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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A Love Letter to Gout

Chinese medicine for gout

Dear Gout,

I’m breaking up with you. I appreciate the time we had together and everything I’ve learned from you, but it’s over; I don’t want you in my life anymore.

Before we met, I’d heard about you. I know you’ve been around, going from person to person–often a one night stand, but frequently returning to wreak your havoc again and again. You came to me in the middle of the night–unannounced and unwelcome. You woke me out of a sound sleep, first showing up . . . → Read More: A Love Letter to Gout

Tiny Needles Yield Big Results

Acupuncture clinic for digestive conditions

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine has been used for centuries to treat digestive and gastrointestinal problems.  While we see the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating diarrhea in the clinic on a daily basis, more and more research is documenting the effectiveness of acupuncture from the scientific world. Many patients have found that their diarrhea is effectively treated with a series of acupuncture treatments.  However, a new study has also emerged demonstrating that effectiveness through the use of MRI imaging.

In this study, researchers investigated patients . . . → Read More: Tiny Needles Yield Big Results

Acupuncture for TMJ Pain and Jaw Clenching

Acupuncture for jaw clenching

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

Memory, Digestion, and Clear Yang

Chinese medicine and memory

As you get older, it’s common to wonder about the health of your memory. You forget names, occasional words, and where you put your car keys. Is this serious memory loss or is it just a normal part of the aging process?

In the world of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, your memory is related to something called Clear Yang. While Clear Yang may sound like an energy drink, it is actually the substance that gives you focus and clear thinking, and is very dependent . . . → Read More: Memory, Digestion, and Clear Yang

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Gout

Treating gout with Chinese medicine

From time to time I see patients who are suffering from gout. More often than not, they will come in with pain, redness, and swelling at the base of their big toe. Occasionally, I’ll see someone with gout in another joint, but the common denominator is that they’re in pain–big time.

So what exactly is gout? Once called the disease if kings because rich food is a factor in this condition, gout is the build-up of uric acid crystals in your joints. The most . . . → Read More: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Gout