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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Chinese Medicine and Seven Things That Affect Your Weight

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Where has my waist gone? I zip up my jeans and where I used to have nice curves, I now have something akin to a small souffle above my waistband. I won’t say muffin top, because the term conjures up something a little racy and care-free. I just have…a little something extra, where before there was a waistline.

It’s the rare person who doesn’t think about their weight, even in the small decisions such as a slight hesitation over that second margarita or whether . . . → Read More: Chinese Medicine and Seven Things That Affect Your Weight

Calories, Energy, and Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to Improve Your Energy

More often than not, when someone talks about calories it’s because they’re trying to lose weight. However, in the world of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, the idea of caloric content doesn’t really come into play. Instead, what you eat is all about gaining energy–not about weight loss.

It’s not uncommon to see patients in my acupuncture clinic who are struggling with poor energy. Some sleep well, but wake up tired. Some wear out over the course of the day, others fluctuate during the day, and . . . → Read More: Calories, Energy, and Chinese Medicine

Obesity, Dampness, and Chinese Medicine

Imagine for a moment a farmer’s field in the countryside that’s green and rolling. With the right amount of sunshine and rain, the field produces healthy crops.  In fact, when it rains, the plants in the field are nourished and turn a little greener and grow a little taller.  But then it rains some more.  And it keeps raining.  And raining.  After awhile that field becomes saturated.  The moisture settles in puddles in the low spots, creating muddy areas.  The plants in those muddy . . . → Read More: Obesity, Dampness, and Chinese Medicine

Treating Eating Disorders with Chinese Medicine

Occasionally I am asked whether acupuncture can treat someone with an eating disorder, such as anorexia, bulimia, or obsessive overeating.  As with any condition, there is no one size fits all—everyone is different and heals at their own pace and in their own way.  That said, I have worked with a number of patients who have suffered with eating disorders and who have been helped—sometimes dramatically so—from acupuncture.

Many years ago I worked for a non-profit agency whose mission was to promote women’s health . . . → Read More: Treating Eating Disorders with Chinese Medicine

Thirteen Truths About Weight Loss

Weight loss is a popular topic and a multi-billion dollar industry for a reason. I have found that it is the rare person who is perfectly happy with their weight.  Most people are either trying to drop a few pounds, lose a lot of weight, or trying hard simply to maintain their current weight. 

Why are so many people struggling with the numbers on their bathroom scale?  There are so many answers—we live in a land of abundance, we eat the wrong foods, we . . . → Read More: Thirteen Truths About Weight Loss