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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The Face You've Earned: Understanding Chinese Facial Reading

Reading Faces

When my kids were small, I could always tell when they were sick just by looking into their eyes. This wasn’t because I have special powers; I don’t. We are all able to read the faces of the people we know, love, or see on a regular basis. But what about strangers or people we’ve just met? Is there a way to know a little bit more about them just by looking at their face?

The answer is yes—to an extent—and here’s . . . → Read More: The Face You’ve Earned: Understanding Chinese Facial Reading

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

Chinese Medicine and the Wisdom of Mother Nature

Natural healing Minneapolis

I’m a bird nut. It’s a little embarrassing but possible to find me out in an open field or local park decked out in a harness with my binoculars and camera, sporting a goofy hat and lots of sunscreen. My hope is to catch a glimpse of some unusual bird to photograph or add to my life list.

It’s interesting though, that depending on the season, bird behavior changes dramatically. The best time of year for viewing, in my opinion, is the spring. The . . . → Read More: Chinese Medicine and the Wisdom of Mother Nature

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

The Cold Truth About Being Cold

Treating chronic cold with acupuncture

I hate to be cold.  This is unfortunate because I’m cold most of the time. I’m that person who can’t go out, even in the summer, without a sweater or sweatshirt in tow. Being cold is on my mind a lot, especially now, when lovely Minnesota begins to turn into a monster that we call winter.

Don’t get me wrong—I love winter. I’m a big fan of celebrating the first snowfall, strapping on my snowshoes and tramping through the woods, and enjoying the beauty . . . → Read More: The Cold Truth About Being Cold