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I HEAL Program

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Bringing together self-healing education and experience through dynamic presentations, inspirational healing stories, group Yi Ren Qigong practice and community nourishment, the I HEAL Program seeks to enhance community knowledge and motivate individuals to create a healthy, nurturing environment to grow and explore effective paths to optimal health. IQ&IM also offers Yi Ren Qigong public and teacher training and educational courses.

Honoring an IQ&IM Generous Sponsor 

Background

Currently, chronic illness greatly dominates health care.  For example, during 2007, the US spent over $2.2 trillion on health care, and 75% went towards treating patients with one or more chronic diseases. In public programs, treatment for chronic diseases constitutes an even higher portion of spending: over 83% Medicare.  Surprisingly most Americans (five in six) are unaware of the extent to which chronic disease harms their health and their financial status.1 For another instance, chronic pain affects more than 70 million Americans, which makes it more widespread than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined. It costs the economy more than $100 billion per year.2 Melanie Thernstrom stated that “Pain is a specter in our time: a serious, widespread, misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and undertreated disease”.3 Some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage.4  This kind of chronic pain is called functional chronic pain.  There are no drugs that have been proven to reverse, cure, or “heal” chronic pain 5 particularly functional chronic pains.  

Chronic Illness Health Care Paradigm Shift

Currently, interventions that encourage people to acquire self-care skills are essential in the management of chronic illnesses.6 Physician support of patient self-care is becoming one of the key elements of the biomedical systems-oriented chronic care model.7 Today, the paradigm shift in chronic illness treatment places the emphasis on self-responsibility. 

What is “I HEAL” Program? 

The I HEAL Program, formerly the Inspired Self-Healing Program (ISHP), is developed to honor the generous support of a community member at IQ&IM.  I HEAL is a self-healing and self-care promotion program to assist, inspire and empower individuals for healing their chronic health conditions and improving the overall quality of their lives.  I HEAL’s novel and integrated health promotion model involves offering community events in various locations around the Puget Sound and includes:

1) Yi Ren Qigong (YRQ) self-healing story sharing and practice;

2) YRQ related self-care modalities introduction and experience (e.g. meditation, different style of Qigong, Tai Chi, Yoga, music, dancing, etc.);

3) YRQ related public education (e.g. nutrition, herbs, acupuncture, Feng Shui, etc.); and

4) Community nourishment and development.  

Purpose

  • Assist and promote self-healing and self-care practice for better health and quality of life in people with chronic illnesses
  • Increase awareness of people on their own healing potentials
  • Inspire, encourage and empower people to take their responsibilities for their own health and collective well-being 
  • Provide opportunities to develop professional network and collaborative relationships with other individuals and organizations
  • Provide opportunities to build healthy and harmonized community
  • Collect personal successful healing stories, case reports and anecdotal evidence to support self-healing and self-care practice and future scientific studies 

References:

  1. Thorpe KE. Statement As Prepared For Delivery. U.S. Senate Finance Committee, June 16, 2008.
  2. John Tierney. Treating the Pain Epidemic. November 5, 2009. http://tierneylab.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/05/treating-the-pain-epidemic/
  3. Melanie Thernstrom. The Pain Chronicles: Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Scans, Healing, and the Science of Suffering. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2010.
  4. NIDS. What is Chronic Pain? http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/chronic_pain/chronic_pain.htm
  5. Canada Gov. Chronic pain medical treatment guidelines. http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/DWCPropRegs/MTUS_Regulations/MTUS_ChronicPainMedicalTreatmentGuidelines.pdf.
  6. Wagner EH, Austin BT, Davis C, Hindmarsh M, Schaefer J, Bonomi A. Improving chronic illness care: translating evidence into action. Health Aff (Millwood). Nov-Dec 2001;20(6):64-78.
  7. Coleman MT, Newton KS. Supporting self-management in patients with chronic illness. Am Fam Physician. Oct 15 2005;72(8):1503-1510.