Energy Healing Exhibits Selective Cytotoxicity Towards Prostate Cancer Cells and Protective Effects on Normal Cells

The Free Online Medical Dictionary describes the term 'cytotoxicity' as "a description of the extent of the destructive or killing capacity of an agent. Most often used to describe the character of immune activity or toxicity of certain drugs that limit the development of cancer cells."

In the March 2008 edition of the journal Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry (An International Journal for Chemical Biology in Health and Disease), in an article entitled 'External Qi of Yan Xin Qigong induces G2/M arrest and apoptosis of androgen-independent prostate cancer cells by inhibiting Akt and NF-kappa B pathways', authors found that energy healing (specifically 'external qi' healing in qigong lexicon) killed cancer cells while protecting normal cells.

The authors of the article had the following to say about Western medical approaches to prostate cancer:

"Prostate carcinoma is the most common cancer in men and the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States. Although prostate generally responds to androgen ablation therapies, the disease often progresses to a hormone refractory stage. Conventional chemotherapy is usually ineffective for advanced prostate cancer. Clearly, novel and effective approaches are needed for better treatment of advanced prostate cancer."

The authors had the following to say about external qi healing and its effects on cancer:

"The concept External Qi (of Qigong) refers to the technology and ability of ''Qi deployment'' therapy and health preservation of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). External Qi therapy of TCM has long been one of the medical practices in China and is under management by the Chinese health authorities. Long-term clinical observations and ongoing studies have shown that external Qi of Yan Xin Qigong that originated from TCM has positive effects on patients of various diseases including cancer. Over more than 20 years, a large number of experimental studies have revealed some important properties of external Qi of Yan Xin Qigong (YXQG-EQ). For example, YXQG-EQ has been demonstrated to influence the molecular structure and properties of DNA, RNA, and proteins, regulate phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) and Akt activities, and gene expression. Recently, we have shown that YXQG-EQ induced apoptosis in pancreatic cancer cells, but had no cytotoxic effect on fibroblasts and retinal neurons."

The authors concluded with the following statements:

"We show in this report that YXQG-EQ has potent cytotoxic effects on PC3 cells, but not normal cells (HUVEC and PBMC). Similarly, we have recently shown that while YXQG-EQ was highly cytotoxic to pancreatic cancer cells, it had no cytotoxic effect on fibroblasts and neurons, and even protected neurons from apoptosis induced by oxidative stress. These findings suggest that YXQG-EQ exhibits selective cytotoxicity towards cancer cells and protective effects on normal cells. These findings also provide some important cellular basis for the long-term clinical observations that cancer patients received substantial beneficial effects from exposure to YXQG-EQ without adverse effects and that YXQG-EQ even help cancer patients minimize or avoid side effects associated with conventional chemo and radiotherapy. It remains an important area of research to understand how YXQG-EQ preferentially exerts cytotoxic effects on cancer cells while protecting normal cells.

The development of androgen-independent growth in advanced prostate cancer is associated with poor prognosis and few treatment options. The potent and preferential cytotoxicity of YXQG-EQ to androgen-independent prostate cancer cells suggest that YXQG-EQ could become a novel and effective approach for prostate cancer therapy."

The entire text of the article is available here.