Ever had one of those days or weeks where you just can’t pull yourself out of bed in the morning? Or perhaps you just can’t say “No!” to the dessert tray. Regardless of the activity, willpower is what keeps some people disciplined. But it doesn’t make you a bad person if you have dessert with every meal, buy more shoes than you really need or take longer to get going in the morning. It just means your willpower isn’t strong. And just like any other habit, that can be changed.

Willpoweris like a muscle. It can be trained. Willpower also uses energy and is limited,just like muscles. Exerting self-control uses energy and over time, this energycan become depleted, making it easier to have the dessert, buy the shoes or sleepin past your alarm. So if you’re somebody who has difficulty with willpower,what can you do?

Believe it or not, regular acupuncture treatments can increaseyour willpower.  Acupuncture is just one subset of an ancient medicalsystem known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). But it is by far, the mostcommonly known and used. In TCM, the word for will is zhi. In TCM, Zhi isassociated with the kidneys. So if the energy of your kidneys is strong, thewill is also strong, this is how acupuncture can help increase willpower. Theneedles used in acupuncture treatments actually stimulate the energy of thekidneys, thus increasing willpower.

There are two sides of the coin for every organ in TCM, the yinand the yang. With regards to the kidneys and willpower, the yin is thesubstance that provides the drive, while also accepting the circumstances we’regiven. And the yang aspect of will power is our expression of ourselves interms of goals, vision, ambition and aspiration.  When both yin andyang are in balance, will power is strong. However, fear frequently gets in theway of this balance and tends to override our purpose and goals. Why? Becausefear is the mind’s way of keeping us safe and protecting us from harm. Butanybody who has ever overcome adversity, can tell you fear probably neverentered their mind or they did it regardless. All because of the willpower toattain their goals.

Thereason TCM works so well at addressing and correcting problems with willpoweris because it addresses the body holistically. TCM looks at everything: thebody, mind, environment and the emotions. This allows for treatments to becustomized to the needs of the patient instead of a one size fits all approach.Customized treatments allow for better outcomes.