Tai Chi and Qigong are ancient forms of exercise that fit the bill for helping patients with cancer get moving and improve their overall sense of well-being. Tai Chi practice can help with pain conditions, especially pain involving muscles and joints; it can also reduce stress and anxiety and improve the quality of sleep.
What is Tai Chi and Qigong?
Tai Chi and Qigong are very old forms of martial art. They combine breathing and slow, fluid movements to help restore balance in the body’s energy system. The movements are meant to express the balancing energies of “yin” and “yang” in the body.
“Qi” (or “Chi”) means the life force or internal energy in our bodies. Balancing the flow of this energy helps improve our overall health and well-being.
Qigong also uses simple, rhythmic movements, combined with breathing to help bring balance. In traditional Chinese medicine, Tai Chi and Qigong masters teach their students to balance the flow of energy in their bodies to restore health and wellness.
Cancer Related Benefits
For patients with cancer, Tai Chi and Qigong provide benefit to many of the side effects associated with cancer and cancer treatment. Regularly practicing Tai Chi or Qigong can:
Source: Conquer Magazine