Suppressing tumor progression of in vitro prostate cancer cells by emitted psychosomatic power through Zen meditation

Am J Chin Med. 2003;31(3):499-507. doi: 10.1142/S0192415X03001132.


Human prostate cancer PC3 cells were treated in vitro with psychosomatic power emitted by a Buddhist-Zen Master. A significant decrease of growth rate was observed as determined by MTT assay after 48 hours. These cells also had two- to three-fold higher levels of prostatic acid phosphatase (PAcP) activity, a prostate tissue-specific differentiation antigen. In addition, the treated cells formed fewer and smaller colonies in soft agar as compared with control cells, which displayed anchorage-independent growth. These observations provide insight into the suppressive effects of healing power through the practice of Buddhist-Zen meditation on tumor progression. The emitted bioenergy may be suggested as an alternative and feasible approach for cancer research and patient treatment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acid Phosphatase
  • Buddhism*
  • Humans
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Male
  • Meditation* / methods
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / enzymology
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases / metabolism*
  • Psychophysiology* / methods
  • Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured


  • Acid Phosphatase
  • prostatic acid phosphatase
  • Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases