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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Got Muscle Knots?

Acupuncture for muscle knots

In my upper back, on the left side, half-way between my neck and shoulder, I have a muscle knot that feels like a small potato. It’s hard, thick, and unmistakable. And it causes me pain. When it acts up, it gets tight and achy and can be Ground Zero for migraines that can take me down for a day or two. I know—a migraine that starts in my shoulder? WTF?

So what exactly is a muscle knot and why can they be so miserable?

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Secrets for Living Simply

Chinese medicine and the art of living simply

About five years ago, I convinced my husband to move from our four bedroom home to a smaller townhome. Our kids were grown and we were tired of mowing the lawn, shoveling snow, and raking the snowdrifts off the roof. We are now tucked into a place with a lot less stuff. We are nestled in the woods with a creek running near our front door. And life is simpler.

While this sounds easy and idyllic, cleaning out our home of 18 years was . . . → Read More: Secrets for Living Simply

Healing Time

Healing with acupuncture

About twenty years ago, I had arthroscopic surgery on my knee. I was running a lot, and over a period of a couple of months, my right knee began talking to me. A trip to my doctor ended up with a referral to an orthopedic surgeon, and not knowing any better, I let him operate without much diagnostic assessment (this is pure 20/20 hindsight).

Everything I had heard about arthroscopic knee surgery was that it was a piece of cake, and that I would . . . → Read More: Healing Time

Why You Crave Sugar

Acupuncture for sugar cravings

I see quite a few patients in my acupuncture practice who tell me that they crave sugar. Some can’t avoid the candy dish at work, others can’t stop eating sweets after dinner, and some just want sugar all day, every day.

To be sure, sugar has gotten a bad rap. It can be a source of empty calories, lay the groundwork for Type 2 Diabetes, and cause you to get fat. Despite the long-term health consequences of eating too much sweet stuff, so many . . . → Read More: Why You Crave Sugar

The Healing Power of Vacation

Chinese medicine for recovery and rejuvenation

Recently I was looking back on previous articles, and I came across one that I had written several years ago about taking vacation as a way to create balance between work and rest. My first reaction in reading the article was how smug I was at the time; telling readers to take more vacation and why. However, under the heading of taking my own advice, I realize that during the 15 years that I’ve been in practice, I’ve only taken a vacation that was longer . . . → Read More: The Healing Power of Vacation