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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Vacation and the Art of Balancing Work and Rest

Minneapolis Acupuncture Clinic

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

Stick It in Your Ear to Relieve Anxiety

Acupuncture for anxiety

In my acupuncture practice I see a great number of patients who struggle with anxiety.  Many have other health conditions, but some seek out acupuncture simply to help them calm down, slow down, relieve their anxious symptoms, and even help with panic attacks.

As a new acupuncturist many years ago, I would usually use a combination of acupuncture points that included one needle in each ear.  I got good results, but felt I could do better. Several years ago, I began using a protocol . . . → Read More: Stick It in Your Ear to Relieve Anxiety

The Power of Gratitude

Minneapolis Acupuncture Clinic

Next week people in the United States will celebrate a holiday devoted to giving thanks; a day of gratefulness. While gratitude belongs on the menu every day, it’s still a wonderful thing that we can slow down, gather with family and/or friends and devote a day to the idea of thankfulness.

The benefits of gratitude are many, and their effects are far-reaching. Research in a growing segment of science is beginning to document the positive impact of gratitude. Among the benefits are increased mental alertness, better physical health, an . . . → Read More: The Power of Gratitude

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