Spring Flash Event: Cupping & Free Scalp Massage

Receive A Free Scalp Massage When You Book Your Cupping Session Online

Cupping Relaxing & Rejuvenating

Fire Cupping is the perfect treatment to transition between the seasons.

Specialized glass cups are placed on acupuncture points along the back corresponding to the organ systems.

This invigorating treatment feels amazing and is very relaxing and soothing

What Does Fire Cupping Do?

• Loosens up your tight, sore muscles and fascia surrounding the muscle fibers.
• Increases the range of motion and flexibility.
• Promotes the circulation of blood and interstitial fluids in your muscle and skin tissues, which is essential in maintaining your health and well being.
• Assists the liver in removing toxins from your body.

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Ayurvedic massageThe Merulli Scalp Massage features medicinal grade, organic, essential oils to refresh and revitalize your scalp while soothing your nervous system.



Black Friday Event: Acupuncture + Free Massage Bonus!

I wanted to wish you and your family a peaceful Holiday season. I’m offering a Pre-Black Friday Promotion of my favorite treatment combo.

Thank you for being a part of my practice.

Peace and health,



Purchase 11/20-11/24. Give As Gifts Or Treat Yourself.

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Acupuncture + Free Massage Bonus $95 ($150 Value)

Indulge in the ultimate combination of revitalization and Zen relaxation! Come in for a seasonal tune-up and enjoy a free 30-minute massage with your acupuncture treatment.

Get Your Black Friday Offer Now!

Free Scalp Massage When You Book Fire Cupping By 10/31

Did you know that Fire Cupping is a perfect wellness treatment to transition between the seasons?


Specialized glass cups are placed along acupuncture points on the back for the ultimate seasonal tune-up. The cups are then gently moved to invigorate and soothe your muscle tissues. This rejuvenating treatment feels amazing and is very relaxing.


What Does Fire Cupping Do?


    • Loosens up your tight, sore muscles and fascia surrounding the muscle fibers
    • Increases the range of motion and flexibility
    • Promotes the circulation of blood and interstitial fluids of your muscles and skin, an
    • essential element for your health and well being
    • Assists the liver in removing toxins from your body
    • Uplifts your mood for optimum wellness


Bonus Offer: Book Your Fire Cupping Session Now through October 31st and receive a free Merulli Signature Essential Oil Scalp Massage.


Mother’s Day Promotion Through May 31st


For a limited time, receive a free add-on upgrade with any treatment at Merulli Acupuncture. (Value $10-$15). Choose from Collagen Eye Treatment, Moisturizing Hand Treatment, or Signature Scalp Massage.

Celebrate Spring, Mother’s Day and the Season of Renewal.

Treat yourself or give a gift to a friend!

You may Purchase an instant gift certificate online, over the phone 206-388-3349 or schedule online.

Offer ends May 31st.

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Valentine’s Promo Thru Feb 28th!



For a limited time Buy 5 get 6th Free! Regularly $130 per session. ($780 Value)

Start Spring energized with a fresh glow!

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture gently reduces the signs of aging while renewing your whole body from within. Achieve radiant skin, boost collagen production and say goodbye to fine lines.

Each session includes Facial Rejuvenation treatment, plus luxurious massage of the face and scalp.

Treat yourself or give a gift to a friend!

Purchase Online or Call: 206-388-3349


Packages are non-transferable, never expire and must be used by one person. Limit one offer per person. May be given as gifts.

Desiree Merulli, L.Ac., EAMP, LMP, RYT, holds certification by the NCCAOM, and is licensed by the certification in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, Reiki, and is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher. Desiree has studied 3 styles of facial rejuvenation acupuncture and created her own protocols customized to each patient.

Conveniently located in the Medical Dental Building 509 Olive Way # 1658, Seattle, WA 98101


10 Tips For The Cold And Flu Season

Acupuncture is very helpful in preventing colds and flu and accelerating healing.  Getting treatment is most effective right when you feel it coming on or when you are near the end.  It will also help during the middle of the cold/flu but its much more powerful at the beginning or the end.  Getting a treatment right when you notice the achy shoulders, fatigue, hint of a sore throat or nasal stuffiness will help you kick it before it gets you.

The CDC describes the flu season as the fall and winter months with a peak in February.  However the flu and cold germs are present everywhere year round and getting acupuncture regularly will boost your immunity.

1.  Enjoy some healing broth with fresh grated ginger and sliced scallions.  Bone

Broth with scallions and ginger will soothe a sore throat

broth is an ancient East Asian Medicine recipe for healing everything from colds and flu to injuries and post surgical recovery.  Ginger and scallions will help disperse phlegm and warm your system.  If you don’t have the energy to make the broth from scratch, some of the boxed broths aren’t too bad.  I have used the Whole foods organic low sodium broth.  It may not have all the nutrients as cooking the broth down yourself, but when you are sick, it will soothe and nourish you.  Regular consumption of bone broth will enhance your metabolism and overall health.

2.  Stay away from cough drops-even the “natural” ones as the sugar inflames the throat and keeps you coughing (and buying them).  If you need something to soothe your throat, take a teaspoon of raw honey, a dash of lemon and a teaspoon of grated fresh ginger as a tea in warm water.  Raw honey is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral/bacterial and an expectorant.  The ginger is warming and dispersing and will help get rid of the phlegm.  If you really think you want a cough drop, its better to get a piece of hard candy that you actually enjoy and do just that. Often when we are ill, we feel down and are in need of comfort and cough drops are an easy trap.

3.  Fresh pineapple juice contains bromelain, an immune boosting enzyme that helps break down phlegm in the body.  This provides relief especially if you have it sticking to the back of your throat.  But it must be real and fresh, not canned/frozen etc.  Please take the juice at room temperature in small amounts.

4.  Avoid sugar-it causes inflammation.

5.  Get rest.  Now is the time to take care of yourself.

6.  Take Vitamin D daily.  It will boost your immunity and your mood.
7.  Go outside often, even when the weather isn’t great to keep you in tune with the seasons.  This goes a long way to building your immunity and health.

8.  Frequently wash your hands using regular soap.  Anti-bacterial soap reduces your natural immunity.  You may also use alcohol based hand sanitizers.

9.  Stay home from work when you are sick.  This will allow you to get better faster and also avoid spreading the illness to others.  Going to work ill reduces the productivity of everyone else and prolongs your time being sick.

10.  Seasonal acupuncture tune-ups will keep your immune system running smoothly and prevent illness.

Tired of getting sick during the winter months?  To find out how acupuncture can help you,  contact me or schedule online.

Using Your Breath To Balance Your Emotions

Most of us may notice that taking a breath is calming, but did you know you can actually use your breath to monitor your emotional states?


This article written by Rolf Sovik of Yoga International offers different types of breath awareness to tune into and therefore balance your emotional states.  As we approach the winter season and the darker months this becomes especially important for all of us.

Rolf details the different emotions and how to use your breath awareness to regain balance.

Fall Pumpkin Curry Soup

The health benefits of pumpkin are numerous:


  • High fiber keeps you fuller longer, aiding weight loss
  • Rich in L-Tryptophan, which promotes better sleep and also helps with depression and mood.
  • High in potassium
  • Antioxidants protect skin
  • Vitamin A improves vision, nourishes skin and bones.
  • Aids in digestion
  • Reduces phlegm


Pumpkin Curry Soup




This rich and dreamy soup will warm up your core and provide prefect nutrition for your family.  Feel free to enjoy throughout the Fall/Winter Season.



2 Tbs. Sesame or peanut oil

1 Yellow Onion, chopped

Ginger 1 inch shredded

1 Fresh Garlic

2 Tbs. Thai Chili Paste

1 Tbs.  Coriander seeds, crushed

1 Tsp. Cumin seeds, crushed

3 Kaffir lime leaves, sliced

1 Can Organic Coconut Milk

2 Cans Organic Pumpkin

1 Cup Broth-Of Your Choice

Splash of Thai Fish Sauce (use soy sauce for vegetarian option)

Garnish: Chopped Cilantro/ Basil and Fresh Chilies

Optional Protein Garnish: Shrimp, fish, chicken, or tofu works well in this dish. Simply cook separately then add before serving.



Sauté the onion, garlic and ginger with oil in the skillet until translucent and add coriander seeds. 
Add the broth and simmer for a few minutes. 
Add the pumpkin, chili paste, fish sauce and coconut milk. 
Stir and simmer until bubbly. Garnish and enjoy.


Cupping Special Through Fall 2016!!!

Receive a free Merulli Signature Scalp Massage when you book your cupping session by 10/31/16.


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Cupping is an ancient East Asian medical procedure that has immediate health benefits. 

Specialized glass cups are placed on acupuncture points along the back corresponding to the organ systems.  This invigorating treatment feels amazing and is very relaxing and soothing.

What Does Cupping Do?

  • Loosens up your tight, sore muscles and fascia surrounding the muscle fibers
  • Increases the range of motion and flexibility
  • Promotes the circulation of blood and interstitial fluids in your muscle and skin tissues, which is essential in maintaining your health and well being
  • Assists the liver in removing toxins from your body


The Merulli signature scalp massage features medicinal grade, organic essential oils to refresh and revitalize your scalp while calming your nervous system.

Treat yourself or a loved one!



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Mudra: Make A Fist, Heal Your Emotions

Mushti MudraMudra is a Sanskrit term for gesture, mark or seal and is used in yoga, meditation and other types of healing.

There are numerous mudras, each with a specific purpose and benefit.  As a perpetual student of Eastern Medicine and energy healing, I feel its important to reference the similarities of these sciences.

In Chinese medicine, the hand is one of many microsystems or fractals in our body with acupuncture points (Marma points in the Ayurvedic system).  Mudras, acupuncture, and massage therapy activate the energy in these points.  In both systems, the palmar surface of the hand contains the internal organ points, and relates to the physical, mental and emotional aspects of the organ.

The Mushti Mudra, pictured above, heals our restrained emotions and digestion.  Anger and frustration are connected to the liver; grief and letting go are connected to the lungs and large intestine.

We all know being upset stagnates our digestion.  Often we will try to soothe our feelings by either not eating or overeating; both responses make the problem worse.  When we make a fist, the Mushti Mudra activates these points and starts the healing process in both your mind and body.  Essentially you are telling your brain to wring out your emotions and your gut.


Next time you feel upset, try this easy Mushti Mudra:


  1. Inhale and make a fist, squeezing your thumb over your fingers
  2. Exhale and let your fist relax open.


As you inhale and exhale notice the sensation of your breath through your body, and how your body feels afterward.  Also note if you felt the emotional or the physical discomfort first.  This will help you get in tune with and heal your body.

I like to start with both hands at the same time, then alternate between left and right one at a time, and then back to both hands together.

I’d love to hear how this mudra works for you.  Send me an email if you have questions or would like to share your experience.