Effects of Qigong on symptom management in cancer patients: A systematic review

Dau Van Vu, Alexandros Molasiotis, Siu Yin Ching, Tung Thanh Le

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The aim of this systematic review is to critically evaluate the effectiveness of Qigong on symptom management among cancer patients. Methods A systematic search was conducted in the following databases from their inception through May 2016: Cochrane Library, PubMed/MEDLINE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, PEDRO. All controlled clinical trials of Qigong among cancer patients were included. The strength of the evidence was evaluated for all included studies using the Oxford Centre for Evidence-based Medicine Levels of Evidence. The risk of bias was assessed using the Cochrane Collaboration's Tool for Assessing Risk of Bias. Results Twenty-two studies including fifteen randomized controlled trials and eight controlled clinical trials examined the efficacy of Qigong in symptom management among patients with various cancers. Results of these studies indicated that symptoms in the Qigong group were significantly improved or there was an observed positive trend from pre-to post-interventions scores for physical symptoms and psychological symptoms. Conclusion The effectiveness of Qigong as a health practice adopted by cancer patients to manage their symptoms during their cancer journey is not proven, but there are promising results that need further verification in future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-121
Number of pages11
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017


  • Cancer
  • Qigong
  • Symptom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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