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Tai Chi, Qigong and the Treatment of Cancer.

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.

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McGee, Robert W. 2021. Tai Chi, Qigong and the Treatment of Cancer. Biomedical Journal of Scientific & Technical Research, 34(5): 27,173-27,182 (2021). DOI: 10.26717/BJSTR.2021.34.005621 https://biomedres.us/pdfs/BJSTR.MS.ID.005621.pdf


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