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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Qigong Benefits Immune Function in Cancer Patients

By , About.com Guide   February 9, 2012
Original Article: http://lungcancer.about.com/b/2012/02/09/qigong-benefits-immune-function-in-cancer-patients.htm

Qigong, a Chinese practice that involves meditation, breathing, and gentle movements, is increasingly being used for people living with cancer.

As an "alternative" practice, it is used to help people cope with the symptoms of cancer rather than treat cancer. But a new study shows that it may do more than help with pain and fatigue.

Researchers took a look at all studies published on qigong to date. In total, this included 23 studies that, depending on the study, looked at the physical, psychosocial, and biomedical outcomes of people with cancer who practiced qigong.

They found that people treated with qigong, along with traditional therapies to treat cancer, had a significant improvement in their immune function.

It's another step to say whether or not having improved immune function can make a difference in survival rates with cancer. But we do know that the immune system plays a huge role in eliminating cancer cells that are present in the body. Hopefully further research will take a good look at this.

Check out the additional benefits qigong may have for people living with cancer. The research I did in writing this article got me started with doing qigong myself!
And More About Qigong and Health:

Chan, C. et al. A systematic review of the effectiveness of qigong exercise in supportive cancer care. Supportive Care in Cancer. 2012. DOI: 10.1007/s00520-011-1378-3. Published Online 19 January 2012.