Tai Chi, Qigong and the Treatment of Cancer

Author: McGee, RW
Affiliation: *Corresponding author: Robert W McGee, Department of Graduate and Professional Studies in Business, Fayetteville State University, USA
Conference/Journal: Biomed J Sci & Tech Res
Date published: 2021 Mar 31
Other: Volume ID: 34 , Issue ID: 5 , Pages: 27,173-27,182 , Word Count: 190

Qigong has been a part of traditional Chinese medicine [TCM] for thousands of years.
Tai chi is a more recent addition to the TCM toolbox. They have been used to treat a
wide variety of illnesses. In recent decades they have also been employed to alleviate or
reduce the adverse side-effects of chemotherapy and other western medical treatments
for cancer and other diseases. Thousands of medical studies have been conducted to
determine the effectiveness of these treatments on a wide range of illnesses. This paper
reports on or summarizes dozens of studies where tai chi and/or qigong have been used
to reduce or alleviate the adverse side-effects that result from surgery, chemotherapy,
and other treatments for cancer. A qigong or tai chi regimen can often reduce fatigue,
insomnia, dyspnea, numbness, heartburn, dizziness, psychological distress, cognitive
impairment, heart rate variability, recovery time, nausea, pain, discomfort, anxiety and
depression, and can increase bone density, self-efficacy, muscular strength, immune
function, longevity, ambulatory stability, joint flexibility, and the overall quality of life.

DOI: 10.26717/BJSTR.2021.34.005621


Keywords: Cancer; Qigong; Tai Chi; Taiji;Traditional Chinese Medicine; TCM; Baduanjin