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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How to Set the Stage for Healing

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Several years ago, I spent a whole summer nursing a muscle pull in my hip. I’m not sure what I did, but it seemed that anytime I tried to hike, run, or bike, I would get what felt like a lightning bolt right through my hip and groin. I took my hip to the doctor, and he just gave me massive doses of ibuprofen, which didn’t do a thing.

At the time, I can remember thinking that it would never heal. When it started . . . → Read More: How to Set the Stage for Faster Healing

Tylenol PM and Alzheimer’s?

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Age-related memory loss runs in my family. Growing up, I remember my Great Aunt Clair telling us kids about her son who lived on the moon and who regularly sent her pennies. Aunt Clair never married or had children, but was sweet and we loved her stories nonetheless. My maternal grandfather also suffered from dementia, and now my mom. So it’s reasonable to say that I’m interested in all things memory related.

I’m a big fan of staying healthy through lifestyle choices and eating . . . → Read More: Tylenol PM and Alzheimer’s?

The Energetics of Food

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I just got word that our community garden plot has been turned over and is ready for planting. It’s a little early here in Minnesota to put anything in the ground, but I’m excited to start digging, transplanting, and watering—not so much with the weeding. Mostly, I’m excited to start eating the abundance of vegetables that we grow in our small square of ground.

Let me be clear—I grew up as a very picky eater. Green foods were not a part of my repertoire . . . → Read More: The Energetics of Food

Seven Things to Love About Spring

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It’s spring here in the north country. The ice has melted off the lakes, birds are singing again, and tiny green things are sprouting out of the ground. We Minnesotans are a hearty group. As soon as the mercury inches above freezing, there are hoards of people out in their shorts and shirtsleeves walking around the lakes and dining al fresco.

And why not? There’s lots to love about spring. We’ve been cooped up, bundled up, and fed up with winter. So here’s my . . . → Read More: Seven Things to Love About Spring

The Nature of Flow

The Nature of Flow in Chinese Medicine

About three years ago my husband and I moved to a small townhome in the woods. The best part of where I live is that there is a small creek that I cross every day coming and going from home. The creek snakes through the woods, reflects the sun in the morning, and changes its personality almost daily. Some days it is calm and meandering. After a rain storm it’s angry and rushing, full of water. And in winter, it freezes and becomes a . . . → Read More: The Nature of Flow