May 31, 2020 – With the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions on Ontario’s health services, Marconi Acupuncture Clinic is able to re-open. Here’s a quick peek inside some of the clinic’s new changes and what you can expect when you visit as a patient now. This video also scrolls through the Covid-19 pretesting questionnaire patients will need to fill out.
MAY 26, 2020 – Good news! Our clinic is preparing to re-open its TCM Acupuncture services. The online booking system is now available for patients to book their own appointments.This is the most effective way to book your appointment. Link to book your appointment online – http://marconiacupuncture.com/online-booking
New Patients: Please fill out the online Intake Form prior to your first visit.This is required to avoid sitting in the waiting area and it includes pre-screening for Covid-19. The form will be given to you from the online system when you book your first appointment. Link to book your first appointment “TCM Assessment and Acupuncture” – http://marconiacupuncture.com/online-booking
Ongoing Patients: Please book your appointment online as usual and note that we will be conducting a Covid-19 pre-screening assessment prior to your visit to the clinic. Link to book your appointment online – http://marconiacupuncture.com/online-booking
If you are positive for Covid-19 or asymptomatic you need to defer your visit to the clinic and call Telehealth or your Primary Care Doctor. Telehealth: 1-866-787-000
New Procedures at the Clinic: In order to maintain a safe and healthy environment that is Covid-free, please follow our new guidelines: All patients must wear a mask, this is mandatory so please bring your own mask. The clinic can provide patients with a mask for a $2 fee (based on available quantity). When inside the clinic, please refrain from touching anything and go to the sink and wash your hands and then proceed to the treatment room. The washroom is available. Please come alone unless you need a personal aid with you and avoid sitting in the waiting area. Please avoid coming early for your appointment as the waiting area won’t be available.
Thank you for your cooperation, it’s much appreciated. If you have questions please send an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In this video Lana demonstrates a knee recovery protocol for post-workout body taxation. She uses a laser and tiny press needles that look like a thumb tack.
VIDEO: TCM and Coronavirus
A discussion on the role of Traditional Chinese Medicine during the coronavirus public health crisis in Canada, specifically how TCM herbs and formulas can be of beneficial service. Featuring Lana Marconi, Registered TCM Acupuncturist and her colleague En Wei Li, Registered TCM Practitioner, both from Ontario, Canada. Recorded April 3, 2020 via Zoom. Produced by Fived.TV.
Public Health Information
Due to coronavirus our clinic is closed. Please continue to check our website for when our clinic will re-open. If you have questions please email or leave a voice message. Please stay safe and healthy during this time.
Please follow the direction of the Canadian Minister of Public Health and self-isolate. If you think you have symptoms of coronavirus call TeleHealth: 1-866-797-0000
In this video, Registered TCM Acupuncturist Lana Marconi explains how Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture can help people achieve their health goals and live a more fulfilled life.
If you are interested in experiencing the wellness benefits of TCM Acupuncture and its associated therapies you can book your appointment using our online system or by calling the clinic. If you have questions feel free to email.
In this video Lana Marconi, R.Ac., shows us what needling can look like and she highlights acupuncture point Stomach-36. ST-36 can be used for epigastric pain, spleen issues, tonifying qi (energy) and blood, calming the mind, and building immunity.
The mechanisms of how and why acupuncture works are profound and varied. When you have an injury or ill-health condition, here’s what can happen from a Western Medical Perspective:
1. Circulatory Explanation: Acupuncture stimulates the body’s innate ability to heal, for example bringing blood and Qi to a distressed area. Blood and Qi are filled with nutrients to help heal damaged tissue.
Example: when you are experiencing inflammation of a tendon or a slight strain of a muscle, the Acupuncturist may insert a needle at or near the site of injury. The stimulation increases microcirculation in the area, thus increasing blood to the tissues that are injured.
2. Neurological Explanation: Acupuncture stimulates the brain: Prefrontal Cortex, Limbic Cortex and Sensory Cortex. The Acupuncture Stimulus (AS) travels to the brain and releases neuro-chemicals: Beta Endorphins and Enkephalin (suppresses pain / the body’s natural pain killers).
3. Musculoskeletal Explanation: Some acupuncture points are located at trigger points in the muscles. These often painful areas get relief when they are massaged, or in acupuncture’s case, needled. Some of the important points are at motor points, which is where the nerve innervates the muscle. These sites would point to the effectiveness of acupuncture being mediated through the nervous and musculoskeletal systems.
4. Immune System Explanation: Research shows acupuncture can help to increase white blood cells. It can also help cleanse the lymphatic system through detoxification.
5. Nervous System Balance: Acupuncture effects the relaxation of the fight/flight response, Sympathetic Nervous System, and promotes the restorative Parasympathetic Nervous System.
Just some of the numerous research studies done on ACUPUNCTURE, including its benefits for people suffering with anxiety, depression, digestive issues, arthritis, and back pain. Acupuncture is a drugless therapy (by the way).
Source: American Journal of Chinese Medicine, 2007
It is accepted that emotional disturbances lead to immune impairment, and that treatment could restore the immune system. This study looked at the effect of acupuncture on anxiety. The acupuncture protocol involved needling 19 acupoints, with sessions lasting 30 minutes, performed on women aged 30-60 suffering from anxiety as measured by the Beck Anxiety Inventory. Before and after receiving the acupuncture treatment blood samples were taken. The results showed that the most favorable effects of acupuncture on immune functions appear 72 hours after the single session and persist one month after the end of the complete treatment.
Source: National Medicine Journal, 2012
This study looked at the effects of acupuncture over 12 weeks on 68 sufferers of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, a form of lung disease. The results revealed far less breathlessness in the group given acupuncture.
3. DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
Source: Cochrane Collaboration, 1986-2015
They looked at 59 studies during this period and found that the effectiveness of wrist acupoint PC-6 for stimulation of postoperative cases of nausea and vomiting to be comparable to that of anti-nausea drugs.
4. SKELETAL SYSTEM
Source: Arthritis and Rheumatology Review, 2008
Looked at eight acupuncture studies involving 536 patients with rheumatoid arthritis and found that, ”five studies revealed a reduction in erthrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), three reported a reduction in C-reactive protein (CRP) and one noted a large decrease in both.” Both ESR and CRP are markers of inflammation in the body. Arthritis is a disease that causes painful inflammation.
Source: Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal, 2008
Study shows that electro-acupuncture–a modified form of acupuncture treatment that involves a tiny, pulsating electrical current–was conducted on patients with lumbar spinal stenosis and that those patients experienced varying reductions in lower back pain and the distance they were able to walk increased.
Source: University of Arizona
34 women with depression underwent acupuncture targeted at specific points. Reduced symptoms were found in 43% of the women who received acupuncture. Eight weeks after the start of the study, more than half of the women who received targeted acupuncture were no longer experiencing depression. Some credit these results to acupuncture’s potential to release endorphins which act as natural painkillers in the body as well as to its ability to reduce the stress hormone cortisol.
* Studies found in Newsweek: Nature’s Remedies, 2017
Acupuncture is often used for the treatment of pain. In a study by researchers from the Chengd University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture received five times a week for four weeks significantly reduced pain and improved stiffness in patients with knee osteoarthritis.
More than 550 patients diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis took part in the 26-week trial. The participants were randomly assigned to receive one of three treatments: acupuncture, sham acupuncture, or self-help strategies recommended by the Arthritis Foundation (the latter served as a control group).Significant differences in response were seen by week eight and 14, and at the end of the trial, the group receiving real acupuncture had a 40 percent decrease in pain and a nearly 40 percent improvement in function compared to baseline assessments — a 33 percent difference in improvement over the sham group.
Journal of Clinical Acupuncture and Moxibustion 2014, 6, pages 35-38
Annals of Internal Medicine 2004 Dec 21;141(12):901-10