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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Ten Ways Less Stress Can Improve Your Health

Energy and Chinese medicine

 We all live with some amount of stress. In fact, a little stress keeps life interesting, keeps you on your toes, and can be an agent for change. It’s when stress overshadows everything in your life, that it becomes a problem. Unrelenting stress can impact your health in countless negative ways, from insomnia to poor digestion.

 In Chinese medicine, stress almost always is described as a disharmony between the Liver and Spleen organ systems. Very simply, your Chinese Liver system is responsible for regulating . . . → Read More: Ten Ways Less Stress Can Improve Your Health

Why Acupuncture Works for Stress

Jessica is a self-described desk monkey who works in a cubicle farm.  Her job is boring, but it pays well.  Jessica has to put up with a really annoying co-worker and a very demanding boss who doesn’t appreciate her talent or hard work.  She’s been looking for another job, but in this economy, Jessica isn’t optimistic about finding her dream position, so she plugs away at a job she can barely tolerate.

Meg is an elementary school teacher.  She’s been a single mom for . . . → Read More: Why Acupuncture Works for Stress

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

Five Simple Ways to Relieve Stress

It seems like everything you read about your health tells you how bad stress is.  It’s true that stress is bad for your heart, makes you gain weight around the middle, decreases your immunity, messes with your digestion, and causes you to lie awake at night staring at the ceiling.  You get the message; you’ve got to get your stress under control. 

Understanding that you need to do something to de-stress is the easy part.  Taking steps to deal with the stressful situations in . . . → Read More: Five Simple Ways to Relieve Stress

What, Me Stressed Out?

One of the questions that I ask every patient that comes through my door is about how much stress they’re experiencing.  Some own up to being stressed and others live their lives relatively stress-free.  Occasionally, I will have a patient who is so tightly wound they’re about to snap, but will deny being stressed at all.  How can this be?  Don’t they know they’re ringing the stress bell?  Apparently not.

In the past month or so, I’ve had some insight into those poor overwhelmed . . . → Read More: What, Me Stressed Out?