Several years ago, Katrina Shafer of Bala Cynwyd was afraid to date. ¶ Suffering from fever, hot flashes, painful cramping, fatigue, extreme mood swings, joint pain and depression, she was nervous about embarking on intimate relationships. ¶ She had been diagnosed with a vaginal bacterial infection and treated with three different antibiotics, but her symptoms did not improve.
After trying a combination of conventional medicine and home remedies that offered nothing but frustration, Shafer visited Tara Nayak, N.D. Nayak practices out of Threshold Wellness, a five-year-old wellness collective in Fishtown that offers massage therapy, psychotherapy, naturopathic medicine, art therapy and acupuncture.
Shafer said she noticed significant differences in Nayak’s approach, beginning with testing that went beyond the standard OB-GYN checkup. She submitted a sample for a sequencing-based clinical vaginal health test, which identified a high level of a microbiome not identified in her other culture tests. As a result of this more extensive testing, Dr. Nayak prescribed her a specific probiotic along with daily intake of raspberry leaf tea, natural detox products, B6 complex and craniosacral therapy.Read More