Qigong Can Help with Cocaine Addiction Recovery

Are there alternative approaches besides drugs for cocaine addicts? Can Qigong help with cocaine addiction? Why is Qigong effective?

Qigong and Cocaine

Research shows that qigong is effective in reducing cocaine cravings and depression symptoms. Click, copy, download, save and share.

According to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 8.4 million Americans aged 12 or older reported trying cocaine at least once in their lifetimes.  This represents about 3.4% of the U.S. 12-and-older population.

About 1.1 million Americans surveyed reported using cocaine within the past year and roughly 359,000 reported cocaine use in the last month.

Addiction to crack cocaine is one of the most difficult addictions to overcome. When it is inhaled the user’s body instantly begins the addiction process.  After continued use, crack addicts begin to believe they cannot live without it.

Man DepressionVery few effective treatments are available to help control cravings and withdrawal symptoms among individuals undergoing therapy to overcome cocaine abuse. When a cocaine addict tries to quit, they’re often fighting serious withdrawal symptoms, including:

  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Angry outbursts
  • Vomiting
  • Shaking
  • Muscle pain
  • Intense cravings
  • Anxiety

Rescent results from a study of qigong therapyand cocaine addiction are published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.  This study is a promising peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.

QigongThe research study involved two groups.  All individuals were participating in a residential substance abuse treatment program. One group received qigong therapy, and the other group received a sham treatment of  similar duration.  Those in the qigong group reported significantly reduced cravings for cocaine when they were shown items related to cocaine use, and encouraged to view and handle these items. The qigong treatment group also reported significantly symptoms of depression than the sham treatment group. The assessment measures included the Cocaine Craving Questionnaire Brief (CCQ); Voris Cocaine Craving Scale (VCCS); Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory–State only; Beck Depression Inventory (BDI); Credibility/Expectancy Questionnaire; and Addiction Severity Index (ASI).

The research article is, “A Pilot Study of Qigong for Reducing Cocaine Craving Early in Recovery,”  by David Smelson, Kevin W. Chen, Douglas Ziedonis, Ken Andes, Amanda Lennox, Lanora Callahan, Stephanie Rodrigues, and David Eisenberg, published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. February 2013, 19(2): 97-101.   The researchers concluded:

“EQT (external qigong therapy)-treated subjects displayed a greater reduction in cue-elicited craving (p=0.06) and symptoms of depression (p<0.05) with medium effect sizes.”

“This study demonstrated the feasibility of delivering EQT among CD (cocaine-dependent) individuals early in residential treatment. Future research should include a larger sample and examine the mechanisms and potential longitudinal benefits of EQT.”


Jean E. DartThis article is written by Jean Voice Dart,  M.S. Special Education from Illinois State University.
  Jean is a published author and has written hundreds of health articles as well as hosting a local television program, “Making Miracles Happen.”  She is a Registered Music Therapist, Sound Therapist, and Master Level Energetic Teacher, and is the Executive Director, founder and Health and Wellness Educator of the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance.  The Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance is a registered 501 (c) 3  nonprofit health and wellness education organization.  For more information about  the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance contact us or visit our website at www.montereybayholistic.com.

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30 Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi

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30 Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi

30 Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi. Click, copy, download, save and share with family members and friends.


The word Qigong (Chi Kung) consists of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced “chee” and is usually translated to mean “the life force”or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe.  The second word, Gong, pronounced “gung,” means accomplishment, or skill that is achieved through disciplined effort or continued practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy, it is a system for healing and increasing energy or vitality.

“Stillness and action are relative, not absolute, principles.  It is important to find a balance of yin and yang, not just in qigong, but in everyday life.  In movement, seek stillness and rest.  In rest, be mindful and attentive.

Ken Cohen, The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing, pages 4-5

Tai Chi (Taiji Quan) is a style of qigong.   It is slow and fluid-like.  Other types of qigong exercise are for developing specific systems or parts of the body– nervous system, endocrine system, etc.,  but Taiji Quan is an exercise for the whole body, mind, and spirit with the goal of restoration and wholeness.


The breathing, gentle movement, and meditation techniques  of qigong help to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate the life energy (qi). Qigong practice leads to better health and vitality and a tranquil state of mind. In the past, qigong has also been called nei gong (inner work) and dao yin (guiding energy).   Research studies show that qigong may be effective in the treatment of many illnesses including cancer and heart disease.  Recent studies show that qigong delays the effects of aging and is useful with elderly and those experiencing symptoms of dementia.

Here is a listing of thirty benefits and positive effects of qigong and/or tai chi, as noted in a variety of reports, reviews, and research studies.

  1.  Loosens Muscles
  2. Builds Power
  3. Strengthens Organs
  4. Slows Respiration
  5.  Strengthens Nerves
  6. Builds Bone Density
  7. Prevents Joint Injury
  8. Strengthens Ligaments
  9. Destroys Free Radicals
  10. Increases Injury Recovery
  11. Decreases Stress
  12. Balances Emotions
  13. Improves Circulation
  14. Prevents Muscular Spasms
  15. Reduces Pain
  16. Lowers Heart Rate
  17. Normalizes EKG
  18. Lowers Blood Pressure
  19. Improves Asthma
  20. Relieves Bronchitis
  21. Builds Immune System
  22. Relieves Migraines
  23. Decreases Stroke Risk
  24. Improves Skin Elasticity
  25. Improves Posture
  26. Improves Flexibility
  27. Increases Balance
  28. Improves Memory
  29. Aides in Digestion
  30. Improves Kidney Function

Research suggests that qigong and/or tai chi can be very helpful and effective in bringing balance, harmony, and healing to the body, mind, and spirit for people of all ages and cultures. More research is needed in controlled settings, over a longer periods of time, to better determine the effect that qigong has on health and wellness. Changes in diet and other alternative and orthodox medical treatments are also influential and work with qigong to bring about wellness.   Always confide in your trusted health professional for advice.

Best wishes to you from your health and wellness friends at MBHA.

The Qigong Research Society
The Qigong Institude – Scientific Papers and Reviews