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 […]

Why Do I Have Trouble Eating Some Foods?

Why Do I Have Trouble Eating Some Foods?

Why Do I Have Trouble Eating Some Foods? Food allergies are a common diagnosis in this country, but in Eastern Asia food allergies are much less prevalent.  In Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM) there is no such disease category as food allergies.  That is not to say that there are no food allergies, just that medicine in East Asia has not had the exposure to them that we have.  So why is this so? For starters, diets in China and the rest of East Asia tend to still consist of traditional foods, including a large amount of fresh vegetables. Most food allergies begin in infancy where our current Western lack […]

Can Traditional East Asian Medicine Help My Depression?

Can Traditional East Asian Medicine Help My Depression?

Can Traditional East Asian Medicine Help My Depression? Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM) has been treating depression successfully for more than 2,000 years with various combinations of acupuncture, herbal supplements, and diet modification. Depression encompasses a broad spectrum from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) to Bipolar Disorder, and affects over 20 million Americans.  For many, having depression, whether one has been diagnosed or not, can have a major impact on your life.  Your depression may not only affect you, but those close to you as well. There are many anti-depressants on the market and these drugs bring relief to millions of patients each year.  These drugs unfortunately also bring with them […]

Why Do I Have Acne as an Adult?

Acne may be a nearly universal experience for adolescents and young adults, but it’s not something we wish to experience in as adults. In fact, a whopping 50% of adult women, and 25% of adult men suffer from acne. So what causes acne for adults? Acne occurs when sebaceous glands, which produce the body’s natural moisturizer, become clogged.  Once clogged, the pore may become inflamed trapping bacteria, which will lead to that dramatic and noticeable “white-head”. These pimples can root themselves deep enough to cause scarring in some cases. Ouch. Though, not commonly thought of as an organ, the skin is indeed the largest organ of our body, serving as […]

Should I Be Drinking Coffee?

Should I Be Drinking Coffee?

Rise and shine – and it’s caffeine time! If you’re an avid coffee drinker, it can be hard to imagine what your life would be like without your morning life water. But how good for you is it really? With women consuming, on average 3.1 cups per day, it’s an important question to consider. Coffee has been a controversial subject practically from the beginning when it was discovered in the 9th Century in Ethiopia.  Since this time, coffee has played an important role in many societies throughout modern history.  In Africa it was used in religious ceremonies, and later banned by many churches in the region.  It was later banned […]