Qigong Might Reduce Cancer Pain
May 18, 2014 -
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
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.