Qigong

Qigong is a traditional Chinese health practice for mind and body wellness. It integrates slow movement, a relaxed posture, a focus on breathing, and a clear and calm state of mental awareness. It is considered a form of exercise called “moving meditation".

National Qigong Association (NQA) (nqa.org)
Click on Find Members to locate practitioners by state or zip code. Listings often include the practitioner's own web site with their teaching schedule and further information as well as their specialties, membership level, NQA teacher certification level, and email. The web site also includes an extensive list of articles and information on Qigong.

Qigong Institute (qigonginstitute.org)
On the top menu bar under Teachers and Therapists the site provides a directory of members of the Institute organized by state and internationally and briefly describes their practices. The site also includes recommended books and videos on Qigong, blogs, podcasts, research and newsletters, and much more.

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.

Smelson, D, Chen KW, Ziedonis D, et al. A Pilot Study of Qigong for Reducing Cocaine Craving Early in Recovery. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. February 2013, 19(2): 97-101. In this Harvard study, 101 cocaine dependent people were given 4-6 sessions of either Qigong or a sham treatment over two weeks. Those who had practiced Qigong showed a greater reduction in cravings and symptoms of depression.

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.

Updated February 22, 2017