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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Sixteen Simple Ways to Avoid Athletic Injuries

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or you get your exercise walking the dog, chances are that if you’re physically active, at some point you’ve been on the receiving end of an athletic injury.  Believe me, there is nothing worse than to be hobbled by an injury just before your big athletic event, an active vacation, or just as the weather turns warm enough to be able to play outside.

I’m writing from experience here.  I’ve blown out my knee on the altar of faulty . . . → Read More: Sixteen Simple Ways to Avoid Athletic Injuries

Health Insurance for Acupuncture

Many acupuncturists accept health insurance reimbursement for their services.  Many don’t.  I come down on the side of those who don’t.  I’d like to lay out my reasons for not accepting health insurance, because in the long run, I feel that it actually benefits my patients.

First of all, let’s talk about…me.  The reality is that health insurance companies do not pay me or any other acupuncturist adequately for their time.  They typically will determine what they think is “appropriate and reasonable” and only . . . → Read More: Health Insurance for Acupuncture

Pure Yang: Acupuncture for Kids

It doesn’t always happen this way, but Pete* got off my table after his first acupuncture treatment and immediately felt better.  So much better that I didn’t see him again for a couple of months.  Pete is 15 and a good cross country skier.  During the cross country season, he was having some serious back pain that was waking him up at night.   Pete and his mother decided to go the natural route and try acupuncture.

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Eight Ways to Ease That Pain in Your Neck

We’ve all heard the figurative term that something is a pain in the neck, but the reality of neck pain can cause sleepless nights, limited range of motion, and make your life miserable in general. There are a number of causes of neck pain, including trauma, turning and reaching at the same time, drafts, and bad ergonomics.

The most common cause of neck pain, however, is stress. Most people who are overwhelmed and under a lot of stress will tell you . . . → Read More: Eight Ways to Ease That Pain in Your Neck

How Does Acupuncture Work?

We know acupuncture works, but what exactly is going on that makes it work? This question is confounding for many members of the Western medical establishment, and because it can’t be explained, it is difficult for some doctors to recommend acupuncture to their patients as an effective alternative.

More and more studies are being conducted and concluding that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for a variety of conditions. The World Health Organization recognizes the effectiveness of acupuncture for dozens of illnesses, . . . → Read More: How Does Acupuncture Work?