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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The Roots of Resilience

Resilience and Chinese medicine

Many years ago, I took a class from a woman who was doing her doctoral thesis on the topic of psychological hardiness. She was a nun, but not the black and white kind of nun I remember from growing up. This particular nun wore flannel shirts and swore from time to time, but that’s not what I remember most. What stuck with me over the decades was her study of psychological hardiness and what exactly that means.

In Chinese medicine, the ancients had a . . . → Read More: The Roots of Resilience

Take It Outdoors for Better Health

Chinese medicine and nature for healing

Much of my childhood was spent outdoors. It was a time when kids could run freely around the neighborhood and explore their natural surroundings without worry and very much supervision. For me this translated into turning over rocks in the woods to look for salamanders and time crouched by our neighborhood brook studying the minnows. Family time also meant time outdoors, hiking in nearby state parks, picnics, and vacations spent camping in the big woods. It was a good way to grow up and . . . → Read More: Take It Outdoors for Better Health

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