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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Why You Crave Sugar

Acupuncture for sugar cravings

I see quite a few patients in my acupuncture practice who tell me that they crave sugar. Some can’t avoid the candy dish at work, others can’t stop eating sweets after dinner, and some just want sugar all day, every day.

To be sure, sugar has gotten a bad rap. It can be a source of empty calories, lay the groundwork for Type 2 Diabetes, and cause you to get fat. Despite the long-term health consequences of eating too much sweet stuff, so many . . . → Read More: Why You Crave Sugar

Stress, Belly Fat, and Chinese Medicine

Claire* is a patient who came to see me for acupuncture a couple of years ago.  She was deeply unhappy and stressed out in her present job, and was struggling with mild depression.  She also complained that she was gaining weight around her waist, and it was hard for her to eat healthfully because she had such strong cravings for sweets.

This trio of symptoms—emotional upset, sugar cravings, and belly fat—is a pattern that I see in many of my patients. They come to . . . → Read More: Stress, Belly Fat, and Chinese Medicine