A Pilot Study of Qigong for Reducing Cocaine Craving Early in Recovery.

Author: Smelson D, Chen KW, Ziedonis D, Andes K, Lennox A, Callahan L, Rodrigues S, Eisenberg D.
Affiliation: 1 Center for Health, Quality, Outcomes & Economic Research, Edith Norse Rogers VA Medical Center , Bedford, MA.
Conference/Journal: J Altern Complement Med.
Date published: 2012 Jul 3
Other: Word Count: 139

Abstract Objectives: This pilot study examined the feasibility, preliminary efficacy, and determined the effect sizes of external qigong therapy (EQT) in reducing cue-elicited cocaine craving and associated symptoms among recently abstinent cocaine-dependent (CD) individuals. Methods: This study randomized 101 CD subjects to either a real EQT (n=51) or sham EQT control (n=50) group. Subjects underwent a baseline assessment and a weekly cue-exposure session for 2 weeks. Total EQT or sham treatments ranged from 4 to 6 sessions in 2 weeks. Results: EQT-treated subjects displayed a greater reduction in cue-elicited craving (p=0.06) and symptoms of depression (p<0.05) with medium effect sizes. Conclusions: This study demonstrated the feasibility of delivering EQT among CD individuals early in residential treatment. Future research should include a larger sample and examine the mechanisms and potential longitudinal benefits of EQT.
PMID: 22757968

full article: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/acm.2012.0052