How to Know if Acupuncture Works

How to Know if Acupuncture Works

How To Know When Acupuncture Is Working Acupuncture is not a one-shot deal. It works cumulatively, meaning one treatment builds on the next. There are certainly instances of acupuncture producing immediate results. However, this is more an exception than the rule—and when it happens, the results tend to be short lived. If you want lasting results from acupuncture, especially for a chronic condition, you must commit to the process. This approach to healing is unfamiliar for Westerners, who are accustomed to instant gratification in most aspects of life, including healthcare. Being forced to adopt a long-term, cumulative perspective can be confusing and frustrating. Sometimes us instant-gratification junkies need to be […]

What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?

What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?

What is Chinese Herbal Medicine? Chinese herbal medicine is a major aspect of Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM), which like acupuncture, focuses on restoring a balance of mind, body, and spirit to support health rather than treating a particular disease or medical condition.  A skilled practitioner will utilize both acupuncture and herbal medicine together as both complement and mutually accentuate the other. Herbs are used with the goal of restoring balance by nourishing the body.  Traditionally Chinese herbs are boiled into a tea, which extracts the healing properties of the herbs, but today most herbs are administered in pill or tincture form.  For those of you who have been lucky […]

How Motivation Influences Lifestyle Changes

How Motivation Influences Lifestyle Changes

How Motivation Influences Lifestyle Changes I’m going to go out on a limb and share a mindset shift related to motivation. This has been a complete game changer for me and I want to share it with you, because I wish I knew about this twenty years ago. Motivation isn’t the key to long-term health. What? I know. News to me too Motivation and willpower are cyclical. They are like waves pulsing in and out, up and down. They have highs and lows. There is the saying that you can set your watch by the Swiss train system. You can’t set our watch to motivation. According to the latest research […]

Easy & Refreshing Summer Foods

Easy & Refreshing Summer Foods

Easy & Refreshing Summer Foods Here in Northern Arizona, the temperatures soar in the summer. Are you considering all the different ways you might keep cool? Maybe it’s getting out for a walk, run, bike ride in those cool early morning hours before the direct sunlight hits. Or one of my favorites, is  opening our windows at night to let in the fresh, cool air and promptly closing them upon waking to retain as much cool air as possible. Or you might find you reach more towards iced beverages, cool, refreshing foods or even a cold shower or cold plunge. Our bodies crave balance and whether we pay attention or […]

Why Your Stomach Matters When it Comes to Acupuncture

Why Your Stomach Matters When it Comes to Acupuncture

Why Does My Acupuncturist Want to Touch My Stomach? Even if you are coming in to see your acupuncturist for a problem unrelated to your abdomen, he/she will still want  to palpate it because your belly can tell your acupuncturist a lot about what is going on with the rest of your body. This  process is called the Hara diagnosis. Though many traditional East Asian medicine practitioners utilize this method of diagnosis, it originally  began as a Japanese invention, developed and utilized by skilled Japanese Zen Shiatsu practitioners. In  Zen Shiatsu,  the abdomen is  the source of qi or energy, and all diseases stem from this area. Therefore you can […]

What is Frozen Shoulder & Will I Get It?

What is Frozen Shoulder & Will I Get It?

Understanding Frozen Shoulder No one really understands why some people develop a frozen shoulder, while others do not. For some reason, the shoulder joint becomes stiff and scarred, eventually causing you to lose movement of your arm. Approximately 3% of the population will be affected by frozen shoulder. It primarily affects  people between 40 and 60 years of  age, and is twice as likely to affect  women, especially menopausal women, than men;  certain diseases increase the incidence of frozen  shoulder, especially diabetes and thyroid diseases. Frozen shoulder may also arise from an injury to the area. Frozen shoulder will often resolve gradually without intervention, but  this may leave you to […]

Meet Emilie Wilson, Acupuncturist & Naturopath

Meet Emilie Wilson, Acupuncturist & Naturopath

Meet Emilie Wilson, N.D., L.Ac. Dr. Wilson moved to Prescott in 1999, where she attended Prescott College.  In 2004 she got her undergraduate degree at Prescott College, where she majored in Human Development and minored in Cultural Studies and Gender Issues.  Following that, she moved to Seattle, WA where she attended Bastyr University. At Bastyr she completed six years of medical training and graduated with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Master’s in Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine.  She is a licensed naturopathic doctor and a licensed acupuncturist in Arizona and Washington states. She believes that naturopathic medicine is highly individualized, so she spends time getting to know her […]

Meet Dr. Ted Fulop

Meet Dr. Ted Fulop

Meet Ted Fulop With over 27 years practicing Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture, Synergy Wellness is proud to present our newest member to the team, Ted Fulop. He is a licensed Acupuncturist, Respiratory Care Practitioner, Certified Consulting Hypnotist, and Certified Reiki Master. His diverse medical background delivers an unparallelled healing experience for acupuncture patients. Ted graduated from Illinois Medical, and began his career serving as an army medic in Europe. He pursued many clinical certificates and logged thousands of hours honing his diagnostic skills. While continuing to work with respiratory patients, Ted became a Reiki Master of Shamballa Multidimensional Healing, and a member of the National Hypnotherapist Guild. We’re thrilled to […]

Welcome Dr. Glen Earl!

Welcome Dr. Glen Earl!

Meet Dr. Glen Earl With over 30 years experience in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Dr. Glen Earl brings a wealth of knowledge to Synergy Wellness Center. Beginning his journey in the health profession in Big Sur, California his intention was to become a traditional M.D. After falling extremely ill, he received his first acupuncture treatment that changed his career path forever. Dr. Glen Earl began his career studying under some of the most renowned Oriental Medicine Doctors in the world, including Dr. Tin Yao So, Dr. John Shen, and Dr. Ted Kaptachuck. During this time, he also lived as a Buddhist monk in a Korean Zen Center, fully immersing himself […]

Maintain Momentum All Summer With Healthy Habits

Maintain Momentum All Summer With Healthy Habits

Summer is a season of play, fun and enjoying time outside, with family and friends. It’s likely the schedule is full of BBQ’s, gatherings, graduations, weddings, parties, vacations, family travel and the occasional adventure to a local swimming hole. Any sense of F-U-N can be reduced if we drop into old unhealthy habits that leave us feeling heavy, lethargic and overheated. Do you know that feeling? Where all winter and spring you’ve been working out, walking, running, riding your bike and eating vibrant, healthy foods and then summer hits or you go on vacation and POOF it’s as if you take on the habits of someone that is actually not […]