Ajahn Anthony B James Medicine Man

Prof. Anthony James MSc.(Clinical Herbology), D.N.M.(C), N.D.(T), M.D.(A.M.), D.O.M.(Acu), D.P.H.C.(h.c.), Ph.D. (IM), Ph.D. (Hospitaller Medicine h.c.), D.M.M., R.A.A.P., U.T.T.S., M.S.G.R./(CHEV.), R-CYAMT, Ordained Native Monsignor-Native Bishop, Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church of the East in Brazil, Dean, Professor, Director of Education and Traditional Medicine

Ajahn, Medicine Man, Professor- Teacher, Physician, Registered Ayurveda Doctor (Vidya), Minister, NGO-Diplomat, Healer, Therapist…

Dr. Anthony B. James R-CYAMT, a Certified Christian Yoga Association, Registered Christian Yoga Association Master Trainer, Registry No: 409-062023, ChristianYogaAssociation.org


Dr. Anthony B. James: A.A.P.N.A. Advisory Board Member




World Massage Therapy Hall of Fame • July 18, 2023 •
Lifetime Achievement Award •
Massage Therapy World Championships,
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort • Cherokee, NC, USA

Ajahn Dr. Anthony B. James Massage Therapy Hall of Fame inductee 2023

Presenter AAPNA World Ayurveda Day, November 2nd. 2021

Dr. Anthony B. James Certificate of Participation, World Ayurveda Day 2021

Ajahn, Anthony James was given the Instructor / Teacher and lineage holder of the Buddhai Sawan tradition by Grand Master Phaa Khruu Samaii Mesamarn, Nongkam, Thailand, in 1986. Grand Master Samaii was the 36th generation Grand Master of the Buddhai Sawan School, initially founded in Ayutthaya, and a consultant to H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the current King of Thailand. Grand Master Samaii was honored by King Bhumibol several times during his lifetime for service to the royal family and the kingdom. Ajahn Dr. James personally received his Buddhai Sawan, Krabi Krabong, and Teachers Diploma from Phaa Khruu Samaii! Grand Master twice in his life received awards personally from King Bhumibol, the final award received only three years before Grand Master Samaii’s passing.

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Ajahn, Dr. James, helped develop a standardized, bi-lingual, Traditional Thai Yoga and Thai Traditional Medical Massage program under the direction and patronage of Mr. Khwankeo Vajradaya, Chairman Rajaprajanugroh Foundation, Chairman Distance Learning Foundation Thailand and Grand Chamberlain to H.M. King Bhumibol.

Ajahn, Dr.  James authored the first Thai Massage book published in English in 1981. First used as a manuscript in class for the first three years, it was formally published in 1984 after he was given teacher certification and recognition. It was used exclusively to teach privately in class until 1984, when it was released to the public and distributed worldwide, beginning a tidal wave of interest that continues today. This first influential book, and still one of the most often sourced and quoted books on Thai Massage, is titled “Nuat Thai, Traditional Thai Medical Massage” and is available at BeardedMedia.Com (“Nuat Thai, Traditional Thai Medical Massage,” Meta Journal Press 1984: ISBN 1-886338-03-5).

In September 2016, Ajahn, Dr. James published a comprehensive textbook titled “Ayurveda of Thailand: Indigenous Traditional Thai Medicine and Yoga Therapy,” Meta Journal Press. This famous Thai Yoga textbook details Ayurveda’s authentic history, genuine practices, philosophy, and religious therapeutics in Thailand.

Union of Thai Traditional Medicine SocietyUTTS issues Dr. Anthony James Lifetime CredentialsNovember 30th. 2009, Ajahn, Dr. Anthony James receives LifeTime Membership Recognition with the Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society (U.T.T.S.). The “Ganesha” award was presented by Mr. Aram Amaradit (Dr. Amratisha), Member of the Parliament of Surin Province, Chairman of the Committee on Public Health, President and founder of the Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society, Ministry on Public Health, Thailand. U.T.T.S. Life Time recognition (See image below) (Thai Traditional Medicine/ Thai Traditional Massage) credentials #520121896. The credentials were issued in the offices of The Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society, Ministry of Public Health, Nonthaburi, Thailand.

Anthony James, Life Time Member UTTSAjahn, Dr. James studied under the former grandmaster Aachan Sintorn Chaichagun at the Shivagakomarpaj Traditional Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from 1988 to 1995. He maintained a working relationship with his mentor in the Northern style, Grand Master Sintorn, and “The Old Medicine Hospital” until Grand Master Sintorn’s passing in 2005.



Dr. Anthony James received Ajahn (Aacharn) Recognition on Dec. 1st. 2006, Hua Hin, Thailand

Dr. Anthony B. James Ajahn Award 2006Ajahn, Dr. Anthony B. James was the founder and chief Teacher of The International Thai Therapists Association from 1992-2012. He then became the Director and Chief Medical Officer of the Native American Indigenous Church to the present day. He has been honored to fairly represent the various traditional systems of Traditional Thai Ayurveda, Thai Physical Therapy, Traditional Thai Yoga, and Traditional Thai Massage currently being practiced primarily in the US. On December 1st. 2006, Dr. James was granted Ajahn (Aacharn) professor – Special Instructor of Traditional Thai Massage Knowledge and Master Thai Traditional Medicine: Thai Yoga/ Thai Massage Teacher status through the Anantasuk Thai Massage School of Prajuabkhirikan Province (Hua Hin Thailand). Anantasul School is a U.T.T.S. Member School (Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society) registered Wat Po Association of Thai Traditional Medical Schools member. The “Ajahn” award was presented by Anantasuk Thai Massage School Prajuabkhirikan, Director: Ms. Parichat Anantasuk, Permit holder and the Wangklaikangwon Industrial College Dean and Educational Director Dr. Surasak Srinoi.

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Anthony B. James is a Director of the Native American Indigenous Church Inc. or N.A.I.C., an incorporated Federally Registered Native American Church in Florida. Dr. James is an N.A.I.C.-recognized Medicine Man (N.A.I.C.,  Jibarro Taino: Puerto Rico)- Native Bishop and is authorized to conduct all Native American and indigenous spirituality rituals, sacraments, and ceremonies to honor and respect Grandmother Earth (Matriarchal), Grandfather Sky (Patriarchal), and all of their descendants. The practicing of American Native Indigenous spirituality is understood off and on Federally Recognized Indian Reservations as the Native American Church, which has been granted exclusive federal laws to recognize the spiritual ceremonies and to protect and maintain access to their sacred ceremonial grounds. American Native Spirituality has historically utilized Grandmother Earth’s minerals and plants to commune with the spirit world to assist their healing and personal empowering ceremonies. Anthony James has an extensive background and history in Native American and Indigenous Medicines. (Sacred Medical Order of the Knights and Church of Hope, Native American Indigenous Church: Integrated Auxiliary of the Priory of Saving Grace, a registered Priory of the Sacred Medical Order of the Church of Hope/ Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem)

Dr. Anthony B. James, Global Volunteers of Blue Cross & Blue Crescent, Appointed Medical Corps Commander In Charge, CBC-Corps & Medical Corps Command, FBC Saint Kitts & Nevis Blue Cross Society, Delegate to the COMMAND (CBC-Corps ID: 160PN518158476-USA-GVBC-05023 Date of Validity; Lifetime) February 2023

NEW! Food over Medicine Course Certified Instructor (FOM Cert.) • Wellness Health Forum • (Dr. Pamela A. Popper) • Dr. Anthony B. James • April 25th. 2022

Biomagnetic Pair Therapy • Dr. Anthony B. James • The International Council for the Study and Outreach of Natural Therapies CIEDITENA • Centro Internacional Para El Estudio Y La Difusion De Las Terapias Naturales • Certificate # B-82047779 • Madrid, Spain • April 16, 2022.

Certified PEMF Practitioner: MagnaWave PEMF Therapy • MagnaWave Training & Certification • License No. 56765 • Association of PEMF Professionals (AOPP) • Louisville, KY • January 10, 2020

Certified Lanna Style “Tok Sen” Practitioner • Lanna Thai Traditional Medical School • Chiangmai, Thailand • April 9th. 2019

Jibarro Taino Borekin symbolDr. James is an adopted member of the Taino Borekin Tribe and Indigenous Nation of Puerto Rico, recognized as a tribal medicine man and licensed under the Taino Nation as a Traditional Medicine provider by both Tribal and Puerto Rico Department of Medicine rules.



Puerto Rico Boriken Tribal Org Sun Seal

Ajahn, Anthony James is the Founder of the American College of Natural Medicine and its physical school, The Thai Yoga Center, and the N.A.I.C./ S.M.O.C.H./ AAPNA, an Accredited school of natural and spiritually based healing arts and sciences. The Thai Yoga Center is a State of Florida DOE-compliant degree-granting institution. We are also F.S.B.M.T./ NCBTMB Category A Approved Providers for Massage Therapy Continuing Education. Ajahn, Dr. James is volunteering and offering his instructional time free as a public service. This past year (2022), he donated over 100 full and or substantially reduced tuition scholarships to deserving students with plans to offer scholarship training to an additional 100 professional students planned for (2023). For details on the whole and reduced tuition scholarships for A.C.N.M.: Thai Yoga Certification Programs, click here!

Dr. Anthony and Dr. Julie James receive Celebrante License Puerto Rico September 2019

Dr. Anthony B. James Director and Medicine Chief of the Native American Indigenous Church Inc. (American College of Natural Medicine, The Thai Yoga Center) has been granted the Gobierano De Puerto Rico, Department de Salud Registro Demografico the Certifico que la persona abajo mencionada, cumplio con los requisitos para obtener el Registro de Celebrantes. In co-operation under the joint authority of the Iglesia Catolica Ortodoxa del Caribe of Lares, Puerto Rico. Dr. James is part of developing a Sacred Medical and Healing Ministry using traditional medicine in Puerto Rico.




Ajahn Dr. Anthony B. James elected Native BishopNative Bishop Ordination • Office of the Major Archbishop-Catholicos Sovereign Ecclesiastical Monarchy: Patriarch Mar Basileus Adao Pereira I: Decree of Election of Bishop No. 2020.007 Decree to the Sacred Catholic Church of the East in Brazil, Certify Dr. Anthony B. James Ordained and Blessed with the Order of Native Bishop according to the Native- Chaldean Rite of the Church, confirmed 14, December 2020.


Award “Pro Merito Spes” ( Order for Rewards of Hope). The merit award was conferred by the SMOCH (Sacred Medical Order of The Church of Hope) Missionary Diocese of the Iglesia Catolica del Oriente en Brasil, Latinoamérica y Caribe (Holy Apostolic Orthodox Catholic Church of the East in Brazil): June 10th, 2017.



eLit Silver Medal Award 2017

Ayurveda of Thailand won the 2017 eLit Silver Medal Award, Best New Age, Body-Mind-Spirit category.

Master of Science: Clinical Herbology: Herbalism, PanAmerican School of Natural Medicine and ecumenical Seminary and College, Nevis- West Indies/ San Juan Puerto Rico/ Riobamba Ecuador, Nevis in West Indies January 31st.. 2016.

Dr. J presented his thesis dissertation at the World Congress on Monastic and Indigenous Medicines, Nevis, West Indies, on June 7, 2014, and was awarded dual degrees: the Doctorate in Monastic Medicine (h.c.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Indigenous Medicines.

Faculty: PanAmerican School of Natural Medicine and ecumenical Seminary and College, Nevis- West Indies/ San Juan Puerto Rico/ Riobamba Ecuador 2012 to present.

Diplomate Doctorate in Acupuncture in cooperation with the Pan American School of Natural Medicine (Nevis, West Indies), Dr. J completed the development of a four-year Doctor of Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture Degree Program (DOM). The DOM in acupuncture will also be offered as a 2-year postgraduate degree for eligible students with advanced degrees already in Natural or Holistic Medicine. Dr. J is a Doctor of Acupuncture Diploma program graduate and a lead instructor. Dr. James was awarded a Doctorate in Acupuncture (Physical Medicine) on November 28, 2012.

PanAmerican Regents in Houston, Texas, in February 2013, issued this formal Degree. This will be Dr. J’s second Doctorate in Natural Medicine. Dr. J has completed Post Graduate Studies and is a Graduate of the PanAmerican School of Natural Medicine, Jade Center for Integrative Studies Doctor of Natural Medicine Degree.,

Dr. J holds Diplomatic Office and Post: HonoJ’sle Knight Cultural Attache: ORDEN MEDICA SAGRADA DE CABALLEROS DE ESPERANZA, Sacred Medical Order of the Knights of Hope (S.M.O.K.H.).

Received recognition and title “Grand Chirothesia General and appointment to Sovereign Council of S.M.O.K.H. • Supervision” and regulation for S.M.O.K.H. Vocational Licensure for Licensed Practitioners of Chirothesa • Nevis West Indies • March 2012

Dr. Anthony B. James is conferred Ordination, Deacon (Licentiate) • Sanctified Healer issued by the Ordern Soberana De Caballeros Medicos De San Juan De Jerusalen, Sacred medical order of The Church of Hope, December 7th. 2012 • Loma Linda, Ecuador.

Awardee • “Doctor of Pastoral Humanitarian Care, Honoris Causa” from Pontifice Instituto de Ciencias Humanas y Religiosas (Santo Domingo de Los Tsacilas, Ecuador) School Presidente: Dr. Aloao Pereira de Siba. • Loma Linda, Santo Domingo, Ecuador • October 2011

Received the recognition and title “Monsignor, Chaplain of Holiness” from the Order Honorifica De La Santa Cruz Del Orien”e presented by Mons. Mar Basili”s Adao Pereira, Grand Master Brazil. • Loma Linda, Santo Domingo, Ecuador • October 2011

Awardee • “Fraternidad y Derechos Humanos” from the Order Honorifica De La Santa Cruz Del Orient” presented by Mons. Mar Basili”s Adao Pereira, Grand Master Brazil.• Loma Linda, Santo Domingo, Ecuador • October 2011

In cooperation with the mutual support of Indigenous Tribal Organizations, I participated in opening the Loma Linda Primary Care Center and School of Medicine in Santo Domingo de las Tsachilas, Ecuador, in October 2011. Loma Linda is a charitable Hospital Medical Center and School of Natural Medicine operated jointly by SMOKH and the Tsachilas Indian Nation of Santo Domingo.

Friend of Thailand Awardee: When Ajahn, Dr. James received his recognition for more than 31 years of teaching and promotions for the Thai healing arts, there were more than 3000 persons in attendance, and representatives from every primary school and institution were present as well as all significantly related branches of Thai government such as Department of Health, Education, Labor, and Social Services and the Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra and the Governor General of TAT. In 2002, Dr. James was the first and only Western Physician and Instructor of Traditional Thai Medicine and Massage to receive this honor. Please click here to view slides of this “Friend of Thailand Award Ceremony” momentous event.

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Study with Ajahn and Dr. James in Person! http://www.ThaiYogaCenter.Com Courses developed by Ajahn and Anthony James are intended to take the principles of Thai Ayurveda (Traditional Thai Medicine and Indigenous Thai Traditional Massage: Thai Yoga/ Thai Massage) to a whole new level and understanding in the context of both traditional and modern medical ideas and techniques. With several advanced degrees in Western Medicine M.D.(A.M.), specializing in Native American, Indigenous and Traditional Medicine, Classical Indian Ayurveda, Oriental Medicine (Acupuncture), and Alternative Medicine and Naturopath (Traditional N.D.) (A.N.M.A.), Ajahn, Dr. James is uniquely qualified to bridge the gap between Thai Traditional and western health concepts. Ajahn, Dr. Anthony James is also a Fellow of The International Alternative Medicine (F.I.A.M.A. 1999). Dr. Anthony B. James holds domestic and International medical licenses as a Doctor of Monastic, Pastoral-Clerical Medicine with the prestigious S.M.O.K.H./ S.M.O.C.H., N.A.I.C. As a traditional doctor, Indian Health Care Provider, and healer of conscience, he practices spiritually based natural medicine and Traditional Naturopathy (No Harmful or dangerous drugs and no surgery). He is also available for private consultations in the Natural Wellness Solutions Clinic in The N.A.I.C./ A.C.N.M. (American College of Natural Medicine/ SomaVeda College of Ayurveda): Thai Yoga Center.

The significant contribution that Ajahn, Dr. James brings is the clinical and applications understanding to every class and every program while at the same time always emphasizing the spiritual roots and perspectives that have endured in these Ayurveda of Thailand traditions for thousands of years. If you want to know why the work is done the way it is, if you want to know what are the origins and development of the flows and Vinyasa, if you want to understand the Thai Traditional Ayurvedic theory behind the movements and the emphasis on the Sen or energy lines, then classes designed and taught by Aachan James are what you are looking for.

Suppose you are looking for a teacher who is an authentic representative and lineage holder in several different, ancient primary schools of Thai traditions and one who can pass the “Master” blessing and lineage to you. In that case, you are in the right place. SomaVeda® Thai Yoga (Thai Yoga Massage/ Traditional Thai Massage) is an ancient healing modality and part of the four-year training program of a “Maw Nuad” or traditional Thai physician. In our classes, you will learn how a SomaVed® Thai Yoga therapist assesses and treats disorders by working on Sen Lines, Chakra, and Lom.

You will also learn restorative postures for specific disorders and improve your understanding of body mechanics and postural alignment to allow you to get more out of your practice of Thai Yoga/ Thai Massage. In this class, we will look in-depth at Thai Traditional Sen lines and acupressure (Thai Lom-Marma Therapy) and the customization of therapeutic massage routines for specific disorders.

Thai medicine is rooted in Ayurvedic tradition but is not interchangeable with Indian medicine. It is also entirely separate from Chinese medicine. This course will explore Thai medicine for its indigenous cultural heritage and open a new vista of the Thai tradition for participants. The Thai Yoga program will also focus on Thai Yoga medical philosophy, its evolution from Buddhist ideas, and its application in modern Thailand by folk and Ayurvedic doctors from an Indigenous Christian/ Monastic Medicine perspective.

Many so-called teachers and instructors talk about their credentials and background, but when asked for proof, they go pretty silent. That’s because the actual number of “non-Thai” practitioners and instructors who have given the traditional titles, ” blessings,” and authorizations to pass on the ancient work from the conventional primary schools are few and far between…you can count all of them on the one hand! These ceremonies are never done in private and are well documented.

See Ajahn, Dr. James performing a bare Traditional Thai Yoga (Traditional Thai Medical Massage) Therapy vinyasa.

View the approvals, recognitions, and accreditations/ recognitions obtained for SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapies®: Traditional Thai Medicine, Thai Traditional Massage.

View Ajahn, Dr.  James’s current teaching schedule.

Please note Ajahn, Dr. James does not see or provide services to the Public. Private specialized ministerial services and counseling are provided exclusively by and to N.A.I.C. Authorized members. Active NAIC APM membership is required for any consultations and or services, exchanges, etc (The title “Doctor” is displayed under religious privilege.)

  1.  SomaVeda® YouTube Channel: SomaVeda1
  2. Angels Speak Truth YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCmAPO_7-rXGuFM61WBfVGQ
  3. Odysee.Com, SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Channel: https://odysee.com/@SomaVedaITM:5
  4. Brighteon SomaVeda Channel: https://www.brighteon.com/channels/labyrinthguy
  5. NatureCuresToday.com
  6. LearnThaiYoga.com (Dr. James designed continuing education for Thai Yoga Practitioners)

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3 thoughts on “Ajahn Anthony B James Medicine Man”

  1. I am interested in,the scholarships available for SCNM. I also had a question about the IBAM program, in was thinking of enrolling. Please contact via phone @ 716-310-6818

    • Hello Pastor Lynn. All information currently available is on the website at ThaiYogaCenter.Com. Simply send us an email and we can answer any questions you may have. Additionally our 2016 Tuition Grants and Scholarship program is being applied to all 2017 enrollments! We look forward to speaking with you further.


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