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“I came in with aching joints all over (fibromyalgia), numbness in hands, fatigue, uncontrollable appetite, chronic constipation, stuffy nose, burning dry eyes, and low energy. I was treated for about 13 weeks, pretty much once a week. I lost an excess seven pounds, feel much warmer, and most of the other symptoms are greatly dissipated or gone. Acupuncture has been the best treatment for me that I could imagine. The information I have gained will remain important forever.

Thanks again!”


There are no words that can describe how much you have helped me regain my self esteem and image back from being asleep for years. For the first time in quite a few years I have been able to work in the back yard and not have my allergies act up!! For a long time I have had bouts of asthma which now I have had very little with the herbs and treatments you have given me. One thing that really gets to me now is when I hear people complaining about different ailments I have to stop myself from telling them that it can be helped with acupuncture. When I first came in I was overloaded with alcohol, caffeine, prescription drugs and sugar. I weighed about 160 pounds, had hot flashes, lots of gas and bloating, had a persistent cough from smoking for 20 years, muscles cramps, finger joint pain, anxiety, palpitations, back pain, felt cold, was dry and thirsty, itchy painful red eyes, lots of food cravings, stress, and severe hay fever and asthma. I’m off the coffee, sugar, cut way back on my prescriptions and most all of these symptoms have subsided and/or disappeared. I’ve lost between 17 and 20 pounds which has been stabilized for three months now!! This was a six month treatment program. Seven months after starting acupuncture during a treatment I felt a strong electrical sensation around my ear and woke up two days later with MY HEARING BACK!! I initially came in to treat my menier’s disease (which I’ve had since I was 7), and wasn’t sure if acupuncture would help, but I’ve taken out my hearing aid and have my hearing back.

I am very excited and grateful for Chinese Medicine and even though I don’t understand it all of the time, I still have gotten great results and feelings from it.

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I came to see Shasta with chronic digestive problems – gas, bloating, abdominal pain, and low energy. Within nine treatments I lost around 8 pounds and have greatly reduced my digestive problems.

I also had intermittent sleep problems, which have gone away, and my energy level has definitely gone up! I’ve gotten a lot warmer and don’t get chilled as easily. I used to have to take sweaters with me into theaters, and I haven’t done that for weeks.

It was a big insight to learn about only eating and drinking warm foods for my symptoms, and this has greatly helped my digestion. It never connected for me that the temperature of food had much to do with my digestive problems. This is exciting!


During the last five months, I have made amazing progress in my well being:

When I came to you, I had several problems, namely, very poor digestion, insomnia, low energy, asthma, and anxiety. I regularly had pain and bloating apparently from not being able to digest the foods I ate. I was also overweight and had to wear very loose pants because of the almost constant bloating that I experienced. From acupuncture, herbs, a change in diet, and doing daily Chi Kung , I am almost completely free from discomfort and bloating. I have also lost 15 pounds of excess weight and have gone from a 40 waist size to a 36 waist size!
Also, following the same program, which included almost daily Chi Kung exercise (David Carradine’s Beginner’s workout designed by Arnold Tayam), and getting to bed earlier, I have much more energy than I did just three months ago.
Also, while I was seeing you, I was diagnosed by an MD with Panic Disorder, which was causing most of my insomnia. The herbs and exercise program that you recommended made a world of difference – I almost never have panic attacks any more, and I’m much calmer than I used to be. In fact, during this same time period, my blood pressure went from high normal to normal, another sign of my calmer nervous system.

Finally, my asthma attacks have diminished under your care so much that I never need to use the inhaler that my MD prescribed for me to use in case of an attack.

Thank you so much – I can now go on to graduate school in the Fall, knowing that I will be healthy enough to be successful in that rigorous program!

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My main complaint when I came to Shasta was a weak nervous system. My pulse was surging at about 100 beats a minute. I was also having insomnia, poor digestion, congestion in the solar plexus as well as the throat, low energy, coldness, gingivitis, colitis pain, PMS, and was underweight.

One of the first steps in my healing was the recommendation of changing my diet. This has had a big impact on my health, and helped me gain weight, increase my energy, and calm my nervous system in a short period of time.

After only a few treatments my constant nagging colitis pain, and gingivitis were gone and I was amazed how in T.C.M. these two symptoms are related.

After the 24th week of treatments I feel my improvement is stable, my pulse rate is a calm 65 to 70 beats a minute, and I have the tools for my daily life to keep up my good health.


In February I became ill. The illness started with a 101 degree fever for 24 hours with aches, chills, headaches, etc. for several days. Then severe diarrhea, loss of appetite, rapid weight loss, chronic low-grade bladder infection, minor sore throat, low-grade fevers that came and went and near crippling fatigue.

After 10 days I visited a western physician who diagnosed a “flu-like” virus. Prescribed 10 – 12 hours of sleep per day. He had blood and urine tests done that came up negative. He predicted the illness would pass after 3 weeks.

At 3 weeks the diarrhea had cleared, but all the other symptoms remained. The fatigue was the worst. I’m a mom of 2 young children (fortunately, I had already quit my job). The kids were not sick and had loads of energy that was not getting properly channeled. I went back to the western doctor and had him test for mononucleosis – Epstein-Barr virus. The test was negative. He sent me home and said there was nothing he could do.

At this point, I turned to Shasta. Shasta diagnosed a cold condition with deficient chi. She immediately started a regimen of moxa/acupuncture, herbal medicine and dietary therapies. I eliminated cold and raw foods, began taking bone marrow broth twice a day. I also did treatments at home with a hot water bottle and moxa essence, and learned to dress warmly at all times. I slowly began to improve.

I would have 2 or 3 “good” days where I felt nearly normal energy and then 1 or 2 “bad” days of zero energy, low-grade fever and sore throat. On the bad days I would use the moxa and hot water bottle 3 or 4 times. The heat on the back of my neck felt so good. I really felt that my immune system was being stimulated. Shasta continued treatments in her office twice a week for several weeks and then weekly for several months along with daily chi kung (from Carradine videos with Arnold), as I gradually improved. I really looked forward to my treatments and wanted to continue even after I was well. Shasta was so supportive. I would get very discouraged and feared I would have to give up a long-term goal of sailing around the world with my family due to lack of energy and health. Shasta gave me hope that I would get well and I did! I feel like my normal energetic self again.

We recently moved onto our sailboat and are preparing to leave the Bay Area in early September. I’m leaving not only with my health, but also with an education in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Shasta was great about explaining everything in detail. She also lent me many books from her library on TCM, women’s health, nutrition, and energetic medicine. We have also put together an herbal first aid kit for the trip!


I came into Shasta’s clinic with many symptoms ranging from low energy, low back pain bleeding gums, calve cramps, neck and shoulder tension anxiety, to left wrist pain, etc. but the three worst complaints were #1)Sinus congestion #2)sinus headaches #3)abdomenal gas, bloating and cramping. So these are the three main symptoms Shasta focused her treatments on. Most all of the above symptoms including the sinus headaches have been greatly reduced or eliminated. The sinus congestion and abdominal cramping have been the two most persistent and chronic problems.

Over the course of the last year and a half of treatments Shasta advised my on dietary, herbal and lifestyle recommendations. She recommended that I purchase a powerful air purifier for my home, an exercise program and to decrease my sugar, dairy, and chilled foods, etc. I have been able to follow most of these except perhaps the exercise.

I went to my M.D. and was told that I had pretty severe deviated septum which he recommended surgery for. Due to the deviated septum, with all of Shasta’s effort the condition has improved, but not fixed.

Most all of the above symptoms including the sinus headaches have been greatly reduced or eliminated. The sinus congestion and abdominal cramping have been the two most persistent and chronic problems.

I believe the acupuncture treatments are necessary because they improve all of my symptoms and keep me from having bad sinus headaches.

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