Energy Healing Induces Apoptosis and Inhibits Migration and Invasion of Breast Cancer Cells

According to the Blood Cancer Research Fund website, on their Apoptosis and Cancer page, "Healthy cells have a finely tuned early warning system that monitors for cell defects, halts the replication process while trying to activate repair, and removes the dangerous cells if repair fails. Apoptosis is the self-destruction program for safely removing the defective or damaged cells before they can spread the abnormality by dividing and replicating. The cell can be safely discarded without incurring any collateral damage (inflammation) to healthy neighboring cells."

In a January 2010 article in the journal Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry (the International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Cellular Physiology, Biochemistry, and Pharmacology) entitled 'External Qi of Yan Xin Qigong Induces apoptosis and inhibits migration and invasion of estrogen-independent breast cancer cells through suppression of Akt/NF-kB signaling' authors found that energy healing (specifically 'external qi' healing in qigong jargon) induced cancer cell destruction and halted further cancer cell growth.

The authors had the following to say about typical Western medical treatments for breast cancer:

"Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and the second leading cause of deaths related to cancer. Systemic treatment of breast cancer includes cytotoxic, hormonal, and immunotherapeutic agents. In general, systemic agents are active at the beginning of therapy in most of primary and about half of metastatic tumors. Eventually, however, tumors progress and resistance to therapy occurs, resulting in treatment failure."

The authors also provided a description of external qi healing and its effectiveness against 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 managed by the Chinese health authorities. Long-term clinical observations and ongoing studies have shown that the external Qi of Yan Xin Qigong (YXQ-EQ) has positive effects on patients of various diseases including cancer. Over the past two decades, a large number of experimental studies have revealed some important properties of YXQ-EQ, including its effects on the structure and properties of biomolecules such as DNA, RNA, proteins and lipids. YXQ-EQ has been demonstrated to regulate PI3K and Akt activities and modulate gene expression. Recently, the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying YXQ-EQ's antitumor effects have begun to be addressed."

The authors concluded with the following statement:

"In addition to breast cancer cells, we have previously reported potent cytotoxic effects of YXQ-EQ on pancreatic and prostate cancer cells. In contrast, YXQ-EQ has no cytotoxic effect on normal cells including fibroblasts, human umbilical vein endothelial cells, and peripheral blood mononuclear cells. YXQ-EQ even protects neurons from apoptosis induced by oxidative stress. These findings suggest that YXQ-EQ may exert cytotoxic effects selectively on cancer cells and could be a novel approach for cancer therapy including breast cancer therapy."

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