The Benefits of Medical Qigong in Patients with Cancer
December 16, 2013 - Medical Qigong
is a mind-body exercise that includes movement and meditation and is beneficial
in reducing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, anxiety, stress, pain, and
incidence of falls. A study by Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
examined whether patients with cancer and survivors who participated in an MQ
class experienced a change in fatigue, depression, and sleep from a
pre-intervention evaluation to a post-intervention evaluation.
Participants were patients diagnosed with
cancer who participated in MQ classes. Some were actively undergoing cancer
treatment (e.g., surgery, hormone therapy, radiation therapy, chemotherapy) and
some were receiving no treatment. Patients diagnosed with cancer and enrolled in
an MQ class were invited to participate. A packet of surveys was completed
before the first class and before the final class.
Scores showed a reduced depression score after completing the
five-week MQ course. Those findings indicate that MQ is helpful in reducing some
of the problems associated with cancer and cancer treatment.
This new study is published in the December 2013 issue of
Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.