Meditative qigong relieved symptom severity and interference among patients with breast carcinoma receiving chemotherapy

Ping Ho Chen, Sheng Miauh Huang, Chen Jei Tai, Li Yin Chien, Pei Ju Lien, Yu Hsien Chen

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Introduction: Qi, known as meridian energy, runs throughout the human body via meridian vessels. This study compared symptom severity, interference, and meridian energy among breast carcinoma patients who had training in meditative qigong with those who did not. Methods: A quasi-experimental study was conducted with 57 patients receiving routine care and 33 receiving qigong training. Data was collected before the start of treatment and at 4 and 12 weeks after the start of treatment. Symptom severity, interference, and meridian energy were assessed. The generalized linear mixed model was used to analyze the independent effect of meditative qigong after adjusting for potential confounders. Results: At 12 weeks, patients in the qigong group had lower symptom severity and interference scores than those in the control group (symptom severity: β= -1.13, p<0.01; symptom interference: β= -1.10, p= 0.02). Whether or not the participants were in the qigong group, there were no significant differences in the meridian energy over time. Higher meridian energy was related to lower symptom severity and interference (symptom severity: β= -0.01, p= 0.01; symptom interference: β= -0.01, p= 0.01). Conclusions: The indications from this study show that cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy may benefit from learning qigong before treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number479
Pages (from-to)617-622
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Integrative Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2015



  • Breast cancer
  • Meridian energy
  • Qi
  • Qigong
  • Symptom
  • Tradition Chinese medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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