Note: Kevin Chen has been a lead scientist in investigating qigong heaing from a western scientific perspective, and has a newsletter called Qi Dao that regularly publishes the latest research. I have seen research in China from my friend and scientist Feng Lida that showed conclusively that Qi (chi) emission changed the genetic structure of DNA and inhibited growth of cancer cells. – Michael Winn
Inhibitory effects of bio-energy therapies on cancer growth
An overview of recent laboratory studies in the
U.S. and its implications in cancer treatment.
World Sciences and Technologies ?Modernization of TCM and
Materia Medica. 10(4): 144-152. 2008.
Chen KW, (Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine)
Background: Bioenergy therapies (such as Qigong, Reiki, Yoga, Pranic Healing, and Therapeutic touch) have
reported benefits for cancer patients, but few randomized control trials were done to verify their efficacy. It is believed
that laboratory study of inhibitory effects of bio-energy therapies on cancer growth may lead to an understanding of the
true efficacy of bio-energy and create a foundation for future clinical trials.
Methods: Typical in-vitro study involved
randomly dividing lab-prepared cancer cells into different groups with one being treated by bio-energy therapy and one
or more as control groups. Sometimes, controls were treated by a sham healer. Typical in vivo study involved
injecting or implanting cancerous cells into mice, then randomly dividing them into various groups. The control could
be either non-treatment or sham treatment; the outcomes include tumor size or survival time.
Results: Most studies
demonstrated some inhibitory effects of bioenergy therapies on the growth of cancer cells in comparison with control.
The in vivo studies reported that the bio-energy treated group had significantly slower tumor growth or longer survival
lives than those in the control. One study reported survival with a normal life cycle instead of dying in 3 weeks, and
cancer-infected mice developed immune response to the same breast cancer. However, researchers are confronted with
methodological challenges in choosing appropriate controls, minimizing contamination, and replicating study
Conclusion: Encouraging evidence suggests bioenergy may have inhibitory effects on cancer growth, or
prolong the life of cancer-infected animals, although improvement is needed in research design and replication of the
findings. Bioenergy for cancer treatment is an area that is often neglected by mainstream medicine and research, and it
should be seriously examined and considered as an important supplement to conventional cancer treatment.