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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Treating Eating Disorders with Chinese Medicine

Occasionally I am asked whether acupuncture can treat someone with an eating disorder, such as anorexia, bulimia, or obsessive overeating.  As with any condition, there is no one size fits all—everyone is different and heals at their own pace and in their own way.  That said, I have worked with a number of patients who have suffered with eating disorders and who have been helped—sometimes dramatically so—from acupuncture.

Many years ago I worked for a non-profit agency whose mission was to promote women’s health . . . → Read More: Treating Eating Disorders with Chinese Medicine

Thirteen Truths About Weight Loss

Weight loss is a popular topic and a multi-billion dollar industry for a reason. I have found that it is the rare person who is perfectly happy with their weight.  Most people are either trying to drop a few pounds, lose a lot of weight, or trying hard simply to maintain their current weight. 

Why are so many people struggling with the numbers on their bathroom scale?  There are so many answers—we live in a land of abundance, we eat the wrong foods, we . . . → Read More: Thirteen Truths About Weight Loss

Ten Things that Make You Fat

I have no problem saying the F-word in front of my patients.  In fact, many want to say it too.  They’re getting Fat and many can’t understand why.  Yes, the obvious culprits are eating too much and not exercising, but many of my patients are eating appropriate portions and exercising, but still seem to be gaining weight.

Here’s a list of some reasons you may be gaining weight; some may surprise you:

Stress.  In Chinese medicine, weight gain due to stress is considered a . . . → Read More: Ten Things that Make You Fat

Ten Secrets to Making Changes that Stick

Several years ago, a woman came to me for acupuncture treatments to help her lose weight*. She told me she had tried all kinds of things to lose weight from crazy diets to hypnosis, but nothing had worked. At her first appointment, I did a careful intake exam and health history, and then treated her with acupuncture. A week later, when she came back for her second treatment, the woman informed me that over the course of the week, nothing had happened. She had . . . → Read More: Ten Secrets to Making Changes that Stick

Stress, Belly Fat, and Chinese Medicine

Claire* is a patient who came to see me for acupuncture a couple of years ago.  She was deeply unhappy and stressed out in her present job, and was struggling with mild depression.  She also complained that she was gaining weight around her waist, and it was hard for her to eat healthfully because she had such strong cravings for sweets.

This trio of symptoms—emotional upset, sugar cravings, and belly fat—is a pattern that I see in many of my patients. They come to . . . → Read More: Stress, Belly Fat, and Chinese Medicine