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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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

Is Spring Fever a Real Thing?

Staying healthy this spring with Chinese medicine

We Minnesotans are ready for spring. Here in the North Country, we know all about winter. We’re experts at hunkering down and staying warm. We snowshoe, ski, and drive on our frozen lakes. And we know that dressing for the cold involves many layers and miracle fibers that wick and warm at the same time.

So when spring rolls around, we Northerners are more than excited to jettison some layers and ditch the fleece. As soon as the thermometer gets above about 35 degrees, you will . . . → Read More: Is Spring Fever a Real Thing?

Why Getting Dirty is Good for Your Health

Acupuncture for better immunity

When I think of my childhood, I think first of all the hours I spent playing in the dirt. To my childhood self, there was nothing better than upending rocks to look for salamanders, wading into skanky ponds with the hope of nabbing a turtle, or crouched at creek’s edge catching minnows. I spent hours on end fascinated and grimy.

While my parents might not have loved how dirty I became (I could leave an impressive bathtub ring!), it turns out that my time . . . → Read More: Why Getting Dirty is Good for Your Health

Secrets for Fighting the Common Cold Using Chinese Medicine

Minneapolis Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Clinic

I began writing this post a couple of weeks ago, feeling pretty smug and self-righteous that I hadn’t caught the cold that everyone around me was sporting. Most people I knew weren’t flat out sick, but as their cold progressed, it dropped down and became a chest thing, and they were dealing with a big loopy cough that lasted a good four to six weeks.

Then over the holidays, I caught a cold, or what I would describe as a shadow of a cold. . . . → Read More: Secrets for Fighting the Common Cold Using Chinese Medicine