Tai Chi or Qigong: Affordability and access - CancerChoices

Tai chi and qigong are forms of mind-body exercise and meditation that may help with symptoms of cancer and side effects of treatments.

Affordability and access

Prescription required?

  • No, but we recommend you inform your oncology team that you are practicing tai chi or qigong

How to access

Other names:

  • Tai chi may also be known as tai chi chuan or taiji
  • Qigong may also be called chi gung, ch’i kung, or qi gong
  • Medical qigong is also known as external qigong or external qi emission therapy

Many individual styles of tai chi and qigong have evolved.1The 5 Family Styles of Tai Chi. CUIHUA Chinese Culture Centre. Viewed June 1, 2022; Qigong. University of Minnesota Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing. Viewed June 1, 2022. You may want to try different styles to find one that meets your needs and intent.

Where to access

  • Martial arts studios
  • Hospital integrative programs
  • Fitness and wellness centers, both on-site and online

American Tai Chi and Qigong Association

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  • In-person or live online sessions typically cost under $30 US per session, and some may be offered free of charge
  • You can purchase videos for home use at costs similar to other videos

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Laura Pole is senior clinical consultant for CancerChoices. Laura is an oncology clinical nurse specialist who has been providing integrative oncology clinical care, navigation, consultation, and education services for over 40 years. She is the co-creator and co-coordinator of the Integrative Oncology Navigation Training at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, DC. Laura also manages the “Media Watch Cancer News That You Can Use” listserv for Smith Center/Commonweal. In her role as a palliative care educator and consultant, Laura has served as statewide Respecting Choices Faculty for the Virginia POST (Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment) Collaborative as well as provided statewide professional education on palliative and end-of-life care for the Virginia Association for Hospices and Palliative Care.

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