Energy Healing Induces Cell Death in Lung Cancer Cells

In an article in the December 2012 edition of the journal Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry entitled "External Qi of Yan Xin Qigong induces cell death and gene expression alterations promoting apoptosis and inhibiting proliferation, migration and glucose metabolism in small-cell lung cancer cells" Harvard Medical School, MIT, and University of Oklahoma Medical School researchers found energy healing ('external Qi' healing in qigong language) to be effective against lung cancer cells.

The authors had the following to say about traditional approaches to lung cancer care:

"Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths. The current standard treatment for lung cancer is chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and sometimes combined with surgery. Although lung cancer cells are generally very sensitive to chemotherapy and radiation therapy, almost all patients relapse. The median survival in lung cancer is only 5-12 weeks without treatment. With current treatments, the median survival for limited lung cancer is 14-20 months, and 7-10 months for extensive lung cancer. Metastasis and relapse after treatment are the two biggest challenges for lung cancer treatment. Overall speaking, little progress has been made since the introduction of combination chemotherapy. New methods for treatment of lung cancer are imminently needed."

Researchers described external Qi healing as follows:

"The concept of External Qi (of qigong) refers to the technology and ability of "Qi deployment" therapy and health preservation of traditional Chinese medicine. External Qi therapy of Chinese medicine 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 patients with cancer and other medical conditions received significant beneficial effects from exposure to External Qi without noticeable side effects. A body of substantial experimental studies has been conducted to show the effects of External Qi at molecular, cellular, and microorganism levels."

Researchers concluded that "these findings suggest that External Qi may exert anticancer effect through modulating gene expression in a way that facilitates cancer cell apoptosis while represses proliferation, metastasis, and glucose metabolism."

The full text of the article is available here.