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).