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Accessible Herbal Medicine in the Cowichan Valley

Saturdays from 10-2, starting July 2nd
at the aom clinic and apothecary space

170 craig street, duncan, matraea center

Suggested sliding scale donation of $20-40

Community-style clinics provide disadvantaged individuals with access to quality, natural health care and herbal remedies. Each 30-minute time slot includes a private clinical consultation and compounding of herbal remedies to address a wide-range of health challenges. Our recommended donation sliding-scale model ensures we are able to provide care for the most vulnerable members of our community.

  • Who is this service for?
    Community Clinic is open to everyone but is intended specifically for individuals or families experiencing financial barriers to accessing quality holistic medicines. Though we will never turn anyone away, we do ask that you take a moment to reflect on your own unique opportunities, resources, and challenges before deciding if community clinic is right for you.
  • What should I expect from an appointment?
    Community clinic appointments are offered in 30-minute time-slots during which you are invited to discuss any current health concerns you may have. While we welcome individuals with all manner of health concerns, certain chronic or complex conditions may not be adequately addressed within the 30-minute window. In such cases, we may require a full consultation before we can safely prescribe herbal remedies for you. In these circumstances, we can discuss options that feel within reach for you. Following the clinical consultation, your practitioner may recommend appropriate herbal remedies in the form of teas, tinctures, capsules, or topicals. These products may also be offered at a sliding scale discount as needed to ensure accessibility. *Note, if time does not allow for your practitioner to prepare your remedies within the 30-minute appointment window, you may be asked to pick them up at the end of the day (or any time during our regular opening hours).
  • How do I sign-up?
    Pre-register Online: - To book an appointment, please visit and select “Community Clinic Consultation” to view available appointments. Select the time slot you would like to book, enter your details, and confirm the appointment to book. - If the clinic is full for the day, you may also add yourself to the waitlist through this site. - Once you’ve booked, you will receive a “Confirmation Email”. If you are a new patient, you will also be sent a link to fill out your intake forms – please try to do so at least 24 hours ahead of your appointment. Please note: we must have a completed intake form for you before your appointment time in order for you to be seen. - If you’re having trouble with any of these steps, please contact us at In-person - In recognizing that computer access can be also be barrier to health care, we do walk-in appointments on a first-come, first-serve basis. To sign-up in person, please follow these steps: - At the beginning of each community clinic day (10am), we will place a sign-up sheet on the reception desk with all available appointments for that day. - Please write your name in an available time-slot to reserve that appointment. - If you are a new patient to Community Clinic (even if you’ve accessed other AOM services), please take an intake form (located next to the sign-up sheet) and fill it out at the time of reserving. Please note: we must have a completed intake form for you before your appointment time in order for you to be seen.

Introducing Alina

Alina Baker is a clinical herbalist with Ancient Origins Medicinals. She has a passion for social justice and believes in returning the knowledge and use of herbal medicine to the hands of the people – where it belongs!

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