Desiree Merulli, L.Ac., EAMP, LMP, RYT Call: 206-388-3349


How Does Acupuncture Feel?

Most of my patients find acupuncture very calming and relaxing and often fall into a restful sleep during treatments.

Acupuncture needles are flexible and very fine with a diameter about the size of a human hair.  They are very different than the hollow needles used for injections.  In fact they are so small that about twenty can fit into one hypodermic needle.  Upon insertion, the needles may produce a slight pinch or no sensation at all.  Once in place, you may feel a pleasant sensation of warmth, numbness, tingling or heaviness.  This is your own bioelectric current moving through your body.

Depending on the individual and the treatment goals, needles are left in place for 10-30 minutes while you rest comfortably.  The treatment rooms are comfortable and equipped with heated tables, relaxing music and soft sheets.

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How Can Acupuncture Help Me?

  • Acupuncture treats you holistically so we are able to treat all of your health concerns simultaneously.
  • Acupuncture complements your other medical care and has no unpleasant side effects.
  • Acupuncture is safe, effective and affordable
  • Acupuncture improves mental focus and productivity, which will help you with athletic performance, work presentations and passing an exam
  • Acupuncture improves your sleep and increases your energy
  • Acupuncture reduces the effects of stress on your body and calms your mind

How Long Does It Take To See Results?

During the course of treatment you can expect to have more energy and sleep better while your symptoms of imbalance improve.

A course of treatment is 10 sessions.  Typically, most conditions show improvement around the 6th session.  Acute conditions resolve quickly, while chronic conditions take longer.  Several factors including your general health, lifestyle, and diet influence results.

The effects of treatments are cumulative.  Acupuncture treats the root of the problem, not just the symptoms, therefore a series of treatments is recommended to resolve your condition.  At the start of your treatment, its best to schedule your sessions close together, 1-3 times per week, then reduce the frequency as you improve.  This allows for the most effective results in the shortest time possible.  Once your health is restored and symptoms minimized, you will receive a customized maintenance program with lifestyle recommendation and less frequent visits.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture is a complete system of medicine that has prevented and treated illness for over 3000 years.

In a nutshell, your body is comprised of a network of complex bioelectric circuits called meridians. Qi is the traditional term to describe the electrical current that travels along meridians.

Specific points along the meridians are stimulated to balance the current, treating pain, illness and dysfunction.  All living things including plants, animals, water and air have electrical current.  Maintaining smooth current throughout your body is essential not only for treating pain and illness but also for improving your well being.

Receiving acupuncture regularly improves your mental focus and outlook.

What Does Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture treats many medical conditions.  The world Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effective therapy for many medical conditions, including:

Bone, Muscle, And Nervous System

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Migraines
  • Sciatica
  • Whiplash
  • Tendonitis
  • Jaw and face pain


  • Nicotine
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs

Circulation Disorders

  • Blood Pressure
  • Hypertension
  • Cold Hands & Feet

Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Nausea
  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • IBS

Urogenital Disorders

  • Fertility
  • PMS
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Incontinence

Emotional Disorders

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • PTSD

Immune System Support

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Colds
  • Flu
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Post Surgical Recovery

Many other conditions are also treatable with acupuncture and East Asian Medicine.  Please feel free to ask about your specific health concerns.  Questions?  Call 206-388-3349 or email us.

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509 Olive Way # 1658 Seattle, WA 98101