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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The Healing Power of Vacation

Chinese medicine for recovery and rejuvenation

Recently I was looking back on previous articles, and I came across one that I had written several years ago about taking vacation as a way to create balance between work and rest. My first reaction in reading the article was how smug I was at the time; telling readers to take more vacation and why. However, under the heading of taking my own advice, I realize that during the 15 years that I’ve been in practice, I’ve only taken a vacation that was longer . . . → Read More: The Healing Power of Vacation

What Is Good Health?

It has been said many times that we don’t fully appreciate good health until it’s gone.  This is true enough, but how exactly would you describe good health? 

One definition of health is the absence of disease.  This may be good enough if you’re applying for health or life insurance, but is the absence of disease accurate enough for you?  It’s not for me.

I’ve been thinking a lot about good health lately.  At the end of March, I had the opportunity to hear . . . → Read More: What Is Good Health?

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?

Take a Walk!

Most health experts will tell you the the magic bullet (if there were such a thing) to good health and permanent weight loss is exercise plus eating healthfully. Unfortunately, many people get hung up on one or even both of these points, especially finding a way to get regular exercise.

The good news is that regular exercise can be as easy as taking a walk. That’s right, what most of us do on a regular basis, but a little more of it. . . . → Read More: Take a Walk!

Doorway to Another Paradigm

To understand Chinese medicine is to understand your health, and ultimately your world, from another paradigm. It is a way of thinking in which we are part of the natural world, and as such manifest patterns in our bodies that repeat over and over in nature.

Through this doorway:

Good health is a balance that is never still. It swings like a pendulum between fatigue and energy, hunger and satiety, illness and health.

Ill health, while felt on . . . → Read More: Doorway to Another Paradigm