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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Is Spring Fever a Real Thing?

Staying healthy this spring with Chinese medicine

We Minnesotans are ready for spring. Here in the North Country, we know all about winter. We’re experts at hunkering down and staying warm. We snowshoe, ski, and drive on our frozen lakes. And we know that dressing for the cold involves many layers and miracle fibers that wick and warm at the same time.

So when spring rolls around, we Northerners are more than excited to jettison some layers and ditch the fleece. As soon as the thermometer gets above about 35 degrees, you will . . . → Read More: Is Spring Fever a Real Thing?

Twelve Simple Things You Can Do Right Now for Better Health

Sometimes life gets in the way of your health. You get lazy or busy or distracted. One day you wake up and realize you have no energy, are sporting way too many extra pounds, and feel like crap. You know you have to get it together and think about revamping your diet or starting that new, incredible exercise regimen, but it all feels just so…overwhelming.

Isn’t there something easy that you can do? The good news is that there is, and research has documented . . . → Read More: Twelve Simple Things You Can Do Right Now for Better Health

The Winter Solstice and Your Health

The holiday season is a crazy time for many people.  What should be a joyous and revitalizing time of year actually makes some cringe with the thought of endless shopping, meaningless events to attend, obligations, and a feeling of being overwhelmed.

The commercialization and craziness of the holidays are certainly one reason we feel stressed out during this time of the year.  There is another reason that many of us struggle with the holidays, and we have to look to Chinese medicine and the . . . → Read More: The Winter Solstice and Your Health

Three Surprising Sources of Stress

Stress is a natural part of your life.  You know when your stress levels are maxing out when you feel overwhelmed, you have deadlines looming, your mind starts racing, you don’t sleep very well, and your digestion is in an uproar.  Generally, your stress is psychological in nature, in that the stress itself usually isn’t life-threatening, but how you react to the events going on sometimes feels pretty serious.  We tend to think of stress as something that occupies your mind, and only when the . . . → Read More: Three Surprising Sources of Stress