Qi Gong Increases Energy in Prostate Cancer Survivors
- A recent study randomized 40 men average age 72 years old
- 20 did Qi Gong and the other 20 did stretching exercises
- The length of the study was 12 weeks
- Significant improvement in energy and distress was shown in the Qi Gong group compared to the stretching group (Campo et al. 2013).
Qigong has shown benefit in many different types of cancer survivors and genders in other randomized clinical trials. Benefits include: improved fatigue, distress, cognitive functioning, quality of life, and inflammation (C-reactive protein). (Oh et al.2012)
Yoga has also been found to be beneficial in all those areas mentioned above, particularly in men with prostate cancer and women with breast cancer. (Shannahoff 2012)
Qigong is an integration of physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intentions.
Here’s a video to learn more about Qi Gong
Campo RA, Agarwal N, Lastayo PC, O’Connor K, Pappas L, Boucher KM, Gardner J, Smith S, Light KC, Kinney AY.Levels of fatigue and distress in senior prostate cancer survivors enrolled in a 12-week randomized controlled trial of Qigong. J Cancer Surviv. 2013 Oct 30.
Oh B, Butow PN, Mullan BA, Clarke SJ, Beale PJ, Pavlakis N, et al. Effect of medical Qigong on cognitive function, quality of life, and a biomarker of inflammation in cancer patients: a randomized controlled trial. Support Care Cancer. 2012;20(6):1235–42.
Shannahoff-Khalsa DS. Patient perspectives: Kundalini yoga meditation techniques for psycho-oncology and as potential therapies for cancer. Integr Cancer Ther. 2005 Mar;4(1):87-100.