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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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 Healing Wisdom of Nature

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I love reptiles and always have. As a kid, my idea of bliss was waiting quietly pond-side for frogs to emerge, overturning rocks in the woods in search of salamanders, and best of all—finding turtles. To my eight year old self, the greatest gift of nature was to see a box turtle crawl through my yard, plodding quietly on its way to who knows where.

Was I a weird kid? Maybe—I grew up in a large family, a little bit lost and needy among . . . → Read More: The Healing Wisdom of Nature

The Need to Heal

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About a month ago, I pulled a muscle in a big way.  I had just finished a really good (hard!) weight workout and was cooling off and stretching.  Suddenly, boom!  A muscle between my hip and lower back had me on the floor barely able to move.

In the weeks since that initial pull, I’ve been nursing it back to health with stretching, gentle strengthening, acupuncture, and physical therapy.  However, it’s not healing as quickly as I would like, and I’m beginning to get . . . → Read More: The Need to Heal

Let It Heal

My brother-in-law, Jay is an active guy, but his running and biking were abruptly curtailed this weekend.  While the details still remain a little fuzzy (probably a good thing), Jay fell and broke his ankle in three places.  The break was severe enough to require surgical repair, and months of recovery.

Jay is now engaged in a little crutching, a lot of elevating, and waiting while his fractures heal.  This brings me to the topic of today’s post, which is how we heal, or . . . → Read More: Let It Heal

How Many Acupuncture Treatments Will I Need?

You’re ready to give acupuncture a try and want to find out a little more about what’s involved.  One of the most frequent questions first-timers ask is how many treatments it will  take to get better.

This is a good question.  It’s a fair question, and you deserve an answer.  Unfortunately any practitioner who gives you a definitive answer in terms of an actual number of treatments is not being entirely truthful; they’re guessing.  For the truth is that there is no correct answer—everyone heals . . . → Read More: How Many Acupuncture Treatments Will I Need?