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 Yin and Yang of Sleep

Help for insomnia

It’s been a long day and you’re tired. You’re ready for bed and catching eight hours of blissful, uninterrupted sleep. But as soon as your head makes contact with the pillow, your mind comes alive. And not just alive, but it’s racing like you just had a triple shot of espresso. You start rehashing the day, the year, your life, and every item that was ever on your To Do list. You go over the day’s interactions, reworking what you should have said. You . . . → Read More: The Yin and Yang of Sleep

Sweet Dreams

Treating insomnia with Chinese medicine

Sleep is essential to your survival as a human being.  In fact, it’s likely that you can survive longer without food than you can without sleep.  

The exact reason you need to sleep eludes scientists, but they do know that sleep is restorative.  It supports brain function, conserves your energy, and is rejuvenating in general.  You can feel its restorative effects after you’ve had a really good night’s sleep–and the lack of those effects after a couple of nights of tossing and turning without adequate . . . → Read More: Sweet Dreams

Treating Depression with Acupuncture

The Chinese have a saying that the emotions are the cause of 100 diseases.  In the case of depression, they’re right on the money.  I have worked with many patients who suffer from depression, and while they differ widely in their histories, they all have one thing in common:  lack of emotional flow.

Chinese medicine is all about flow, whether it’s the flow of digestion, blood, energy, or emotions.  When that flow is blocked for one reason or another, symptoms arise.  We practitioners of . . . → Read More: Treating Depression with Acupuncture

Treating Insomnia with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

You need to sleep, but just can’t seem to drop off. Or maybe you fall asleep quickly, but wake about 3 am. and never get back. Maybe you’re one of those people who are wakeful and restless all night long, or one of the miserable who just don’t sleep at all. No matter what your pattern, insomnia is a drag. 

Being in good health depends on your getting a good night’s sleep. Your body resets itself, heals and rejuvenates . . . → Read More: Treating Insomnia with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

All Aflutter: Help for Heart Palpitations

If you’ve ever had heart palpitations or the sensation of an irregular heartbeat, you know how scary it can be.  You wonder if it’s harmless or if this is the big one, and at what point you should get to your doctor.

The reality is that missed heartbeats, or arrhythmias, are usually harmless, and if they happen occasionally, not a cause for concern.  However, if your heart skips frequently, if you experience a string of missed beats, or if you feel like your heart . . . → Read More: All Aflutter: Help for Heart Palpitations