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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Calories, Energy, and Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to Improve Your Energy

More often than not, when someone talks about calories it’s because they’re trying to lose weight. However, in the world of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, the idea of caloric content doesn’t really come into play. Instead, what you eat is all about gaining energy–not about weight loss.

It’s not uncommon to see patients in my acupuncture clinic who are struggling with poor energy. Some sleep well, but wake up tired. Some wear out over the course of the day, others fluctuate during the day, and . . . → Read More: Calories, Energy, and Chinese Medicine

Is This Food?

If you think you’re getting one of your five daily servings of fruit and vegetables from the blueberries in your bagels, think again.  This morning I read an article in the paper about how the blueberries in bagels and some breakfast cereals are nothing more than a carefully crafted blend of sugar, corn syrup, hydrogenated oil, artificial flavors, and a your favorite food dyes.  Not blueberries?  WTF?

What’s worse, the pictures on the packaging of these products suggest that the food inside is fruit-filled . . . → Read More: Is This Food?

The Chinese Restaurant Diet

One of the components of Chinese medicine is food therapy.  This means that I frequently talk with my patients about their food choices.  Occasionally, a patient will ask me, “Exactly what should I be eating?”, and my answer is to eat lots of veggies, a little protein, and whole grains.  However, more and more frequently my answer is to eat like you’re in a Chinese restaurant.

You may not think that the deep fried sesame shrimp from your local Chinese restaurant is the healthiest, . . . → Read More: The Chinese Restaurant Diet

My Twenty Best Weight Loss Tips

I have certain articles of clothing in my closet that shrink every winter.  They fit me when I wore them the previous summer, but after a long winter, during that first whiff of spring when the sun beckons me to wear something other than corduroy or fleece, every pair of shorts I own have betrayed me by not getting past my hips.

Okay, I admit that I have a hand in this, and while it seems unlikely to have happened to me (!) the . . . → Read More: My Twenty Best Weight Loss Tips

Twenty Awesome Chinese Herbs You Can Find at the Grocery Store

Using Chinese herbs doesn’t have to be confusing.  You can tap into their incredible healing powers just by pushing your cart through the grocery store because many Chinese herbs are also foods. Here are twenty that are awesome, accessible, and effective:

-Ginger.  Yum!  This warm herb is incredibly effective for nausea and vomiting. It’s frequently used by people undergoing chemotherapy to control nausea. Ginger can also stop a cough, and can fight off a cold in its early stages.  The papery skin of the ginger . . . → Read More: Twenty Awesome Chinese Herbs You Can Find at the Grocery Store