Qigong As An Adjunctive to Cancer Therapy

Abstract: There are two basic kinds of Qigong, internal and external. Internal Qigong is used for self-healing and health maintenance. It can be performed in any position, including standing, sitting, walking, or lying down. External Qigong is practiced by Qigong masters and involves projecting the qi energy out of one’s body to heal another. The practice of qigong increases oxygen utilization, improves blood circulation, and increases the level and flow of qi (internal healing energy), which can help to maintain optimum health and encourage healing of diseased cells and organs.

Yeong Sek Yee & Khadijah Shaari

10, Jalan SS 19/1K, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor.

Tel: 03-56342775 / 019-3278092

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Exercise moves lymph, which collects wastes from your cells and tissue fluids, and helps to eliminate them from your body. It also eliminates toxins from cells and tissues through sweating and deep breathing, as well. In the process, exercise reduces and in some cases eliminates many of the poisons that your illness needs to survive. Among the more systematic programs of movement therapy that can be applied to treating serous illness is QIGONG which is an ancient Chinese exercise involving physical movements and deep breathing. An element of traditional Chinese medicine, it is used to circulate internal qi, which according to Chinese medicine, is the vital energy that flows through the body in a system of subtle channels known as meridians. Qigong is intended to direct the internal qi, and promote health.

There are two basic kinds of Qigong, internal and external. Internal Qigong is used for self-healing and health maintenance. It can be performed in any position, including standing, sitting, walking, or lying down. External Qigong is practiced by Qigong masters and involves projecting the qi energy out of one’s body to heal another.

The practice of qigong increases oxygen utilization, improves blood circulation, and increases the level and flow of qi (internal healing energy), which can help to maintain optimum health and encourage healing of diseased cells and organs. Done regularly, qigong can be a valuable part of a healthy lifestyle that should include a nutrient-rich plant based diet, physical exercise, sufficient rest and sleep and clean living. There are many styles of qigong, each with its own set of exercises and special discipline. All are beneficial.

Qigong movements are gentle and unhurried and the slow movement tends to synchronize with the pace of breathing. Cancer patients practicing such activities will experience a sense of deep relaxation and heightened alertness. The practice of qigong has 3 main beneficial effects on the individual with cancer:

a)    Improved oxygen supply –  during qigong, the body becomes deeply relaxed and oxygen is absorbed from the blood by the tissues. Unlike other more vigorous physical activities in which oxygen is utilized by the muscles, during qigong, oxygen is distributed throughout the body, including those areas that may be harboring cancer cells. Thus qigong accelerates oxygen distribution in the body. The higher the oxygen supply, the more readily the body can reverse

a cancerous condition. In addition, there is an increased efficiency of cell metabolism and tissue regeneration through increased circulation of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the brain, organs

b)    Improved balance of the autonomic nervous system

The second major benefit of qigong on the cancer patient involves the person’s psyche and its effect on the autonomic nervous system (ANS). During qigong practice, the individual can achieve a state of deep relaxation, enabling the parasympathetic nervous system to neutralize the stress response. When the autonomic nervous system are in balance, the immune system is more highly activated.

c) Improved Lymphatic Function

Qigong exercises stimulates circulation of the lymph fluid through the system, carrying the Immune cells to key areas and eliminating toxins from the tissue spaces.

Thus, qigong’s main therapeutic benefits for cancer patients are the combined effects of improving the oxygen supply, balancing the nervous system, enhancing mood and relaxation, and strengthening the lymphatic system.

QIGONG AS A COMPLEMENTARY CANCER THERAPY

In China, Traditional Chinese doctors regard qigong not as an exclusive from of therapy, rather, they emphasize using it in combination with conventional treatment, Chinese herbal remedies, a healing diet, psychotherapy and regular group activities. Research studies of patients with cancer found that qigong helped improve the condition of the immune system, stimulated appetite, and reduced adverse side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Also, qigong appears to raise the cancer patient’s energy levels and improved muscle tone and co-ordination.

MAIN TYPES OF QIGONG EXERCISES AVAILABLE AND WHERE TO PRACTISE

The following are the main types of qigong exercises known to be practiced inMalaysia. Please call the individual organization concerned and choose a t raining center most convenient to you.

a) QUOLIN QIGONG ASSOCIATION MALAYSIA

H.Q:  5-4, Tkt Tiga, Jalan SP 2/1, Taman Serdang Perdana, Seksyen 2,

43300, Seri Kembangan.

Tel/Fax: 03-89488775

NB : Quolin Qigong is practiced at 10 centres in the Klang Valley  Please call the Association for details (between 11 a.m  –  4 p.m)

Quolin Qigong was named after Madam Guo Lin, who had cancer, used Western Medicine, and was near death. Then she found that by adapting Qigong forms she had learned from her grandparents, she was able to resolve her cancer in a dramatic way.

Quolin Qigong has been recommended to cancer patients by several hospitals inChina, Taiwan and Hong Kong. It is also the official exercise of many Cancer Recovery Clubs in China.

b)     THE HEALING CHI ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA(CHI DYNAMICS)

The above association was founded by Grandmaster Anthony Wee to teach & promote CHI DYNAMICS QIGONG BREATHING and CHI MEDITATION. Chi Dynamics practices are held at various centers  in KL/PJ areas. For more information, please contact:

Mr Kong Voon Sim  –  Chairman  012-2112282

Puan Khadijah Shaari  – Deputy Chairman –  019-3278092

Mr Hew Chee Wai  –  Secretary  016-2200228

NB:  website :  www.chidynamics.org.my

The Association has produced a special booklet by Grandmaster Anthony Wee entitled CANCER CARE WITH CHI DYNAMICS which explains in detail the proper method of breathing (deep diaphragmatic or abdominal breathing) which cancer patients should practise. The booklet is distributed free to all cancer patients and they can seek the help of qualified instructors to guide them. (please call the above for more information)

c) ZHINENG QIGONG SOCIETY MALAYSIA

Zhineng Qigong was founded by Assoc. Professor Dr Pang Ming, currently Chairman of the Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Training Centre and a Board Advisor of the Beijing Qigong Research Society.

To practise Zhineng Qigong in the Klang Valley, please contact a Madam Chan at

03-79568743 for further details.

d) NATIONAL CANCER SOCIETY OF MALAYSIA

Address:  66, Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Azis, Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-26987351

N.B: Qigong sessions at the Society is conducted by Mr Yap Fook Kuan, a colorectal cancer survivor and champion

e) SUPER QIGONG THE MIND-BODY HEALING EXERCISE

Super Qigong is a set of Qigong Exercise devised and taught by Dr Amir Farid, who was the Founding President of Quolin Qigong Association, Malaysia. A medical specialist by training, Dr Farid has been practicing and teaching Qigong (Islamic, Quolin, Zianggong & Shaolin Qigong) for about 15 years.

For details of Dr Farid’s courses and seminars on Super Qigong, visit his website at www.superqigong.com. Also read the section on Articles where he has a collection on Qigong and Cancer.

f) YANGSHENGONG CENTER

84, Jalan SS 2/18, Petaling Jaya

Tel:  012-3660296  (Master Chow)

012-3372778  (Mrs. Cheang)

SCIENTIFIC STUDIES ON QIGONG’S THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS FOR CANCER PATIENTS

There are thousands of research studies done on the therapeutic benefits of qigong for general healing as well as for cancer therapy. Qigong is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that is believed to be at least 4,000 years old (long before allopathic medicine was born). Some examples of scientific studies on Qigong as an adjunctive cancer therapy are as follows:-

a)     Exploratory Studies of Qigong Therapy for Cancer in China by Kevin Chen, PhD, PHM, and Raphael Yeung, BA from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, U.S.A. (The authors reviewed more than 50 studies of qigong therapy in China).

b)     Therapeutic Benefits of Qigong Exercises in Combination with Drugs by Kenneth M. Sancier,  Ph. D., Founder Qigong Institute, U.S.A. (This research paper reviewed clinical studies from the Qigong Bibliographic Database which holds approximately 1,000 references going back to 1986, covering medical applications, scientific and experimental studies on Qigong from China, U.S. andEurope).

c)     Changes in cytokine production in healthy subject practicing Quolin Qigongby Brain Jones, Division of Clinical Immunology, Queen Mary Hospital, Pokfulam,Hong Kong. (MBC Complementary & Alternative Medicine 2001, 1:8).

d)     Growth Inhibition of Cultured Human Liver Carcinoma Cells by Ki-Energy (Life-Energy)Scientific Evidence for Ki-effects on Cancer Cells by S. Tsuyoshi Ohnishi, Tomoko Ohnishi, and 3 others.

NB:  The authors are from the Philadelphia Biomedical Research Institute and the Graduate School of Nutritional Sciences, University of Shizuoka Yada, Japan.

(Oxford Journals  –  Evidence based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Vol. 2 No. 3:page 387 – 393 ).

e)     The effect of gentle arm exercise and deep breathing  on secondary arm lymphedema by Mosley Ah, Piller from Flinders University and Medical Centre,Australia.

To cite more studies, will be far too long for this article.

FURTHER REFERENCES ON QIGONG AND CANCER

1)           The Flow & The Power of Chi Dynamics by Sifu Anthony Wee

Sifu Anthony’s father was diagnosed with inoperable bronchial cancer, at age 65 and was given only 6 months to live. With his guidance, his father turned to Chi Breathing &  Meditation and proper diet.

Sifu Anthony’s father lived another 15 years without cancer  –  read Appendix Chi vs Cancer and Sifu’s special booklet   Cancer Care With Chi Dynamics “

2)     Chi-Gung – Harnessing the Power of the Universe by Daniel Reid

(See pages 117 – 120 on Cancer……there are so many case histories of successful cancer cures with chi-gung that it  would take several volumes just to categorize them….).

3)    The Way of Qigong by Kenneth S. Cohen

(Read pages 71 onwards  – The Immune System and the Big “ C “

4)    The Complete Book of Chinese Medicine by Sifu Wong Kiew Kit

(Chapter 24 ) is entitled Cancer Can Be Cured  –  Sifu Wong discussed how Qigong can cure cancer and explained the importance of abdominal breathing as a qigong exercise.

5)    Encounters With Qi-Exploring Chinese Medicine by Dr David Eisenberg

(Dr. Eisenberg described his encounter with Madam Quo Lin and how Qigong healed her terminal cancer of the cervix).

6)   Qigong In Treating Cancer by Wang Yin,  Shanxi Provincial Science & Technical Publications, 1994.

7)    Qigong for Living by Yanling Lee Johnson

(Read page 149 – 153 on Treating Cancer with Qi)

8)    The Healer Within by Dr Roger Jahnke, OMD

(Chapter 6 – Breathing Exercises describe the benefits of deep breathing as practiced by the

Chinese Cancer Recovery Society  – pages 94/95)

9)    Mastering Miracles The Healing Art of Qi Gong by Dr Hong Liu with Paul Perry. (Dr Hong Liu is a medical doctor with a specialty in the treatment of cancer and an advanced degree in herbal medicine. Has a chapter on prostate cancer  –  qigong exercises and diet).

10)   101 Miracles of Natural Healing by Luke Chan

( Stories of 101 individuals who miraculously recovered from cancer, diabetes…..heart diseases….).

11)    Living Proof A Medical Mutiny by Dr Michael Gearin-Tosh

(Dr Michael was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 1994 and was given 18 months to live. He refused all conventional treatments but instead opted for the Gerson Therapy (of vegetables and fruit juices, etc) vitamin supplements and anancient Chinese breathing exercise).

12)     A Woman’s Guide to Healing From Breast Cancer by Dr Nan Lu

(N.B.  Copy of Book & VCD on Wu Ming Qigong available. Please enquire).

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