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 Acupuncture Helps Fertility

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One of the most rewarding areas of my acupuncture practice is treating women with fertility issues., many of whom have tried to get pregnant for years without success.  Whether going through IVF, suffering from multiple miscarriages, or simply trying to get pregnant on their own, I have found that acupuncture can be an effective strategy in enhancing fertility and positive birth outcomes.

There is research to back this up.  The overall success rate of IVF is 24% (for four or more embryos transferred).  However, . . . → Read More: Why Acupuncture Helps Fertility

Acupuncture for Postpartum Depression

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From time to time I get calls from new mothers wanting to know if acupuncture can help with their postpartum depression. I’m always glad to field those calls, because frequently women suffering from postpartum depression tend to suffer in silence. Whether they think it’s just temporary or they’re just too tired or overwhelmed to do anything about it, it’s unfortunate that many new moms don’t get the help they need early on.

Sometimes called the Baby Blues, postpartum depression may appear as a group . . . → Read More: Acupuncture for Postpartum Depression

Is Acupuncture Safe During Pregnancy?

I remember the first pregnant woman I treated with acupuncture. I was in acupuncture school at the time, and putting in my hours in the teaching clinic. A classmate of mine had become pregnant and had a wicked case of morning sickness. Most of the time she was a rock; she was young, strong, smart, and the person you wanted to work with in class. However, her morning sickness had become all-day sickness, and had turned her into a whimpering mess. With regular acupuncture . . . → Read More: Is Acupuncture Safe During Pregnancy?

Treating Urinary Tract Infections with Chinese Medicine

If you’ve ever had a bladder infection, you’re no stranger to the lightening bolt of pain you feel every time you hit the ole’ litter box to pee. You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t; it’s going to hurt if you go, but holding it hurts, too.

While what’s going on may seem like a simple bladder infection, in Chinese medicine they’re anything but simple. Like headaches, colds, or back pain, bladder infections (or UTI’s) have a distinct personality. Symptoms can . . . → Read More: Treating Urinary Tract Infections with Chinese Medicine

Help for Dark Under Eye Circles

Not long ago I saw one of the Twilight movies with my kid, and since then, I’ve been thinking about dark under eye circles.  You don’t have to be a vampire to have those dark blotchy patches under your eyes; lots of people have them and most would like to get rid of them.

There are lots of theories as to why you get those dark circles; and some are obvious.  I can always tell when a patient is not getting enough sleep by . . . → Read More: Help for Dark Under Eye Circles