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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Tylenol PM and Alzheimer’s?

Avoiding medication with Chinese medicine

Age-related memory loss runs in my family. Growing up, I remember my Great Aunt Clair telling us kids about her son who lived on the moon and who regularly sent her pennies. Aunt Clair never married or had children, but was sweet and we loved her stories nonetheless. My maternal grandfather also suffered from dementia, and now my mom. So it’s reasonable to say that I’m interested in all things memory related.

I’m a big fan of staying healthy through lifestyle choices and eating . . . → Read More: Tylenol PM and Alzheimer’s?

Acupuncture and the Healing Power of the Mind

Mind, body, spirit and acupuncture

I have a Google alert set up for the keywords acupuncture and Chinese medicine. What this means is that every day I get an email from Google with articles, studies, and links where those words appeared in a newsworthy manner. I get lost of notices about acupuncture clinics that are opening, popular press articles about Chinese medicine, and reactions to ongoing research.

I find it interesting that after the results of a study documenting the effectiveness of acupuncture for a certain condition appears, I . . . → Read More: Acupuncture and the Healing Power of the Mind

Eight Benefits of Gratitude

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I love that we have a national holiday that is based on the concept of gratitude. There is something warm and fuzzy about gathering to share a Thanksgiving meal with the intention of celebrating the people and things in our lives for which we are grateful. Unfortunately, that mellow goodness that is Thanksgiving is cut far too short by the consumer nightmare of the day after, which is known as Black Friday.

Considered to be the beginning of the holiday shopping season, many people . . . → Read More: Eight Benefits of Gratitude

Vacation and the Art of Balancing Work and Rest

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I’m back from vacation this week, and I feel good! I spent nine days in California, checking out vineyards, tasting some really good wines, and touring the beaches and bays of the Pacific coast. I feel refreshed and energized, and for good reason: rest is good for you.

As a practitioner of Chinese medicine, I assess how well each patient is managing the balance between rest and work. Many struggle with working long hours; some put in as many as 70 to 80 hours . . . → Read More: Vacation and the Art of Balancing Work and Rest

Eight Ways to Be Genuinely Happy

Your Chinese heart is the path to happiness

We all know a few of those people who seem to be genuinely happy.  They’re upbeat, optimistic, joyous, and grateful.  Are they for real?  Is it possible to be truly happy?  I say yes because I know several of those happy people well, and they’re the real deal.  It takes more than just thinking happy thoughts, but the reality is that you can be happier.  Here are some insights:

1)  In Chinese medicine, your heart is the home to your Shen, which is your . . . → Read More: Eight Ways to Be Genuinely Happy