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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How to Set the Stage for Healing

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Several years ago, I spent a whole summer nursing a muscle pull in my hip. I’m not sure what I did, but it seemed that anytime I tried to hike, run, or bike, I would get what felt like a lightning bolt right through my hip and groin. I took my hip to the doctor, and he just gave me massive doses of ibuprofen, which didn’t do a thing.

At the time, I can remember thinking that it would never heal. When it started . . . → Read More: How to Set the Stage for Faster Healing

Tylenol PM and Alzheimer’s?

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Age-related memory loss runs in my family. Growing up, I remember my Great Aunt Clair telling us kids about her son who lived on the moon and who regularly sent her pennies. Aunt Clair never married or had children, but was sweet and we loved her stories nonetheless. My maternal grandfather also suffered from dementia, and now my mom. So it’s reasonable to say that I’m interested in all things memory related.

I’m a big fan of staying healthy through lifestyle choices and eating . . . → Read More: Tylenol PM and Alzheimer’s?

The Energetics of Food

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I just got word that our community garden plot has been turned over and is ready for planting. It’s a little early here in Minnesota to put anything in the ground, but I’m excited to start digging, transplanting, and watering—not so much with the weeding. Mostly, I’m excited to start eating the abundance of vegetables that we grow in our small square of ground.

Let me be clear—I grew up as a very picky eater. Green foods were not a part of my repertoire . . . → Read More: The Energetics of Food

Acupuncture and the Healing Power of the Mind

Mind, body, spirit and acupuncture

I have a Google alert set up for the keywords acupuncture and Chinese medicine. What this means is that every day I get an email from Google with articles, studies, and links where those words appeared in a newsworthy manner. I get lost of notices about acupuncture clinics that are opening, popular press articles about Chinese medicine, and reactions to ongoing research.

I find it interesting that after the results of a study documenting the effectiveness of acupuncture for a certain condition appears, I . . . → Read More: Acupuncture and the Healing Power of the Mind

Is Qi Finite?

Nature and the function of Qi

A couple months ago I gave a presentation to a small group of women on the concept of Qi. There were about a ten of us gathered around a table, and most were older. I was explaining that Qi, or energy, is needed to power your body’s many functions. But as I got to the part where I was explaining how those functions could suffer if Qi wasn’t sufficient, a hand went up at the end of the table. It was an 85-year old . . . → Read More: Is Qi Finite?