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...

Are you an acupuncturist? For articles, tips, and support to help you grow your practice, check out...

Acupuncture Practice Insights


simple steps book
Better Health... Inner Peace

Names and identifying details have been changed on any person described in these posts to protect their identity.

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?

How to Set the Stage for Healing

acupuncture clinic in Minneapolis

Several years ago, I spent a whole summer nursing a muscle pull in my hip. I’m not sure what I did, but it seemed that anytime I tried to hike, run, or bike, I would get what felt like a lightning bolt right through my hip and groin. I took my hip to the doctor, and he just gave me massive doses of ibuprofen, which didn’t do a thing.

At the time, I can remember thinking that it would never heal. When it started . . . → Read More: How to Set the Stage for Faster Healing

Acupuncture and the Healing Power of the Mind

Mind, body, spirit and acupuncture

I have a Google alert set up for the keywords acupuncture and Chinese medicine. What this means is that every day I get an email from Google with articles, studies, and links where those words appeared in a newsworthy manner. I get lost of notices about acupuncture clinics that are opening, popular press articles about Chinese medicine, and reactions to ongoing research.

I find it interesting that after the results of a study documenting the effectiveness of acupuncture for a certain condition appears, I . . . → Read More: Acupuncture and the Healing Power of the Mind