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Study Finds Meditation Practice Prolongs Cancer Patients’ Lives

A mother and son practicing the Falun Gong exercises. (Image: longtrekhome via flickr/CC BY 2.0)
A mother and son practicing the Falun Gong exercises. (Image: longtrekhome via flickr/CC BY 2.0)

Thirty thousand cancer experts recently attended the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago. A paper from the U.S. Cancer Society was presented, showing how the meditation practice of Falun Gong has prolonged the lives of patients diagnosed with terminal cancer. The article garnered a lot of attention from those in attendance.

ASCO’s official website presents the results of a study on 152 terminal cancer patients who had been given less than one year to live. The average expected survival time given was 5.1 months. The survival time was extended to 56 months after practicing Falun Gong, with 149 patients still being alive upon completion of the study. In addition to the extended survival time, 97 percent of the patients found that their symptoms were alleviated after practicing Falun Gong for only 1.3 months.

This scene features Falun Gong, a cultivation practice that has been severely persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party for the past 14 years. The juxtaposition of them practicing their tranquil exercises in New York’s Times Square is striking. The busy and overwhelming street suddenly appears to be subdued, observing this peaceful, yet powerful group. (Image courtesy of NTD)

This scene features Falun Gong, a cultivation practice that has been severely persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party for the past 14 years. The juxtaposition of them practicing their tranquil exercises in New York’s Times Square is striking. The busy and overwhelming street suddenly appears to be subdued, observing this peaceful, yet powerful, group. (Image courtesy of NTD)

Dr. Dong Yuhong, a co-author of the study, is a senior researcher at Novartis, a global healthcare company. He told foreign media journalists that the patients showed not only physical changes, but he also saw changes in their character, temperament, and spirit. They showed an increased ability to solve problems and to see things from a more optimistic point of view.

In fact, as early as 1998, surveys conducted in China showed that the health of Falun Gong practitioners improved by varying degrees; the total effective rate was found to be 99.1 percent. The results showed that practicing Falun Gong had a significant positive impact on health and mental well-being.

Translated research by Mona Song and Kathy McWilliams.

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