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Proactive Wellness For Fall


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September Wellness

Proactive Wellness

Hi There!

Your September Wellness Treatment is here!

These days people are becoming more proactive about their health.

Your body needs B12 to ensure proper cell function and metabolism. For some individuals, B12 isn’t well absorbed through diet or in capsule form and injections can provide better absorption.

After B12 injections, many people feel a natural restoration of their energy.

The addition of LED Therapy increases blood circulation and decreases pain
& inflammation while making your skin glow.

This treatment is very restorative on its own, or may be combined with any session. 🙂

Wishing a Happy Fall!

See you soon,

Desiree

B12 Promo Through August 20th


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B12 Injection Flash Promo!

I am offering a B12 Injection Flash Promo through August 20th.

B12 can help with sleep, mood and energy.

See you soon!

Cheers,

Desiree

B12 Promo Through August 20th

Who Can Benefit?
Most people can benefit particularly those who live a busy life, are athletes, seniors, vegetarians, vegans, and those on medications or with digestive issues.

What Are The Benefits?
• Boosts Energy & Reduces Fatigue
• Decreases Anxiety & Depression
• Improves Sleep & Metabolism
• May Improve Heart Health By Decreasing Homocysteine Levels
• Supports Healthy Hair, Skin & Nails
• Helps Anemia
• Reduces PMS & Menopause Symptoms
• Improves Mental Fogginess
• More Efficient Workouts

How Long Does It Take?
B12 Injections are easy and take less than 15 minutes. If this is your first B12 Injection, I will include an allergy test at no charge.

Does It Hurt?
I use a very tiny gauge needle and most of my patients barely feel the injection.

Book Your B12 Today

Staying healthy during coronavirus


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Tips For Staying Healthy During Coronavirus

I’ve focused on strengthening your immune system with tips for staying healthy during coronavirus and beyond. Many people are stressed right now due to the fear surrounding the novel coronavirus. I am certain you have already heard enough tips about hand washing so I won’t review that.

I’ve posted some tips that I recommend to my patients as daily self care and during any cold/flu season.

Take A Breath…

By breathing out more slowly than you are breathing in, you will automatically calm your nervous system. Focusing on lengthening the exhale will also take the work out of this effort. The inhales will come naturally. Do this for a few moments anytime you’re feeling stressed.

Prioritize Sleep

Tips for Staying Healthy

Do all the things we know we should do regarding sleep. Go to be early. Don’t read the phone or watch TV in bed. Make your room dark and comfortable but not too warm. Take a warm bath before bed.

Have dinner earlier so you are not overfull when climbing into bed.

Get Your Daily Movement In, But If You Are Sick, Don’t Overdo it.

Take a walk outside, even just around the block with help your immune system. You need access to nature and outside air. Exercise helps to move the lymph system which is critical for immune health.

Gentle yoga or stretching at home is very helpful and grounding. Many yoga studios now are even offering online courses so you may practice at home if needed. Plus there are numerous youtube yoga and workout courses available.

Take Specific Supplements

Take specific supplements to boost your immune system. I provided general tips below for you to discuss with your health provider. Please check with your doctor and pharmacist first before taking any new supplements, herbs or foods, as they may interfere with your current medications or be contraindicated for you.

I’m offering medical grade supplements through Fullscript with a 10% discount when you click on my dispensary icon below. Feel free to browse the store on your own or let me know if you need recommendations.

Vitamin C, Zinc, selenium, and Vitamin D are very important to maintain a healthy immune system. Especially Vitamin C-Please read this article.

All of these have immune boosting and antioxidant qualities. Zinc can upset some patient’s stomachs, so look for a glycinate form and take it with food.

Oil of oregano helps reduce the viral load on your body. Its available as a tincture (oil or alcohol base) form and as capsules. You may also add a few drops to water to clean and disinfect your home.

Receive 10% off Professional Grade Supplements

I have set up an online dispensary through Fullscript. Use the link below to receive 10% off all your supplements.

Essential Oils Are Great Selfcare

Ellen Geary, Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and long-time colleague of mine offers a wide range of essential oils, more than what I stock in the clinic. She is happy to personally coach you on how to use them.

Eat The Right Foods

Tips For Staying Healthy During Coronavirus

Stay healthy with foods that are right for your body and avoid the junk foods and sugary items that mess with your gut biome. Getting enough greens daily helps with mood and digestion, nourishing your biome.

Try this vegan healing soup or this bone broth as a base to nourish your gut biome. Feel free to add your favorite plants and protein to it. Adding some grated ginger will aid digestion and reduce body aches. Sip on either broth during the day.

An easy way to have quality ginger on hand is to wash and peel a couple roots and grind in a food processor to small shredded chunks and store in a freezer safe container. This will save you time.

If your stomach is upset, try some simple steamed rice or sweet potatoes. Bland soothing foods are more appealing when you’re not well, so dial down the spice and oil while you recover. Plenty of time for that 5-star spiced Thai dish when you’re well again.

Retreat, But Don’t Recoil And Please Don’t Isolate

Tips For Staying Healthy

Its always a good idea to stay home when you have the flu or cold. This is not my idea. Most grandmothers have been telling us from the beginning of time. This is not only to prevent spreading of germs, but to allow your body to actually rest, heal, and recover.

If you are staying in, please take a moment to connect to your friends and loved ones via phone or Skype so you are not holed up and in isolation. Staying in is for prevention and recovery and not punishment/exile. Being alone and disconnected from your daily life, work and friends adds to fear and anxiety. Anxiety and disconnection lowers your immune response.

Briefly keep in touch with the news, so you are aware but don’t go crazy with the media. Hunching forward over your phone, puts your body in a constricted, grieving position; not a good idea if you’re already feeling bad.

Listen to uplifting material, podcasts or comedies to lift your mood. If you are physically under the weather, no need to add to it with negative programming. Here is a free EFT video by Mira Kelly on clearing overwhelm of coronavirus.

Make use of the delivery services we are lucky to have these days. Groceries are available now on Amazon and many other delivery options are available for take out.

When you are well, or if you are staying in, take a moment to call and check on your elderly neighbors and friends to see if they need anything. It only takes moment to drop something off at their door, or place an order for them.

Be Kind…

Kindness is the best medicine

At the end of the day, kindness and compassion are both superpowers and secret weapons. It costs nothing to be kind and we always can be kind no matter the circumstances. Have compassion for yourself and and others as we move forward.

Any questions about tips for staying healthy during coronavirus? Please send me an email.

If you are feeling anxious or need a proactive immune boost, I am currently seeing patients who have not exhibited any symptoms, on a case by case basis.


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Easy Healing Soup

This easy healing soup can be used for anything, whether you’re trying to eat less and lose weight, recover from the cold or flu, or if you’re just feeling tired or stressed. Have a cup before meals to warm up your digestion.

Bring to a quick boil and call it a day.
Bring to a quick boil and you’re done.

If you can boil water, you can make this soup. Its even a common starter in Asian restaurants. Its just cabbage, onions, sea salt and water. If you need an extra boost, throw in some grated ginger. Today I used Brussels sprouts because they were organic and available at my local Trader Joes. Brussels sprouts are just baby cabbages grown on a stem.

They have many vitamins including B6, magnesium, iron and potassium. Onions are great for immune boosting and contain sulfur compounds, zinc, selenium, and vitamin C.

The main benefit for your health is the prebiotic fiber that replenishes your gut biome. Prebiotic fiber is what feeds your probiotic gut environment.

Just thinly chop your cabbage or Brussels sprouts with the onion and bring to a boil to soften, but not long enough for the green color to fade. Its quick to prepare. Toss in some sea salt to taste. This is a great basic. You can always add ginger, green onion, and any other veggies if you have time.

Its Paleo, Plant Paradox, Lectin Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, AIP, and Weight loss friendly.

Enjoy!

Easy Healing Soup
Easy Healing Soup

Micro Needling by Desiree Merulli


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Microneedling By Desiree Merulli, L.Ac., EAMP, RYT

Micro Needling by Desiree Merulli
Microneedling by Desiree Merulli

As a acupuncturist specializing in holistic rejuvenation and wellness, I am excited to offer a new service to help my patients feel their best. Microneedling is one of the earlier forms of acupuncture. The 7 Star Hammer or Plum Blossom Needle was used since ancient times for healing, rejuvenation and even hair loss.

Dermal pens are a modern version of these tools. I use a medical grade, professional use only pen for my patients. This pen penetrates the skin to the ideal depth to create collagen induction and tighten and lift the skin.

How Does Microneedling Work?

Microneedling Therapy also called Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), and Percutaneous (through the skin) Collagen Induction (PCI), is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of the Microneedle Pen.

The mechanical action of the pen allows the needles to puncture the skin and create a controlled injury at a specific depth. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body’s natural healing process to fill these micro wounds by producing new collagen and elastin in the papillary dermis. In addition, new capillaries are formed for improved blood supply. 

With Microneedling, the top layer of the skin is parted without being damaged, leaving the skin intact. It does not “burn” your skin like peels or more invasive lasers. The needle penetration depth can be adjusted from 0.25mm to 2.50mm into the skin depending on the area of the body and the skin condition being treated. Using skin needling consistently will trigger the body’s repair process until the desired level of skin rejuvenation is achieved.

Microneedling results in the production of new collagen and elastin, improvement in skin tone and texture, firmness as well as reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks.

Micro Needling by Desiree Merulli
Reclaim Your Best Skin

How Is Professional Microneedling Different Than At Home Treatments?

The mechanism of action differs between the professional grade devices and home devices. The professional device, AcuMicro, uses a vertical action at 18,000rpm, versus a rolling action or vibrating action that can cause excess damage to the skin.

Microneedling Combined With Plant Stem Cell Serums

Microneedling can be used in combination with Hyaluronic Acid and other serums to hydrate and heal the skin.  Plant stem cell serums are available and may be added on to your treatment to address specific issues such as dark circles, pigmentation, and sagging skin.

The micro-channels created by the needles allow for deeper penetration of topical serums for more effective results. This procedure can increase the skin’s ability to utilize the nutrients by up to 3,000 %.

What Is Nano Needling?

Both the Nano and microneedling treatments use a pen like device that oscillates a tip up and down to stimulate a skin reaction. They both induce cell turnover, serum infusion and provoke the healing process that results in skin transformation.

Nano needling on the other hand works a little different. It does use the same type of oscillating motion to treat the skin but the cartridge encompasses 81 silicone tips. Nanoneedling does not puncture the skin and is used in specific cases, or in the more sensitive eye areas to help significantly reduce fine lines and wrinkles with each treatment.

These microscopic hair-like cones separate the cells within the epidermis to allow active products to be pushed into the skin. Nano needling only affects the epidermis, treating within the upper .15 mm of the skin. The benefits of this serum infusion treatment include pigmentation reduction, increased cell turnover, skin rejuvenation and an immediate glow with no downtime. This treatment can be done weekly to exfoliate the skin. 

What Can Microneedling Treat?

  • Acne Scars
  • Fins Lines & Moderate Wrinkles
  • Pore Size
  • Texture
  • Tone
  • Scars
  • Photo Aging & Sun Damage
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hypopigmentation
  • Hiar Loss
  • Dry Skin 

What is included with each session?

With every session, medical grade hyaluronic serum is applied to your skin to increase hydration and skin healing. I also include a numbing cream soothing facial mask.

You may upgrade your treatment with Plant stem cell serums to address specific concerns such as under eye discoloration and bags, pigmentation imbalances, & skin sagging for additional fee.

Can I Have Microneedling If I’ve Had Cosmetic Surgery, Botox Or Injectable Fillers?

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

In General:

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

Cosmetic Fillers: The cosmetic-type injectable fillers take about 14-28 days to integrate into your skin’s collagen structure.

Cosmetic Surgery: If you are having a surgical procedure, I recommend non-cosmetic acupuncture treatments before and after your surgery, as 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 and bruising.

Do I Need To Take Time Off Work?

The treatments don’t require any downtime, however you will be red for 24 hours.  If you are planning 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.

You will be given a sheet with aftercare instructions.


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Acupuncture Relieves Headaches

Acupuncture Relieves Headaches
Stop suffering from headaches

Acupuncture Relieves Headaches. Painful headaches are inconvenient, debilitating, and consuming. A Harvard Medical School article shows Acupuncture Relieves Headaches.

Get help now with acupuncture at Merulli Acupuncture & Wellness. Start feeling better after your first session and reduce intensity and frequency of headaches with your treatment plan.

Insurance accepted.

Desiree’s office hours are Tues-Fri 9:30-6:30 and Sat 10-3.

Easy appointment booking online: www.merulli.com

Get that spring back in your step. ⁠


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B12 Special Event Friday 2/21 1-3 PM


B12 Special Event 2/21 1-3 PM

Hi Everyone!

I’m so excited to offer you a special B12 + Chocolate event!

Enhance your energy, metabolism, and detoxification while improving your skin.

Special promo $15.

On Friday 2/21, Saunter in between 1-3 pm and receive a B12 Injection for only $15 (Regularly $25). Treat yourself to Rooibos-Rose-Caramel infused tea and lavish chocolates during your visit.

If this is your first B12 at my clinic, I will include an allergy test free of charge. Please allow 15 minutes for your first injection & allergy test. B12 Consent Form and New Patient Forms required.

See you soon,

Desiree

First Come, First Served. Reserve Your Spot Here

What are the benefits of B12 Injections?
* Boosts Energy & Reduces Fatigue
* May Improve Your Mood
* Decreases Anxiety & Depression
* Improves Sleep
* May Improve Heart Health By Decreasing Homocysteine Levels
* Supports Healthy Hair, Skin & Nails
* Improves Metabolism
* Helps Anemia
* Reduces PMS & Menopause Symptoms
* Reduces & Clear Acne
* Improves Mental Fogginess
* More Efficient Workouts


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L&I Covers Acupuncture

Injured At Work? Acupuncture Can Return You To Your Job Faster.

The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) will now cover up to 10 acupuncture treatments in WA State for back pain related to a work injury.

The criteria for coverage is that the pain must be a lumbar/low back pain work related injury. All you need to do is file a claim with your supervisor or HR department, and see your doctor for an acupuncture referral for L&I benefits.

I am a registered provider for Acupuncture L&I benefits. Please bring in your claim number and I will take care of the billing for you.

 

New Patient Forms

Suffering from back pain at office. Get Relief With Acupuncture.


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November VIP Wellness

B12 Improves Your Health

Your November VIP Wellness has arrived!

This treatment is perfect for the winter months and may also be added on to any service.

Wishing a Happy Autumn!

See you soon,
Desiree

November Self-Care!

This month I am featuring The Double Energy Boost: Enhance your energy, metabolism, and detoxification while improving your skin and mood.

Includes one B12 injection with one session of Celluma LED Light Therapy. Most people can benefit from a B12 injection, particularly those who live a busy life, are athletes, seniors, vegetarians, vegans, and those on medications or with digestive issues. The addition of LED therapy increases the production of collagen & elastin, increases blood circulation, decreases inflammation, brightening skin and mood

Book Your VIP Wellness

LED THERAPY
B12 INJECTION


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Bone Soup: Healing Broth

Fall has arrived and so has the cold and flu season. Several cultures have a version of this soup to take care of their families.  Here is a highly nutritious classic Chinese medicine recipe for bone soup.  The vinegar helps release the minerals and nutrition from the bones.  This broth is also helpful for people recovering from bone and skeletal injuries. Feel free to enjoy this anytime and use it as a base for any soup or gravy.

Bone Broth Soup
Broth with scallions and ginger will soothe a sore throat

Bone Soup 

4 quarts of water

Bones from fish, chicken or beef

2 tablespoons of vinegar (this releases the minerals from the bones)

Slowly simmer broth for 3-6 hours until bones appear rubbery.  Strain and discard bones.

You may also add onions and/or ginger to the stock and remove before serving.  My favorite is to add fresh scallions and ginger just before serving.

This broth can be made in batches and frozen for later use.