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 Healing Wisdom of Nature

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I love reptiles and always have. As a kid, my idea of bliss was waiting quietly pond-side for frogs to emerge, overturning rocks in the woods in search of salamanders, and best of all—finding turtles. To my eight year old self, the greatest gift of nature was to see a box turtle crawl through my yard, plodding quietly on its way to who knows where.

Was I a weird kid? Maybe—I grew up in a large family, a little bit lost and needy among . . . → Read More: The Healing Wisdom of Nature

The Importance of Water in Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture, water, and the Chinese Kidney system

I spent much of my childhood in the water. My father was world-class swimmer as a young man and as a result, he made sure that his kids could swim, and swim well. We had a pool in our yard, and every summer, some part of each day was spent in the water. On good days, most of my time was spent in the water. I remember exploring every nook and corner of the pool–from the dime embedded in the concrete in the shallow . . . → Read More: The Importance of Water in Chinese Medicine

The Yin and Yang of Sleep

Help for insomnia

It’s been a long day and you’re tired. You’re ready for bed and catching eight hours of blissful, uninterrupted sleep. But as soon as your head makes contact with the pillow, your mind comes alive. And not just alive, but it’s racing like you just had a triple shot of espresso. You start rehashing the day, the year, your life, and every item that was ever on your To Do list. You go over the day’s interactions, reworking what you should have said. You . . . → Read More: The Yin and Yang of Sleep

Acupuncture is Slow Medicine

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I hate to wait. Put me in a line that’s more than three people long, and I am the person tapping my toe and muttering about poor service. I rarely order stuff online, because I want it now. And don’t even think about putting me on hold. So it’s very interesting that I am attracted to and practice Chinese medicine–a system of healing that is essentially…slow.

If you are looking for a quick fix, Chinese medicine is not for you. It is usually not . . . → Read More: Acupuncture is Slow Medicine

Help for Dry Skin

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It’s winter in Minnesota, and my skin is rebelling.  My hands catch on everything I touch, and my skin itches in places that have no business itching.  I slather on lotion and cover up my cracked fingertips in the hope that they will heal overnight.

The good news is that as soon as the humidity ramps up, the heat goes off, and I can open a window, my skin will be happy again.  The bad news is that there are some people who deal . . . → Read More: Help for Dry Skin