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Qigong May be Helpful

Posted 7/20/2013

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  The first question may be: "What in the world is qigong?" The next question would be: "If I want to do that, where can I learn it?" This is a report from about a recent study suggesting that qigong (which is, by the way an ancient Chinese exercise program) may be helpful in improving quality of life for women going through treatment.

  It is always hard for me to know how much value to place on things like this. On the one hand, it is surely interesting and we are always on the alert for something with zero side effects that might help us. On the other hand, this study from China is small, looked only at women receiving radiation therapy (as opposed to chemo) and there probably are other cultural factors.

  Qigong is usually done in a group, so one obvious thing is the positive power of group interaction, a lessened sense of isolation, and the general positive impact of exercise. I surely can't prove it, but I suspect that participation in any similar program--yoga or a walking group, for example--would have the same results. Here is the start of the report and a link to read more:

Qigong Shows Promise in Improving Quality of Life
Mind-body practice may ease symptoms of depression in women who receive radiation therapy

March 18, 2013

Written By Nicole Katze, MA, Writer and Editorial Coordinator
Reviewed By Mitchell L. Gaynor, MD

Qigong may help ease symptoms of depression in women undergoing radiation treatment for breast cancer and also lessen fatigue in those who reported symptoms of depression before beginning treatment, a study shows.

Qigong is an ancient Chinese mind-body exercise that involves mediation, slow and precise movements and controlled breathing, and is often considered a complementary or integrative therapy, meaning it is added to traditional medical treatment.

And the link to Living Beyond Breast Cancer (not



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