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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Secrets for Living Simply

Chinese medicine and the art of living simply

About five years ago, I convinced my husband to move from our four bedroom home to a smaller townhome. Our kids were grown and we were tired of mowing the lawn, shoveling snow, and raking the snowdrifts off the roof. We are now tucked into a place with a lot less stuff. We are nestled in the woods with a creek running near our front door. And life is simpler.

While this sounds easy and idyllic, cleaning out our home of 18 years was . . . → Read More: Secrets for Living Simply

Coping with Disaster

Chinese medicine and the art of simple living

My plan was to take a month long road trip out west. I would spend my time driving country roads, taking memorable photographs, and soaking in the mountain scenery of Colorado. The trip began with long roads and mountain vistas, but it turns out that I ended up in a very different place—while still remaining in Colorado.

About a week into photographs and mountain roads my son, who lives in Colorado was diagnosed with a devastating and life-altering illness. He was really sick, and . . . → Read More: Coping with Disaster

Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Chinese Pulse Diagnosis

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One of the hallmarks of diagnosis in Chinese medicine is pulse taking. A good acupuncturist or practitioner of Chinese medicine can gather a lot of information just from feeling the pulse at your wrist (also called your radial pulse for the bone it lies near). There have been countless times when I felt pretty sure of my initial diagnosis of a patient’s condition—until I felt their pulse, which told an entirely different story.

When you go to your Western doctor, they usually take your . . . → Read More: Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Chinese Pulse Diagnosis

The Healing Power of Vacation

Chinese medicine for recovery and rejuvenation

Recently I was looking back on previous articles, and I came across one that I had written several years ago about taking vacation as a way to create balance between work and rest. My first reaction in reading the article was how smug I was at the time; telling readers to take more vacation and why. However, under the heading of taking my own advice, I realize that during the 15 years that I’ve been in practice, I’ve only taken a vacation that was longer . . . → Read More: The Healing Power of Vacation

Why Getting Dirty is Good for Your Health

Acupuncture for better immunity

When I think of my childhood, I think first of all the hours I spent playing in the dirt. To my childhood self, there was nothing better than upending rocks to look for salamanders, wading into skanky ponds with the hope of nabbing a turtle, or crouched at creek’s edge catching minnows. I spent hours on end fascinated and grimy.

While my parents might not have loved how dirty I became (I could leave an impressive bathtub ring!), it turns out that my time . . . → Read More: Why Getting Dirty is Good for Your Health