Cancer and Medical
Australia have reported that Medical Qigong (MQ) can improve
quality of life (QoL) of cancer patients compared with standard
care. The details of this study were published in the March 2010
issue of Annals of Oncology.
Medical Qigong is an ancient Chinese medical practice that
uses physical activity and meditation “to harmonize the body, mind
and spirit.” Qi in Chinese means breath, and gong
means work. Qigong is described as “working with ones life
force.” Qigong is generally practiced in groups guided by a leader.
The current study included 162 patients with a variety of cancers
who were randomly allocated to usual care or to participate in MQ.
Patients in the MQ group received a two 90-minute supervised MQ
sessions per week for 10 weeks. MQ sessions were “modified from
traditional Quigong practice by the instructor to specifically
target the needs of cancer patients to control emotions and stress
as well as to improve physical function.” Session are described as
follows: “Each session consisted of 15-min discussion of health
issues, 30-min gentle stretching and body movement in standing
postures to stimulate the body along energy channels, 15-min
movements in seated posture, and 30-min meditation including
Twenty-five patients in the MQ group and 29 in the control group
dropped out of the study. Fifty-four remained in each group for
analysis. These authors reported that patients in the MQ group had
significant improvement in overall QoL measurements, fatigue, mood
disturbance, and inflammation compared with usual care. They
concluded: “This study indicates that MQ can improve cancer
patients’ overall QOL and mood status and reduce specific
side-effects of treatment. It may also produce physical benefits in
the long term through reduced inflammation.”
This study is
provocative and indicates that MQ could be of benefit to cancer
This program was
led by an expert in Chinese medicine; such leadership may be
necessary for good results.
are several Web sites devoted to Qigong that can be accessed through
a Google search for “medical Qigong.”
CDs are available to describe the technique.
 Oh B, Butow P, Mullan B, et al. Impact of medical Quigong on
quality of life, fatigue, mood and inflammation in cancer patients:
a randomized controlled trial. Annals of Oncology. 2010;21:608-614.
Ted has a background in many other areas that lend to his ability to
help people improve their health and their lives.
years of meditation and breathwork practice and research, including
Zen, Buddhist, Silvan, Taoist, TM, and QiGong
in the Chinese therapies of QiGong, moxibustion, An Mo (visceral
manipulation), Jing point therapy, Tui Na (muscle manipulation), Jie
Gu (bone setting), herbology.
in Herbal Medicines from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
in Chinese Medicine i from the International Institute of Medical
(specializing in both oncology and immunology)
in pre-med from the University of Pittsburgh.
Cibik focuses attention on each client, recognizing that every
individual has different needs and solutions for health issues.
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