January 2011 Newsletter regarding Insomnia

I was suffering from insomnia, only sleeping 2-3 hours a night. After a month of this my husband made an appointment for me to see Shasta (he had previously seen her for anxiety). She said it may take three weeks, but after my second acupuncture treatment I was sleeping like a baby! I went back to sleeping 7-8 hours a night! If you’re experiencing sleepless nights, give Shasta a call!

I came to you over weight as well as out of balance. I was drinking approximately ten to twenty cups of coffee per day. In addition to the coffee I was drinking at least two 1.75 liter bottles of brandy per week. I was not able to sleep the entire evening through.

My first experience with you was a telephone conversation scheduling an appointment for tennis elbow symptoms. You seemed to be more concerned than! This was a first. My previous experience with medicine and doctors was that the fee was more important than the patient. Anyway, I was relieved of the pain and on my way to better health after that first visit.

Since committing to follow the plan you customized for me, I have lost over forty pounds (in six months), sleep the night through, and feel much better about myself. I never was low on self-esteem but it does feel good to have other comment on how much weight I have lost.


I wanted to write this letter to thank you for being my acupuncturist. 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!

Before & After


Before I came to Shasta, I suffered from tension headaches, sleeplessness, being overweight, thin hair, soreness in my joints and chronic vaginitis. I tried different eating and exercise regimes, including vegetarianism, but nothing had long – term results.

Finally, I came to Shasta for an evaluation. She explained the relationship between food and its preparation to my body and it’s functions. Enthusiastic, I followed Shasta’s recommended diet and activities, and within seven weeks I saw results. My skin cleared up, my hair got thicker, I had no vaginitis or headaches, I had more energy, slept better, and lost 15 pounds. All without suffering or depriving myself. Now I’ve continued with her recommendations and have lost the cravings for foods I once devoured, and I’ve lost 30 pounds and feel terrific. The best part is Shasta’s support and enthusiasm. I never felt pressured to follow her advice. I just gave it a dedicated effort, and when I saw the results, I had no other notion than to continue, despite my previous lack of will power, I have continued to improve my health and well-being rather effortlessly.

When I first came to Shasta I had just been put on vasotec to control my high blood pressure. I was interested because I was only 29 and very concerned about being dependent on medication at such a young age.

Natural medicine had always interested me and I was curious as to whether acupuncture could help me. I kept telling Shasta that my main interest was in loosing weight and coming off of the medication, she told me she couldn’t treat these directly, but she continued to ask me about all of my other symptoms like: insomnia, swollen ankles, my eating habits, the heat in my palms and feet, afternoon fever, constant diarrhea, low back pain, dryness under the eyes, dry eyes, poor memory, and constant anxiety. She used all these different words to describe her diagnosis, which I thought were strange, but I figured I’d give it a chance. We set up a six month plan. Most of the above symptoms disappeared (which I thought was nice and Shasta seemed very excited about), however, by month four my blood pressure hadn’t dropped and I was getting fed up. The amazing thing is by exactly six months from when we drew up the health plan I had weaned myself off the vasotec and had completely normal blood pressure!!
I’m still not sure how it happened, or why. Maybe the treatments over time accumulated and helped my body regulate itself. Whatever the reason, I’ve heard high blood pressure at a young age is very difficult to reverse, and I’m very happy Shasta was a part of me healing myself.

Shasta is an amazing healer. I have been seeing her on and off since May. She’s gotten my insomnia, asthma and allergies under control and let’s not forget the PMS sweet cravings. I originally went to Shasta for fertility but had to put that on hold due to an knee injury and surgery.
The most amazing thing that has happened is after my knee surgery (mid-Sep). I haven’t been going consistently to her since going through PT for rehab. I had to focus my energy on rehab. I went twice to see Shasta to help with the swelling on my knee post-op. The swelling has gone down so dramatically that even the physical therapist was impressed. The treatment help move the swelling out of the knee. As a result my body was able to absorbed it and I had little to no bruising that cones after a surgery like this. Since the swelling was gone the PT moved me to strength training that quad to help the knee. I almost have full range of motion through PT and acupuncture. I’m going to go in one more time before returning to work.

Shasta has a kind manner and a gentle touch. The office is immaculately clean and the office staff is lovely.

If I could give more stars, I would but 5 it is !!

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.

My primary complaints were insomnia, candida, hormonal imbalance, and acne. I also had low energy, felt cold all of the time, had hay fever and felt depressed.

The candida recommended diet greatly improved the quality of my life. It took a few months of once a week acupuncture treatments, but I had a steady improvement to a full nights sleep. I went off the birth control pill and my cycles are pretty regular with no PMS symptoms, unless I’m not eating well. The treatments also greatly increase my energy and I now have positive outlook on life again. I learned how damaging foods can be to my physical body, but also to my mental outlook on life. Shasta answered all of my questions and used each session to educate me on my body and it’s relationship with food. I can now correlate how I feel to what I eat. Shasta was nurturing and supportive and educated me on TCM and my body.

I’ve had type I diabetes since I was 21, along with fibromyalgia, aching pain, sleep disturbance, memory loss, uncomfortable feeling of cold and severe exhaustion. I also felt a lot of mental confusion, headaches, muscle weakness, and weight gain.

My blood sugar levels average around 220 with my insulin. Within four weeks with acupuncture and herbal formula I was able to use one third less of dose of insulin with an average blood sugar level of 130! I was also sleeping normally (my doctor took me off of my antidepressant medications for sleep) with no more night sweats for the first time in ages. Because I could sleep better I had, much more energy, a lot less pain all over my body, and with the food recommendation Shasta made, I also lost 6 pounds!


A friend of mine referrred us to Dr. Shasta.  Before seeing her, we worked with infertility specialist for ovr a year and they were unable to find the problem.  Infertility treatments imbalanced my hormones and worsen my health.  Dr. Shasta worked with me using acupuncture to cleanse my body to balance my hormones.  I followed her dietary [lan and supplements to nourish my body.  After receiving her acupuncture services for four months, we are expecting our first baby.  Dr. Shasta is very knowledgeable, cordial, compassionate and always willing to go the extra mile to provide excellent care to her patients.  We cannot thank Dr. Shasta enough for her professional services. -Kiran K. Los Gatos

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