2. Ask Dr Lam

From Dr Lam: I love answering your tai chi questions and hearing your feedback, email me at service@tchi.org. I will try to answer the best I can. Below is the list of videos available.DSC00425

Ask Dr Lam series:

Producing a video take considerable time and cost, you will receive notification as soon as they are posted by subscribing my YouTube channel, Newsletter, or like my FaceBook page. More importantly you would be helping to spread tai chi to more people. My clips, mostly the free tai chi lessons, received 7,130,505 hits by Sept 15, 2016.TempDTCD2

My intention is to produce work that are useful to you and I don’t allow advertisement on them.

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The list of Dr Paul Lam’s Youtube videos


Dr Paul Lam’s YouTube Videos

dr-lam-enjoys-sharing-tai-chi-with-friendsFrom Dr Lam: I have produced over 100 YouTube clips, from free tai chi lessons, medical presentation, demonstration, tai chi, health and life style topics. My clips, mostly the free tai chi lessons, received 7,130,505 hits by Sept 15, 2016.

My intention is to produce work that are useful to you, and I don’t allow advertisement on them. Feel free to contact me at service@tchi.org. 

Click here for “Ask Dr Lam” series of questions.

Free Tai Chi Lessons:

  1. Tai Chi for Beginners – a great start with the Six Easy Steps, almost anyone can learn this.
  2. Tai Chi for Energy  – if you prefer a more challenging and faster-paced program.TCE DVD Cover
  3. Tai Chi for Arthritis  – if you prefer a gentle start, or have arthritis or other chronic conditions. This program is recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov) for preventing falls, it is suitable for almost anyone with or without any medical condition to improve health and wellness.
  4. Tai Chi for Arthritis Part II DVD – only if you have done the complete Tai Chi for Arthritis program, try out the extra power of qi.
  5. Tai Chi for Energy II – you did well with Tai Chi for Energy, now try twice the energy!
  6. Tai Chi for Rehabilitation – the easiest and more profound program for anyone from recovering from surgery and illness to just relax and grow qi.
  7. The 24 Forms – try the world’s most popular set of forms, you will learn it more easily once you have learned Tai Chi for Beginners.
  8. The 73 Forms – if you wish to go further after practising and being familiar with Tai Chi for Arthritis I and II.

Other series:

More to come…

 


1. How to Learn Tai Chi?

Learning tai chi can be one of the most enjoyable and beneficial journey you ever made. There are many forms and styles of tai chi available, choosing a suitable tai chi can be fun but could also be a very time consuming exercise, sometimes even frustrating! A good way is to start with one of Dr Lam’s Tai Chi for Health programs.

 

Millions of people around the world have enjoyed learning his programs, and gained better health and quality of life as a result. All his programs are easy-to-learn and proven by medical studies to improve health and wellness. Click here to follow Dr Lam’s three steps to learn a Tai Chi for Health program.

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FAQs for Becoming a TCHI Board Certified Instructor

The Tai Chi for Health Institute (TCHI) Board“From the 1st May 2016 all instructors of the Tai Chi for Health programs who have completed an instructor training workshop will be required to register to become a TCHI Board certified instructor.”

This is a significant step forward to align the Tai Chi for Health Institute with similar professional bodies. It will provide more credibility and resources for the Tai Chi for Health vision. The goal is provide an opportunity for all instructors to have one unified, globally recognised and respected qualification. 

Below are the frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Q What is the Tai Chi for Health Institute (TCHI)?

Q What is a TCHI Board certified instructor?

Q  How can I become one?

Q  Why become a Tai Chi for Health Board certified instructor?

Q  Is there a fee to register?

Q  I am an instructor currently listed on the Institute’s website.  What happens to my profile and benefits?

Q  I am an instructor, do I need to be updated? and why?

Q  I am an instructor for several programs, do I pay a fee for each program?

Q  How do I pay my fee?

Q  What currency are the fees paid in?

Q  What is a Premier Board certified instructor?

Q  How can I become a Premier instructor?

Q  I am a Premier instructor now, what will happen?

Q  Would I still be awarded the embossed certificate at completion of the training or update workshop conducted by authorized MTs?

Q  Would I be able to teach the Tai Chi for Health program without being TCHI Board Certified?

Q  When does this happen?

Q  How does this affect CEUs?

Q  What is the difference between TCHI and TCP (Tai Chi Productions)?


Q What is the Tai Chi for Health Institute (TCHI)?

A: The Tai Chi for Health Institute was founded in 2010 by Dr Lam and his Tai Chi for Health colleagues with the purpose of empowering people to improve health and wellness through the Tai Chi for Health programs. It sets and control the quality and standards of the training and to provide support for instructors.  TCHI is a non-profit organisation registered in Australia and governed by a democratically elected and unpaid board who volunteer their skill and time. It is a different entity from Tai Chi Productions, which was created by Dr Lam to produce useful learning materials for the Tai Chi for Health programs.

Click here for more information.

Q What is a TCHI Board certified instructor?

A:  A Board certified instructor is a person who has fulfilled the requirements, completed the training of a Tai Chi for Health program, adheres to the TCHI Code of Ethics and registered with the Tai Chi for Health Institute Board.

Q  How can I become one?

A:  Once you have completed your training or update workshop with Dr Lam or one of his authorised Master Trainers you will be entitled to register. An invitation with payment instructions will be sent to you by the Board. If you have not received your invitation two weeks after your training workshop, please contact your Master Trainer.

Q  Why become a Tai Chi for Health Board certified instructor?

A: There are many good reasons. You can feel good about becoming a teaching member of the globally respected Tai Chi for Health Institute. Assurance to your students and employer that you are qualified and passionate about empowering people to improve their health and lifestyle, as well as:

  • Be listed online with all other current Board certified instructors at the Tai Chi for Health Institute website  Only currently Board certified instructors are listed.
  • Belonging to a global organization supported worldwide for its quality of training on teaching the evidenced based programs. Comprehensive training material is available and all levels of instructors have intensive training. More than 35 published medical studies have shown the health improving effects of the Tai Chi for Health programs. The Tai Chi for Arthritis program is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) for fall prevention. Health departments and many Arthritis Foundations around the world support the Institute.
  • 25% discount on instructional material (DVDs, Charts, Books and CDs) from Tai Chi Productions when you spend over $200.
  • 5-10% discount on selected workshops by Dr Lam and his authorized Master Trainers.
  • Authorized to use the Tai Chi for Health Institute logo for promotion and business cards, you must be currently registered and adhere to the Code of Ethics. Full instructions will be given on registration.
  • Use of workshop brochures, presentation PPT and materials provided by the Institute to promote your class/es.
  • Ability to enter and edit your profile online at the Tai Chi for Health Institute website to post your photo, class/es, time and any relevant training and experience. These will be searchable through the internet. The Institute’s website is visited daily by thousands.
  • Receive a digital certificate that can be forward to anyone who needs proof of your teaching qualification.
  • An indication that you are supporting your institute and its purpose which is to empower people to improve their health and wellness.

Q  Is there a fee to register?

A:  Annual membership fee of $AUD25 (approx USD$19, or GBP£13). TCHI will send you a reminder each year. >>more

Q  I am an instructor currently listed on the Institute’s website. What happens to my profile and benefits?

A:  For all existing instructors including Premier Instructor, MTs and STs, your profile will still be online and benefits available until the first program needs an update. Reminders will be sent automatically 6 and 3 months prior.  At that point you will be invited to register.

Q  I am an instructor, do I need to be updated? and why?

A: Instructor/leaders are required to renew their certification every two years in order to update your skills and knowledge of the program. 

You can attend an update workshops run by Dr Lam or one of his Master Trainers. Available update workshops are listed on this website at the workshop calendar. Many training workshops include updates provided it is arranged in advance and you need to complete a written assignment beforehand.  Update is also available by correspondence for instructors who cannot not attend a workshop because of extreme circumstances.

As with all health and exercise professionals, updates are necessarily to maintain and improve skill and knowledge. There would be new studies, development and practice emerging to improve your teaching and tai chi skill. It is also an excellent time to share experience and connect with other members of the Tai Chi for Health vision.

We are proud that our programs are supported by many organisations worldwide, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.org), the National Council on Aging and arthritis foundations and many organisations around world. The quality of our programs and instructors are the reason for this level of support. Updating is a necessary part to maintain our professional status. Our standards and educational programs are constantly monitored and improved.  Those instructors who allow the qualification to lapse are not authorised to use Dr Lam and the Institute’s name in their advertising.   

Q  I am an instructor for several programs, do I pay a fee for each program?

A: One registration fee will cover all programs you have been trained to teach for one year. For example, if you are trained to teach Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi for Energy and Tai Chi for Diabetes, you will only be required to pay one annual registration fee.

Q  How do I pay my fee?

A: When it is due you will be sent information on how to pay.

Q  What currency are the fees paid in?

A: TCHI fees have always been charged in AU dollars.  When you make the payment it will automatically be converted to your local currency.  Paying anything by credit card on line generally incurs a small fee when you are not paying in your local currency.  If in doubt please contact your credit card provider.

Q  What is a Premier Board certified instructor?

A:   A Premier Board certified instructor is the same as a Board certified instructor except for three things. Firstly, Premier instructors will be entitled to a 15% discount on any purchase of instructional material (DVDs, Charts, Books and CDs) from Tai Chi Productions, and a 35% discount for orders exceeding $200 after the discount has been applied. Secondly, your name on the online list would be more prominent with BOLD text. Lastly and more importantly, indicating your strong support for the Institute.

Q  How can I become a Premier instructor?

A: Upon your invitation to become a Board certified instructor, you will have this option by paying an extra $20 at the time of registration.

Q  I am a Premier instructor now, what will happen?

A: You will continue to be listed as a Premier instructor until the tenancy runs out in one year, then you would be invited to become a Premier Board certified instructor.

Q  Would I still be awarded the embossed certificate at completion of the training or update workshop conducted by authorized MTs?

A: Yes. You will receive the special certificate with the embossed Tai Chi for Health logo as the certification of your successful training. 

Q  Would I be able to teach the Tai Chi for Health program without being TCHI Board Certified?

A: The Board certification is your license to use the title Dr Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health program/s, and to prove that you have been trained, meet the Board’s standards and are qualified to teach the program/s.

Many governmental and funding bodies require proof of an appropriate qualification to teach tai chi. Tai Chi for Health programs are backed by medical evidence. The Institute ensures all our Board certified instructors are well trained and qualified to teach these programs safely and effective, they are recognized and respected worldwide. Your participants can be reassured that they are in good hands. 

Q  When does this happen?

A:  From 1st May 2016, please see answer above if you have been certified from 30th April 2014.

Q  How does this affect CEUs?

A:  CEUs are related to the attendance of the training workshop. They are awarded by an outside body and will not be affected. 

Q  What is the difference between TCHI and TCP (Tai Chi Productions)?

A: Tai Chi Productions was created by Dr Lam to produce useful tai chi learning materials.  Its purpose is to empower people to improve their health and wellness through the programs and learning materials.  See the first answer above for TCHI.


1. All Published Medical Studies of Dr Lam’s Tai Chi for Health Programs

For a pdf version of this list, please visit this link

1.     Lam P. New horizons…developing tai chi for health care. Journal of Australian Family Physician. 1998 Jan-Feb;27(1-2):100-1.

2.     Lam, P. (2004). “Tai Chi for ageing and its associated chronic conditions.” Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 12(3): 347-347.

3.     Song, Lee E, Lam P, Bae S. Effects of Tai Chi exercise on pain, balance, muscle strength, and physical functioning in older women with osteoarthritis: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of Rheumatology. Sept 2003. 30:9 page 2039-2044.

4.     Lam P and Stephenson A. Tai Chi for Back Pain: Rationale and Available Evidence Supporting Tai Chi as a Complementary Treatment. Journal Medical Paradigm. August 2004 page 5-12 (journal no longer in publication)

5.     CHOI J .H. , MOON J . S. & SONG R. Effects of Sun-style Tai Chi exercise on physical fitness and fall prevention in fall prone older adults. Journal of Advanced Nursing 2005, 51(2),150–157

6.     Orr R, Tsang T, Lam P, Comino E, Fiatarone M. Mobility Impairment in Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Care. Volume 29, Number 9, Sept 2006. page 2120-2122

7.     Fransen M, Nairn L, Winstanley J, Lam P,  Edmonds J.  A Randomized Control Trial Of 200 Subjects Comparing Tai Chi, Hydrotherapy And Control, To Measure Improvement In Pain, Physical Function, Muscular Strength And Walking Capacity. Arthritis Care and Research.. Vol.57, No.3, April 15, 2007, pp407-414.

8.     Alexander Voukelatos, MA (Psychol), Robert G. Cumming, PhD, Stephen R. Lord, DSc,and Chris Rissel, PhD. A Randomized, Controlled Trial of tai chi for the Prevention of Falls: The Central Sydney tai chi Trial. JAGS 55:1185–1191, 2007

9.     Tsang T, Orr R, Lam P, Comino E, Fiatarone M. Health benefits of Tai Chi for older patients with Type 2 diabetes: The “Move It for Diabetes Study” – A randomized controlled trial. Clinical Interventions in Aging 2007:2(3) 429-439

10.  Paul Lam, Sarah M Dennis, Terry H Diamond, Nicholas Zwar. Improving Glycaemic and BP control in type 2 diabetes The effectiveness of Tai Chi. Australian Family Physician Vol. 37, No. 10, October 2008 P884-887

11.  Lam P Tai Chi for fall prevention.  NZ Family Physician Journal.  June 2006 volume 33 number 3 page 202

12.  Song, R., Lee, E. O., Lam, P., & Bae. S. C. (2007). Effects of a Sun-style Tai Chi exercise on arthritic symptoms, motivation and the performance of health behaviors in women with osteoarthritis. Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing (English), 37(2), 249-256.

13.  Song, R. Lee, E. O., Bae, S. C., Ahn, Y. H., Paul Lam, Lee, I. O. (2007). Effects of Tai Chi Self-help program on glucose control, cardiovascular risks, and quality of life in type II diabetic patients. Journal of Muscle and Joint Health, 14(1), 13-25.

14.  E Lee, Aeyong Eom, Rhayun Song, Young Ran Chae. Factors Influencing Quality of Life in Patients with Gastrointestinal Neoplasms. Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing. 2008 ISSN 1598-2874 Vol(Ed.) 38(5)

15.  M Lee, Paul Lam, E Ernst. Effectiveness of tai chi for Parkinson’s disease: A critical review. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, Pages 589-594, ISSN 1353-8020, Vol(Ed.) 14(8, 2008)

16.  Ching-Huey Chen, Miaofen Yen, Susan Fetzer, Li-Hua Lo, Paul Lam. The Effects of Tai Chi Exercise on Elders with Osteoarthritis: A Longitudinal Study, Asian Nursing Research December 2008 Vol 2 No 4

17.  Stephanie S. Y. Au-Yeung, PhD, Christina W. Y. Hui-Chan, PhD, and Jervis C. S. Tang, MSW. Short-form Tai Chi Improves Standing Balance of People With Chronic Stroke. Neurorehabil Neural Repair Online First, published on January 7, 2009

18.  Song, R., Lee, E. O., Lam, P., Bae, S. C. (2009). Effects of Tai Chi or Self-help Program on Balance, Flexibility, Oxygen Consumption, and Muscle Strength in Women with Osteoarthritis. Journal of Korean Academy of Fundamental Nursing, 16(1), 30-38.

19.  Song, R., Eom, A., Lee, E. O., Lam, P․ & Bae, S-C. (2009).  Effects of Tai Chi combined with Self-help Program on Arthritic Symptoms and Fear of Falling in Women with Osteoarthritis.  Journal of Muscle and Joint Health, 16(1), 46-54.

20.  Amanda M Hall, Chris G Maher, Jane Latimer, Manuela L Ferreira and Paul Lam. A randomized controlled trial of tai chi for long-term low back pain (TAI CHI): Study rationale, design, and methods. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2009, 10:55 (28 May 2009).

21.  Rhayun Song, Sukhee Ahn, Beverly L Roberts, Eun Ok Lee, and You Hern Ahn. Adhering to a Tai Chi program to improve glucose control and quality of life for individuals with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 15(6), 2009, 627-632.

22.  Eun Ok Lee, Young Ran Chae, Rhayun Song, Aeyong Eom, Paul Lam, and Margaret Heitkemper. Feasibility and Effects of a Tai Chi Self-Help Education Program for Korean Gastric Cancer Survivors, Oncology Nursing Forum • Vol. 37, No. 1, January 2010

23.  Rhayun Song, Beverly L. Roberts, Eun-Ok Lee, Paul Lam, Sang-Cheol Bae. A Randomized Study of the Effects of T’ai Chi on Muscle Strength, Bone Mineral Density, and Fear of Falling in Women with Osteoarthritis. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Volume 16, Number 2, 2010, pp. 1–7

24.  Michelle DiGiacomo, Paul Lam, Beverly L. Roberts, Tang Ching Lau, Rhayun Song, Patricia M. Davidson. Exploring the Reasons for Adherence to T’ai Chi Practice. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. December 2010, 16(12): 1245-1246.

25.  Amanda M. Hall, Chris G. Maher, Paul Lam, Manuela Ferreira, Jane Latimer. Tai Chi Exercise for Treatment of Pain and Disability in People With Persistent Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Arthritis Care & Research. Vol. 63, No. 11, November 2011, pp 1576–1583

26.  Hyung Kyoung Oh, Sukhee Ahn, Rhayun Song. Comparing effects of Tai Chi exercise on pain, activities of daily living, and fear of falling in women with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis. Journal of Muscle and Joint Health, 18(2), 2011, 137-146.

27.  Hua Ren,Veronica Collins, Sandy J. Clarke, Jin-Song Han, Paul Lam, Fiona Clay, Lara M.Williamson, K. H. Andy Choo. Epigenetic Changes in Response to Tai Chi Practice: A Pilot Investigation of DNA Methylation Marks. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume March 2012, Article ID 841810, 9 pages.

28.  Sukhee Ahn, Rhayun Song. Effects of Tai Chi exercise on glucose control, neuropathy scores, balance, and quality of life in patients with Type 2 diabetes and Neuropathy. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 18(12), 2012, 1172-1178.

29.  Rhayun Song, Moonkyoung Park, Jin Ok Chung, Jae Hyung Park, In Whan Sung. Effects of Tai chi exercises on Cardiovascular Risks, Recurrence Risk, and Quality of life in Patients with coronary artery disease. Korean Journal of Adult Nursing, 25(5), 2013, 516-527.

30.  Pao-Feng Tsai, RN, PhD, Jason Y. Chang, PhD, Cornelia Beck, RN, PhD, FAAN,Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD, and Francis J. Keefe, PhD. A Pilot Cluster-Randomized Trial of a 20-Week Tai Chi Program in Elders With Cognitive Impairment and osteoarthritic Knee: Effects on Pain and Other Health Outcomes. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management Vol. 45 No. 4 April 2013

31.  Moonkyoung Park, Rhayun Song. Effects of Tai Chi on fall risk factors: a Meta analysis. Journal of Korean Academic Nursing, 43(3), 2013, 341-351.

32.  Regina Wai Man Leung, Zoe J. McKeough, Matthew J. Peters and Jennifer A. Alison. Short-form Sun-style t’ai chi as an exercise training modality in people with COPD. Eur Respir J 2013; 41: 1051–1057

33.  Beverly Roberts, Rhayun Song, Sukhee Ahn, Paul Lam. Research Metholodogies for Tai Chi research. Edited by mark langweiler, Research methodology for Complementary and alternative therapy. 2015.

34.  Rhayun Song, Sukhee Ahn, Heeyoung So, Eun-hyun Lee, Younghae Chung, Moonkyoung Park. Effects of Tai Chi on balance: A population based meta analysis, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 21(3) 2015, 141-151.

35.  Leigh F. Callahan, Rebecca J. Cleveland, Mary Altpeter, and Betsy Hackney. Evaluation of Tai Chi Program Effectiveness for People with Arthritis in the Community: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 2016, 24, 101 -110


How to Learn a Tai Chi for Health Program?

How Can I Learn a Tai Chi for Health Program?

Millions of people around the world have enjoyed learning Dr Lam’s Tai Chi for Health pr2 Group photo, St Louis 2014 NLograms, and gained better health and quality of life as a result. His programs are easy-to-learn and proven by medical studies to improve health and wellness. A good way to learn one of these programs is to follow 3 steps below.

A: Choose one program that suits you best from the list below, if you are spoiled for choice, try either 1 or 2. You can click on the title for an introduction; most of them have a full one hour first FREE lesson:
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  1. Tai Chi for Beginners – a great start with the Six Easy Steps, anyone can learn this.
  2. Tai Chi for Arthritis  (also known as Tai Chi for Fall Prevention) – if you prefer a gentle start, have arthritis or other chronic conditions. This program is recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov) for preventing falls, it is suitable for almost anyone with or without arthritis.
  3. Tai Chi for Energy  – if you prefer a more challenging and faster-paced program.
  4. Tai Chi for Rehabilitation – an enjoyable way to aid recovery from major surgery, illness or just daily stress.
  5. Tai Chi for Diabetes – to improve the control of diabetes and minimize complications.
  6. Tai Chi for Osteoporosis – to strengthen bones and improve balance thereby reducing falls.
  7. Tai Chi @ Work – tailored to your working environment to relieve stress.tca
  8. Tai Chi 4 Kidz – a fun program to improve concentration and coordination.

B: You can learn from Dr Lam’s instructional DVD.  You will find it is almost as though you are attending Dr Lam’s class and he can read your mind and know what you need next! Be sure to set up a regular time to practice daily. Soon you will gain health benefits and enjoyment. Better still, you can go to the Dr Paul Lam Tai Chi for Health Institute’s website to find a class conducted by one of TCHI Board certified instructors, or come to one of Dr Lam’s workshops and meet him in person.

A very good way is to use both his DVD and attend a suitable tai chi class.

C: Continue to practice regularly, reach out to tai chi enthusiasts around you and practice with them. If you have not done that yet, find an instructor who resonates with you. Enjoy your journey to health and wellness. TCE DVD Cover

Visit the Tai Chi for Health Institute for access to thousands of TCHI Board certified instructors globally, subscribe to Dr Lam’s Newsletter for more information.

For the Tai Chi for Beginners and Arthritis programs there are downloadable lessons available.

You can also find tai chi books, many instructional DVDs, tai chi music and other material at Tai Chi Productions, created by Dr Lam for one single purpose – to improve your health and wellness. 

Related Articles:


How Can I Learn a Tai Chi for Health Program?

How Can I Learn a Tai Chi for Health Program?

Millions of people around the world have enjoyed learning Dr Lam’s Tai Chi for Health pr2 Group photo, St Louis 2014 NLograms, and gained better health and quality of life as a result. His programs are easy-to-learn and proven by medical studies to improve health and wellness. A good way to learn one of these programs is to follow 3 steps below.

A: Choose one program that suits you best from the list below, if you are spoiled for choice, try either 1 or 2. You can click on the title for an introduction; most of them have a full one hour first FREE lesson:
Beginners DVD Cover 220v2

  1. Tai Chi for Beginners – a great start with the Six Easy Steps, anyone can learn this.
  2. Tai Chi for Arthritis  (also known as Tai Chi for Fall Prevention) – if you prefer a gentle start, have arthritis or other chronic conditions. This program is recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov) for preventing falls, it is suitable for almost anyone with or without arthritis.
  3. Tai Chi for Energy  – if you prefer a more challenging and faster-paced program.
  4. Tai Chi for Rehabilitation – an enjoyable way to aid recovery from major surgery, illness or just daily stress.
  5. Tai Chi for Diabetes – to improve the control of diabetes and minimize complications.
  6. Tai Chi for Osteoporosis – to strengthen bones and improve balance thereby reducing falls.
  7. Tai Chi @ Work – tailored to your working environment to relieve stress.tca
  8. Tai Chi 4 Kidz – a fun program to improve concentration and coordination.

B: You can learn from Dr Lam’s instructional DVD.  You will find it is almost as though you are attending Dr Lam’s class and he can read your mind and know what you need next! Be sure to set up a regular time to practice daily. Soon you will gain health benefits and enjoyment. Better still, you can go to the Dr Paul Lam Tai Chi for Health Institute’s website to find a class conducted by one of TCHI Board certified instructors, or come to one of Dr Lam’s workshops and meet him in person.

A very good way is to use both his DVD and attend a suitable tai chi class.

C: Continue to practice regularly, reach out to tai chi enthusiasts around you and practice with them. If you have not done that yet, find an instructor who resonates with you. Enjoy your journey to health and wellness. TCE DVD Cover

Visit the Tai Chi for Health Institute for access to thousands of TCHI Board certified instructors globally, subscribe to Dr Lam’s Newsletter for more information.

For the Tai Chi for Beginners and Arthritis programs there are downloadable lessons available.

You can also find tai chi books, many instructional DVDs, tai chi music and other material at Tai Chi Productions, created by Dr Lam for one single purpose – to improve your health and wellness. 

Related Articles:


Born Strong – Dr Paul Lam’s Memoir

BORN STRONG
 

 

Read reviews and sample chapters at Amazon. The ebook is also available. Click here to purchase from Tai Chi Productions. 

Watch an introductory Video Clip from Dr Lam 

Synopsis

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Born in Vietnam, Bon Trong—meaning “born strong”—was only ten months old when he was left with his grandmother in China. Little did anyone know that soon thereafter, the Communist Party under Mao Zedong would overtake China. For sixteen years, Bon Trong suffered abuse and terror from the Communist rule and narrowly escaped death from starvation during Mao’s disastrous Great Famine, when seventy millions did not. 
 
When Bon Trong was sixteen he escaped to Hong Kong, where he was distressed by the shock of the new culture and his heart-wrenching separation from his aunt. However, he was determined to win approval from his parents, from his family, but most of all, from himself.
 
Later in Australia he finally experienced freedom for the first time in his life. Paul, as he was now known, chose the path of healing early on when he decided to become a doctor. He came to realize how much he loved medicine, and it became clear his calling was to heal people.new-1
 
The years of starvation and malnutrition had left their mark with disabling arthritis since his teen.  He began studying tai chi with his father-in-law hoping to ease his painful arthritis. Moved by the art he became an avid learner and expert in tai chi. Feeling he could help others, he started teaching others. From classes locally to workshops to lectures globally to creating DVDs to writing books.  Dr Paul Lam has dedicated his life to spreading the health benefits of tai chi around the world. He has changed the lives of millions of people who seek to connect their mind, body, and spirit through tai chi, fulfilling his destiny to become a true healer. 
 

Reviews by (click the name to see review):swimming with kids

  • Peter Wayne, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and author of the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi
  • Bill Douglas, Founder of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, 2009 Inductee to the Internal Arts Hall of Fame, and author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to T’ai Chi & Qigong” 
  • Andy Choo PhD FAA., Professor of biomedical genetics, University of Melbourne and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute; Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science; Tai Chi teacher and researcher
  • Bob Casey, USA, author, poet, and student of tai chi
  • Pam Kircher, USA, retired Master Trainer and author of “Love is the Link”
  • Raymond Lau, Singapore, Consultant Rheumatologist and Professor, Master Trainer, Chair of TCHI
  • 37 readers reviews on 10th July 2015

“…Dr. Lam, perhaps more than anyone else on the planet, has been a force in expanding Tai Chi and Qigong into modern healthcare at all levels–has enabled modern healthcare to un-grip from its past of discounting Eastern wisdom, and reform itself into something new and larger, where Eastern and Western wisdom can join hands for the betterment of society. In some ways, all Tai Chi teacher’s working in hospitals are riding on the shoulders of Paul’s early work…In his book, Dr. Lam talks about how he resisted naming his school after himself, because he didn’t want it to be a cult of personality, but a way to expand Tai Chi knowledge into the world, enabling it to be owned by many. Our work organizing World Tai Chi Day events worldwide, which has included the participation of Paul and many teachers Paul Lam trained, seeks to follow Dr. Lam’s vision, empowering the entire world to see Tai Chi as “their thing” and even further expanding these amazing treasures from Chinese culture throughout the world.beach

Paul Lam’s amazing story about how Tai Chi healed him from a hard life of challenges, and enabled him to flower into an internationally recognized Tai Chi expert and trainer whose work has literally helped millions directly or indirectly, is a microcosmic example of what is possible for the world. We can evolve from our past, and blossom into something beautiful and extraordinary–just as Paul Lam has done with his amazing life. — Bill Douglas, Founder of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, 2009 Inductee to the Internal Arts Hall of Fame, and author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to T’ai Chi & Qigong”

“This is the story of . . . a man who has to rise above the chasm of death and impossible odds to turn the centuries-old esoteric Oriental art of Tai Chi into a Western-science-and-medicine-based system of healthcare that has deeply touched the lives of millions. It is a fable of humility, struggle, and heartbreak, but above all, of selfless sacrifice, unconditional love, staunch courage, and unwavering tenacity. An inspirational read . . .”— Andy Choo PhD FAA., Professor of biomedical genetics, University of Melbourne and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute; Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science; Tai Chi teacher and researcherpaul chen

“An inspiring and engaging personal story of healing and Tai Chi, written by a physician and Tai Chi master leading the integration of Tai Chi into healthcare worldwide.” — Peter Wayne, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and author of the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi
 
“Born Strong will first appeal to Dr. Lam’s million plus tai chi students whom he or his world-network of instructors have taught. But over time, the book will attract a much broader audience. Anyone who has faced adversity will find comfort through reading it. Dr. Lam weaves a story regarding the power of the indomitable human spirit striving and succeeding in overcoming what appear as insurmountable obstacles. Poverty, starvation, murderous regimes, debilitating health issues, severe bullying, and vast cultural differences are just a few in a litany of challenges faced and met. An added bonus is that he provides readers with suggested ideas and skill sets that will allow them to cope with their personal challenges.

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Ultimately, the book is really a love story for his aunt who sacrificed much for her nephew to succeed; his abiding love for family, both immediate and extended; and his passion for tai chi, a life-changing way of life. This story of love and excitement for life will touch readers to the very core of their being.” –  Bob Casey, USA, author, poet, and student of tai chi
 
Faced with difficult obstacles throughout his life, Dr. Lam met each challenge with determination, courage, and hope.  That combination brought him from starvation as a child in Maoist China to the life of a family doctor in Australia and the development of the Tai Chi for Health programs that have brought greater health to millions throughout the world. This riveting story inspires each of us to embrace our lives and ask, “what more might I do to fulfill my life’s purpose?” – Dr Pam Kircher, USA, retired Master Trainer and author of “Love is the Link”
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“Thank you very much, Dr Lam. It is a very good book. It has captured the human spirit of resilience and grit, and the emotions were subtly and accurately portrayed. I believe the universal truth is this: unconditional love can embrace and transform all that seem  unlovable or insurmountable for the better.” – Raymond Lau, Singapore, Consultant Rheumatologist and Professor, Master Trainer, Chair of TCHI

A reader’s reaction, by Eileen Bandcroft

I received the signed copy of “Born Strong” yesterday.  I read it in one sitting!! I found it incredibly inspiring and deeply, deeply moving partly I suspect because, like your beautiful Aunt, I too raised an abandoned child, in much less difficult conditions,but nevertheless when you spoke of your Aunt I had a deep sense of the love she felt for you just as I do for my granddaughter who I have raised since the age of six when her Mum died and her Dad abandoned her.  She was my reason for living at that time and since then has been the jewel in the crown of my life.  Unconditional love is unconditional love whatever the circumstances and my belief is that special children l

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ike you  are sent to teach those of us who are privileged to raise you, many lessons not least of all the “gifts of the darkness” and also that the flame of hope is always there deep within us if we have the courage to believe.

I am so grateful that ACC chose Tai Chi for Health to be their falls prevention modality as without that happening there is no way I would be part of the tai chi family and have the gift of teaching tai chi in my life and to you I am grateful for your courage and determination to bring Tai Chi for Health to the World.

Congratulations on the wonderful book.  I hope it sells hugely worldwide so that people can be touched and inspired in the way that I have been.

Eileen Bandcroft, Instructor, Pukekohe, New Zealand

You can read more reviews on Amazon, and place your own review there.

 
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Extract 1

“Certainly Chairman Mao couldn’t hear the rumbling in my stomach, and he must not have known that someone stole our rice.  Otherwise he would have come to our rescue.  I had, after all, squeezed my eyes tight and prayed – his kind face in my mind’s eye, asking him for an overflowing bowl of rice and not the mere handful of tiny grains Aunt always made into congee.  But even the thin, tasteless porridge seemed like a royal feast now that our ration had been stolen a full five days before we would receive more rice.
Once verdant and lush, the land around us stood consumed.  The sky no longer home to birds, the rice paddies and river no longer a haven for the small fish I once walked past, and the land no longer bursting forth with vegetation. small gp
By the third day without food, my stomach stopped rumbling, and I heard only silence as my spirit slipped from my body and began to float.”
 

Extract 2: My Recipe for Health

I always enjoy finding all the factors of a problem and creating a formula to solve it.  I applied it to understanding how the body and mind function, and working out ways to make them work better. I cherished finding the right therapy to solve each individual’s health challenge, and in tai chi I love to find the most effective way to develop and enjoy the art. 
Ultimately, I love to find a solution to empower people for better health and wellness.  I talk to my patients, friends and tai chi colleagues and participants of my workshops about this topic frequently. Here is a recipe for health that I have found it works for me and many of the people I have interacted with. Most of these are woven into this book.

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The Ingredients:

  • Positivity
  • Responsibility
  • Activity
  • Engagement
  • Interaction

1.Positivity

I try to focus on the positive or bright side, though it is human nature to focus on the negative.  That can be helpful in extreme circumstances – it makes us work harder in case of disaster.  In normal times, however, negativity can adversely affect our health, thinking and relationships.  By looking for the best qualities in people I enhance my relationship with them.  Everyone likes to be recognised, which help them to be more confident and more effective and their attitude becomes more positive towards me – a win-win situation. 

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Whenever I feel down I remind myself to “song” my joints – a tai chi state of gently loosening the joints, thus strengthen the body and induce relaxation, and to stand tall.  I may not be feeling great, but that simple change in posture tricks my mind into feeling less stressed, and thinking more upright.

Even at really bad times, being sad does not make matters any better. I find the psychologists were helpful when they said: “if you cannot be happy, pretend to be, and soon you would!” Even if I cannot be happy, I would be better off than focusing at sadness.

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2.   Responsibility

I realised in my twenties that I needed to take responsibility for my own health.  With crippling arthritis I could have relied entirely on drugs to keep me relatively pain free.  It took dedication to establish a major improvement through tai chi, but on the way I learned that keeping physical and mental balance in my life was the best way to cope with the condition, as well as most matters in my life. 

As I develop, I take more responsibility for my actions.  Whenever something goes wrong, I make a great effort not to blame the circumstances and other people, not even the weather! Blaming anything including myself does not help me to get to a better place, it is a waste of time; it might sooth my insecurity for a little while but does not help it at all. I find it more helpful to focus on analysing the situation rationally, what was done well and what can be improved. Very importantly to develop inner strength which would reduce insecurity.

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I also learned to be responsible for my reaction to other’s actions. For example, when someone makes a racially discriminative remark, I hold my anger and make a great effort to keep my mind balanced. If that person means to upset me and if I become angry, he or she controls me. If it was an innocent mistake, I would have got upset for nothing, worse still, an angry reaction would harm my relationship with that person. It is my responsibility to stay calm and find the most rational way to deal with the situation ….   (More in the book)

Links to Free Tai Chi Lessons– be sure to check with your health professional before you start

  • If you are looking for the best exercise for the body and mind in 15 minuste; try Tai Chi for Beginners 
  • Or you something more challenging for the same reason; try Tai Chi for Energy
  • If you are a person with arthritis, fibromyalgia, MS, stroke or most other chronic conditions; try Tai Chi for Arthritis

For more Free Tai Chi lessons please visit Dr Lam’s instructional DVD and books.

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3. Free Tai Chi Lessons from Dr Paul Lam

Welcome to my class!

Take a good look and pick the most suitable tai chi program below for you. Do watch the introduction with instructions on how to gain the best benefits from tai chi, and allow yourself time to follow my lesson and practice regularly. Beginners DVD Cover200

Watching my lesson from your couch will not do much for your health. Follow me as though you are in my class, practice regularly and you will gain health benefits and enjoyment and even feel the magic of qi (the life energy) in time. Learning the entire program would work best, go to my production website at www.taichiproductions.com for the complete programs.

Below is the list of free lessons. Enjoy! 

  1. Tai Chi for Beginners – a great start with the Six Easy Steps, almost anyone can learn this.
  2. Tai Chi for Energy  – if you prefer a more challenging and faster-paced program.
  3. Tai Chi for Arthritis  – if you prefer a gentle start, or have arthritis or other chronic conditions. This program is recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov) for preventing falls, it is suitable for almost anyone with or without any medical condition to improve health and wellness.
  4. Tai Chi for Arthritis Part II DVD – only if you have done the complete Tai Chi for Arthritis program, try out the extra power of qi.
  5. TCE DVD CoverTai Chi for Energy II – you did well with Tai Chi for Energy, now try twice the energy!
  6. Tai Chi for Rehabilitation – the easiest and more profound program for anyone from recovering from surgery and illness to just relax and grow qi.
  7. The 24 Forms – try the world’s most popular set of forms, you will learn it more easily once you have learned Tai Chi for Beginners.
  8. The 73 Forms – if you wish to go further after practising and being familiar with Tai Chi for Arthritis I and II.

You can purchase downloadable lessons for the Tai Chi for Beginners and Arthritis programs. The instructional DVDs are designed to be user friendly, you will find it is almost like you were in my class. A DVD will give you sharper images, with a menu to navigate. Real lessons are hard to beat, you can go to the Dr Paul Lam Tai Chi for Health Institute’s website to find a class. Or come to one of Dr Lam’s workshops. Or better still use my DVD to help you with tai chi lessons.

You can also find Tai Chi books, other instructional DVDs, tai chi music and other material, all created by Dr Lam for one single purpose – to improve your health and wellness. TCA 220x120 new

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Published Studies by Dr Paul Lam and Associates

Published Studies
This list included most studies with Dr Lam’s name as an author or co-author.
 
Published Studies:
1. Lam P. New horizons…developing tai chi for health care. Journal of Australian Family Physician. 1998 Jan-Feb;27(1-2):100-1.
2. Lam, P. (2004). “Tai Chi for ageing and its associated chronic conditions.” Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 12(3): 347-347.
3. Song, Lee E, Lam P, Bae S. Effects of Tai Chi exercise on pain, balance, muscle strength, and physical functioning in older women with osteoarthritis: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of Rheumatology. Sept 2003. 30:9 page 2039-2044.
4. Lam P and Stephenson A. Tai Chi for Back Pain: Rationale and Available Evidence Supporting Tai Chi as a Complementary Treatment. Journal Medical Paradigm. August 2004 page 5-12 (journal no longer in publication)
5. Orr R, Tsang T, Lam P, Comino E, Fiatarone M. Mobility Impairment in Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Care. Volume 29, Number 9, Sept 2006. page 2120-2122
6. Fransen M, Nairn L, Winstanley J, Lam P,  Edmonds J.  A Randomized Control Trial Of 200 Subjects Comparing Tai Chi, Hydrotherapy And Control, To Measure Improvement In Pain, Physical Function, Muscular Strength And Walking Capacity. Arthritis Care and Research.. Vol.57, No.3, April 15, 2007, pp407-414.
7. Tsang T, Orr R, Lam P, Comino E, Fiatarone M. Health benefits of Tai Chi for older patients with Type 2 diabetes: The “Move It for Diabetes Study” – A randomized controlled trial. Clinical Interventions in Aging 2007:2(3) 429-439
8. Paul Lam, Sarah M Dennis, Terry H Diamond, Nicholas Zwar. Improving Glycaemic and BP control in type 2 diabetes The effectiveness of Tai Chi. Australian Family Physician Vol. 37, No. 10, October 2008 P884-887
9. Lam P Tai Chi for fall prevention.  NZ Family Physician Journal.  June 2006 volume 33 number 3 page 202
10. Song, R., Lee, E. O., Lam, P., & Bae. S. C. (2007). Effects of a Sun-style Tai Chi exercise on arthritic symptoms, motivation and the performance of health behaviors in women with osteoarthritis. Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing (English), 37(2), 249-256.
11. Song, R. Lee, E. O., Bae, S. C., Ahn, Y. H., Paul Lam, Lee, I. O. (2007). Effects of Tai Chi Self-help program on glucose control, cardiovascular risks, and quality of life in type II diabetic patients. Journal of Muscle and Joint Health, 14(1), 13-25.
12. E Lee, Aeyong Eom, Rhayun Song, Young Ran Chae. Factors Influencing Quality of Life in Patients with Gastrointestinal Neoplasms. Journal Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing . 2008 ISSN 1598-2874 Vol(Ed.) 38(5)
13. M Lee, Paul Lam, E Ernst. Effectiveness of tai chi for Parkinson’s disease: A critical review. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, Pages 589-594, ISSN 1353-8020, Vol(Ed.) 14(8, 2008)
14. Ching-Huey Chen, Miaofen Yen, Susan Fetzer, Li-Hua Lo, Paul Lam. Asian Nursing Research December 2008 Vol 2 No 4, The Effects of Tai Chi Exercise on Elders with Osteoarthritis: A Longitudinal Study.
 15. Myeong Soo Lee, Paul Lam, Edzard Ernst; A critical review: Effectiveness of tai chi for Parkinson’s disease. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders; December 2008; Vol. 14, Issue 8, Pages 589-594.
16. Song, R., Lee, E. O., Lam, P., Bae, S. C. (2009). Effects of Tai Chi or Self-help Program on Balance, Flexibility, Oxygen Consumption, and Muscle Strength in Women with Osteoarthritis. Journal of Korean Academy of Fundamental Nursing, 16(1), 30-38.
17. Song, R․, Eom, A., Lee, E. O., Lam, P․ & Bae, S-C. (2009).  Effects of Tai Chi combined with Self-help Program on Arthritic Symptoms and Fear of Falling in Women with Osteoarthritis.  Journal of Muscle and Joint Health, 16(1), 46-54.
18. Amanda M Hall, Chris G Maher, Jane Latimer, Manuela L Ferreira and Paul Lam. A randomized controlled trial of tai chi for long-term low back pain (TAI CHI): Study rationale, design, and methods. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2009, 10:55 (28 May 2009).
19. Eun Ok Lee, Young Ran Chae, Rhayun Song, Aeyong Eom, Paul Lam, and Margaret Heitkemper. Feasibility and Effects of a Tai Chi Self-Help Education Program for Korean Gastric Cancer Survivors, Oncology Nursing Forum • Vol. 37, No. 1, January 2010
20. Rhayun Song, Beverly L. Roberts, Eun-Ok Lee, Paul Lam, Sang-Cheol Bae. A Randomized Study of the Effects of T’ai Chi on Muscle Strength, Bone Mineral Density, and Fear of Falling in Women with Osteoarthritis. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Volume 16, Number 2, 2010, pp. 1–7
21. Michelle DiGiacomo, Paul Lam, Beverly L. Roberts, Tang Ching Lau, Rhayun Song, Patricia M. Davidson. Exploring the Reasons for Adherence to T’ai Chi Practice.The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. December 2010, 16(12): 1245-1246.
22. Amanda M. Hall, Chris G. Maher, Paul Lam, Manuela Ferreira, Jane Latimer. Tai Chi Exercise for Treatment of Pain and Disability in People With Persistent Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Arthritis Care & Research. Vol. 63, No. 11, November 2011, pp 1576–1583
23. Hua Ren,Veronica Collins, Sandy J. Clarke, Jin-Song Han, Paul Lam, Fiona Clay, Lara M.Williamson, K. H. Andy Choo. Epigenetic Changes in Response to Tai Chi Practice: A Pilot Investigation of DNA Methylation Marks. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume March 2012, Article ID 841810, 9 pages. 
 

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