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Ask Dr Lam | What is Tai Chi? | Dr Paul Lam

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Published on Aug 19, 2016

What is tai chi?

Tai chi is an art and an exercise from ancient China. It was created based on the law of nature, nowadays most people practice tai chi for health and relaxation.

It places great emphasis on building internal strength. Ongoing practice of tai chi will bring harmony of the inner and outer self through the integration of the mind and body. It is suitable for almost anyone and can be practiced anywhere.

The flowing movements contains great inner strength, like flowing water in a river, beneath the tranquil surface there is a current with immense power - the power for healing and wellness.

There are many forms of tai chi. Yang, the most popular style, has slow and gentle movements suitable for most people. The oldest Tai Chi style, the Chen style, contains more complex and vigorous movements. It is not suitable for people with arthritis or other chronic conditions to start with. Sun Style is the youngest, it contains unique and powerful qigong. Qigong is a method of cultivating internal energy, especially effective for healing and relaxation. sun style is easy to learn, and has powerful healing property.

All styles of tai chi share the same principles – understanding and incorporating the tai chi principles is what makes tai chi so effective for health!

There are more than 500 medical studies showing that tai chi improves almost all aspects of health from calming of the mind to reducing high blood pressure, improving immunity, reducing falls, relieving arthritis pain, helping people with heart conditions and diabetes, improving balance, I can go on for a whole day, very importantly it brings a gentle sense of wellbeing, or it makes you feel good.

The secret of tai chi's near magical benefits comes from improving mental balance and stronger physical strength, through strengthening the internal life energy or the qi (chi) within us.

ABOUT DR LAM
Dr Paul Lam, a retired family physician from Sydney, Australia, is a world leader in the field of tai chi for health improvement. He is now focusing at preventative medicine, and has participated in many research projects. He has published 24 studies in peer reviewed medical journals.

In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) recommended Dr Lam's program for fall prevention. Many governmental departments around the world support his programs. By 2016 his Tai Chi for Health programs have improved the health and wellness for more than eight million people around the world.

Dr Lam has written books including his Memoir, Overcoming Arthritis, Tai Chi for Beginners and the 24 Forms and Teaching Tai Chi Effectively. He has also produced many instructional DVDs including Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi for Beginners and Tai Chi for Energy. You can contact Dr Lam through TCHI.ORG.

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