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Treating Drug Abuse with Tai Chi


Clinical trial finds that tai chi is beneficial in treating drug abuse

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 Study

The 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.

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The findings of the clinical study indicated that TCHE had a significant positive effect on improving psychological and physical health in individuals with drug use disorders. The results of the clinical trial showed that TCHE patients had significant improvements in their systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, and balance tests. These patients also demonstrated reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression.

The clinical study suggests that TCHE may be a useful complementary therapy for individuals with drug use disorders. It may help to reduce their symptoms and improve their physical and mental well-being, which could ultimately aid in the recovery process.
The clinical trial has important implications for healthcare providers and individuals with drug use disorders. It provides evidence that TCHE could be a safe and effective addition to existing treatments for drug use disorders. TCHE could also be a cost-effective alternative to other forms of treatment that may be less accessible to individuals with limited resources.


The clinical trial highlights the potential of TCHE as an adjunct therapy for drug use disorders. It provides healthcare providers and individuals with drug use disorders an additional management option for the treatment of substance abuse.

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