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Ancient Holistic Practices – Modern Recovery How Mind Body Spirit Practices can heal and support people recovering from addiction Will Boyce M.ED, HHC.

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1 Ancient Holistic Practices – Modern Recovery How Mind Body Spirit Practices can heal and support people recovering from addiction Will Boyce M.ED, HHC Vice President, MBS Program April 20, 2012 To raise the standard in comprehensive addiction treatment and provide an unsurpassed treatment experience for our clients

2 “The marvelous pharmacy that was designed by nature and placed into our being by the universal architect produces most of the medicines that we need.” Norman Cousins Feel Your Qi

3 Soften your belly, drop shoulders, relax hands Relax your jaw, mouth and eyes Picture an inner smile Lengthen through the spine

4 * Qi gong (che´ kung´)[Chinese] qi cultivation, a broad range of practices, incorporating meditation, movement exercises, and breath control, whose purpose is to manipulate and develop qi, and ranging in application from the meditative systems of spiritual practitioners to medical practice to the martial arts

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6 Drop breath into the belly Slow it down Imagine an inner sigh as you lengthen the exhale Rest gently in the gaps between the breaths

7 Cardiovascular: lower resting heart rate; normalized EKG, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. Respiratory: slower respiratory rate, significant benefits for asthma and bronchitis. Immune System: better targeting of antigens, significant anti-cancer effect. Circulation: Improves microcirculation, very helpful for angina, migraine. Brain: improves cerebral blood flow, less incidence of strokes; reduction in seizure disorders; slow, high amplitude brainwaves suggest relaxed and integrated state of consciousness. Musculosketal: improves posture, balance, strength, stamina and flexibility Chronic Pain Mental Health: decreases stress and depression. Improves memory. Longevity Benson-Henry Institute Gene Expression Study

8 Tell your mind to relax Inhale ‘I am”, Exhale ‘at peace’ Picture something, someone or someplace that relaxes and balances you Connect with your inner energy body Feel the life in your hands and face

9 86 Heroin Addicts (Three groups: Qigong only, Meds only, No Meds or Qigong) Qigong patients by day five decreased anxiety scores by nearly 80%. Most qigong patients could sleep after two to three days of practice: after six days 67% of qigong patients sleeping normally. Only 7.6% of control group slept normally after two to three days. (Average length of difficulty sleeping 15 days for most residents). By seventh day qigong patients had reported a cessation of withdrawal symptoms. In other groups, symptoms still being documented at the end of the 10 day program. By the end of third day, half of qigong patients no longer had detectable morphine levels. In comparison, 92% of the medication group and 77% of control patients still had morphine at that time. Five days after program began, all the qigong patients tested negative. It took the medication group nine days and the control group eleven days to test clean. Li M, Chen K, Mo Z. Use of qigong therapy in the detoxification of heroin addicts. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine Jan/Feb 2002;8(1):

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