Ayurveda of Thailand: Indigenous Traditional Thai Medicine and Yoga Therapy
New comprehensive textbook on the Ayurveda and Thai Yoga of Thailand!
Brooksville, FL, Release Date: 09/05/2016 –
Ayurveda of Thailand: Indigenous Traditional Thai Medicine and Thai Yoga are part of what makes Thailand, Thailand. The Royal ( Court or “Southern” Style) is the most classical form.
The book provides clear and concise instructions and details for the practice in a clinical setting. Over 160 photo and graphic illustrations present each traditional application in a logical format.
Readers will especially appreciate the detailed and well researched history and medical anthropology of Thailand’s great contribution to the world heritage of indigenous, traditional medicine systems. Thai Yoga Therapy is on par with Traditional Chinese Medicine and others.
It has become the nucleus of a new lifestyle and right livelihood for the thousands of US and Thai students, practitioners and teachers. Indigenous, Traditional Thai Massage (Indigenous Thai Yoga Therapy), also called “Ryksaa Thang Nuad Phaen Boran Thai” or the “ancient Chirothesia (Yoga Therapy) or hands-on healing” of Thailand, is born of a long tradition.
This unique system of indigenous, traditional, natural medicine and Yoga therapy finds it’s ancient roots first in the traditions of classical Ayurveda as far back as the 5th century BCE. Subsequently, the Vedic health and medical practices eventually became common practice in SE Asia. Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand were heavily influenced by succeeding generations of Buddhist influence, philosophy and practice. Some form of this traditional medicine has been taught and practiced in various locations for about 2500 years.
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The outstanding credits of Anthony B. James DNM(P), ND(T, MD(AM), DPHC(h.c.),OMD, PhD,RAC,SMOKH include: Author, lecturer, Aachan and Master of Indigenous,Traditional Thai Medicine and Indigenous, Traditional Thai Massage, Traditional Naturopath, Medical Doctor(AM) specializing in Pastoral, Indigenous, Traditional, Natural, Native American and alternative medicine, Registered Ayurveda Clinician and Doctor of Philosophy in Indigenous Medicine.
Over 20,000 students have gone through his SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapies® educational programs since 1984. Honored by Royal Thai Government several times,TAT, Receiver of the Friend of Thailand award for Thai Medicine, Bangkok, Aachan and/or Master teacher and FIRST Westerner authorized to share Traditional Thai Medical Massage (Thai Yoga Therapy) in the west.
SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Practitioner graduates are aware, we are constantly striving to bring you the most intensive, comprehensive, practical and genuine programs possible. Over the last 35 years we have made many improvements to the delivery of our SomaVeda® Thai Yoga practitioner programs. Continuing in this tradition we are offering an upgrade to the SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Practitioner Certification intermediate program affectionately called CTP2.
Beginning in June of 2016 we will be changing the title, name, requirements and certificate being offered for the CTP2!
The new name for CTP2 is the SomaVeda® Ayurveda Wellness Counselor: CTP2. (SomaVeda® Thai Yoga: intermediate level )
There are additional in class requirements, new course information and emphasis for AWC: CTP2 continuing education students. Greater emphasis on mastery and understanding of how to counsel, educate and minister to patients. New vinyasa flows, new Yoga Therapy techniques, New strategies for assisting those with spiritual, mental and emotional issues. New Sacred Nutrition and Diet strategies, New adjuncts and more advanced information of using herbs, supplements, Intro to Ayurveda Homeopathy/ Naturopathy and making individualized remedies and much more.
The Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Certification establishes you as a SomaVeda® style Ayurveda Counselor and enhances both you own life and practice but brings greater credibility and recognition to your clients. This course will expand your knowledge of Ayurveda, Thai Yoga Therapy and Yoga Therapy related health care. The intermediate level course work will provide your clients with additional and or completely new and supportive health care offerings.
The more detailed marketing and business development course work will keep you on track developing and or expanding your existing practice. Of course we will continue your education on the legal practice of SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy, Ayurveda and Indigenous, traditional, Natural medicine! Remember, under our NAIC umbrella and authorization, as a SomaVeda® Thai Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Counselor you are legal to practice in all 50 states and Canada with no additional licensing required!
There are new additional requirements to receive the SomaVeda Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Certificate: CTP2
35 hours, Supervised Clinical Practice: A minimum of five (5) SomaVeda® Therapeutic Day Protocols. (SomaVeda® Client Practice Log submitted as documentation and signed off by Chief Instructor). We are making the Client Practice log available to all scheduled CTP2 students on request.
Book and Materials Fee for AWC: CTP2 is $150.00 (Due on registration or 30 days before scheduled CTP2)
Please note! CTP2 students who do not complete the full requirements for the Ayurveda Wellness Counselor (AWC) certificate will be issued the standard CTP2 (intermediate) Certificate.
Effective immediately, all new CTP2 continuing education registrations will be required to meet the current AWC: CTP2 requirements for graduation.
The Ayurveda Wellness Counselor: CTP2 is now the first of three Ayurveda Certifications we are proud to offer:
1. 235 hr. Ayurveda Wellness Counselor (Includes CTP1 class hours)
SCNM: Thai Yoga Center SomaVeda March CTP Thai Yoga Graduating Class
March 4th. to 30th. 2016
What an amazing 27 days it was! Students from all over the US gathered together once again for an intensive residential training in the SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Practitioner Certificate course of study. All classes were hosted at the NAIC/ SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine, Thai Yoga Center and NAIC Botanical Gardens.
Several different programs ran concurrently the 200 Hr. CTP1 (Basic Level), 200 hour CTP2 ( Intermediate Level), and SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Teacher (Advanced). Additionally, several students were also completing additional course work in both the 650 Hr. Ayurveda Health Counselor (NAMA) and 10025 Hr. Ayurveda Yoga Therapist Certificate Programs.
Staff included: Aachan, Dr. Anthony B. James, Khruu Dr. Julie James, Senior Staff Teacher Khruu Daniel Kram assisted by SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Certified Teacher Tim Ryan and Assistant SomaVeda® Teacher Candidate Khruu Maureen Hughes.
We are proud to announce our newest SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Certified Teacher and Adjunct SCNM: Thai Yoga Center Faculty: Dr. Maureen Hughes PhD. Dr. Hughes completed the 1028 hr. TCP and received her certification and authorization to teach directly from Aachan, Dr. Anthony B. James during the graduation. Congratz!
The CTP intensives include training and practice in three distinctive regional, styles of Traditional Thai Massage: Southern/ Royal Method (Buddhai Sawan, Wat Po, Anantasuk, Wiangklangkanwan Industrial College), Northern/ Lanna Method (Old Medicine Hospital, Wat Suan Dok- Mama Lek Chaiya Nerve Touch, Sawankholok- Tawee Blind Masseur Style), and Hill Tribe (Karen/ Akha/ Lisu) and well as SomaVeda® Thai Yoga eclectic medical and clinical applications. The traditional Thai Massage curriculum follows the UTTS/ Royal Thai Ministry of Traditional Thai Medicine / UN WHO guidelines for competency based training in indigenous and traditional Thai Massage (Thai Yoga).
Additional course work completed included: B.E.T./ EFT counseling methods for mental health and emotional counseling, Vedic Nutrition and Sacred food- Nutritional strategies and alternatives for treating major health issues with proper nutrition, eating and targeted supplementation, Ayurveda and Vedic Philosophy and principles, Yoga and Thai Therapy for wellness and remediation of diseases such as Cancer, Diabetes and Heart Disease, SomaVeda® Thai Yoga for health maintenance and palliative care of ill patients, Counseling guides for Ministerial Practice, SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Table, SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Chair, SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Partner Massage, Native American and Vedic Herbology, Legal Guidelines for SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Practitioners, Counselors and Therapist, Practice Ethics, Marketing and practice building and Native American Healing and Health Care, Research, Clinical Trials and Science behind traditional medicine and more. Over fifteen different breakout modules were included in the full certificate program.
The idea is that the day after the course is completed every student has the basics to open a successful and thriving SomaVeda® Thai Yoga clinical practice appropriate for their current level of competency. It is important to note that under the NAIC/ SomaVeda® Thai Yoga system all graduates are immediately authorized to practice legally in all 50 states including Canada with no additional licensing or governmental approvals required!
Please Note! Every student in the March 2016 SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Practitioner Certificate Program received either a full or partial NAIC Tuition Grant or Scholarship. We remain committed that finances should not be the primary consideration in determining whether students gain access to our indigenous, traditional medicine training.
Students and faculty also enjoyed the Florida Sunshine and beautiful weather by participating in various karma yoga projects on the sanctuary. Working on the land is a great respite from long class days! We worked together on various projects from permaculture intensive gardening, beautification and clean up, soil building and maintenance, Spring prepping and soil building/ composting.
Native American Indigenous Church College of Natural Medicine (NAIC/ SCNM) operates under compliance, as a degree granting institution through exemption, by the Florida State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities under Section 1005.06 (1) (f), FLA Statutes. The state, like other states, does not require accreditation or theological accreditation for our religious education based programs.
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New information: Coffee Super Food: May Reduce Risk of Endometrial Cancer!
I published my first article of Coffee Super Food Nov. 11, 2013. There have been some significant new studies and scientific papers supporting Coffee use since then. I am updating this information accordingly.
There’s a lot of hype and mythology today regarding coffee and the consumption of coffee as possibly unhealthy. Many physicians for years have been warning their patients about the supposed risks associated with coffee drinking. They have said that coffee will raise your blood pressure, lead to heart disease, give you ulcers or make you diabetic. One gentleman I recently spoke to at his coffee bistro which he owns and operates, related to me how his personal physician had stated to him, “Drink another cup and you might die!”.
In the moment I was trying to relate to what a successful coffee shop owner might think or feel having been given this little gem of wisdom by his personal physician. As a physician and coffee drinker myself, I have heard over time both pro’s and supposed con’s. My new friends dilemma is the genesis for this article.
I’m sure he is not the only one. Drinking that cup of fresh, organic, properly roasted and brewed, premium coffee with a bit of guilt and or shame if not out right fear! Let’s work together to clear this up.
Please keep in mind that coffee like anything should be used or consumed in moderation and not to excess. However, I hope to show that there is an increasing database of scientific articles and research supporting health promoting properties. Most of the supposed harmful effects of coffee have been attributed to caffeine, however, there are more than 1000 different chemicals and bio-active compounds found additionally in coffee and many of them actually buffer the effects of the single constituent of caffeine! (20), (21)
History of Coffee (Brief!)
The origins of the word “Coffee” are actually Dutch which is based on a transliteration of the truncated Arabic term of “qahhwat al-bun” ‘ Wine of the bean’. Coffee, grown, processed and consumed the way we do today has been in practice as fa back as back goes! It has been part of native culture and indigenous traditions of ancient Ethiopia and the Arabian peninsula from which it spread to the rest of Africa and on to Indonesia and SE Asia and then to the America’s. it’s original use was closely associated with spiritual practices requiring extended night time devotions. It was noted from the 1500’s that drinking coffee “drove away fatigue and lethargy, and brought to the body a certain sprightliness and vigour“. There is a dark side of the coffee history Coffee was one of the products such as sugar which played a role in the development and expansion of the slave trade in the early America’s. (1)
The introduction of coffee into the diet of the ancient Arabs and the subsequent development of the coffee house, coffee salon may have contributed greatly to the development of all of the arts at that time. Story telling, conversation, revolution, culture, mathematics, literature, philosophy, music, dance were all fair game. From a cultural developmental point of view it would be difficult to separate the positive influence of coffee and it’s gathering places from other important societal influences.
From the scientific literature here are some results:
May Lower Risk of Death!
From Heart / Coronary Heart Disease, diabetes, stroke, death due to inflammatory disease. There are even some evidence that coffee drinkers perish at lower rates from injuries and accidents! Coffee appears to support longevity and reduce risk of death from many possible illnesses. (19)
The New England Journal of Medicine published a 14-year study of 402,260 American men and women titled “Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause specific Mortality” stated “As compared with men who did not drink coffee, men who drank 6 or more cups of coffee per day had a 10% lower risk of death, whereas women in this category of consumption had a 15% lower risk.” Researchers also found that as coffee consumption increased, the risk of death decreased. It made no difference whether the coffee was “Decaffeinated or not. (2)
Type 2 Diabetes: Several studies support the role of coffee in reducing the harmful effects of Type 2 diabetes. One Japanese study in 2010 showed this protective effect. Additional health benefit demonstrate included that coffee doubles glucose intake, which will reduce blood glucose levels stabilizing blood sugar levels. (3), (4)
CARDIO-VASCULAR DISEASE: Consumption of coffee is associated with reduced risk of death attributed to inflammatory and cardiovascular diseases in the Iowa Women’s Health Study. ( 5), (6)
Endothelial Function: or healthier Endothelium (Lining of the blood and lymphatic vessels). Anything that supports the proper or improved Endothelial function supports longevity and proper functioning of all of the organs, circulatory process, healing of wounds and regeneration of tissues. This includes Rhuematic conditions and inflammatory processes. So what would these conditions relative to Endothelia health be? Here’s a partial list: atherosclerosis, hypertension and thrombosis often seen in coronary artery disease, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, as well as in smokers. (7)
New! Endometrial Cancer: In a study published in the Medical Journal Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers & Prevention, cited by PubMed.Org, Coffee was reported to lower levels of estrogen and insulin. Researchers in a 2011 study indicated these two hormones are implicated in increased risk of endometrial cancer. Further the study showed that fewer than 4 cups per day resulted in as much as a 25% lower risk than in those individuals who consumed 1 or less cups per day. However, they also said that additives such as sugar and cream to the coffee could offset benefits.(28) So if we are speaking of Coffee as part of an overall natural treatment approach then black coffee is the way to go. More recently, a study Published in the February issue, 2016 of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, scientists found that drinking roughly 26 to 37 ounces of coffee per day reduced endometrial cancer by up to 18 percent. The study did not differentiate between whole, organic vs. decaf etc. Another trial involving consumption of 26 ounces per day identified a similar reduction, reportsCBS News. (25, 26, 27) The bottom line? Coffee Super food: May Reduce Risk of Endometrial Cancer!
Prostrate Cancer: One large study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute of almost 50,000 men, found that men who drinks six cups of coffee per day had a 60% lower risk of lethal prostate cancer. (8)
BRAIN FUNCTION: May protect from the degenerative conditions of Parkinsonson’s, Alzheimers and dementia disease. The exact reasons and or mechanisms that allow coffee to protect or support anti-aging or healthy brain function are as yet still unknown. The average person would be shocked to learn that there are over 1000 natural chemical compounds in the coffee that might have potential to affect health. This ancient herb infusion of the Arabica genus is one of the most complex foods on the planet. Additionally coffee may reduce some of the potential harmful side effects of dangerous chlorine based pesticides and herbicides such as Rotenone, Paraquat and Roundup. Coffees effects and possible benefits of brain function are being systematically being researched around the world. (9), (10)
ANTI-OXIDENTS: Japanese researcher Kenichi Yanagimoto showed that some of the antioxidants in brewed coffee remained effective for 15 to 30 days! He and other researchers have demonstrated that drinking brewed coffee which contains many antioxidants may inhibit diseases caused by oxidative damage. Which diseases are those? Try and find one chronic disease that does not share an indicator of oxidative damage as part of it’s morphology and pathology. (11)
We could easily go on! Additional conditions and disease which research suggest helpful, beneficial effects from coffee consumption include but are not limited to: Cirrhosis & Liver Cancer (12) (13), Kidney Cancer (14), Colorectal Cancer (15), Stroke (16) (17), Stomach and Gastrointestinal Flora (Gut Bacteria) (18), Hypertension, LDL Cholesterol, Cardia arrhythmia’s, Lactation, Endothelial Cancer (22), Breast Cancer (23)(24)
How much coffee should one consume?
That’s a good question and currently there is no hard and fast rule. While some of the studies and resources I have included here seem to indicate that the more the better, I think it’s actually important to self monitor and regulate based on how you feel. Some studies showed significant health benefits with consuming as many as four to six cups a day! However, when you feel your a your limit, drink more water! Shaking hands, nervous anxiety etc. show you it’s time for more water. Also, no matter how much coffee you drink daily, remember coffee should not be a substitute for water. The average person needs somewhere close to half their body weight in water every day to avoid dehydration and on the downside coffee is also known to be a diuretic.
Lastly avoid all the condiments, sugars, syrups, creams etc. as they do not have the health benefit of just the freshly brewed coffee. It’s also a quality issue. For example a properly brewed, good quality, organic, coffee regardless of origin, will have more and better flavor profile. It will be less acidic or bitter and pleasing for the palate without all the adjuncts and additives. So, properly brewed, fresh, good quality coffee for maximum health benefit. It’s time for a guilt and fear free cup or two of Java.
Coffee Super food: Coffee deserves it’s place at the “Super Food” table!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.
SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine now accepting Spring Enrollment. SCNM College Degrees Based on Thai Yoga and Ayurveda are perfect for students and professionals desiring quality education in natural medicine arts and sciences.
SCNM College Degree programs are competency based and offer a combination of both in-class didactic and hands on training and computer based distance learning. The residential course modules are done live at our beautiful five acre botanical sanctuary and the on-line courses can be completed any where their is a reliable internet connection. Anyone can become an expert and or source person in Natural Medicine. The courses are practical and provide all the educational content appropriate for each degree program. Self paced means learn and master the material at your own pace. Highly motivated individuals can complete under-graduate and a post graduate Doctorate in two to three years.
Eligibility to enroll is based on completion of one residential program the “200 Hr. SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Practitioner Certificate Course“. Once satisfactorily completed the prospective SCNM student is eligible to enroll in any of our advanced courses and or SCNM College Degrees Based on Thai Yoga/ Ayurveda/ Indigenous/ Traditional and or Natural Medicine.
As a non-profit, church based seminary SCNM is able to offer the lowest cost tuition and most generous Grants and Scholarships! Additionally, several of our degree paths will offer credit for previous education, professional certification and life experience towards completion.
We are always proud to see SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Certified Practitioner Graduates who take their healing mission to heart. CTP1 graduate Carrie Szampanski has worked in her Native American religious community to create a dynamic tribal organization which will be integrating SomaVeda® Thai Yoga into the spiritually based holistic services offered in the new ONACS Open Path community. Dr. Anthony B. James and Javier Gonzalez presided over the Blessing Ceremony. Carrie and the indigenous medicine elders in her community such as Javier Gonzalez and Norberto Jurasek in service to Mother Earth will be offering whole life counseling and spiritual healing in the greater Austin area.
The September 200 Hr. SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Practitioner Certificate Program
Officially we have successfully completed our first year here at the ONACS Sanctuary hosting programs with the SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine and The Thai Yoga Center. Students from around the country attended intensive course work and in-class practice in the CTP1 curriculum. Course work included but was not limited to: Thai Traditional Medicine, Thai Traditional Massage: SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapies: Thai Yoga style, Classical Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy, Sacred Nutrition and food based therapies, GMO issues, SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Table, SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Chair, Classic Southern Method (Buddhai Sawan, Wat Po, Anantasuk styles), Classic Northern Method (Nuad Boran, Lek Chaiya, Tawee styles), Jap Sen, Tok Sen, Hill Tribe variants, Thai Yoga scientific research, Indications and Contra-indications, Psycho-spiritual and emotional therapeutics, Ayurveda Theory and Philosopy and specific ONACS Protocols for bringing relief of suffering to those afflicted with Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Chronic Pain and inflammatory disorders such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Gut Dysbiosis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Students additionally completed studies on Natural and non-invasive alternatives using both traditional and evolving therapeutic approaches to infection and infectious disorders such as Lymes Disease, AIDS, Lupus and many more.
Also included course work on Native American Medicine, ceremony and practices which also included a field trip to the Pan-O-Kee Inter-tribal Powwow. We met with tribal elders and participated up close and personal Native Crafts, Music and traditional Dancing.
Students received instruction on over 62 different established Health and wellness benefits of Thai Yoga and Traditional Thai Massage both traditional and modern scientifically validated.
Additional course work included practice, business and ministry ethics and practice building.
To see complete CTP1 course description CLICK HERE!
June 2015: 200 Hour SomaVeda® Thai Yoga, Thai Massage Practitioner Certificate Class
ONACS/ SCNM: Thai Yoga Center for Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy and Natural Medicine Photo’s
June 12th. to July 8th. 2015: The Oklevueha Native American Church of SomaVeda: SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine and Thai Yoga Center located at the ONACS Sancturary in Brooksville, Florida. Graduates completed the ONACS Seminary: Thai Yoga Center, 200 Hr. SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapist Practitioner Certificate program. Additionally, CTP 2’s completed their separate Intermediate qualifications and course work. Lead SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Certified Teachers were Aachan Dr. Anthony B. James, Khruu Dr. Julie James, Khruu Daniel Kram. This amazing SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapies®: Thai Yoga,Thai Traditional Massage, Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy and Natural Medicine pogram was also attended by elders and medicine persons of ONACS Buckeye Farm (Tennessee).
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