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 Healing Power of Chrysanthemums

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Every fall as the leaves begin to change colors, I’m overwhelmed with a wave of nostalgia for my New England childhood. As the summer days began to cool and turn into fall, we kids would pick out the most colorful leaves to iron into waxed paper and pick out pumpkins to carve. Several times each fall we would go to the old fashioned Cider Mill near our house. There, we could watch ripe apples run into a large funnel-shaped bin to be crushed into . . . → Read More: The Healing Power of Chrysanthemums

Chinese Herbs and a Walk in the Woods

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This past weekend I spent a whole day walking in the woods and flowering trees at my local arboretum. Many of the wildflowers were in bloom, the crab apple trees were in full flowery showiness, and the marsh marigolds were bright yellow and poking through the cattails.

As a practitioner of Chinese medicine, I tend to look at the world a little differently than most. When I look at people, things like their appearance, the sparkle in their eyes, or the condition of their skin . . . → Read More: Chinese Herbs and a Walk in the Woods

Tea Time

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I have not always been a tea drinker.  It’s a taste I’ve acquired over the years, and now when I think about tea, it brings back all kinds of memories and moments.  I think about time spent sitting on a friend’s deck at the base of the Rockies, catching up and drinking tea.  There are the times camped somewhere in the desert, when I’ve crawled out of my sleeping bag for my first cup of tea of the day.  And I think of the . . . → Read More: Tea Time

Chrysanthemum Flowers as a Chinese Herb

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Sometimes it seems that Chinese herbal medicine is complicated. For some people, a stereotype exists that Chinese herbs only come from potions made of exotic plants and animal parts that are found only in the furthest corners of China. However, in some cases, Chinese medicinals can be very simple and are frequently found growing in your garden or in pots on your front step. Such is the case with chrysanthemums.

A common garden plant that blooms in the fall, chrysanthemums, or mums, are used . . . → Read More: Chrysanthemum Flowers as a Chinese Herb