Qi Gong, above all other natural healing modalities, can be used as the primary healing modality to recover from drug and alcohol addiction. It utilizes the breath and circulation of the body’s energy to facilitate the healing process.
When the body’s oxygen levels are at maximum, a Qi Gong practitioner experiences a combination of the following:
- Better focus on mental and physical activities
- Improved sitting and standing posture
- Longer muscles in the chest and abdominal cavity
- Greater oxygen intake
- A more easygoing spirit, calmer emotional state, and a stronger, more lithe body.
- Improved blood flow
- Improved digestion
What makes Qi Gong different as a practice is that it must be a lifestyle as opposed to something a person takes up simply to feel better. It is the center of all Kung Fu forms and had a spiritual focus, meaning the practitioner held not only the physical movements and breath work, but the tenets and purpose of those movements dear to their hearts. Qi Gong, then, was something you lived, and then taught to others, and the way of the ancient master teachers was to withhold teaching a potential student until they observed them for some time, sometimes for ten years or more. This method allowed the teacher space to study their student’s character and to determine if they would be a good fit for one another. They wanted to instill within their student that to practice Qi Gong was to live Qi Gong. If they lacked the character, the spiritual and mental discipline to continue on with the practice, they were unfit as students.
Thus, modern practitioners can still live the essential tenets and receive Qi Gong’s benefits, especially if they are aspiring to rise out of addiction.