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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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

The Meaning of Dreams in Chinese Medicine

Dreams can be crazy things.  In them, you can morph seamlessly from one place to another, interact with someone you haven’t seen in decades, and do seemingly impossible feats.

We dream in symbols, and it’s generally believed that our dreams are our subconscious way of working out the emotions and issues of our lives.  That’s why when you dream of Great Aunt Millie, who passed away back in the seventies, you may actually be dreaming about that kindly but manipulative older coworker who’s making . . . → Read More: The Meaning of Dreams in Chinese Medicine

Moderation: A Key to Good Health

Moderation, average, reasonable, middle of the road, not too hot, not too cold…just right. Is there anything more boring than moderation? Maybe not, but taking it easy may just be the key to better health that you need.

We get so crazy in our attempts to stay healthy. First, fat of any kind was the Satan of the diet world. Now it’s carbohydrates. We gobble down vitamins and supplements as though our very existence depended on it. If a little exercise is good, then . . . → Read More: Moderation: A Key to Good Health

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 Does Acupuncture Work?

We know acupuncture works, but what exactly is going on that makes it work? This question is confounding for many members of the Western medical establishment, and because it can’t be explained, it is difficult for some doctors to recommend acupuncture to their patients as an effective alternative.

More and more studies are being conducted and concluding that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for a variety of conditions. The World Health Organization recognizes the effectiveness of acupuncture for dozens of illnesses, . . . → Read More: How Does Acupuncture Work?