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Baduanjin Qigong helps Cancer-Related Fatigue

Updated: Jan 3

What is Cancer-related fatigue (CRF)

Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is defined as a state of continuous physical, emotional, and/or cognitive fatigue related to cancer and cancer treatment, disproportionate to recent activity, and not relieved by rest. Currently, there are no accepted standards regarding the treatment of CRF. Clinical treatments mainly focus on addressing symptoms such as depression, sleep improvement, and relief of anemic manifestations. In TCM, CRF is a typical "deficiency condition" and is closely related to dysfunction in the liver, spleen, kidney, and other internal organs. Therefore, the treatment of CRF should primarily focus on tonifying the liver and strengthening the spleen, regulating qi and resolving stasis, and clearing heat and dampness. Baduanjin Qigong unblocks meridians and blood, regulates internal organ functions, and strengthens the body.

Study on Cancer-related fatigue (CRF)

Liu et al (2023) reported their latest findings on the effectiveness of Baduanjin Qigong for cancer-related fatigue. The study for the systematic review included 1010 patients. They found that Baduanjin Qigong as an add-on therapy significantly improved fatigue symptom scores (Standardized mean difference -1.43, 95% CI -2.01 to -0.84, P< .0001, RCTs= 9, n=640).


Liu Q, Zhang L, Yan X, Li Y. Clinical Effects of Baduanjin Qigong Exercise on Cancer-Related Fatigue: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. 2023, European Journal of Integrative Medicine, in press

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