The Effects of Medical Qigong on Quality of Life, Immune Function, and Survival in Cancer Patients
July 28, 2011
Due to the limitations and side effects of
conventional cancer treatment, especially in relation to quality of life (QOL),
patients are increasingly utilizing complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)
to supplement health-related outcomes. However, evidence for the safety and
efficacy of such treatments is lacking.The purpose of the current review was to
investigate evidence for the role of one CAM, medical Qigong (MQ),
in supportive care.
A group of researchers from University of
Sydney searched the literature for reported effects of MQ in improving QOL,
immune function, and survival in cancer patients.
Although many studies possessed
methodological limitations and small sample sizes, encouraging evidence was
found for the effects of MQ on these health-related outcomes. More robust
evidence in the form of randomized controlled trials with larger sample sizes
also reflected positive results for the role of MQ in improving QOL, mood and
fatigue parameters, and reducing inflammation.
Given such encouraging results, further
research is recommended in methodologically sound approaches to further
delineate the action of MQ. These findings support the utilization of MQ by
cancer patients and the place for such programs in comprehensive cancer care.
This study is published in late June of 2011 by the journal
Integrative Cancer Therapies.