Drug use has become a major public health concern in recent times. Drug addiction affects not only the individual but also their families and communities. In an effort to combat drug abuse, some individuals have turned to traditional Chinese health-promoting exercises (TCHE) such as tai chi and qigong.
A clinical study explores the use of traditional Chinese health-promoting exercises as an additional therapy for the management of substance abuse.
Traditional Chinese Health-Promoting Exercise (TCHE) has been gaining attention as a complementary therapy for drug use disorders. TCHEs, including Tai Chi, Qigong, Baduanjin, Yijinjing, and Wuqinxi, are low-medium-intensity exercises that have a strong theoretical basis of traditional Chinese medicine. These exercises are often used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat a variety of ailments. These exercises have been found to be effective in reducing drug cravings, easing withdrawal symptoms, and improving overall physical and mental well-being. This is due in part to their ability to reduce stress and increase relaxation, which can help alleviate some of the underlying psychological factors that contribute to drug addiction. However, strong clinical data to back up these practices has been deficient.
Clinical StudyThe clinical study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of TCHE as an adjunct therapy for drug use disorders.
The study, which was a review of previously conducted clinical trials, analyzed data from 14 clinical trials with a total of 1,094 participants with drug abuse. These participants were divided into two groups. The intervention group underwent TCHE along with their regular management while the control group received traditional management only.