Tai Chi for Cystic Fibrosis – Interesting!

By on 03/04/2015
tai chi for cystic fibrosis

Tai Chi for Cystic Fibrosis


 Can Tai Chi Help With Cystic Fibrosis?

As a Respiratory Therapist, when I saw this headline in the DailyMail.com  linking tai chi to helping cystic fibrosis, it quickly grabbed my attention. Since Cystic Fibrosis is not a structural problem (not a neuromuscular or joint-related condition) I wondered how TC could actually “help” it?   Let me first explain what Cystic Fibrosis is.

What Is Cystic Fibrosis Anyway?

In a nutshell, Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects the exocrine glands. Exocrine glands are responsible for producing secretions that go through “ducts” into an area “external” to itself. So for example, salivary glands excrete saliva through ducts into the mouth. Sweat glands are exocrine because they excrete sweat through ducts onto the surface of the skin, and so on.

In Cystic Fibrosis, exocrine glands of the digestive and pulmonary (lungs) system show the primary symptoms.   These glands overproduce, and the secretions are “thicker” than normal. Think of this; have you ever had a severe respiratory cold that “settles in your lungs”? Or have you had pneumonia or bronchitis where you have a lot of “phlegm” in the lungs and you are constantly coughing it up? Well, that excessive lung secretions is similar to what a person with Cystic Fibrosis experiences all the time!  Every day they are challenged with clearing the constant secretions. And infections easily settle in the lungs resulting in numerous bouts of respiratory infection, each of which takes its toll on the person.

We all understand what a challenge it can be to keep our bodies healthy. Millions turn to taking vitamins and supplements to help us just normally. When we get sick or if we are suffering a certain medical condition we tend to rely even more on supplements to help us get extra vitamins and minerals, to help us overcome whatever health conditions we are battling. With that said, the Cystic Fibrosis person has a much harder time assimilating nutrients from food just normally! This is due to the effect discussed earlier with altered digestive secretions.  So imagine how much more they need that nutrition when they get an infection!  It is sort of a double-whammy!

The following video is not Mr. Lawler from this article, but another gentleman’s testimony personal experience with tai chi and cystic fibrosis.  Very interesting!

Can Tai Chi Help Cystic Fibrosis?

So now that you understand a little about Cystic Fibrosis, you can see why I was interested when I read this story about a study to see how Tai Chi can help cystic fibrosis patients.  A gentleman named Mr. Lawler (sorry, did not see a first name in the article) is the younger brother to Tracy Lawler.  Tracy battled cystic fibrosis all her life and died at the age of 24.  Mr Lawler who also has CF. got together with the family and they established a trust fund in Tracy’s honor to help others with Cystic Fibrosis.

The trust fund is called the Tracie Lawlor Trust for Cystic Fibrosis (TLT4CF).  “The family’s aim was to help CF patients and fund evidence-based complementary medicine for CF sufferers, to help improve their quality of life.The study is being carried out by a team of researchers from London’s South Bank University at the Royal Brompton Hospital in the capital.   Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2756651/Woman-died-24-cystic-fibrosis-inspires-research-Tai-Chi-ease-symptoms-life-limiting-disease.html#ixzz3TQWLUM6v

Since he notices a benefit to his cystic fibrosis from Tai Chi, they have launched an exciting new study to document the benefit tai chi has on cystic fibrosis!

My Lawler currently practices tai chi and says  “It is something I do to help my CF and it helps my mental and overall feeling of wellbeing.


Speaking about the trust fund,
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They have fund raising activities to raise money for the fund – you can read more about that and the whole story here at   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2756651/Woman-died-24-cystic-fibrosis-inspires-research-Tai-Chi-ease-symptoms-life-limiting-disease.html

Woman who died at 24 from cystic fibrosis inspires research into how Tai Chi …
Daily Mail, on Wed, 17 Sep 2014 03:25:43 -0700
A new study into the benefits of Tai Chi for patients suffering cystic fibrosis is being funded by the family of a woman who lost her life to the disease. Tracie Lawlor died in November 2007 of sepsis, after being admitted to hospital for what




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