Prof. Anthony James MSc.(Clinical Herbology), DNM(C), ND(T), MD(AM), DOM(Acu), DPHC(h.c.), PhD(IM), PhD(Hospitallar Medicine h.c.), DMM, RAAP, UTTS, MSGR./CHEV., Ordained Native Monsignor Native Bishop, Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church of the East in Brazil, Grand Council SMOKH
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: AAPNA Advisory Board Member

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 originally founded in Ayudthaya 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 life time for service to the royal family and the kingdom. 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.

Ajahn, Dr. James, helped develop a standardized, bi-lingual, Thai Yoga and Thai Massage program under 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 very first Thai Massage book ever published in the English language 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 world wide, beginning a tidal wave of interest which continues to the present day. 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 of 2016, Aachan James published a comprehensive texbook titled “Ayurveda of Thailand: Indigenous Traditional Thai Medicine and Yoga Therapy“, Meta Journal Press. This new book covers in detail the authentic history and genuine practices, philosophy and religious therapeutics of Ayurveda in Thailand.

Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society
UTTS issues Dr. Anthony James Lifetime Credentials

November 30th. 2009, Aachan, Dr. Anthony James receives LifeTime Membership Recognition with Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society (UTTS). The “Ganesha” award itself was presented by the Mr. Aram Amaradit (Dr. Amratisha), Member Parliament of Surin Province, Chairman of the Committee on Public Health, President and original founder: The Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society, Ministry on Public Health, Thailand. The credentials were issued in the offices of the The Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society, Ministry of Public Health, Nonthaburii, Thailand. UTTS Life Time recognition (Thai Traditional Medicine/ Thai Traditional Massage) credentials #520121896.

Anthony James, Life Time Member UTTS

Ajahn, 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.


Ajahn, James was the original founder and chief Teacher for the The International Thai Therapists Association 1992-2012, to fairly represent the various traditional systems of Thai Yoga and Thai Massage currently being practiced primarily in the US. In 2006, he was granted Aachan/ professor and Master Thai Traditional Medicine: Thai Yoga/ Thai Massage Teacher status through the Anantasuk system (Hua Hin Thailand), recognized by the Wat Po Association. The award itself was presented by the Wangklaikangwon Industrial College Dean and Educational and Director Dr. Surasak Srinoi. Dr. James specializes in Native American Medicine, Thai medical theory, Asian history, Ayurveda and Theravada Buddhism.

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Anthony B. James is currently a Director of the Native American Indigenous Church Inc., or NAIC. NAIC is an incorporated Federally Registered,  Native American Church in the State of Florida. Dr. James is an NAIC recognized Medicine Man- Native Bishop and is authorized to conduct all Native American and indigenous spirituality ritual, sacraments and ceremony 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)

Certified 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 symbol

Dr. James is also 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 in accordance with both Tribal and Puerto Rico Department of medicine rules.

Puerto Rico Boriken Tribal Org Sun Seal

Ajahn, Anthony James is Founder of the SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine and it’s physical school  The Thai Yoga Center and the NAIC/ SMOCH/ AAPNA, 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 FSBMT/ NCBTMB Category A Approved Providers for Massage Therapy Continuing Education. Ajahn, Dr. James is currently volunteering and offering his instructional time free of charge as a public service. This past year (2019) 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 (2020). For details on the full and or reduced tuition scholarships for SCNM: 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. (SomaVeda 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 Bishop

Native 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 award of merit 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.

Ayurveda of Thailand wins 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 June 7, 2014 and was awarded dual degrees: the Doctorate in Monastic Medicine (h.c.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 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.

Dr. J, as Diplomate Doctorate in Acupuncture in cooperation with the Pan American School of Natural Medicine (Nevis, West Indies) completing the development of a 4 year Doctor of Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture Degree Program (DOM). The DOM in acupuncture will be also offered as a 2 year post graduate degree for eligible students with advanced degrees already in Natural and or Holistic Medicine etc. Dr. J is a Graduate of the Doctor of Acupuncture Diploma program and a lead Instructor in the program. Dr. J was awarded a Doctorate in Acupuncture (Physical Medicine) November 28, 2012.

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. This formal Degree was issued by PanAmerican Regents is Houston, Texas February 2013. This will be Dr. J’s second Doctorate in Natural Medicine.

Dr. J holds Diplomatic Office and Post: Honorable Knight Cultural Attache: ORDEN MEDICA SAGRADA DE CABALLEROS DE ESPERANZA, Sacred Medical Order of the Knights of Hope (SMOKH).

Received recognition and title “Grand Chirothesia General and appointment to Soverign Council of SMOKH • Supervision and regulation for SMOCH Vocational Lincesure 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 Tsachilas, 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 Oriente presented by Mons. Mar Basilius Adao Pereira, Grand Master Brasil. • Loma Linda, Santo Domingo, Ecuador • October 2011

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

In cooperation of mutual support of Indigenous Tribal Organizations,  participated in opening the Loma Linda Primary Care Center and School of Medicine in Santo Domingo de las Tsachilas, Ecuador in October of 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 Aachan James received his recognition’s 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 major school and institution were present as well as all major 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 Instructor of Traditional Thai Medicine and Massage to receive this honor. Please click here to view slides of this momentous event.

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Study with Aachan, Dr. James in Person! http://www.ThaiYogaCenter.Com Courses developed by Aachan, 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 MD(AM), specializing in Native American, Indigenous and Traditional Medicine, Classical Indian Ayurveda, Oriental Medicine (Acupuncture) and Alternative Medicine and Naturopath (Traditional N.D.) (ANMA), Aachan James is uniquely qualified to bridge the gap between Thai Traditional and western health concepts. Aachan, Anthony James is also a Fellow of The International Alternative Medicine (FIAMA, 1999). Dr. Anthony B. James James currently holds both domestic and International medical licenses as a Doctor of Pastoral/ Clerical Medicine with the prestigious SMOKH/ SMOCH, NAIC.  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). Additionally, he is available for private consultations in the Natural Wellness Solutions Clinic located in The NAIC/ SCNM: Thai Yoga Center.

The major contribution that Aachan, Dr. James brings is the clinical and applications understanding to every class and every program while at the same time emphasizing always 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 Vinyaysa, 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.

If you are looking for a teacher who is an authentic representative and lineage holder in several different, major ancient schools of the Thai traditions and one who can pass the “Masters” blessing and lineage to you, then you are in the right place. 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 SomaVeda® Thai Yoga therapist assess and treats disorders by working on the 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 take an in-depth look at Thai Traditional Sen lines and acupressure (Thai Lom – Marma Therapy), as well as the customization of therapeutic massage routines for specific disorders. The Thai Yoga program will also focus on Thai Yoga medical philosophy, its evolution out of Buddhist ideas, and its application in modern Thailand by folk and Ayurvedic doctors. Thai medicine is rooted in Ayurvedic tradition, but is not interchangeable with Indian medicine. It is also quite separate from Chinese medicine. This course will explore Thai medicine for the indigenous cultural heritage it is, and will open up for participants a whole new vista onto the Thai tradition. Many so called teachers and instructors talk about their credentials and background, but when asked for proof they go quite silent. That’s because the actual number of “non-Thai” practitioners and instructors who have been given the traditional titles, blessings and authorizations to pass on the ancient work from the major traditional schools…you can count on one hand! These ceremonies are never done in private and are well documented.

See Aachan, Dr. James performing a basic Thai Massage form

Train with Aachan, Dr. James in Thailand

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

View Aachan James’s current teaching schedule

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

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