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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Cupping at the Olympics: Nine Things You Need to Know

The Rio Olympics are on, and there’s nothing better than watching your favorite athletes competing at the highest level in the world. Each and every competitor has trained to the fullest and is hoping to be in the best shape possible, and every one of them will do what they can to stay that way. You’ve seen athletes wearing colorful tape to support their muscles, wearing braces on weak joints, and using massage to speed their recovery between events.

This year at Rio, it . . . → Read More: Cupping at the Olympics: Nine Things You Need to Know

Cup This

One of the most interesting modalities of Chinese medicine involves the practice of cupping. The purpose of cupping is to move energy, facilitate healing, and relieve pain. It involves placing glass or plastic cups on the body in which a of vacuum has been created. The vacuum acts to pull the skin, increasing the flow of blood and energy. For practical reasons, cupping is usually done on the larger areas of the body such as your back or legs; but it can be done . . . → Read More: Cup This

Chinese Medicine: More Than Just Acupuncture

 Many people think of Chinese medicine as being all about acupuncture, and they would be right up to a point. In the United States, acupuncture is certainly the best known modality under the wide umbrella of Chinese medicine. However, acupuncture is only one way in which Chinese medical practitioners help people to heal. The following are descriptions of other modalities that are considered important components of Chinese medicine.



Acupuncture is a practice in which disease and . . . → Read More: Chinese Medicine: More Than Just Acupuncture