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

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

A Short History of Ghosts in Chinese Medicine

Halloween is almost here; a time when small people transform from children to goblins, superheroes, princesses—and of course, ghosts. It’s a season of pumpkins, candles, and all things scary. We often forget that Halloween comes from the term All Hallows Eve, the night before the Day of the Dead, when we honor those who have passed before us.

Halloween then, is really a day about spirits or ghosts, and even in Chinese medicine, ghosts have their place. Here are a few things you may . . . → Read More: A Short History of Ghosts in Chinese Medicine

A New Spin on Chinese Medicine

electro acupuncture, microcurrent

If you look at any acupuncturist’s website or brochure, chances are that somewhere it states that acupuncture and Chinese medicine are ancient–literally thousands of years old. Is this a good thing? Well, the point is that it’s been around for so long because it works. However, if your Western doctor prescribed a thousand-year-old remedy for you, you would think he was sketchy at best.

It’s true that the source of acupuncture theory, points, and Chinese herbal formulas is from ancient texts, but that doesn’t . . . → Read More: A New Spin on Chinese Medicine

Stick It in Your Ear to Relieve Anxiety

Acupuncture for anxiety

In my acupuncture practice I see a great number of patients who struggle with anxiety.  Many have other health conditions, but some seek out acupuncture simply to help them calm down, slow down, relieve their anxious symptoms, and even help with panic attacks.

As a new acupuncturist many years ago, I would usually use a combination of acupuncture points that included one needle in each ear.  I got good results, but felt I could do better. Several years ago, I began using a protocol . . . → Read More: Stick It in Your Ear to Relieve Anxiety