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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Caring for Caregivers

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine for long term caregivers

Over the years that I’ve been in acupuncture practice, I have worked with a number of patients who are caregivers to others.  These are the people who care for an aging parent, a sick spouse, or a disabled child. Many caregivers are exhausted, burnt out, out of patience, and see no end in sight.  They may feel worried, guilty, frustrated, resentful, or just plain angry at their situation.  The reality is that many people don’t choose to be caregivers; it’s a job that has . . . → Read More: Caring for Caregivers

Depression and Your Chinese Liver

In my acupuncture practice, I see a number of people who struggle with emotional symptoms, such as stress, depression, anxiety, or irritability.  Jolene* is one of those people.  She works long hours at her sales job, takes care of unappreciative ailing parents, and struggles to make ends meet.  Essentially, her life is not going how she would like, and it makes her depressed and irritable.

Jolene comes in for acupuncture every couple of weeks, and she feels better for a while.  However, the circumstances . . . → Read More: Depression, Bupleurum, and Your Chinese Liver

Healing Depression with Chinese Medicine

Not all depression is created equal. In fact, I’ve found that no two people describe their depressive symptoms in exactly the same way. Dr. Henry Emmons, author of The Chemistry of Joy describes three types of depression that people may experience; anxious, agitated, and sluggish. From my experience, I would also add another, which I call sadness depression.

In Chinese medicine, there are some very distinctive causes behind the different ways depression is manifested. Generally, depression is associated with some element of Liver stagnation. . . . → Read More: Healing Depression with Chinese Medicine

Gratitude, Depression, and Chinese Medicine

Several years ago, Carl* came to my clinic because he wanted to try acupuncture for depression. Carl, a fiftyish businessman, felt that his life was a disaster and that the negative circumstances of his existence were the source of his depression. Carl hated his job, had difficulty with his co-workers, was single, and had few friends. During the time that I was seeing him, Carl relocated to a new community nearby, but he felt unhappy with the move. There was literally no part of Carl’s life . . . → Read More: Gratitude, Depression, and Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture and Mental Health in Teens

Not long ago, this letter to the editor about teen mental health appeared in my local newspaper:

Many parents may relate to the July 5 article “Worried about a moody teen?”  An acquaintance told me recently that the severe anger of her middle son had caused problems in the family.  She decided to try alternative medicine and took him to an acupuncturist.  After one visit, the change in the 11-year-old was amazing.  A local acupuncturist told me that acupuncture in pre-adolescents and adolescents can . . . → Read More: Acupuncture and Mental Health in Teens