By Danisha Bogue, L.Ac. - March 18, 2024
Categories: General

We all have our vices, right? Whether it’s that extra afternoon coffee, the nightly scoop of Ben & Jerry’s, or that online shopping addiction fueled by targeted ads, we all have something we just can’t seem to shake. But for some people, these habits can become full-blown addictions, taking control of their lives and causing serious harm. 

If you’re struggling with addiction, you’ve probably tried all the “conventional” methods to break free. You’ve gone cold turkey, signed up for therapy, and maybe even tried a stint in rehab. But nothing seems to work. You feel stuck, powerless, and like you’ll never escape the grip of your addiction. 

But what if there was another way? What if there was a natural, holistic approach to addiction recovery that could help you heal your body, mind, and spirit? Enter Traditional Chinese Medicine. 

What makes Traditional Chinese Medicine different? 

Along with most other ailments, Traditional Chinese Medicine views addiction as an imbalance within the body’s energy, often stemming from disrupted Qi (the body’s energy) flow and disharmony between yin and yang energies. Addiction, whether to substances or behaviors, is considered a manifestation of internal imbalances that have to be fixed before you can maintain recovery.

Interesting… so how do I fix my imbalances? 

There are several options that your Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner might suggest to help you address your imbalances and root causes of addiction!


Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow. Studies have shown that acupuncture can be effective in reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms, as well as improving mood and sleep. And anyone who has tried to break an addiction can testify that mood and sleep can be some of the roughest side effects. 

Herbal Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners use a wide range of herbs to treat various health conditions, including addiction. These herbs work by addressing the underlying imbalances in the body that contribute to addiction, and help you cope with the physical and mental side effects. Some herbs that might be helpful to your situation include: 

  • Kudzu Root: Kudzu root is known for its ability to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms for alcohol, opioids, and other substances. It works by calming the nervous system and promoting the production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in reward and motivation. 
  • Ginseng: Ginseng is a well-known herb that has been used for centuries to improve energy levels, reduce stress, and boost the immune system. I can be helpful for people in addiction recovery who are feeling fatigued and overwhelmed. 
  • Scutellaria Root: Scutellaria root is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the liver from damage caused by alcohol and other toxins. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties that can support overall well-being. 

Meditation and Mindfulness

The mind-body connection is so important in maintaining healthy balance. Meditation and mindfulness practices, such as tai-chi or yoga, are great ways to cultivate mental clarity, reduce stress, and help you manage cravings and prevent relapse.

Nutritional Support

Food has an incredible ability to nurture and balance out energies and emotions. Since both addiction and recovery can be hard on your body, it’s a good time to focus on foods that are both easy to digest and build energy. Foods like stews and soups are a great place to start! Your practitioner can also recommend foods that can help with your specific imbalances. 

Are there any other benefits to using Traditional Chinese Medicine to help me kick this addiction? 

Definitely. Besides just giving you more options for treatment, Traditional Chinese Medicine helps to address the root cause of addiction. It looks beyond your symptoms and addresses the imbalances in the body that contributed to it in the first place, which helps to prevent relapse and supports long-term recovery. 

Additionally, it’s natural and safe. Treatments like acupuncture and herbal medicine have significantly fewer side effects than most Western Medicines, and the treatment is more customized to your specific body and situation. 

And last, but not least, Traditional Chinese Medicine empowers you to take control of your health. It focuses on self-care and self-healing, giving you the tools and knowledge you need to take control of your recovery and create a healthier, happier life. 

Alright, I’m sold.  

Excellent! Remember, there is no shame in seeking help. Addiction is a complex issue, and it’s not something you have to go through alone. Talk to your doctor about whether Traditional Chinese Medicine might be right for you. 

So, what are you waiting for? Kick those bad habits to the curb and start your journey to recovery today!

Be well.



This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.