About Lynn

lynn jaffeeLynn Jaffee is a licensed acupuncturist and the author of the book, Simple Steps: The Chinese Way to Better Health, a clear and concise explanation of Chinese medicine for the lay person. She is co-author of the book, The BodyWise Woman, a personal health manual for physically active women and girls. Read more about Lynn...

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The Roots of Resilience

Resilience and Chinese medicine

Many years ago, I took a class from a woman who was doing her doctoral thesis on the topic of psychological hardiness. She was a nun, but not the black and white kind of nun I remember from growing up. This particular nun wore flannel shirts and swore from time to time, but that’s not what I remember most. What stuck with me over the decades was her study of psychological hardiness and what exactly that means.

In Chinese medicine, the ancients had a . . . → Read More: The Roots of Resilience

Drug Free Help for Chronic Pain

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain

Let’s face it; being in chronic pain sucks. It creeps into every aspect of your life. Your sleep may suffer, it’s tough on your loved ones, and you feel like there are so many things that you can’t do. Over time, being in unrelenting pain is frustrating and wears you down.

Is there anything you can do to help you feel better without taking pain medications all day, every day? The answer is maybe. Here are a few things that might help decrease your . . . → Read More: Drug Free Help for Chronic Pain

Take It Outdoors for Better Health

Chinese medicine and nature for healing

Much of my childhood was spent outdoors. It was a time when kids could run freely around the neighborhood and explore their natural surroundings without worry and very much supervision. For me this translated into turning over rocks in the woods to look for salamanders and time crouched by our neighborhood brook studying the minnows. Family time also meant time outdoors, hiking in nearby state parks, picnics, and vacations spent camping in the big woods. It was a good way to grow up and . . . → Read More: Take It Outdoors for Better Health

Conquering Fear: Living Outside Your Comfort Zone

Living outside your comfort zone

I just spent the past week on my own in a city that is not my home. Part of my responsibilities there were to navigate unfamiliar neighborhoods, find parking on narrow car-filled streets, and parallel park (on the left, no less), all while cars were lining up behind me, waiting and spectating as I negotiated a less-than-ideal space. Furthermore, I am an introvert, and spending time in an unfamiliar place on my own, figuring out where to go and what to do, really pushed . . . → Read More: Conquering Fear: Living Outside Your Comfort Zone

Got Muscle Knots?

Acupuncture for muscle knots

In my upper back, on the left side, half-way between my neck and shoulder, I have a muscle knot that feels like a small potato. It’s hard, thick, and unmistakable. And it causes me pain. When it acts up, it gets tight and achy and can be Ground Zero for migraines that can take me down for a day or two. I know—a migraine that starts in my shoulder? WTF?

So what exactly is a muscle knot and why can they be so miserable?

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