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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Looks Are Not Deceiving: Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Tom* has been coming to our clinic off and on for four years.  Every time he walks through the door, it’s obvious to me how he’s doing.  On the days when he’s feeling good, his eyes are bright, his gait is smooth, and his voice is strong.  On his bad days, he walks through the door stooped over, his voice is hoarse, his eyes are dull, and he looks tired.

Diagnosing a patient in Chinese medicine is a long and complicated process.  A complete . . . → Read More: Looks Are Not Deceiving: Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Desperate for Relief

I frequently see new patients in my clinic who I would describe as desperate.  They may suffer from conditions such as back or neck pain, dizziness, headaches, depression, and even hot flashes.  Many have been suffering for years, some for decades.  Many are in unendurable pain.

 

What they have in common is that they feel they’ve exhausted all of their options for ever feeling better, and turn to . . . → Read More: Desperate for Relief

Acupuncture: Effective and Economical

As we say goodbye to the year 2008, with the excitement of the presidential election and turbulent economic times, I’d like to touch on a practical matter in this blog.

The high cost of medical care–including insurance coverage, deductibles, various treatments, and doctors’ visits–is not lost on any of us.  More and more health care consumers are looking for creative ways to be able to afford the care they need.  They are shopping for high deductible health plans, setting up Health Savings Accounts and . . . → Read More: Acupuncture: Effective and Economical

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Menopause

Every women’s experience of menopause is different, based on her genetics, physical and psychological makeup and overall health. Her views of aging and menopause, and those of the people around her, will also shape the experience. Over the past 50 years, with the availability of hormone replacement therapies, women have had the option of treating the discomforts associated with menopause medically. The upshot of this practice is that menopause if viewed as a disease or hormone deficiency, and hormone supplementation is required to reestablish . . . → Read More: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Menopause