Qigong Benefits Prostate-Cancer Survivors

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Jan 16, 2014

Mind-Body-Spirit News

A pilot study conducted by researchers from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the University of New Mexico Cancer Center recruited 40 prostate cancer survivors with high levels of fatigue in a 12-week randomized, controlled trial. Half of the subjects participated in qigong, and half took stretching classes.

“Qigong participants reported significant declines in how much fatigue or distress they experienced, compared to those who participated in the stretching class,” said study author Anita Y. Kinney, MSN, PhD, in a Springer press release. Study authors proposed that the mind-body components—flowing movements and meditative mindset— contributed to the benefits.

The report was published in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship (2013; doi: 10.1007/s11764-013-0315-5).

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at www.shirleyarcher.com.