“Use of qigong therapy in the detoxification of heroin addicts”

A study that might interest anyone who is going through a medication withdrawal.  Looking back, I wish I was doing more qi gong  when I went off all the meds.  I depend on qi gong now almost exclusively for any RSD-related issues I still have.

“RESULTS: Reduction of withdrawal symptoms in the qigong group occurred more rapidly than in the other groups. From day 1, the qigong group had significantly lower mean symptom scores than did the other groups (P <.01). Both the qigong and medication groups had much lower anxiety scores than did the control group (P<.01), and the qigong group had significantly lower anxiety scores than did the medication group (P<.01). All subjects had a positive response to the urine morphine test before treatment. Fifty percent of the qigong group had negative urine tests on day 3, compared to 23% in the control group and 8% in the medication group (P <.01). By day 5 of treatment, all subjects in the qigong group had negative urine tests, compared to day 9 for the medication group and day 11 for the control group.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11795622

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