M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Date: July 2008 Duration: 01:20

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Michael Powers L.M.T., M.T.I.:

There are several elements that go together to make up qigong, but basically it's a meditation made up of meditation, slow-moving exercise forms and focused, guided imagery. And we couple all of that with breathing exercises. Then we put all of this together to come up with exercises — focused breathing exercises — that are designed to help us control the energy within the body.

Qigong is not a replacement for Western medicine. Qigong is actually a complement. It can be done right along with the patient's normal treatment — normal conventional treatment — and help to enhance that.

In our classes at M. D. Anderson, we teach people how to reduce their side effects from chemotherapy and their side effects from radiation by using the Qigong method. They're not perfect, but they certainly enhance the whole experience for the patient and that's a good thing because it takes a lot of stress off the patient.

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