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Tai chi for Rare Conditions
I have been a family physician for over 40 years, and I have treated a number of people with rare diseases. Also, in my personal life some of my close friends have rare conditions. No matter what the condition or disease is, it is a challenge for anyone. However, people with unusual diseases have extra challenges. For example, the doctors don’t know as much about the treatment and the prognoses. There would not be as much research work, as there would be less money and support from government, less available medication, and methodology to treat. It will be more difficult for your loved ones to understand and to help. With the Western medical world treatments tend to be very specific so therefore it’s even more challenging for doctors to find a good way to treat.
However, there is a general understanding that when you are healthy and positive, whatever’s wrong with you there are a better chance of recovery and coping. I have been practicing Chinese Traditional Medicine as well for more than 40 years. I also been teaching tai Chi and creating tai Chi for health programs. In the world of Traditional Chinese Medicine, concepts are more holistic. The central concept is based on the vital life energy call Qi. Any living being have Qi. It’s well understood that when your Qi is strong and harmonious, you’re healthier and stronger to overcome the condition you have.
Tai Chi is created based on the law of nature and traditional Chinese medicine. All the tai Chi for health programs my team created follow this fundamental concept. We are fully focused in enhancing the Qi for better health. Qi cultivating practice from inside out is the core foundation of all our programs. They are dedicated to build inner strength mentally and physically. Stronger and more harmonious Qi will improve health within the whole person whether the condition is rare or not. I have met many people with rare conditions benefited from Tai Chi for Health programs significantly. Unfortunately, it is much more challenging to run studies for rare conditions there is scanty evidence for them in general, let along any particular rare condition. It makes sense that tai chi can help, I know it does.
I would like to recommend few options you can try on. Be sure to inform your chosen health professionals before you start. Find a class by one of our Tai Chi for Health Institute certified instructors or try my Tai Chi for Rehabilitation program from online lessons or instructional DVD. It is designed to be easy to learn and deliver healing Qi relatively quickly. Having any medical usually lower one’s immunity. In this challenging time of pandemic, tai chi is shown to improve immunity and health. I know my Tai Chi for Rehabilitation would be helpful. You can also try my free 5 Minute Tai Chi to Relieve Stress and Improve Immunity from YouTube.
You may like to know that I personally have a similar challenge. I have a common condition, osteoarthritis but uncommonly since age of 13. It is rare to get this condition at 13 in the western world. In my case it was due to years of starvation since childhood. However, that was a challenge turned to into a blessing for me because that’s why I start the doing Tai Chi in the hope that it would help. It has transformed my health, and my life in so many ways. Without that I would not have found out how effective and enjoyable tai chi is and be here writing to you. I am 75 years old now, and still working long hours, stronger and more flexible than most people half my age. I live my chosen full life and have found great fulfilment helping others with Tai Chi for Health programs. Good luck to you and I hope to meet with you one day. Sending you my best wishes and healing energy to all readers.
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Dr Paul Lam, a retired family physician in Sydney, Australia, is the director of Tai Chi for Health Institute. He has created a number of Tai Chi for Health programs that have improved the health and wellness of millions of people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.gov), National Council On Aging and Arthritis Foundation around the world support his Programs. Dr Lam has written Teaching Tai Chi Effectively, Tai Chi for Diabetes, Overcoming Arthritis and Tai Chi for Beginners and the 24 Forms. His instructional online lessons and DVDs are well respected resources for tai chi.