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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Nine Reasons to Heart Acupuncture

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This is the tail end of Acupuncture Awareness Week, and while most people are actually aware of acupuncture, they may not know why it’s such a good thing. Here’s a list of why you should like acupuncture, and even think about giving it a try:

1)  Acupuncture is safe in the hands of properly trained practitioners. There are very few side effects associated with acupuncture and none of the risks, compared to prescription drug side-effects or the risks associated with surgery.

2)  It’s cost . . . → Read More: Nine Reasons to Heart Acupuncture

Are Acupuncture Points Real?

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An acupuncture point is a specific location on your body where an acupuncturist inserts a needle.  For acupuncturists, the existence of these points is kind of a leap of faith.  The points we practitioners use have specific locations, actions, and work in combination with other points.  It’s fair to say that we acupuncturists have a relationship with some of the points we use.  There are those that we choose all the time and others that we rarely even think about.

And yet, we can’t . . . → Read More: Are Acupuncture Points Real?

Acupuncture for TMJ Pain and Jaw Clenching

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Years ago, I went camping with a woman who ground her teeth.  She told me beforehand that she was a tooth clencher, but I didn’t realize the enormity of what she was telling me until it was far too late.

We had pitched our tent on a rocky, willow-laden spit of land right next to the Colorado River.  The moving water lulled us to sleep, and the breeze off the water kept the bugs at bay.  It had been an active day at the . . . → Read More: Acupuncture for TMJ Pain and Jaw Clenching

Desperate for Acupuncture

I’m frequently asked how I chose to become an acupuncturist. The truth is that there were a number of events in my life that brought me to the practice of this medicine. Depending on the day, and who is doing the asking, I will tell about one event or another.

My first and most important encounter with acupuncture happened about twenty years ago, while I was planning to go backpacking in the Grand Canyon. This was not a day trip with a backpack, a . . . → Read More: Desperately Seeking Acupuncture

A Scary Story

Is dry needling safe?

A few weeks ago, I was catching up with an out-of-town friend who was visiting Minneapolis for a long weekend. We got to talking about her health, and she told me about an exciting new therapy that she had undergone recently. It was called dry needling, and it was being performed on her by a physical therapist.

I began to tell her that dry needling was nothing more than acupuncture needles placed into various points (muscle trigger points, actually), and usually performed by someone . . . → Read More: A Scary Story