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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Stress and Anxiety in the Workplace

Lately I’ve been seeing a disturbing trend among my patients.  More and more are seeking acupuncture for health issues due to stress and anxiety related to their jobs.  A few examples:

Joe* has a job he loves, but is anxious about his performance and afraid of being in the next round of layoffs.  Every Sunday night and Monday morning, Joe is physically sick from the stress.  He has heart palpitations, a tight chest, nausea, and numbness and tingling in his arms and hands.

Carrie . . . → Read More: Stress and Anxiety in the Workplace

Gratitude, Depression, and Chinese Medicine

Several years ago, Carl* came to my clinic because he wanted to try acupuncture for depression. Carl, a fiftyish businessman, felt that his life was a disaster and that the negative circumstances of his existence were the source of his depression. Carl hated his job, had difficulty with his co-workers, was single, and had few friends. During the time that I was seeing him, Carl relocated to a new community nearby, but he felt unhappy with the move. There was literally no part of Carl’s life . . . → Read More: Gratitude, Depression, and Chinese Medicine

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

Acupuncture and Mental Health in Teens

Not long ago, this letter to the editor about teen mental health appeared in my local newspaper:

Many parents may relate to the July 5 article “Worried about a moody teen?”  An acquaintance told me recently that the severe anger of her middle son had caused problems in the family.  She decided to try alternative medicine and took him to an acupuncturist.  After one visit, the change in the 11-year-old was amazing.  A local acupuncturist told me that acupuncture in pre-adolescents and adolescents can . . . → Read More: Acupuncture and Mental Health in Teens

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?