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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Is Qi Finite?

Nature and the function of Qi

A couple months ago I gave a presentation to a small group of women on the concept of Qi. There were about a ten of us gathered around a table, and most were older. I was explaining that Qi, or energy, is needed to power your body’s many functions. But as I got to the part where I was explaining how those functions could suffer if Qi wasn’t sufficient, a hand went up at the end of the table. It was an 85-year old . . . → Read More: Is Qi Finite?

The Nature of Flow

The Nature of Flow in Chinese Medicine

About three years ago my husband and I moved to a small townhome in the woods. The best part of where I live is that there is a small creek that I cross every day coming and going from home. The creek snakes through the woods, reflects the sun in the morning, and changes its personality almost daily. Some days it is calm and meandering. After a rain storm it’s angry and rushing, full of water. And in winter, it freezes and becomes a . . . → Read More: The Nature of Flow

Understanding Dampness in Chinese Medicine

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When I was about five years old I fell into a swimming pool in late November. I lived in New England, and at that time of year the leaves had fallen off the trees and the ground was frozen. Winter was just around the corner, but it was not yet bitterly cold. I had my snowsuit and boots on, and was curious to know what a swimming pool looked like when it was all wrapped up for the winter. Would it have water in . . . → Read More: Understanding Dampness in Chinese Medicine

Six Reasons to Go Outside

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Just this past week outdoor retailer REI announced that it would be closed on the day after Thanksgiving, known to most as Black Friday. This is a bombshell in the world of retailing, as Black Friday is considered to be the biggest shopping day of the year. In my local paper, REI took out a full page ad announcing their Black Friday closure, and suggested that instead of shopping, their employees and shoppers alike spend the day outdoors.

I love this move by REI . . . → Read More: Six Reasons to Go Outside

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