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Qigong

Qigong is a traditional Chinese health practice. Qi (life energy or breath) gong (work) is a series of slow moving exercises that gather and stimulate the movement of Qi in the body. Qigong has also been called "moving meditation." Qigong is believed to have general health promoting and healing effects.

National Qigong Association (NQA) (web site unavailable)
On the Professional Member's page, practitioners who are members of NQA are listed by state. Listings often include the practitioner's own web site with their teaching schedule and further information. The web site also includes an extensive list of links on Qigong.

Qigong Institute (qigonginstitute.org)
The site provides a directory organized by state of Qigong teachers and therapists who are members of the Institute and briefly describes their practices. Recommended books and videos on Qigong as well as abstracts of published articles are also available.

RESEARCH: Li M, Chen K, Mo Z. “Use of qigong therapy in the detoxification of heroin addicts.” Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 8(1): 50-59, 2002.

In this study conducted in China on 86 male heroin addicts undergoing detoxification, the treatment group practicing Qigong experienced less anxiety and more rapid reduction of withdrawal symptoms than the group receiving detoxification drugs alone.

The practice of qigong, through its use of movement, breath work, visualizations and meditation, may be a beneficial addition to both a detoxification regimen and to an overall treatment and relapse prevention strategy.