Quit Smoking with Acupuncture – Why Wait for the Great American Smokeout?

Have you tried to quit smoking? Trying ‘this and that’ therapy or modality to no help? One of the reasons your previous attempts may not have worked for you long-term is because they rely on willpower alone, for the most part.


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 lungs 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 reduce feelings of long-held grief and sadness we don’t want to feel. However, the toxic overload burdens the liver which impacts and weakens the lung. It can become a viscous, and downward spiral quickly.

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

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 and perfect health gives us an immense sense of wellbeing.

We are always seeking this state – although it’s 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.

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? If you’re trying to quit smoking and need support, give us a call or book an appointment online! You can start feeling better as soon as today!