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
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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
NOURISHING 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.
Mudra 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:
Inhale and make a fist, squeezing your thumb over your fingers
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.
I’m excited to offer Shirodhara to my patients. Shirodhara is a deeply nourishing Ayurvedic treatment that calms the body and mind.
Benefits of Shirodhara:
Reduces headaches, fatigue, stress, anxiety, and irritability
Leaves your hair soft and silky, and prevents hair fall
Regulates the endocrine system
Softens facial lines and refreshes your complexion
Engages your parasympathetic nervous system, providing deep relaxation and mental clarity
Enhances other therapies, such as yoga, acupuncture, massage and meditation
Journey through a seamless rhythm of traditional Tibetan bodywork modalities that conclude with the pouring of a luxurious stream of warm infused oil over the forehead. Available at the Seattle clinic location.
Introducing a new service at Merulli Acupuncture: The Express Acupuncture Treatment.
Enjoy an abbreviated treatment for the perfect “pick me up”. Take a break and perk up your day with a quick and effective boost. This wellness treatment focuses on relaxation of your body and mind so you can return to your day refreshed and calm.
Enjoy gentle acupuncture of the hands, feet and ears. Includes Merulli Signature Scalp Massage with essential oils.
30 minute treatment. Available now at both clinics. $60. Book Now