About Our Health Care Practice

Brandon Acupuncture Center and Wellness is located at 902 W Lumsden Rd. Ste #101 Brandon FL 33511

Brandon Acupuncture Center and Wellness

Serving Hillsborough for 12 Years

Merle Friedman L.Ac, AP, LD/N, PA founded Brandon Acupuncture Center and Wellness in 2007.

Our Mission is to Improve Your Quality of Life.

Merle is an experienced Health Care Practitioner with extensive education in the latest Western Health Sciences. She has studied, trained, and is qualified for: Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, and Integrative Medicine to treat patients with an alternative approach to complement conventional medicine. Merle provides health care services at a secure, well equipped, and private facility that’s conveniently located in Brandon.

Licensed, Educated with 2 Masters & Bachelor Degrees and  Experienced Acupuncturist in Brandon

Merle is Licensed by the State of Florida to perform Health Diagnostics, Prescriptions for Herbs and Homeopathic Products, and Treatment. She specializes in Acupuncture Treatments to deliver fast pain relief and help heal injuries. With your permission, Merle will also confer with your medical MD doctor.

Many patients visit Brandon Acupuncture Center and Wellness for immediate pain relief and pain management. Others visit us for treatment to help with neck, back, arm, and leg injuries for a better range of movement and flexibility. Some come to lose weight by pursuing a safe and healthy way to get in shape and gain more energy. But, there are many other reasons to make an appointment with Merle, some of the common conditions are: allergies, asthma, gastrointestinal issues, infertility, PMS, depression, anxiety, insomnia, stress, as well as emotional and neurological problems.

Merle Friedman’s Health Care Qualification with 42 Years of Experience

Merle Friedman started her career as a Registered (RD) Licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist in local Hillsborough County hospitals for many years. She decided to focus more directly with patients by becoming a Health Care Practitioner of Integrative Medicine, specializing in Chinese Medicine.

Merle is American educated and a graduate of The Florida College of Integrative Medicine in Orlando, (FCIM). She holds a Master’s Degree of Oriental Medicine, Bachelors Degree of Health Sciences and Bachelors Degree of Clinical and Community Dietetics.

As a Health Care Practitioner, Merle has worked diligently for over 12 years helping people with her extensive knowledge in both conventional health science and alternative medicine using Chinese Medicine. Merle is recommended by many doctor’s with MD’s to provide complementary treatment for specific issues to relieve pain, reduce anxiety and depression, to name a few.

Merle can work with your doctor to improve the overall treatment by delivering the best care possible. Merle is completely devoted to the health improvement of her patients.

Call Merle today, (813) 381-3835.

Extensive Expertise in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

Merle Friedman is skilled in the most effective techniques of Chinese Medicine — delivering Medical Solutions for over 5, 000 years that still work today.

Merle has studied for many years to gain more knowledge and perfect her expertise in Chinese Medicine to administrator treatments of Acupuncture, Auricular Medicine, Acupoint Injection, Chinese Herbs and Tai Chi and Qi GongAs an experienced Board Certified Acupuncture Physician, Merle has witnessed some impressive results using Chinese Medicine with her patients.

Many of her patients have asked Merle how she learned so much about Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Merle spent many years studying and working with the top world-renowned doctors in Acupuncture and earned a Master’s Degree from FCIM. Merle specifically developed her extensive hands-on ability and knowledge by working directly as a student with four exceptional medical doctors in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, recognized today as leaders in the field:

Merle Friedman received advanced training in Auricular (ear) medicine. Also, Merle trained with the world-renowned Chinese physician, Dr. Li-Chun Huang, for three years. She was awarded the title Master of Auricular Medicine. Auricular Medicine is a method of detecting and treating conditions using the ear. Auricular Medicine is a proven natural Chinese Medicine treatment.

As an experienced health care practitioner, Merle Friedman is dedicated to helping people prevent disease and improve their health using natural medicine to relieve pain. Her patients enjoy personalized, compassionate care in a tranquil atmosphere.

Merle specializes in acupuncture, medical nutrition therapy, anti-aging therapies, homeopathy, and traditional Chinese medicine. She also provides cutting-edge treatments such as cosmetic acupuncture, acupoint injection therapy, detoxification, and electro-dermal screening.

Affiliation with professional associations includes an active member of the American Dietetic Association and FSOMA (Florida State Oriental Medicine Association), Diplomat of Acupuncture (NCCAOM).

Call Merle Friedman (813) 381-3835 today to set up your appointment or email Merle at acupuncture@merlejfriedman.com .

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Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the quality-of-life of our patients by ensuring each of them has optimal health, feel-good and pain-free by using western medical science with Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Integrative Medicine and other natural medicines that are non-invasive.

Why Should You Choose Us

42 Years of Experience

42 years as a competent Health Care Practitioner with the skills, know-how, credentials, and top training to back it up.

Large Following of Patients

Merle has helped thousands of people with health problems, pain relief, healing injuries and nutrition, and weight loss.

Effective Results

Merle has demonstrated effective results by performing a series of treatments and instructions to improve health conditions.

Our Staff

Merle J. Friedman

Merle J. Friedman

Founder and Owner

Merle is the principle Health Care Practitioner for Brandon Acupuncture Center and Wellness for 20 years.

Merle is a graduate of The Florida College of Integrative Medicine in Orlando, (FCIM). She holds a Master’s Degree of Oriental Medicine, Bachelors Degree of Health Sciences and Bachelors Degree of Clinical and Community Dietetics with 42 years of experience.

Liliana Szpiech

Liliana Szpiech

Office Manager

Lilian is the Office Manager of Brandon Acupuncture Center and Wellness since 2016. She keeps the office running smoothly like a well-oiled machine. Most of her duties include: answering the phone, rescheduling appointments, handling VA claims, and processing regular insurance claims.

Liliana is a mother of 3 kids. She enjoys spending time with her family and the dog and cat.

Merle Friedman – Principle Health Care Practitioner

Merle Friedman, AP, LD/N, is a Licensed Board Certified Acupuncture Physician and a Licensed Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist with over 42 years of experience in wellness therapy. Merle can help you achieve optimal health. Merle is an experienced health care professional with expertise in many overlapping health disciplines to help you with all the facets of health issues.

When not working directly with patients, you will find Merle Friedman as a busy health care professional at her desk. Her daily activities include: patient discussions, providing treatments, arranging appointments, ordering tests, getting test results, reviewing patient charts, doing paperwork and following-up with her patients.

Our Customer Feedback

“IHi! My name is Dan. I’m a 54 year old IT manager who had suffered from asthma and a really bad case of sciatic nerve pain on my right buttocks for the better part of two years. I’d gone to medical doctors and chiropractors (respectively) for both conditions multiple times and found no relief. The medical industry had no cure for me.

On a suggestion from a neighbor, I went to Merle and after half a dozen sessions with her (needles and herbal supplements) both of my problems were cured. I wouldn’t believe this story if someone else told me.. but I’ll be damned if there’s any hyperbole or exaggeration in this tale. I also wouldn’t write it if it weren’t true.No more asthma, no more sciatic pain. None. Fricken AMAZING!!!!! She’s a great lady who is humble, kind and actually cares about her patients. We hug when I visit her and she feels like a friend.

If you are suffering from a malady, go see her. I’m not guaranteeing a solution for *you* – but she’s got the goods to help most people quickly, cleanly and effectively. You can’t buy that kind of cure from modern medicine. She delivers every time!!!!”


Dan Saccavino

“After experiencing much discomfort with my right rotator cuff and confering with a surgeon who was ready to operate, I decided to see Merle Friedman after much encouragement from my wife. The results were amazing. Prior to treatment I couldn’t even put my car in park without using my other hand to lift my right arm. Relief without surgery and I now have full use of my arm; without drugs or steroids. Prior to moving out of state, Merle was helping me with my blood pressure as well.

I recommend Merle/accupuncture everytime I get the opportunity, she is kind, patient and extremely knowledgable. I am so happy with the results!! Thank you Merle!!”

Bob Hoffrogge

“LI started coming to Merle Friedman for acupuncture treatment recently, primarily because of issues with depression/anxiety, and because I am trying to get off of medication for these issues prior to getting pregnant. After one acupuncture treatment I felt my anxiety/restlessness greatly reduced, and I was able to go down another 10mg on my depression medication. It really helped me a lot and I look forward to more visits to Merle’s office as I continue to wean off of these medications. As an added bonus, I experienced a great reduction in menstrual cramps after just one treatment. Please try acupuncture with Merle, it is very effective and a wonderful experience! ?”

Mitzi B.

Reach Us


902 W Lumsden Rd. Ste #101
Brandon FL 33511


(813) 381-3835

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