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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What You Need to Know About Inflammation

What do heart disease, stroke, arthritis, colitis, fibromyalgia, lupus, MS, diabetes, chronic fatigue, and Alzheimer’s have in common?  Well, yes, they’re all diseases, but the A+ answer is that they are all caused by or associated with inflammation.

Scientists are finding that the common cause in a long list of illnesses is an inflammatory process that’s run out of control.  Inflammation is controlled by a group of hormones called prostaglandins, some of which promote, and others that reduce inflammation.  You can affect these hormones . . . → Read More: What You Need to Know About Inflammation

Cold Pain Relief

Over this past weekend, I battled a nagging headache that seemed to start in my upper back.  The pain traveled up the left side of my neck and into my ear and jaw.  With every twinge, I kept thinking, “What new kind of hell is this?” I generally don’t get headaches, and this one was odd.  I went to bed Saturday with the headache, but when I woke up on Sunday, the pain was gone.  Gone that is, until I went outside, and then . . . → Read More: Cold Pain Relief

Acupuncture, Bi Pain, and Arthritis

The health of your family members offers clues about how you’ll age and what diseases you have a higher than normal risk of developing.  I come from a large family, and arthritis is a dark cloud affecting both my parents and many of my siblings.  So far, I’ve managed to dodge the arthritis bullet, but I realize that it may be an issue as I get older.

Arthritis is chronic inflammation of the joints that affects an estimated 70 million Americans. Its symptoms include pain, swelling, limited . . . → Read More: Acupuncture, Bi Pain, and Arthritis

Heat Therapy in Chinese Medicine

When I was young, my mom always made sure I was bundled up before going outside during those cold New England winters.  Her reasoning was that I’d get sick if I got cold, and sending me outdoors looking like a large ball of yarn was the sure antidote.  While scientists haven’t been able to prove that getting chilled will make you get sick, the stress on your body of being cold can lower your resistance to getting the colds and flu that are going around.

The . . . → Read More: Heat Therapy in Chinese Medicine

Looks Are Not Deceiving: Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Tom* has been coming to our clinic off and on for four years.  Every time he walks through the door, it’s obvious to me how he’s doing.  On the days when he’s feeling good, his eyes are bright, his gait is smooth, and his voice is strong.  On his bad days, he walks through the door stooped over, his voice is hoarse, his eyes are dull, and he looks tired.

Diagnosing a patient in Chinese medicine is a long and complicated process.  A complete . . . → Read More: Looks Are Not Deceiving: Chinese Medicine Diagnosis