Acupuncture

and Chinese Herbal Medicine

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Megan Marco,

Licensed Acupuncturist (CT)

Doctor of Acupuncture (RI)

 

Acupuncture initiates and speeds up the healing of your body, mind, and spirit. Studies have shown that endorphin production is increased and neurotransmitters balance during treatments, and Dr. Megan Marco refers to this time as the time that your "clean up crews come in and do tissue repair." Many patients feel so relaxed during their treatments that they drift off while their body is healing.

Learn more about Acupuncture
for Adults, Couples, Children and Families

What to expect at your first Acupuncture visit

ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture Facelifts / Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture


  • Let your inner beauty shine.
  • Natural beauty originates from deeper levels.
  • It emanates from the balance that exists deep within the body as well as the superficial layers.
  • Facial Rejuvenation treatments can reveal your inner beauty, bringing a radiant glow and energizing lift to your face.
Acupuncture Facelifts can improve many facial conditions such as acne, dry skin, sagging skin, wrinkles, frown lines, scars, double chin, and bags and circles under the eyes. The Facial Rejuvenation Treatment is a series of 15 treatments grouped close together. A Maintenance Program follows of every other week to once/month. Dr. Megan Marco trained with one of the American pioneers of Facial Rejuvenation, Acupuncturist Virginia Doran, who pulled this knowledge out of the ancient texts of emperors' acupuncturists. Facial Rejuvenation is subtle, effective, and shapes the face like sculpting clay. The treatments lift the skin of the face, build collagen to push out any wrinkles, fade scars, and increase circulation to bring more vitality and a healthy glow to the face, while still keeping the facial muscles intact to allow the person to look like themself while their face and body get younger.
The Acupuncture Facelift does not involve botulism, like botox, nor does it inject any chemicals or fillers into or onto the skin or involve any surgery. It is a healthy way to truly look and feel younger and happier. With a combination of Acupuncture and herbs, internal and topical, we will treat the underlying causes of aging while helping you to look and feel better. Homework of organic creams, herbs, and supplements can help to complement, speed up, and maintain results.




NeuroAcupuncture Treatments


NeuroAcupuncture is a contemporary acupuncture technique integrating traditional Chinese needling methods with Western biomedical neurology. NeuroAcupuncture has proven to be the most effective technique for treating acute and chronic central nervous system disorders, including: stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD, Cerebral Palsy, and Autism. Patients often experience remarkable results with just a few needles, bringing about immediate improvement. NeuroAcupuncture Treatments take longer than regular full acupuncture treatments, depending on the chief complaints and the treatment. They are booked as a Double Treatment. Recommended protocol is twice a week for 5 weeks, then reassess and spread the treatments out. For more information about NeuroAcupuncture or Dr. Megan Marco's teachers, please click here: www.neuroacupunctureinstitute.org What is NeuroAcupuncture? https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=544019556031921 How is Acupuncture used to treat Multiple Sclerosis (MS)? https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10155374146021347




On a budget or in a hurry?  Ear Points or Ear Seeds are Perfect


  • Did you know that you can stop in for Ear Points?
  • The ear has a reflexology map of the whole body
  • We can treat the whole body from the ear
  • Helps with stress and pain relief
  • Quit smoking or adjusting medications
  • Ear points are included in the Full Acupuncture Treatment
  • Take a much-needed, healthy time out
If you don't have the money or time for a full Acupuncture treatment, come in for Ear Points in a Private Room or a Comfy Chair. Relax for 20 - 60 minutes (you choose the length of time). Still don't have time? Swing by for Ear Seeds. Ear Seeds apply acupressure on the ear points to reduce stress, decrease pain and inflammation, and help you feel better. Getting Ear Seeds only takes a few minutes, and they can stay in for three to five days.
Check out this informative video https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=731490477182329




Cupping, Moxa, and Far-Infrared


Cupping
The ultimate in muscle release, for tight muscles in the back. Gwyneth Paltrow made this famous on the red carpet when she showed her cupping marks. Olympic athletes have also shown off their cupping marks.
Moxa and Far-Infrared
Also called moxibustion, it is warming and relaxing, like sitting by a hot fire. Great for your lower back. We simulate moxa with our TDP Far-infrared lamps, the jade mats, and the BioMat. Smokeless moxa is charcoaled and is less smokey than the raw mugwort moxa pole, while the raw mugwort is raw and not treated and lights quicker. We sell both for home personal usage and can teach you how to use them. Cupping and Far Infrared can be added onto any Acupuncture treatment. If you are interested, please discuss with Dr. Megan Marco to see which modalities are applicable to your treatment goals.




Just for kids! Shoni Shin


This is a Japanese treatment that heals kids. Using the acupuncture channels but no needles, this treatment is very healing and relaxing. Dr. Marco uses a small copper shoni shin tool to lightly touch the child’s energy pathways. This treatment gently relaxes and brings the child back into balance. Shonishin was developed and is still a main method for pediatric healthcare in Japan. Often used for growing pains, immune system, digestion problems, and focus issues. (Courtesy Intermountain Healthcare Pediatrics.)





CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE

Chinese Herbs


All formulas are individually created or chosen to meet the patient's needs. We use excellent quality herbs, organic whenever possible.


  • Chinese herbal patents (pills)
  • Brands such as Seven Forest, Golden Flower, White Tiger, Kan, Herbal Times, and Pine Mountain
  • Chinese oils, liniments, and plasters
  • Vitamin Supplements from Pure Synergy and Genestra
Dr. Megan Marco studied at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and trained in Classical Formulas with Dr. Huang Huang of Nanjing, China. The Classic Formulas are the ancient way of prescribing, by deciphering a person's Herb Type. The Herb Type is the herb that must be in the formula in order for the person to be in balance, so the herbal formula is chosen after the person's Herb Type is determined. Click here to see if you can figure out your Herb Type before your appointment.




Health, Lifestyle, Nutritional, Herbal Counseling


Having been trained by Traditional Chinese Medicine and Naturopathic Physicians, Dr. Megan Marco is knowledgeable in the energy and healing properties of Chinese Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, and Vitamin Therapy. Stonington Natural Health Center stocks high quality, bioavailable, absorbable multivitamins, supplements, and alkalinizing greens. You can make an appointment for nutritional counseling or have this as a part of your Acupuncture treatment. Dr. Megan Marco will discuss your health history, health goals, and make a plan with you which may include Acupuncture, Lifestyle, Nutrition, and Herbal Recommendations.




Health Goals Program


Do you have goals for your health and happiness? Do the 12-week Health Goals Program to learn how you can make changes that will bring more health and balance into your life.

Dr. Megan Marco will help you, whether you would have severe health problems or would just like to feel healthier, happier, more content, or in balance. The Health Goals Program is separate from Acupuncture treatments and can be added to an Acupuncture Program. Call 860.536.3880 to start your Program.





INDIVIDUAL PLANS

Acupuncture Facelifts / Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture


  • Let your inner beauty shine.
  • Natural beauty originates from deeper levels.
  • It emanates from the balance that exists deep within the body as well as the superficial layers.
  • Facial Rejuvenation treatments can reveal your inner beauty, bringing a radiant glow and energizing lift to your face.
Acupuncture Facelifts can improve many facial conditions such as acne, dry skin, sagging skin, wrinkles, frown lines, scars, double chin, and bags and circles under the eyes. The Facial Rejuvenation Treatment is a series of 15 treatments grouped close together. A Maintenance Program follows of every other week to once/month. Dr. Megan Marco trained with one of the American pioneers of Facial Rejuvenation, Acupuncturist Virginia Doran, who pulled this knowledge out of the ancient texts of emperors' acupuncturists. Facial Rejuvenation is subtle, effective, and shapes the face like sculpting clay. The treatments lift the skin of the face, build collagen to push out any wrinkles, fade scars, and increase circulation to bring more vitality and a healthy glow to the face, while still keeping the facial muscles intact to allow the person to look like themself while their face and body get younger.
The Acupuncture Facelift does not involve botulism, like botox, nor does it inject any chemicals or fillers into or onto the skin or involve any surgery. It is a healthy way to truly look and feel younger and happier. With a combination of Acupuncture and herbs, internal and topical, we will treat the underlying causes of aging while helping you to look and feel better. Homework of organic creams, herbs, and supplements can help to complement, speed up, and maintain results.




NeuroAcupuncture Treatments


NeuroAcupuncture is a contemporary acupuncture technique integrating traditional Chinese needling methods with Western biomedical neurology. NeuroAcupuncture has proven to be the most effective technique for treating acute and chronic central nervous system disorders, including: stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD, Cerebral Palsy, and Autism. Patients often experience remarkable results with just a few needles, bringing about immediate improvement. NeuroAcupuncture Treatments take longer than regular full acupuncture treatments, depending on the chief complaints and the treatment. They are booked as a Double Treatment. Recommended protocol is twice a week for 5 weeks, then reassess and spread the treatments out. For more information about NeuroAcupuncture or Dr. Megan Marco's teachers, please click here: www.neuroacupunctureinstitute.org What is NeuroAcupuncture? https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=544019556031921 How is Acupuncture used to treat Multiple Sclerosis (MS)? https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10155374146021347




On a budget or in a hurry?  Ear Points or Ear Seeds are Perfect


  • Did you know that you can stop in for Ear Points?
  • The ear has a reflexology map of the whole body
  • We can treat the whole body from the ear
  • Helps with stress and pain relief
  • Quit smoking or adjusting medications
  • Ear points are included in the Full Acupuncture Treatment
  • Take a much-needed, healthy time out
If you don't have the money or time for a full Acupuncture treatment, come in for Ear Points in a Private Room or a Comfy Chair. Relax for 20 - 60 minutes (you choose the length of time). Still don't have time? Swing by for Ear Seeds. Ear Seeds apply acupressure on the ear points to reduce stress, decrease pain and inflammation, and help you feel better. Getting Ear Seeds only takes a few minutes, and they can stay in for three to five days.
Check out this informative video https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=731490477182329




Cupping, Moxa, and Far-Infrared


Cupping
The ultimate in muscle release, for tight muscles in the back. Gwyneth Paltrow made this famous on the red carpet when she showed her cupping marks. Olympic athletes have also shown off their cupping marks.
Moxa and Far-Infrared
Also called moxibustion, it is warming and relaxing, like sitting by a hot fire. Great for your lower back. We simulate moxa with our TDP Far-infrared lamps, the jade mats, and the BioMat. Smokeless moxa is charcoaled and is less smokey than the raw mugwort moxa pole, while the raw mugwort is raw and not treated and lights quicker. We sell both for home personal usage and can teach you how to use them. Cupping and Far Infrared can be added onto any Acupuncture treatment. If you are interested, please discuss with Dr. Megan Marco to see which modalities are applicable to your treatment goals.




Just for kids! Shoni Shin


This is a Japanese treatment that heals kids. Using the acupuncture channels but no needles, this treatment is very healing and relaxing. Dr. Marco uses a small copper shoni shin tool to lightly touch the child’s energy pathways. This treatment gently relaxes and brings the child back into balance. Shonishin was developed and is still a main method for pediatric healthcare in Japan. Often used for growing pains, immune system, digestion problems, and focus issues. (Courtesy Intermountain Healthcare Pediatrics.)





FAQs

I have a lot of questions – can I ask them?


YES! Your active participation is directly related to your success. Only you can tell me what is going on with your body, and that information helps us manage your treatment.




How often should I come to see you?


First we want you to heal so that your symptoms go away. The amount of time that this takes depends on what we are treating. Most health problems don’t happen overnight or can be severe in intensity, so healing may take some time. With Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, we are initiating and speeding up the healing process. We are giving your body signals to heal itself. To get the momentum going so your body can mend itself, allow 6 visits to determine how your body is responding to treatment. After a course of 12 treatments, the healing may be complete or we may need to do another series to continue the healing. Once your symptoms are gone, we encourage you to come in for Monthly Maintenance, or more often, to incorporate Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine into your lifestyle.




Do I ever need to see you more than once a week?


In some situations we recommend treatments over consecutive days to help relieve pain, build your immune system, or for your other health goals. Acupuncture works cumulatively. What this means is that you will notice improvement after your treatment, and you will want your next treatment to take place before this improvement decreases so that we can build on it. With this method, we will improve your health in a shorter amount of time, and that’s our goal–-to have you feeling better as fast as we can with long-lasting effects.




Are results permanent?


A large part of that depends on you. Acupuncture sends signals to your body to let it know what it needs to do to heal and Acupuncture re-circuits the circuitry of your body so that these changes will stay for longer and longer periods of time. Questions to ask yourself: Are you following your prescribed treatment protocol? What is your lifestyle like? Are you continuing to re-injure yourself? Between treatments, are you stretching to continue the positive effects of the treatment? Are you drinking enough water after your treatment? What are you eating? Dr. Marco can prescribe Chinese Herbal Formulas that are specific to you to help you shift your biochemistry so you can achieve your desired goals. These are all areas that we will discuss throughout your treatments. We are aiming for permanent relief and optimal health, by utilizing your body’s own healing mechanisms. The slow and steady pace of Holistic Medicine allows your body to mend and stay healthy.




What if I have to miss or change an appointment?


Please call at least 48 hours in advance (even on Sundays) to reschedule your time. Please leave a message if the front desk staff is not available. Because your treatment room is reserved for you, with less than 24 hour’s notice, you will be responsible for the charge of the appointment. If you have a friend or family member that can take your place and pay for your appointment time or use your package, this is a great way to avoid your cancellation fee. Please call Stonington Natural Health Center at 860-536-3880. Your cooperation on this is vitally important to our mutual success.




I am having trouble finding times that work for me.


Please ask to have your name put on the waiting list. When an appointment opens or if we are able to shift the schedule, then we will contact you as soon as possible to get you in.




Does Acupuncture hurt?


Most of the time, you won’t feel anything at all. Occasionally you might feel a little pinch. Once the needle is in, you may experience warmth, tingling, or numbness, which indicates an increase in blood flow and that the point is active. These are good sensations as they indicate that the point is working and we are in the right spots. For the most part, you will barely be aware that the point has been placed.




What are points?


We use the word point instead of needle because the word needle is often associated with the needle or syringe used for getting shots. On the other hand, Acupuncture needles are as thin as a hair, and much thinner than syringes or sewing needles. Did you know that eight Acupuncture needles can fit into the hole of a syringe? We also use the word point in reference to the spots along the energy channels on the body—these are the points that influence positive change and healthy re-patterning of your body.




Why do I experience sensations once the points are in?


A “zing”, warmth, tingling, or numbness indicates that we found the right spot. When you feel any of these, just say “got it!” and then we’ll know that we “got the qi.” When we have found the right spots, these areas are often where there is a blockage in your system. By freeing up the blockages, the energy can move through your body. If you think of the channels as being pipes with clogs in them, the Acupuncture acts like energetic drain-o and gets the energy flowing. During treatments, I may ask you to take a deep breath. Breathing helps to easy any discomfort or nervousness plus breathing brings lots of fresh oxygen into your body to help with healing.




If it hurts after you put the points in do I tell you?


Yes! Please let me know if you are ever uncomfortable during your treatment. Often a point just needs to be slightly adjusted, and then it is comfortable again. Also, let me know if you would like anything adjusted for your comfort--the temperature of the room, the volume of the music, if you would like a sip of water, the position of a pillow, anything affecting your ability to relax.




What should I wear?


Usually shoes and socks, bracelets and watches, are the only things that need to be removed. It is helpful for you to wear loose clothing so that we can get to your knees, elbows, and shoulders. We always use proper draping techniques, to ensure each person’s privacy and comfort.




What are the pros and cons of Acupuncture treatments?


Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine help you to feel good and healthy. A pro is that Acupuncture often triggers your body to detoxify--these toxins have been sitting in your muscles, organs, and fat. The day of and day after your treatment, it is especially important for you to drink water to flush these toxins out of your body. You may find that you feel a little worse before you feel better. Occasionally you may experience a temporary bruise or some local soreness.




Does drinking water really help?


Yes, water helps your body cleanse itself of the toxins that were released during your treatment and is essential to your healing. For the most comfort, please make sure to use the bathroom before your treatment.




What if my Insurance does not cover Acupuncture?


Your insurance may not cover acupuncture because of a Legislature Act. We encourage all patients to call their insurance representatives.