Energy Healing Induces Cell Cycle Arrest and Apoptosis in Colorectal Cancer Cells

According to the European Bioinformatics Institute website, cell cycle arrest is "a regulatory process that halts progression through the cell cycle during one of the normal phases (G1, S, G2, M)." Obviously halting the cell cycle or progression of a cancer cell is a good thing.

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 the January 2013 edition of the journal Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry in an article entitled 'External Qi of Yan Xin Qigong Inhibits Activation of Akt, Erk1/2 and NF-kB and Induces Cell Cycle Arrest and Apoptosis in Colorectal Cancer Cells' researchers from the New Medical Science Research Institute in New York, Harvard Medical School, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA found that energy healing (specifically 'external qi' in qigong lexicon) "exerts potent cytotoxic effects on HT-29 [colorectal cancer] cells."

The article had the following to say about the state of colorectal cancer in the US today:

"Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer worldwide and the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. The incidence of CRC is increasing globally. Approximately 50% of CRC patients eventually develop metastatic disease. Despite significant progress in CRC treatment, this disease still causes considerable morbidity and mortality and for patients with metastatic CRC treatment is usually palliative. Novel approaches of treatment are needed for CRC, especially for metastatic disease."

The authors describe the specific form of energy healing used in the study and its efficacy as follows:

"The concept “External Qi of Qigong” refers to the technology and ability of “Qi deployment” therapy and health preservation of traditional Chinese medicine. External Qi therapy has been used as one of the medical practices in China for thousands of years and is under management of the Chinese health authorities. In the past three decades, positive effects of external Qi of Yan Xin Qigong (YXQ-EQ) on patients including those with cancers have been observed in many long-term and ongoing clinical studies and described in numerous case reports. A great amount of YXQ-EQ experimental studies have shown significant effects of YXQ-EQ on structure and properties of DNA, RNA, protein and lipid molecules. YXQ-EQ has been shown to regulate signaling pathways and gene expression in normal and malignant cells. YXQ-EQ exerts potent cytotoxic effect on a variety of cancer cells and the underlying molecular mechanisms have recently begun to be addressed. No cytotoxicity to normal cells was observed in these studies with YXQ-EQ. In fact, in vitro studies have found that YXQ-EQ was capable of protecting neurons from oxidative stress induced apoptosis and significantly prolonged survival of neurons."

The specific results of the study are as follows:

"YXQ-EQ exerts potent cytotoxic effect on HT-29 cells. HT-29 colon cancer cells were exposed to YXQ-EQ for 5 min and cell viability was assessed at 1, 6, and 24 h after treatment using trypan blue exclusion assay. YXQ-EQ treatment resulted in a time dependent decrease in cell viability (Fig. 1A [below]). A significant reduction in viability was detected as early as 6 h and no viable cells were observed 24 h after treatment. The viability of HT-29 cells decreased more rapidly when cells were sequentially treated with YXQ-EQ for three times within 65 min using the prolonged treatment procedure (Fig. 1B). In order to examine long term effect of YXQ-EQ, we performed clonogenic assays and found that colony formation of HT-29 cells was completely inhibited by YXQ-EQ (Figs. 1C and D). These results indicate that YXQ-EQ exerted potent cytotoxic effect on HT-29 cells."

Study results showing a drastic reduction in colon cancer cells following energy healing treatment (refer to previous paragraph for details).

The article concluded with the following statement:

"These findings show that YXQ-EQ has potent cytotoxic effect on HT-29 [colorectal cancer] cells and suggest that YXQ-EQ could be potentially used for colorectal cancer treatment."

The text of the article is available here.