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, 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

The Chinese Spleen and Your Digestion

The following is an excerpt from the book, Simple Steps: The Chinese Way to Better Health:

Think of your Chinese Spleen as the organ system that takes in nourishment and turns it into energy.  It turns food and liquid into Qi and Blood.  Your Spleen also receives emotional nourishment in the form of ideas and possibilities and turns them into opportunities and action.

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Is Stress Causing Your Weight Gain?

There was an article in my local paper last week about the relationship between stress and weight gain.  The gist of the article was that during the current economic crisis many people who are stressed about their financial situation turn to food as a way to cope.

 

Medical experts know that stress and other strong negative emotions have an impact on your body’s hormonal balance, specifically the . . . → Read More: Is Stress Causing Your Weight Gain?

Work as a Source of Illness

I have been seeing Greg* off and on for the past several years.  Greg is an outgoing guy in his early thirties who runs his own printing business.  He has several employees, but it seems that every day Greg is at work from early in the morning until late at night.  He also spends many of his evenings entertaining executives from his larger accounts.  By his own admission, Greg works 70 or more hours a week.

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