IN conjunction with World Cancer Day, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) collaborated with the National Cancer Institute (IKN) to produce a video on an exercise called ba duan jing.
IKN director Dr Mohd Anis Haron said studies had shown that the exercise could help improve cancer patients’ quality of life and relieve their symptoms, such as fatigue.
The institute’s traditional and complementary medicine (TCM) unit head Dr Teo Chiah Shean started the exercise at its centre in January 2019.
“But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it had to be stopped. With the video, we hope patients can access and practise it on their own, ” he added.
The video was jointly produced by Dr Teo, UTAR Chinese Medicine Department head Prof Dr Te Kian Keong and the Health Ministry.
The video features British-based qi gong practitioner Dr Xie Yu Hong demonstrating the ba duan jing exercise.
The video is available on IKN’s YouTube channel.
UTAR president Prof Dr Ewe Hong Tat said ba duan jing was one of the most common forms of qi gong, consisting of eight exercise movements.
These movements, he said, could bring certain function-enhancing benefits to different parts of the body or particular organs.
“In China, the exercise has also been used for the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of respiratory infections. The benefits are far-reaching, ” he said.
Prof Ewe added that the collaboration was a good opportunity for both parties to come together and share knowledge and expertise.
UTAR and IKN had previously collaborated on several other initiatives, including setting up a traditional Chinese medical herb specimen corner at IKN and conducting herbal pharmacy workshops.