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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Eleven Things My Patients Have Taught Me

Chinese medicine and memory

Every single patient I see in my acupuncture clinic is unique. They have their personal lifestyle, specific struggles, and each has very different needs. The one thing that never changes from patient to patient is that I learn something from each and every one. Most of the time I learn little bits and pieces about being a better acupuncturist, but every once in a while, I am dealt a major life lesson.

Mostly what I learn is about the practice of acupuncture and Chinese . . . → Read More: Eleven Things My Patients Have Taught Me

From Skeptic to Believer:  One Woman's Story

I love guest bloggers! The following is a post from Joy Paley, a science and technology writer from Berkeley, CA. After foregoing chemistry research for writing 4 years ago, she’s focused on her passion of making science relevant to the everyday person. You can read her work in The Journal of the American Chemical Society and on An Apple a Day. She’s also not afraid to make herself a human guinea pig for the good of the masses, and she finally gave acupuncture a . . . → Read More: From Skeptic to Believer:  One Woman’s Story

Help for the Ringing in Your Ears

My ears ring when I get tired, and this week, I’m tired.  A little bit like a canary in the coal mine, when I’ve overdone it, my ears start ringing, signaling me to slow down, take it easy , and take better care of myself.

Ringing in your ears, called tinnitus, affects about 50 million Americans.  While some, like me, have mild or occasional ringing, others experience noise loud enough to interfere with their everyday activities, including sleep.

Tinnitus is not a disease, but . . . → Read More: Help for the Ringing in Your Ears

Chinese Medicine for the Common Cold

Ah choo!  It’s not a Chinese phrase, but it may mean that you’re coming down with a cold.  We’ve all had them.  You’re miserable, but not sick enough to stay home from work.  You think your runny nose is finally getting better, but then the whole thing sinks into your chest or you lose your voice.  You’re achy, your throat hurts, and you can’t sleep.  Life really bites when you have a cold.

So what does Chinese medicine have to offer in the way . . . → Read More: Chinese Medicine for the Common Cold

Five Things You Should Know About Chinese Herbs

In our quest to be ever healthier yet drug-free, more and more Americans are turning to herbal supplements in unprecedented numbers.  Ginko for memory, St. John’s Wort for depression, Milk Thistle for the liver, and Saw Palmetto for prostate health—all can be found on the shelf at your local grocery or drug store.

The idea of choosing your herbs while pushing a grocery cart seems a bit contrary to some of the principals behind the use of Chinese medicinal herbs. So here are a . . . → Read More: Five Things You Should Know About Chinese Herbs