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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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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Mother Earth, Fall, and Chinese Medicine

Chinese Food Therapy Minneapolis

Yesterday we spent the morning dismantling our community garden plot. Our biggest tasks were to remove all the critter-proof fencing, rip out any large plants, and take our tools and watering cans home. Even though it was the end of the season, the garden was still cranking out food. Surprisingly, there were still green beans, cherry tomatoes, squash, peppers, tomatillos, and eggplant. Despite the gray 50 degree weather, we hadn’t had a hard freeze yet, and the Earth seemed to be hell bent on . . . → Read More: Mother Earth, Fall, and Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine for the Needle Shy

Chinese medicine for the needle shy

Acupuncture is an incredible natural healing tool; it’s effective, safe, and drug-free. However, the reality is that it involves needles, and for some people that’s a deal breaker. To the needle-shy, explanations about how tiny the needles are or how they’re painlessly inserted don’t mean a thing. For them, acupuncture is simply not an option.

Needle phobia is a real thing, and many people who shy away from being poked actually welcome the idea of healing through Chinese medicine—just not the needles. It’s important . . . → Read More: Chinese Medicine for the Needle Shy