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Qigong Might Reduce Cancer Pain
May 18, 2014 -
With more and more published systematic reviews of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) on adult cancer pain, it is necessary to use the methods of overview of systematic review to summarize available evidence, appraise the evidence level, and give suggestions to future research and practice. 

Researchers from China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing conducted a comprehensive search (the Cochrane Library, PubMed, Embase, and ISI Web of Knowledge) to identify all systematic reviews or meta-analyses of CAM on adult cancer pain. And the evidence levels were evaluated using GRADE approach.

There were 27 systematic reviews included. Based on available evidence, the researchers could find that Qigong, together with some other CAM practices such as psycho-educational interventions, music interventions, acupuncture plus drug therapy, Chinese herbal medicine plus cancer therapy, might have beneficial effects on adult cancer pain. However, the evidence levels for these interventions were low or moderate due to high risk of bias and/or small sample size of primary studies. 

No benefits were found for acupuncture (versus drug therapy or shame acupuncture), and the results were inconsistent for massage therapy, transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS), and Viscum album L plus cancer treatment.

In conclusion, CAM practices such as Qigong may be beneficial for alleviating cancer pain, but the evidence levels were found to be low or moderate. Future large and rigor randomized controlled studies are needed to confirm the benefits of CAM on adult cancer pain.

The study is published by Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine in April, 2014.



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