I have suffered from allergies and asthma my entire life. I am a 49 year old male who was first diagnosed with food allergies as a 2 year old boy. I was unable to digest wheat and corn and have thus been on a restricted diet for most of my life. I also had serious airborne allergies for as long as I can remember that were managed primarily with OTC and prescription antihistamines. I have used Loratidine for at least 10 years and also Benadryl, Allegra, other antihistamines and different herbal remedies as well, primarily Nettle leaf all in an attempt to breathe better. About 1995 I was first prescribed an inhaler to deal with occasional asthma attacks brought on by my wife's cat. After getting a divorce and not living with an animal that I was allergic to, my breathing improved to the point that I didn't have to use the inhaler anymore.
Then around 2005 things got worse again when I moved to the Los Angeles area, renowned for its smog. I began having more severe allergies and my asthma slowly worsened. I was again prescribed an inhaler - Albuterol, which I began using occasionally. Also, I began taking Loratidine daily as well as a daily inhaler called Flovent. My illness worsened and by the year 2009, my asthma had progressed to the point where I was a regular visitor to the emergency room. That year I had to go to the emergency room 5 times as neither Flovent nor Albuterol nor or Loratidine were able to keep my lungs functioning. On one of those visits, I was kept in the hospital for 3 days on a respirator as I wasn't getting enough oxygen into my lungs and bloodstream. I was given a battery of medical tests including cardiac and pulmonary tests. The diagnosis was allergy induced asthma.
I was prescribed Prednisone. One of the side effects of the asthma was that it had impaired my ability to work as I often felt exhausted from not breathing right. Prednisone helped me breathe but it had horrendous side effects in making me easily and irrationally angry. I despised the way that drug made me feel - emotionally but used it only to keep myself alive.
In January of 2010 I went to Maui for a meditation retreat and when asked how I was doing by a friend who lives there I told him that I felt that I was dying. That asthma was literally killing me. He highly recommended that I see Sasha Kremer for acupuncture and Anjelika Kremer for herbs. I went to Mr. Kremer who recommended that I do a treatment of 4 acupuncture sessions a week for 3 weeks and begin a series of herbal tinctures with Anjelika which I did. Upon beginning treatment I noticed that I felt better within the first week, and by the end of the third week I felt significantly better. Mr. Kremer recommended that when I go home I continue the acupuncture sessions once a week and the herbal remedies daily for a period of months. I followed his advice very closely as the near death experience with asthma made me a very compliant patient.
The first thing I noticed was that I didn’t need my inhalers. Nor did I need Prednisone. Within a few days of seeing Mr. Kremer, and taking my herbal formulas, these medications became unnecessary. Also I began feeling much better and my day to day functioning improved. I was able to get through the pollen season - February to June in California with no emergency room visits. In fact, since I first saw Anjelika and Sasha I have been able to completely discontinue Prednisone, Flovent and Albuterol and I have not been to the emergency room for my asthma even once. The 2nd half of 2010 I discontinued the herbs and acupuncture sessions and assumed that I had been cured. However, in March 2011 as pollen season hit full swing in California I again began having asthma symptoms. I immediately began using the herbal remedies prescribed by Anjelika and begun getting acupuncture treatments and as a result have been virtually symptom free in what I have been told has been a particularly vicious pollen season.
Regarding Sasha and Anjelika Kremer, I found them to be very warm, compassionate, engaging medical practitioners and I hold them in very high regard. Not only do I feel that they saved my life, but having gotten to know other acupuncturists in California I realize that Maui has a real treasure in them and I wholeheartedly recommend them as tops in their field.