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 Cold Truth About Being Cold

Treating chronic cold with acupuncture

I hate to be cold.  This is unfortunate because I’m cold most of the time. I’m that person who can’t go out, even in the summer, without a sweater or sweatshirt in tow. Being cold is on my mind a lot, especially now, when lovely Minnesota begins to turn into a monster that we call winter.

Don’t get me wrong—I love winter. I’m a big fan of celebrating the first snowfall, strapping on my snowshoes and tramping through the woods, and enjoying the beauty . . . → Read More: The Cold Truth About Being Cold

Twelve Simple Things You Can Do Right Now for Better Health

Twelve Things You Can Do Right Now for Better Health

Sometimes life gets in the way of your health. You get lazy or busy or distracted. One day you wake up and realize you have no energy, are sporting way too many extra pounds, and feel like crap. You know you have to get it together and think about revamping your diet or starting that new, incredible exercise regimen, but it all feels just so…overwhelming.

Isn’t there something easy that you can do? The good news is that there is, and research has documented . . . → Read More: Twelve Simple Things You Can Do Right Now for Better Health

Licorice Whiplash

Licorice as a Chinese Herb

When I was a kid, my family celebrated Easter in a big way. My siblings and I woke up at an ungodly hour to check out what the Easter bunny had left us the night before. The usual fare was a colorful basket for each of us filled with chocolate bunnies, peeps, and best of all, lots of jelly beans. We would sample an alarming amount of candy well before breakfast, church, and Easter egg hunting.

While I loved all the different kinds of . . . → Read More: Licorice Whiplash

The Healing Wisdom of Plants

Healing plants and Chinese medicine

I’m an amateur photographer, and in my spare time, I love to tramp through gardens, woods, marshes, and other scenic landscapes capturing the beauty of nature. I am happy shooting pictures of migrating birds, close ups of flowers and bees, and wide-angle landscapes of mountains or rolling grasslands. Here in Minnesota, fall has turned our lush green landscape dotted with orange, pink, and purple wildflowers into fields of yellow Goldenrod. It’s a little ironic, that as beautiful as Goldenrod is, I have a hard . . . → Read More: The Healing Wisdom of Plants

Are Chinese Herbs Safe?

Are Chinese Herbs Safe?

There’s an Asian grocery store not too far from my house. I shop there occasionally when I’m looking for foods that I can’t find anywhere else—things like mock duck, baby bok choy, and chili bean paste. As I wander through the store, I can’t help but be amazed at all the foods that I’m totally unfamiliar with, and wonder how I would use them in a meal. As a label reader, I can’t help but think about the ingredients, as well as the additives . . . → Read More: Are Chinese Herbs Safe?