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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Secrets for Living Simply

Chinese medicine and the art of living simply

About five years ago, I convinced my husband to move from our four bedroom home to a smaller townhome. Our kids were grown and we were tired of mowing the lawn, shoveling snow, and raking the snowdrifts off the roof. We are now tucked into a place with a lot less stuff. We are nestled in the woods with a creek running near our front door. And life is simpler.

While this sounds easy and idyllic, cleaning out our home of 18 years was . . . → Read More: Secrets for Living Simply

Healing Time

Healing with acupuncture

About twenty years ago, I had arthroscopic surgery on my knee. I was running a lot, and over a period of a couple of months, my right knee began talking to me. A trip to my doctor ended up with a referral to an orthopedic surgeon, and not knowing any better, I let him operate without much diagnostic assessment (this is pure 20/20 hindsight).

Everything I had heard about arthroscopic knee surgery was that it was a piece of cake, and that I would . . . → Read More: Healing Time

Coping with Disaster

Chinese medicine and the art of simple living

My plan was to take a month long road trip out west. I would spend my time driving country roads, taking memorable photographs, and soaking in the mountain scenery of Colorado. The trip began with long roads and mountain vistas, but it turns out that I ended up in a very different place—while still remaining in Colorado.

About a week into photographs and mountain roads my son, who lives in Colorado was diagnosed with a devastating and life-altering illness. He was really sick, and . . . → Read More: Coping with Disaster

Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Chinese Pulse Diagnosis

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One of the hallmarks of diagnosis in Chinese medicine is pulse taking. A good acupuncturist or practitioner of Chinese medicine can gather a lot of information just from feeling the pulse at your wrist (also called your radial pulse for the bone it lies near). There have been countless times when I felt pretty sure of my initial diagnosis of a patient’s condition—until I felt their pulse, which told an entirely different story.

When you go to your Western doctor, they usually take your . . . → Read More: Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Chinese Pulse Diagnosis

Why You Crave Sugar

Acupuncture for sugar cravings

I see quite a few patients in my acupuncture practice who tell me that they crave sugar. Some can’t avoid the candy dish at work, others can’t stop eating sweets after dinner, and some just want sugar all day, every day.

To be sure, sugar has gotten a bad rap. It can be a source of empty calories, lay the groundwork for Type 2 Diabetes, and cause you to get fat. Despite the long-term health consequences of eating too much sweet stuff, so many . . . → Read More: Why You Crave Sugar