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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Got Muscle Knots?

Acupuncture for muscle knots

In my upper back, on the left side, half-way between my neck and shoulder, I have a muscle knot that feels like a small potato. It’s hard, thick, and unmistakable. And it causes me pain. When it acts up, it gets tight and achy and can be Ground Zero for migraines that can take me down for a day or two. I know—a migraine that starts in my shoulder? WTF?

So what exactly is a muscle knot and why can they be so miserable?

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Healing Time

Healing with acupuncture

About twenty years ago, I had arthroscopic surgery on my knee. I was running a lot, and over a period of a couple of months, my right knee began talking to me. A trip to my doctor ended up with a referral to an orthopedic surgeon, and not knowing any better, I let him operate without much diagnostic assessment (this is pure 20/20 hindsight).

Everything I had heard about arthroscopic knee surgery was that it was a piece of cake, and that I would . . . → Read More: Healing Time

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

Food Allergy or Sensitivity?

Acupuncture for food allergies

I am breaking up with eggs. Don’t get me wrong; I love eggs—fried, scrambled, huevos, Benedict, or however you want to prepare them. But the sad truth is lately, eggs don’t like me. Over the past several months, I have discovered that eggs are making me sick. About four hours after eating them, I find myself doubled over with intestinal cramping, sweating, nausea, and a need to run to the bathroom. I’ve found first-hand how much of a problem this can be when I’m . . . → Read More: Food Allergy or Sensitivity?