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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Needles at the Tour de France

Acupuncture for athletic injuries

Every July, I look forward to watching the TV coverage of the Tour de France.  As I watch the riders snake their way through the French countryside, climb through the Alps and the Pyrenees, and even crash at unimaginable speeds, I vow one day to watch the Tour in person.  I am in awe of the athletes who can get on their bikes day after day to ride at a level only attainable by the best in the world.

It turns out that this . . . → Read More: Needles at the Tour de France

Downsizing, Chinese Medicine, and the Meaning of Junk

Tips for downsizing

This summer after years of discussion, my husband and I decided to downsize our living space. As soon as we made the decision, things started to happen far faster than we ever imagined. Our home of 18 years sold in about ten minutes, and the buyers wanted us out quickly as they had a short closing date and kids starting school in a new district.

My husband and I were left with what felt like the insurmountable job of cleaning out almost two decades . . . → Read More: Downsizing, Chinese Medicine, and the Meaning of Junk

Can You Work Too Much?

Over working is killing laborers in Central America

I recently read an article in my local newspaper about manual laborers in Nicaragua who are suffering from an epidemic of kidney failure that has been killing thousands.  (Worked to Death? Minneapolis Star Tribune, Sunday February 19, 2012) Doctors and scientists are struggling to find the cause of this chronic kidney disease that is affecting workers throughout Central America.

One theory is that these workers are being exposed to toxic substances in the course of their work.  However, those who are getting sick come . . . → Read More: Can You Work Too Much?

A Very Useful Acupuncture Point

Acupuncture is an art, not a science. As such, all acupuncturists work just a little differently from one another. It’s been said that we acupuncturists have a relationship with certain points, and it’s true that I have certain favorite acupuncture points that I tend to use more than others.

There is one point, however, that almost all acupuncturists use a lot. It’s called Large Intestine 4 (LI 4), because it’s the fourth point on the Large Intestine energetic pathway. It’s also called Hegu in . . . → Read More: A Very Useful Acupuncture Point

Ginger Snaps

As a Chinese herbalist, I find myself confronted with a number of questions every time I prescribe an herbal formula for one of my patients.  Is my diagnosis correct?  Am I prescribing the most effective formula for this particular patient?  And even if I have the right formula for the right patient, will they actually take the herbs I’ve prescribed?

Ginger Root

Two factors in whether of not a patient will take an herbal formula regularly enough and long enough for it to . . . → Read More: Ginger Snaps