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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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

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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

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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

Chinese Medicine and the Wisdom of Mother Nature

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I’m a bird nut. It’s a little embarrassing but possible to find me out in an open field or local park decked out in a harness with my binoculars and camera, sporting a goofy hat and lots of sunscreen. My hope is to catch a glimpse of some unusual bird to photograph or add to my life list.

It’s interesting though, that depending on the season, bird behavior changes dramatically. The best time of year for viewing, in my opinion, is the spring. The . . . → Read More: Chinese Medicine and the Wisdom of Mother Nature

Secrets for Fighting the Common Cold Using Chinese Medicine

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I began writing this post a couple of weeks ago, feeling pretty smug and self-righteous that I hadn’t caught the cold that everyone around me was sporting. Most people I knew weren’t flat out sick, but as their cold progressed, it dropped down and became a chest thing, and they were dealing with a big loopy cough that lasted a good four to six weeks.

Then over the holidays, I caught a cold, or what I would describe as a shadow of a cold. . . . → Read More: Secrets for Fighting the Common Cold Using Chinese Medicine