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The Constructs of Qigong That Are Effective for Cancer Care
April 21, 2016 -
In its April 2016 issue, the journal Supportive Care in Cancer reported a review that assesses the strength of evidence addressing Qigong therapy in supportive cancer care and provides insights for definition of effective Qigong therapy in supportive cancer care.

Eleven published randomized clinical trials were reviewed by researchers from S.U.N.Y Buffalo, Village of Healing and Wellness in St Catharines, ON, Canada, and Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA.

A total of 831 individuals were studied. Geographic settings include the USA, Australia, China, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. Qigong therapy was found to have positive effects on the cancer-specific quality of life, fatigue, immune function, and cortisol levels of individuals with cancer. Qigong therapy protocols varied supporting a plurality of styles. Qualitative analyses identified common programming constructs. Content constructs included exercise (gentle, integrated, repetitious, flowing, weight-bearing movements), breath regulation, mindfulness and meditation, energy cultivation including self-massage, and emphasis on relaxation. Logistic constructs included delivery by qualified instructors, home practice, and accommodation for impaired activity tolerance.

The review concluded that there is global interest and a growing body of research providing evidence of therapeutic effect of Qigong therapy in supportive cancer care. While Qigong therapy protocols vary in style, construct commonalities do exist. Knowledge of the common constructs among effective programs revealed in this research may be used to guide future research intervention protocol and community programming design and development.


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