Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been in existence for thousands of years. Some of its subfields include herbal treatments, acupuncture, acupressure, tai chi and qigong. This article reviews some studies where tai chi and qigong have been used to treat a wide variety of cancer patients.
Qigong has been a tool in the Traditional Chinese Medicine [TCM] toolbox for thousands of years. Tai chi is another related tool that is of more recent origin. Although these two types of moving meditation-type exercises have been widely known and used in China and other parts of Asia, they have become more popular as supplementary therapies for a wide range of ailments in the west only more recently. The present article reviews the results of the application of tai chi and qigong to the treatment of cancer patients. Several studies have found that the addition of tai chi or qigong to the treatment of cancer can result in significant improvement in the areas of depression, fatigue, sleep quality, anxiety, and overall quality of life.
This article reviews the usual methods used to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in the West, then discusses some alternative treatments that are being used by practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The paper concludes by suggesting that some TCM methods, such as tai chi and qigong, should be considered for the treatment of ALS in conjunction with the current Western methods.