CANCER and Tai Chi & Qigong
Regular practice of Qigong exercise therapy has the potential to improve cancer-related QOL and is indirectly linked to cancer prevention and survival. Wide-spread access to quality Qigong in cancer care programming may be challenged by the availability of existing programming and work force capacity.
CANCER. Several clinical studies reported that a combination therapy of drugs with personal practice of QiGong provided a better outcome than drug therapy alone.
The review particularly focuses on the possible benefits of Tai Chi for cancer survivors since Tai Chi has been shown to increase immune response as well as psychological function, but only 2 randomized controlled studies have been conducted with cancer survivors. Both studies show improvements in either quality of life or functional capacity, but further research should be undertaken before any solid conclusions can be made about the usefulness of Tai Chi for cancer patients -
--Medscape Today, from WebMD, 10/26/2010 Read entire article at
Tai chi has shown potential for improving quality of life and functional capacity (the physical ability to carry out normal daily activities, such as work or exercise) in women suffering from breast cancer or the side effects of breast cancer treatment. For example, a 2008 study at the University of Rochester, published in Medicine and Sport Science, found that quality of life and functional capacity (including aerobic capacity, muscular strength, and flexibility) improved in women with breast cancer who did 12 weeks of tai chi, while declining in a control group that received only supportive therapy. Harvard Medical School
Qigong Improves Fatigue in Prostate Cancer Survivors
The practice of Qigong significantly improves fatigue in older men with prostate cancer, compared with a stretching regimen, according to a new study.
The favorable outcome adds to a small but growing body of evidence indicating that the ancient Chinese practice is uniquely suited to improve this vexing cancer symptom — especially in elderly patients.
Qigong consists of "slow, flowing movements, coordinated with deep breathing, and a meditative focus to balance the flow of 'Qi' or life energy for overall well-being," write the study authors, led by Rebecca Campo, MD, from the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
Immune System Improvement:
Tai chi boosts your immune system (T-Cell count DOUBLED). The ancient martial art of tai chi could substantially boost the body's immune system.
Regular Tai Chi Chuan exercise improves T cell helper function of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus with an increase in T-bet transcription factor and IL-12 production.
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the effect of a 12-week course of Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) exercise on T cell helper (Th) reaction in patients with type 2 DM.
CONCLUSIONS: A 12-week TCC exercise program decreases HbA1c levels along with an increase in the Th1 reaction. A combination of TCC with medication may provide an even better improvement in both metabolism and immunity of patients with type 2 DM.
CANCER, OXYGEN SATURATION, TAI CHI & QIGONG
The link between oxygen and cancer is clear. In fact, an underlying cause of cancer is usually low cellular oxygenation levels.
Tai Chi's hyper-effect on oxygen saturation levels, courtesy of "Tai Chi Therapy: The Science of Metarobics" by Dr. Pete Gryffin
Tai Chi participants enjoyed a 50% increase in immune system resistance to viral infection.