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Cosmetic Acupuncture FAQ


How does Cosmetic Acupuncture work?

While any acupuncture treatment will make you look and feel better, Cosmetic Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation specifically focuses on improving your appearance while simultaneously treating the underlying factors causing aging.

Cosmetic Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation includes body points to stimulate metabolism, whole body rejuvenation, and healing from within.   This activates deep relaxation of the body and mind. Strategically placed facial points lift and tone the face, while stimulating collagen to fill in fine lines and soften skin.

What happens during each session?

During your first treatment, we will discuss your health history and treatment goals.  I will then place the points and allow you to rest comfortably one the treatment table.  Most people fall into a restorative sleep as I am placing the points.  After I remove the points, you will receive a gentle face and scalp massage to promote further circulation and relaxation.

What is the course of treatment?

The first course of treatment is 12 sessions administered twice weekly followed by monthly or quarterly maintenance visits.  Most people report they have a radiant glow and feel better after the first session.  The effects become most noticeable and lasting around the seventh session.  Everyone responds differently depending on his or her constitution and lifestyle.  After the initial course of treatment, maintenance sessions prolong the results for 5-10 years.

You will receive tailored recommendations for at home care such as self-massage, exercise and healthy diet.

Do I need a separate series of treatments for each area of concern?

No.  We will treat all your concerns at once.

I have studied three different styles of Cosmetic Acupuncture and have formulated my own protocol, customized to the individual.  My treatment philosophy is to lift and tone all the facial and neck structures while promoting collagen and elastin to flourish in the tissues.  I also “spot” treat the specific areas of concern as this varies with everyone.

Does it really work?

A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Facial Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment.  Acupuncture has been treating and preventing illnesses for thousands of years.  The efficacy of acupuncture is due to its direct effect on balancing the body’s bioelectric system.

Why should I choose Cosmetic Acupuncture over Cosmetic surgery?

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a holistic way to look and feel better without surgery. It costs far less than cosmetic procedures and is safe and effective. No extended recovery time is needed.  Refresh your appearance while enhancing your overall health and wellbeing.

Can I have this treatment if I have had cosmetic surgery, Botox or injectable fillers?


Acupuncture helps to speed healing and stimulates your natural collagen production and cell metabolism.  We will work together to optimize your results and other procedures.

Botox: I recommend waiting 2 weeks after Botox before acupuncture on the face.

Cosmetic Fillers: The cosmetic-type injectable fillers take about 7-10 days to integrate into your skin’s collagen structure. We would work around the injected area during that timeframe.

Cosmetic Surgery: If you are having a surgical procedure, I recommend non-cosmetic acupuncture treatments before and after your surgery because this will increase your body’s healing mechanisms.  Acupuncture before surgery will boost your immunity, and acupuncture post surgery will help speed your recovery while reducing swelling.

What does it treat?

My patients report the following results:

  • Improve firmness of your neck & face
  • Eliminate facial puffiness
  • Reduce bags around the eyes
  • Eliminate fine lines
  • diminish the appearance of deeper wrinkles
  • Improve metabolism
  • Increase collagen production & cell renewal
  • Balance hormones & reduce acne
  • Improve facial color and circulation
  • Reduce scars
  • Minimize double chins
  • Reduce stress in the face
  • Bring out your natural glow
  • Slow the aging process from within
  • Better sleep and energy

Used as early as the Sung Dynasty (960AD-1270AD), this procedure may eliminate as many as 5-15 years from the face.  Your authentic glow will emerge as the treatment releases the cumulative stress, tension and emotions held in the face and body.  More than just a cosmetic procedure; your whole body look and feel better.

Do I need to take time off work while undergoing treatment?

The treatments don’t require any downtime and many people come in on their lunch hour.  If you are seeking treatment for a special occasion, I recommend completing your sessions 2-4 weeks ahead of your event.  For individuals who are on blood thinners or bruise easily, Arnica gel/cream and pellets can help minimize bruising.  Limiting sugar, processed foods and alcohol before and during treatment will lower inflammation systemically while reducing any chances of bruising.

Post Treatment Care

After treatment, please keep yourself protected from wind, and extreme temperature changes. Please rest, drink plenty of water and eat moderately.

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Self Care for 2019!


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Take Time For Your Wellness In December!

This month, take time for yourself at Merulli Acupuncture & Wellness.

I’m offering two specially priced self care packages during your busiest time of the year. Give As Gifts Or Treat Yourself!

Both packages are offered for a limited time. Available for pre-purchase online only until December 31, 2018. Not combinable with other offers or insurance. First come, first served.

Thank you for being a part of my practice.

Peace and health,



Himalayan Salt Stone Therapy 60 Minutes + Scalp Massage $130 ($150 Value)

Book Your Self Care Now!Himalayan Salt stones are incorporated into gentle bodywork, targeting the power of the meridians to relax and restore the body. Your luxuriant treatment integrates Eastern Medicine, Thermal, and Salt Mineral Therapies + a scalp massage infused with organic essential oils.



Cosmetic Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation + Celluma LED Light Therapy $145 ($165 Value)

Lift & sculpt the face while revitalizing your body from within. Promotes collagen production & reduces acne, wrinkles & stress in the face. Includes indulgent, face massage + Celluma LED Light Therapy session. Upgrade your skin and wellbeing!



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Black Friday Event – Acupuncture + Massage Package!

I wanted to wish you and your family a peaceful Holiday season.

I’m offering a special promotion on one of my most popular treatments. I am offering a limited number of packages at the promotional rate from 11/22-11/27.

Thank you for being a part of my practice.

Peace and health,



Acupuncture + Massage Package


For A Limited Time. Purchase Between 11/22-11/27. Prepaid online purchase only. Not combinable with other offers or insurance. First come, first served.

Acupuncture + Massage Package

Indulge in the ultimate combination of uplifting energy and Zen-like relaxation!

Come in for a seasonal acupuncture tune-up + 30-minute wellness massage.

Give As Gifts Or Treat Yourself.


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Celebrating 20 Years! + 3 New Services

This month I’m celebrating 20 years in business!

I’m excited to introduce 3 new services at a special event rate for you!

Thank you for being a part of my practice!

Peace and health,


New Package: Acupuncture + Himalayan Salt Stone Therapy

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For A Limited Time. Purchase Between 8/8-8/12.

Give As Gifts Or Treat Yourself.

Acupuncture + Himalayan Salt Stone Therapy Package Special Offer $144 ($180 Value)

Indulge yourself with this luxurious wellness treatment package! Includes 30-Minute Himalayan Salt Stone Therapy with your Acupuncture treatment. This serene treatment integrates Eastern Medicine, Thermal, and Salt Mineral Therapies to provide deep healing and relaxation.

New Service: Himalayan Salt Stone Therapy

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For A Limited Time. Purchase Between 8/8-8/12.

Give As Gifts Or Treat Yourself.

Himalayan Salt Stone Therapy 60 Minutes. Special Offer $112 ($140 Value)

Your luxuriant treatment integrates Eastern Medicine, Thermal, and Salt Mineral Therapies to provide you with healing benefits including:
* Enhanced Circulation
* Restored Sense of Wellness
* Reduced Inflammation
* Restful Sleep
* Deep Relaxation
* Lifted Mood

New Service: Dry Brush Skin Detox + Silk Polish

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For A Limited Time. Purchase Between 8/8-8/12.

Give As Gifts Or Treat Yourself.

Dry Brush Skin Detox & Silk Polish Special Offer $64 ($80 Value)

Combining East and West philosophies, I created this exclusive 3-step protocol to enhance your weight loss and wellness treatments while giving you glowing skin.

First your skin is gently brushed with exfoliating gloves to remove dry skin and activate your lymphatic system. Next, Ayurvedic silk gloves polish and infuse your skin with nourishing silk amino acids, while further detoxifying your lymphatic system.

Your skin will then relish a hydrating mist infused with rose and citrus.

Optional Add-on: Get the ultimate glow with an application of organic hydrating balm for an additional $15.

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NEW! Celluma LED Light Therapy at Merulli Acupuncture & Wellness





What is Light Therapy?


Light Emitting Diode (LED) phototherapy is the application of light energy to tissue to obtain therapeutic benefits.  The energy is used to improve cellular performance.  

Phototherapy is known for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties and has a variety of applications across many medical fields.  Research has shown that phototherapy can: increase circulation, accelerate tissue repair, decrease wrinkles, decrease inflammation, improve skin tone and wrinkles, texture and clarity, ease muscle and joint pain, stiffness, spasm and arthritis and kill acne bacteria, and much more.


How Does Light Energy work?

Specific wavelengths of light energy, when properly absorbed, up-regulates compromised cells. The light (photons) energy is absorbed by photoacceptors in the mitochondria and used to create adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The ATP produced then stimulates various metabolic processes which can result in the repair and regeneration of cell and tissue components. In an article, “Therapeutic Light” – by Chukuku S. Enwemeka, PT, PhD, FACSM, he wrote “other reported mechanisms of light-induced beneficial effects include modulation of prostaglandin levels, alteration of somatosensory evoked potential and nerve conduction velocity, and hyperemia of treated tissues. The resultant clinical benefits include pain relief in conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tendonitis, ankle sprain, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction, shoulder and neck pain, arthritis, and post-herpetic neuralgia, as well as tissue repair in cases of diabetic ulcer, venous ulcer, mouth ulcer, fractures, tendon rupture, ligamentous, tear, torn cartilage, and nerve injury.”


What is Celluma?

Celluma is unique and quite unlike any other low-level light therapy device available today. Based on NASA research, Celluma delivers blue, red and near-infrared light energy simultaneously to safely treat a wide variety of conditions. Each wavelength is absorbedby different molecules that act as a signaling mechanism for different cellular processes. For example, some reduce inflammation and some kill bacteria, while others enhance localized circulation. 

Celluma LED Light Therapy is available as an add-on service to any treatment at Merulli Acupuncture & Wellness.  Ask How Celluma May Benefit You & Your Family

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Health Fair May 23rd 10:00-2:00

The Medical Dental Building Health Fair is this Wednesday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  I will be offering free acupuncture for stress treatments.  Stop by my table to enter your name in my drawing to win a FREE Himalayan Salt Stone Therapy session.  There will be many Health & Wellness Exhibitors along with door prizes, and delicious food.

MDB Health Fair

See you there!

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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!

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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.

                              SCHEDULE ONLINE NOW!

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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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