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James H. Bae is an Acupuncturist, herbalist and nutritional counselor. As an author and researcher in the fields of East Asian philosophy and medicine, he has published a number of books, journal articles and developed Ayurveda and yoga curriculum. James maintains a private practice in Brooklyn, NY is the director and primary clinician at his outreach clinic.
James' practice draws from extensive study of the medical traditions of India, China and Japan - including classical literature and modern clinical research. His work is infused by academic rigor, as well as hands-on expertise. While drawing from an extensive background in manual therapy, James considers his work as an exploration in myofascial and energetic medicine.
James completed formal training in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and post-graduate herbal studies, fellowships and secondary degrees in integrative health services, focusing on Ayurveda and Chinese medicine for women's health and psychology. His former academic endeavors focused in visual art, medical anthropology and history of religions. James engages a discourse between traditional medicine and current developments in psychosomatic medicine and neurobiology in his clinical approach to psycho-emotional and mood disorders.
Through international travel and culinary pursuits, James has extensively explored traditional cuisines. Over the years, his keen interest in dietary therapeutics has nurtured a wisdom around the role of food as medicine. He believes the art and soul of healing can be found in the Dao of the Hearth. You'll find him in the kitchen, when not in the office or on the cushion.
James' faith in the therapeutic value of herbal medicine was instilled while living abroad. The daily use of folk remedies and prepared medicinals kept him healthy through lengthy sojourns in India and elsewhere. He continues to research and practice the herbal traditions of Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, Kampo and Tibetan Medicine. James completed a post-graduate degree program in Kampo medicine under Nigel Dawes.
For over twenty years, James has studied the contemplative traditions of India, China and Tibet and maintains a particular interest in traditional Hatha Yoga. In 2002, he served as a curriculum developer and research intern at Yoga Research and Education Center, under Georg Feuerstein. An avid textual researcher and practitioner, James has offered his unique approaches to yoga education since 2003.
James currently teaches on the interface between Ayurveda and yoga focusing on therapeutic applications and functional physiology in East Asian Medicine. As Director of Samaya Education, he continues to build offerings and curriculum towards an upcoming therapeutics and traditional medicine training for health practitioners and yoga teachers. Samaya Education supports local and international teachers as well as promotes his personal work in traditional medicine, known as the MEDICINE TREE INITIATIVE.