Have you tried to give up smoking? Trying ‘this and that’ therapy or modality to no avail? One of the reasons your previous attempts may not have worked for you long-term is because they rely, for the most part, on willpower alone.
Understanding WHY you have the addiction in the first place is the first step to true healing. It is highly likely that the reason you acquired the addiction was an imbalance in some organs of your internal holistic ecosystem. Namely the organs of the Lung and Liver.
When our organs are out of balance we tend to crave external substances as the body attempts to bring itself back into balance. The Lung tends towards deficiency and the liver tends towards excess. The Lung and Liver have a very close relationship. The liver has over 2000 functions and it is very easy for us to overburden it with more when we ingest substances that require a lot of ‘detoxing’ out of the body. The liver can become excessive and stagnated leading to emotional imbalances.
The emotions associated with the lung are sadness and grief. You may have turned to smoking for comfort after the loss of someone close to you, as many people do. Sadness and grief also weaken the lung further. So it becomes a perpetual cycle. Smoking may temporarily quell feelings of long-held grief and sadness we don’t want to feel, but then the toxic overload burdens the liver further which impacts and weakens the lung further, it becomes a viscous, downward spiral.
The Lung is paired with the Large Intestine. Large intestine also has a strong relationship with the Liver. So, when the Liver is in excess and stagnated it also impacts the Large Intestine which becomes sluggish. Many smokers know they need a cigarette in the morning to get their bowels moving. The smoke ingested through the lungs has a direct effect on the paired organ of the Large Intestine.
So when these organs are happy and working in harmony there is a smooth flow of qi between the organs and throughout the whole system. This free flowing qi gives us an immense sense of wellbeing. Perfect health gives us an immense sense of wellbeing. We are always seeking this state - albeit subconsciously for the most part. The addiction appears to give us that feeling, but it is temporary and holds the imbalances in place rather than rectifying them.
TCM works to strengthen the function of your organ systems, helping to uncover the root cause(s) of a particular problem. When internal function is strong and balanced there is less of a perceived need for external quick fixes. In addition to this, treatment with acupuncture can include a point called Tim Mee, which studies have shown can eliminate cravings by literally changing how tobacco smoke tastes and therefore making it repulsive.
Acupuncture treatment is very calming and relaxing, promoting blood flow, the release of endorphins and a boost in physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.
So, why wait for the Great American smokeout? You can start feeling better as soon as today!
Rebecca M H Kitzerow is a Licensed Acupuncturist practicing in La Center, Washington. With over a decade of experience she has won 10 Nattie consumer choice awards from Natural Awakenings Magazine since 2014.