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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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

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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

Workplace Stress and Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine for stress

Not long ago I was at a networking event, where I was asked who my ideal patient was.  My immediate answer was that I love to treat stressed out workers.  I find them ideal only in that I see a lot of them in my acupuncture practice, and I am able to help almost all of them.

In the wake of the recession of 2008 and 2009, it seems like employees in every shape and form have taken the biggest hit.  As large companies . . . → Read More: Workplace Stress and Chinese Medicine

How to Quiet Your Racing Mind

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You’ve had a long day and you’re tired. You get into bed ready for 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: How to Quiet Your Racing Mind