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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Understanding Dampness in Chinese Medicine

Minneapolis acupuncturist

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

The Yin and Yang of Sleep

Help for insomnia

It’s been a long day and you’re tired. You’re ready for bed and catching eight hours of blissful, uninterrupted sleep. But as soon as your head makes contact with the pillow, your mind comes alive. And not just alive, but it’s racing like you just had a triple shot of espresso. You start rehashing the day, the year, your life, and every item that was ever on your To Do list. You go over the day’s interactions, reworking what you should have said. You . . . → Read More: The Yin and Yang of Sleep

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