“It was after the birth of my second child that I began having ongoing sinus problems. Prior to his birth, I’d had approximately 3 sinus infections in 36 years! After his birth I had 5-6 within 10 months. It had gotten to the point where the infections were low grade and almost constant. Both x-rays and CAT scan failed to give definite proof that an infection actually existed. However, a course of antibiotics relieve the symptoms – although only for a few weeks at a time after which the problems reoccurred. It was the sinus issues that originally brought me into Shasta’ care.
During this time period I was also suffering from uneven energy levels. Some days I would feel totally energetic, alert and clear headed. Other days, for no apparent reason, I would feel sluggish, have difficulty concentrating and in general feel less than 100%. I also experienced ongoing sleep difficulties.
During the first 10 months after my son’s birth I had logged more office visits to the urgent care and my personal physician than in the previous 6 years combined! When I asked one of the urgent care physicians why this was happening to me he stated “well your body probably has changed” (gee – ya think?!)
Our family practitioner cares for both myself and the rest of my family and I highly value his opinion. However, in this case my instincts led me to believe he was not on the right track. He felt my problems were probably due to depression. I partially agreed with him. After all, if you had constant sinus infections, sleep difficulties and no energy to keep up with your kids you’d be depressed too! Our difference of opinion centered on whether the depression was causing the symptoms or whether the symptoms resulted in depression. To make a long story short – I asked him for an acupuncture prescription for sinus headaches and was given one. I began seeing Shasta at the end of November 1996. Within 3 visits, the nasal congestion and sinus headaches had improved remarkably. I have not had a sinus infection since. We continued the treatments, focusing on my energy level and muddled concentration issues. I began noticing a leveling of my energy. Shasta recommended a diet very contrary to the present (especially in Santa Cruz!) fads. NO cold salads, NO fruit juices, NO raw veggies. In fact, very little if any cold or raw foods. I began eating oatmeal with nuts and cinnamon in the mornings instead of cold cereal with even colder milk. I cooked my veggies (they were still slightly crisp) and even my apples and pears. I ate more nuts, used more fats and yes – ate more meat! Miso soup has become a staple part of my diet. Occasionally I still thoroughly enjoy a Caesar Salad but I now have a warm drink with it. Of all the faddish eating plans I’ve tried over the years this one is the easiest and healthiest. In fact, looking back at my childhood, it is very close to how I naturally ate during my youth.
I have also experienced some relief in PMS symptoms. Although I still bloat and feel somewhat “off” for several days a month, I now manage this time much better through my diet. I feel better now than I have in a long time. I credit acupuncture and Shasta’s guidance!”
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.
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 !!
I came to Shasta first complaint of allergies. I also had sinus congestion, chronic fatigue, PMS, and stress. Shasta did my T.C.M. diagnosis and called my syndrome “lung qi deficiency and kidney yang deficiency” and proceeded to treat the above. Since the most acute problem was the allergies and sinus congestion Shasta primarily focused on these during my first few months of treatments. Within months my symptoms had greatly improved. I learned that allergies, sinus congestion, chronic fatigue and stress are all part of a similar disease pattern and to treat one Shasta would have to treat the others concurrently from a T.C.M. perspective.