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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Lessons on Living to Be A Hundred

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Last weekend I had the pleasure of talking to a woman who was celebrating her 101st birthday. Shirley had just been out to Sunday brunch with family members to celebrate the big day when my husband and I ran into her. Shirley was sharp, had a sense of humor, her eyes had a sparkle, and she was walking pretty darn well. In my mind, this is the picture of how I want to grow old.

In Chinese medicine, a number of factors contribute to . . . → Read More: Lessons on Living to Be A Hundred

How to Set the Stage for Healing

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Several years ago, I spent a whole summer nursing a muscle pull in my hip. I’m not sure what I did, but it seemed that anytime I tried to hike, run, or bike, I would get what felt like a lightning bolt right through my hip and groin. I took my hip to the doctor, and he just gave me massive doses of ibuprofen, which didn’t do a thing.

At the time, I can remember thinking that it would never heal. When it started . . . → Read More: How to Set the Stage for Faster Healing

The Energetics of Food

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I just got word that our community garden plot has been turned over and is ready for planting. It’s a little early here in Minnesota to put anything in the ground, but I’m excited to start digging, transplanting, and watering—not so much with the weeding. Mostly, I’m excited to start eating the abundance of vegetables that we grow in our small square of ground.

Let me be clear—I grew up as a very picky eater. Green foods were not a part of my repertoire . . . → Read More: The Energetics of Food

Is Qi Finite?

Nature and the function of Qi

A couple months ago I gave a presentation to a small group of women on the concept of Qi. There were about a ten of us gathered around a table, and most were older. I was explaining that Qi, or energy, is needed to power your body’s many functions. But as I got to the part where I was explaining how those functions could suffer if Qi wasn’t sufficient, a hand went up at the end of the table. It was an 85-year old . . . → Read More: Is Qi Finite?

Seven Things to Love About Spring

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It’s spring here in the north country. The ice has melted off the lakes, birds are singing again, and tiny green things are sprouting out of the ground. We Minnesotans are a hearty group. As soon as the mercury inches above freezing, there are hoards of people out in their shorts and shirtsleeves walking around the lakes and dining al fresco.

And why not? There’s lots to love about spring. We’ve been cooped up, bundled up, and fed up with winter. So here’s my . . . → Read More: Seven Things to Love About Spring