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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Stick It in Your Ear to Relieve Anxiety

Acupuncture for anxiety

In my acupuncture practice I see a great number of patients who struggle with anxiety.  Many have other health conditions, but some seek out acupuncture simply to help them calm down, slow down, relieve their anxious symptoms, and even help with panic attacks.

As a new acupuncturist many years ago, I would usually use a combination of acupuncture points that included one needle in each ear.  I got good results, but felt I could do better. Several years ago, I began using a protocol . . . → Read More: Stick It in Your Ear to Relieve Anxiety

Worry Is Indigestion of the Mind

Chinese medicine and worry

Are you a chronic worrier? I treat a lot of people with emotional conditions, so I tend to see a lot of patients in my acupuncture clinic who describe themselves as worriers. They are anxious and worry about almost anything. Often patients will describe their worry as a constant loop of concern that keeps replaying over and over in their mind. Interestingly, these hyper worriers also seem to struggle with digestive problems, too. Most commonly, they will have symptoms such as a low appetite, . . . → Read More: Worry Is Indigestion of the Mind

Stress and Anxiety in the Workplace

Lately I’ve been seeing a disturbing trend among my patients.  More and more are seeking acupuncture for health issues due to stress and anxiety related to their jobs.  A few examples:

Joe* has a job he loves, but is anxious about his performance and afraid of being in the next round of layoffs.  Every Sunday night and Monday morning, Joe is physically sick from the stress.  He has heart palpitations, a tight chest, nausea, and numbness and tingling in his arms and hands.

Carrie . . . → Read More: Stress and Anxiety in the Workplace

Healing Depression with Chinese Medicine

Not all depression is created equal. In fact, I’ve found that no two people describe their depressive symptoms in exactly the same way. Dr. Henry Emmons, author of The Chemistry of Joy describes three types of depression that people may experience; anxious, agitated, and sluggish. From my experience, I would also add another, which I call sadness depression.

In Chinese medicine, there are some very distinctive causes behind the different ways depression is manifested. Generally, depression is associated with some element of Liver stagnation. . . . → Read More: Healing Depression with Chinese Medicine

Three Surprising Sources of Stress

Stress is a natural part of your life.  You know when your stress levels are maxing out when you feel overwhelmed, you have deadlines looming, your mind starts racing, you don’t sleep very well, and your digestion is in an uproar.  Generally, your stress is psychological in nature, in that the stress itself usually isn’t life-threatening, but how you react to the events going on sometimes feels pretty serious.  We tend to think of stress as something that occupies your mind, and only when the . . . → Read More: Three Surprising Sources of Stress