Practitioners

Nazirahk Amen, ND, L.Ac.

Naturopathic Physician/Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine Practitioner

I am a member of Nahziryah Monastic Community and the Nazir Order of the Purple Veil and student of the Rev. Nazirmoreh Kedem (ABRD).  As the color purple and our long hair are some of the first things people notice about us, I include this note.  Our Community is universal, we believe there is only One Creator with many names and many paths to get there.  We do not proselytize or promote any religion.  We only encourage others to walk their path and live by their example.  Though I know I don’t appear according to the commonly accepted image of a doctor, my outer projection encourages all to overcome their preconceived notions about what a doctor is.  Health ultimately is achieved by connecting our hearts to our minds and walking a path that is true to that which lies in our heart of hearts.  In doing that we gain access to a fountain of youth, a source of energy which is greater than ourselves. The role of the doctor is to help others get to that source to whatever degree that the doctor has done that for themselves.  By walking the path that given me health, i strive to grow and help others achieve harmony in their lives.  I have been a practitioner for over 14 years and involved in health care for over 20 years.

The role of doctor as saviour or some type of authoritative figure who know all the facts and can determine whether someone lives or dies sometimes merely by their words goes hand in hand with not allowing patients to be completely responsible for their health.  Sometime it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but in the end not much change occurs.  My understanding of the role of doctor is as facilitator and educator.  The doctor may have tools (acupuncture, homeopathy, herbs, supplements, etc.) to facilitate health but ultimately it is education about what health is and how to maintain it that empowers patients to take control of their own health.  So, lifestyle and environmental changes including diet and nutrition, career and relationship values, and other considerations that lead to living a harmonious healthy life are involved in the healing path.  Disease can be summed up as blocked energy.  This blocked energy becomes a posture.  That posture represents the difference between our incorrect perception of the world and the actual world.  It is a delusion of sorts that we invest in on all levels until it prevents us from living comfortably.  That is usually the point where we start seeking doctors.

Education

Bachelor of Science – Biology  (1994) University of LA, Lafayette

Master of Science – Acupuncture  (1998)  Bastyr University, Seattle, WA

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine  (1998)  Bastyr University, Seattle, WA

Certificate of Chinese Herbal Medicine (2011)  Tai Sophia Institute, Laurel, MD

In addition to this, I have studied extensively with some of the most skilled homeopaths in the world including Massimo Mangialavori, Jayesh Shah, Divya Chabbra, Rajan Sankaran, and other practitioners including.

Work Experience

Emergency Medical Technician (Intermediate) Touro Hospital, New Orleans Health Department 1988-91

Sullivan and Associates Center for Natural Healing , Washington, DC 1998-2002

Wisdom Path Healing, Takoma Park, MD 2002 – present