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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Mother Earth, Fall, and Chinese Medicine

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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

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

The Face You've Earned: Understanding Chinese Facial Reading

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When my kids were small, I could always tell when they were sick just by looking into their eyes. This wasn’t because I have special powers; I don’t. We are all able to read the faces of the people we know, love, or see on a regular basis. But what about strangers or people we’ve just met? Is there a way to know a little bit more about them just by looking at their face?

The answer is yes—to an extent—and here’s . . . → Read More: The Face You’ve Earned: Understanding Chinese Facial Reading

Chinese Medicine and the Wisdom of Mother Nature

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I’m a bird nut. It’s a little embarrassing but possible to find me out in an open field or local park decked out in a harness with my binoculars and camera, sporting a goofy hat and lots of sunscreen. My hope is to catch a glimpse of some unusual bird to photograph or add to my life list.

It’s interesting though, that depending on the season, bird behavior changes dramatically. The best time of year for viewing, in my opinion, is the spring. The . . . → Read More: Chinese Medicine and the Wisdom of Mother Nature