When I first met with Shasta, I had the following symptoms: lower back pain, weak and painful ankle, drank 8-10 cups of coffee a day and weighed 192 pounds.  I was also experiencing low energy.  Over the next 10 months of treatments on average 2 treatments a month, I no longer drink caffeine, I have lost 12 pounds, my back is strong and healthy and I am able to run now that my ankle is healthy! – P.M.

Energy, Weight Loss, Decreased Stomach Ache with Hashimoto’s hypohyrioidism

It has been months since I started, and I have not only lost 8 pounds and feel great! BUT… I have not had a UTI (Bladder Infection) since I started. I have stretched out the time I am seeing Shasta for treatments for about two weeks now, even longer going forward. I am so happy with my results. For anyone having any sort of issue, maybe you don’t even recognize it as a problem and maybe think it’s just your body or something you have to live with. Well, let me tell you… You should get at least a consultation with her. Check out her tributes special…So worth it!

I began seeing Shasta last week. Since then, I’ve been able to sleep a lot better. A day after my first visit, I took a short nap at 6pm. I woke up and saw that the clock said 7:30. I got up and got ready to take a shower when I looked outside and noticed that the light looked different that morning. Soon I began to realize that is was 7:30PM of the same day. I slept 90 minutes and it felt like a night’s worth!

Shasta is very professional. Her offices are comfortable. Her prices are reasonable. I highly recommend.

I had never tried acupuncture… The very thought of needles piercing my skin just did not sit well with me. Even though everyone says it doesn’t hurt. I didn’t believe them. Well, they are right! There is no pain at all with acupuncture. I decided to have a consultation and treatment session with Shasta after seeing her Trubates coupon… It was such a deal, I couldn’t pass it up.

The reason I decided to try it was because of my recent increase in weight (10 pounds is a lot for a 5-foot tall girl!) with the consultation we discovered that my UTI’s could be treated… Something I had not even thought about. I constantly get urinary tract infections no matter how much water I drink, how many cranberry pills I take, and how extreme my cleanliness is. She was able to read me like a book just with the very first consultation and recommended some Chinese herbs. The treatment felt really good, I mean it is a little odd getting stuck with needles that are too thin to hurt and laying on the table for 30 to 45 min with possibly a heat lamp on an area that needs to be focused on. But hey, it works!

I really enjoy my treatments and was super excited to find out that my health insurance allows me 10 visits a year at only 20 dollars copay… So you should definitely check with your insurance, or they can do it for you.

The medical assistants she has that intake you and get you setup in the treatments rooms are very personable and friendly. The relaxing spa style music playing in the rooms is a very nice feature.

I have only been going for about 3 weeks to a month and can honestly say it has changed my life! I have more energy. I am more relaxed, and very relaxed when I leave there, and I have not had a UTI since I started acupuncture and the Chinese herbs (in capsule form). Also… the whole reason I saw her was for weight loss right? Well, she helped to even out and balance my body, and I have easily lost 8 pounds!

Whatever your issues are, of pain, weight loss, conditions, or emotional hurdles, Acupuncture is not only a tool to treat these issues, but it is a lot better than getting on prescription meds.

Give it a try….. What do you have to lose?…. Maybe some weight right?

“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!”

I had had chronic constipation since college, sometimes I would go for weeks at a time without a good movement. I also had candida, bloating, sore legs, and susceptibility to lots of flu’s and colds. I was also 20 pounds overweight. I had eaten fast foods most of my life and really was ready to make a change, especially because I wanted to get pregnant and be healthy for that. I came in to see Shasta once a week for about 11 weeks, during which time I changed my diet, lost 15 pounds, and regulated my bowel movements. I feel stronger and healthier for the first time in a long time. Then, to my surprise, I discovered I was PREGNANT which really surprised me because I had tried for a year or so before to no avail, and wasn’t sure if I would ever be able to get pregnant! Now I’m dealing with a new problem, morning sickness, but I’m very, very happy. Thanks for everything”



When I first came in I had severe sciatica and herniated discs, (which the M.D.’s wanted to fuse together), I was in so much pain that I could hardly walk. I was also forty-five pounds overweight.

When Shasta asked me how do you think this happened? I said I thought that driving from Santa Cruz to San Jose for work everyday was literally “a pain in my rear” and went on to say how much I really hated the drive and wished I could work at home. I also mentioned that being in Kauai really seemed to help my back and if I could have anything I’d wish for a job where I could work at home, and a home in Kauai where I could work also.

I made a deliberate commitment to delve into my own personal healing, whatever it took – mind, body, and spirit. With Shasta’s advice I altered my diet to the appropriate foods for my constitution and symptoms, got regular bodywork – acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, and exercise, little by little my body began to heal. Within ten months I’ve lost forty-five pounds, the pain is gone, I run for up to one hour on the beach and surf like I did when I was twenty. This in itself is amazing, but out of my commitment to listen to my body I applied for a new job ($15,000 more then previous job) and got it with free range to work out of my home in Santa Cruz or Kauai. I then set out to find a house in Kauai where I really wanted to live, bought it and now work in both place!
I truly believe that when we do what’s good for the body, and stop what’s bad, the body will heal itself. We just have to get out of its way.

Dear Shasta,
I just want to thank you for all that you’ve done for me over the past year. When I first came to you last February my body was extremely out of balance. I was having night sweats and was having to get up several times a night to go to the bathroom (sometimes as much as 19 times). I also had sinus problems and was continually coughing. I was not a smoker so I couldn’t figure out what was going on. Within the first two weeks of treatments (just once a week) both of us noticed an enormous difference. Rather than stop there I decided to make a commitment to my health and see you for treatments once a week for six months. During that time I had a total life change!

The most noticeable were the loss of twenty pounds. I dropped several clothing sizes and am now ecstatically wearing a size 4 to size 6! I began exercising regularly as a result of your gentle prodding (smile) and have incorporated exercise into my regular life style. I just came back from a vacation in Hawaii where I wore a bikini! I’m about to have my 44th birthday and NEVER thought I’d wear a bikini again! I can tell you… the men all thought I was in my 30’s and when they found out my age, they were amazed! I also had continuous pain in the bottom of my foot which has disappeared, and I also had constant severe migraines which I had a two-month break from during treatments.

More than anything, I have incorporated the vibrant health plan things that I have learned from you into my regular way of life and am much healthier overall. If I feel like my health is waning, I come for a visit and have been able to avoid the flu season with your assistance.
Love & Light



I came to you overweight 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 another comment on how much weight I have lost.

I was suffering from carpal tunnel arm cramps and my ankles were swollen. I weighed about 307 pounds. After six months of treatments and diet, I no longer suffer from arm cramps and my ankles are no longer swollen. My weight is now at 257 pounds and stabilizing.

When I first came to see Shasta, I did not think it was possible for me to lose any weight and keep it off. But to my surprise, this is what is happening.

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 anymore, 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 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.

I was suffering from severe sleep apnea. I also was overweight, sweat very easily, had acid reflux, depression, headaches, allergies. I was on high blood pressure medication, an antidepressant, and an anxiety sleep drug.

I came in to see Shasta in hopes that she would help me get my energy up so I could have an easy sleep apnea surgery and help my recovery time. Also, my mental capacity was very low.
Within one week after acupuncture and beginning the herbal prescription, I stopped perspiring and shortly after that could sleep with a shirt on for the first time since I could remember. Within four weeks and after the sleep apnea operation I lost about thirty pounds and was able to stop all medications. My doctor was amazed how quickly my recovery time was. I credit the speed at which I recovered to acupuncture. Also, my blood pressure normalized to 114/72 without medication, and most of the above-mentioned symptoms greatly reduced or disappeared!

I came to see Shasta for severe pain in my forearm and biceps due to a work injury. I couldn’t do regular household chores or everyday simple things, like holding a coffee cup or brushing my teeth would give me sharp pains. The medical doctor had me on seven different pain medications without much relief. All they did was cause me major stomach problems. Physical therapy didn’t help much either. I felt frustrated and depressed. This went on for seven months so I decided to try acupuncture. Within one month of acupuncture I was off all me pain meds and allergy medication my stomach pain cleared up and my forearm pain was 50 percent less. I was able to begin strengthening exercises like swimming. By the end of the second month of acupuncture (coming 3 times a week) I was off all pain medication and my pain is pretty much gone. I also was able to get off coffee and I lost ten pounds. I’m able to do all the regular chores around the house now I feel strong and ready to go back to work.


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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