space on the asphalt are reserved for our neighbors’ local businesses.

If the parking lot seems full, there is additional parking on the north side of building 1938 in our parking lot. You are welcome to call the front desk for more information.

Thanks so much for respecting our neighbors. We look forward to continuing a friendly relationship with everyone.

Annual Food Drive & Raffle: November & December

Beginning November 1st, we’re teaming up with Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County for our 3rd annual food drive. The food bank is currently low on supplies. So, your donation is especially needed. Suggested Donations: Canned food, diapers, toilet paper, toothpaste, feminine products, toothbrushes, boxes of dried pasta.

Every time you bring in a donation during your appointment, you’ll be given an entry into our Food Drive Raffle. This year, we’re teaming up with Dizzy Daisy Flowers in Orange (http://thedizzydaisy.net/). They are offering a dozen beautiful roses as one of our prizes. Another prize will be a free acupuncture treatment.

Last year, our patients filled 7 boxes for the food bank. Come on, Team Blue Heart! Let’s see if we can beat that record.

Help Us Grow

If you appreciate our low cost community acupuncture clinic, help us thrive. Share our business cards and brochures with your friends, family, doctors, therapists, dentists.

Review us on Yelp, Facebook & Google. Hang our flyers at your work, church, coffeehouse, gym & school. Doctors love learning about low cost options for their patients. We have a typed letter you can share with your doctor about our clinic. Just ask the front desk for a copy. Share the love, friends!

For the fabulous patients that already do these simple things, THANK YOU for helping us grow on our shoestring budget.

Wishing you a healthy happy month,

Elizabeth and the Blue Heart Acu Team

 

Blue Heart’s Annual FREE ACUPUNCTURE Day!

Our Annual FREE ACUPUNCTURE Day is happening in November.

Every year, we open our doors for a free acupuncture day.  It’s our way of thanking our supportive community while also introducing acupuncture to people who have yet to try this holistic therapy.  Our return patients enjoy celebrating with us.  They bring friends and family to nap with them.  It’s really a fun Sunday event.

We are partnering with OC Food Access Coalition.  You are read more about this non-profit’s great work at http://ocfoodaccess.org/ .  Every penny donated will go directly to this local non-profit.

Bring a friend, great treated and feel better.

What: FREE Acupuncture
When: Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 11AM-1PM by appointment only
Where: Blue Heart Acupuncture, 1912 N. Batavia Street, Suite J, Orange, CA 92865
Why: To raise awareness about affordable acupuncture in O.C. and to raise funds for a wonderful non-profit.
How: Call 714-798-4325 to book a free appointment now.  FREE DAY appointments much be made via the telephone.

 

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August News: Free First Time Visits Every Wednesday This Month

In this month’s newsletter, we’ll share about:

* First-Time Free Wednesdays

* $5 Ear Acupuncture For Veterans & Their Families

* Creativity Circle: Saturday, 8/15//15

* Simple Yoga Pose to Help You Sleep

We are grateful for our patients. Thanks for making Blue Heart Acupuncture YOUR community clinic.

First-Time Free Wednesdays

Have a friend who’s been wanting to try out acupuncture? Got a spouse who’s finally agreed to come in with you? Co-worker ready to take a nap? Looking for an unusual first date locale?

Since opening in 2013, we’ve had people bring in their parents, kids, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, grandparents, co-workers, school mates, best friends, old college buddies, spouses, co-workers, and neighbors, as well as their ex-spouses, ex-partners, mothers-and fathers-in-law, employers, and all kinds of people with whom you might not normally get to take a nap!

If you’re ready to put your feet up with a friend, bring them in this month. Every first time visit is FREE on Wednesdays throughout the month of August. Bring a carload of first time visitors. We’ll get them feeling better.

$5 Ear Acupuncture For Veterans & Their Families

Every Wednesday, we are now offering $5 ear acupuncture for veterans and their families. The NADA protocol ear acupuncture is very helpful in dealing with PTSD. Please call the clinic for details or to book an appointment. These special treatments cannot be booked online.

Creativity Salon: 8/15/15 from 4:30-6:30pm

For more information on this month’s creativity salon, visit http://blueheartacu.com/creativity-salon/ . Come join us for an art-making, fun community event!

Simple Yoga Pose to Help You Sleep

If you’re having trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, the supported child’s pose will help relax you. It can be done in your bed using one or two pillows under your chest and abdomen. See photo below for an example. This pose will lengthen your spine and reset your nervous system.

You’ll only need to stay in the pose for 1-2 minutes before feeling the effects. If any part of your body feels numb, please release the pose immediately. Of course, tell me about your insomnia, too. Acupuncture treatments can help tremendously.

Help Us Grow

If you appreciate our low cost community acupuncture clinic, help us thrive. Share our business cards and brochures with your doctors, therapists, dentists.

Review us on Yelp, Facebook & Google. Hang our flyers at your work, church, coffeehouse, gym & school. Doctors love learning about low cost options for their patients. We have a typed letter you can share with your doctor about our clinic. Just ask the front desk for a copy. Share the love, friends!

For the fabulous patients that already do these simple things, THANK YOU for helping us grow on our shoestring budget.

Wishing you a healthy happy month,

Elizabeth and the Blue Heart Acu Team

March News: St. Patty’s Special 2 for $30

In this month’s newsletter, we’ll share about:

* 2 for $30 St. Patty’s Special

* Health Tip: Citrus Fruit Consumption

* Clinic Closed Days

* Acupuncture/Yoga Workshop

*Bring us your papers!

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2 for $30 St. Patty’s Special

May the luck of the Irish be with you.  We’ll start your lucky streak off by offering a 2 for $30 special throughout the month of March.

Get your nap with a friend. Schedule two appointments together any day of that week, and pay just $15 each!  Just write “2 for $30 special” on your payment envelope & let the front desk know.

We love seeing people coming in together and napping side by side; it makes the “community” part of what we do ring true.

For the month of March, patients who come in pairs receive treatment for $15 each. Bring a new patient in & each of you receive your treatment for just $15. Share the joy of acupuncture with your friends and family.

Limit one per couple.  If you bring a second new patient, the deal begins again.

*  HEALTH TIP

Everybody knows that lemons and oranges have goodly amount of vitamin C but according to Chinese medicine, citrus fruits should be avoided when you have phlegm in your system.  If you are feeling like a cold is coming on but you don’t yet have a stuffy nose or phlegmy cough, a little lemon in hot water is a great idea.  As soon as phlegm shows up in your body, I recommend limiting citrus fruits and getting acupuncture to help you dry the damp.

* Clinic Closed: 3/6 & 3/7

The clinic will be closed on Friday, 3/6 and Saturday, 3/7.  Appointments fill up quickly the week before and after a closing.  Please book your appointment in advance to be sure you receive a treatment.

*Sound, Acupuncture & Restorative Yoga for Health, Vitality & Wellbeing

Sunday, March 15th from 1-3PM

Our first event was a sold-out success.  So, we’re bringing acu-yoga back again this month!  SunSpark Yoga teacher Jody Theissen joins with Elizabeth Bruckner to offer you an afternoon of relaxation & deep healing.

Cost: $40 in advance or $50 on the day of workshop.  Sign up in studio or online at www.sunsparkyoga.com to get the pre-registration discount.

* Bring Us Your Papers

We would like to advertise in a local paper or magazine.  However, we don’t know what everyone is reading.  If you have a suggestion, please email us with the name of the publication or bring a copy to your next visit.  That would really help educate us on what’s getting read these days.  Thanks!

*Creative Salon Happening 3/21/14

For more information, visit http://blueheartacu.com/creativity-salon/ .

Help Us Grow

If you appreciate our low cost community acupuncture clinic, help us thrive. Share our business cards and brochures with your friends, family members, doctors, therapists, dentists.

Review us on Yelp, Facebook (www.facebook.com/blueheartacu) & Google. Hang our flyers at your work, church, coffeehouse, gym & school. Are you a blogger? Do you know a blogger? Tell them about what we’re doing. Share the love, friends!

For the fabulous patients that already do these simple things, THANK YOU for helping us grow on our shoestring budget.

Wishing you a healthy happy month,

Elizabeth and the Blue Heart Acu Team